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LEASIDE & DAVISVILLE BLOG

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MARKET UPDATE

MARKET UPDATE FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 31ST, 2017
The old adage says that if March comes in like a lion it leaves like a lamb.  If we consider the real estate market in the same vein, since March started with a roar we should have had a nice quiet end to the month. Alas, the real estate market respects no old wives tales as it wends its way through the spring. The last week of March capped off a month that saw prices jump an average 33% over March 2016.  Through the year, the talk has been the lack of listings, and we are happy to say that March seems to have bucked this trend.  The number of new listings in March 2017 is virtually identical for both the freehold and condo market as the number of new listings in March of 2016.  Of course we complained about not enough listings last year too so we expect to see high demand pushing prices in an upward direction for the foreseeable future.
The number of new listings in the freehold sector continued to increase over the previous week, jumping a significant 25% to 307.  Sales also saw a significant increase, up nearly 50% over the previous week.  The truly astounding number is that 90% of all freehold sales last week sold over their list price, including 100% of all properties listed under $700,000. As we enter April and May, the busiest months for real estate transactions, we expect more of the same.
The resale condo market seems to have settled into a nice groove.  New listings were virtually unchanged from the previous week at 321. What is interesting to note is that 75% of all new resale listings are in the downtown core, south of Bloor and between Dufferin and Yonge. Sales did ease off last week to 172 but the competition was as fierce as it has ever been with 80% of condos selling above their list price.

Friday, March 31, 2017

MARKET UPDATE

MARKET UPDATE FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH24TH, 2017
As the last of the children return to school from warm beaches and snowy hills we are reminded of our obligations as parents to teach our children to be kind to others. Under no circumstances do we permit bullying from our children to their peers. Of course, as adult Realtors we rarely take our own good advice and are constantly talking about Bully offers as the way to get a jump on hot listings before the set offer date.  Now don’t get me wrong, like all good adults when we are doing something so obviously wrong as being a Bully we take the mature step of re-naming the process to something much more socially acceptable, in this case the ‘Pre-emptive’ offer. So with all the talk of pre-emptive offers we decided to take a look at how common this really is and if it benefits the Seller to accept the ‘Pre-emptive’ offer.  In our sampling of freehold sales in 5 MLS districts (C01, C03, C10, C11, E01) we noted some interesting trends.  Pre-emptive offers are much more common downtown than uptown, with 25% of listings selling before their offer date south of Bloor and a mere 7% selling before their offer date once you go north of Eglinton. The other interesting fact is that the final sale price, as a percentage above the list price, was on average higher on offer night then when a Seller accepted a Pre-emptive offer. So while we remind our children not to be Bullies, we might also want to take the time to let our Seller’s know that the best strategy might be to ignore the ‘Bully’ when it comes their way.
In the Freehold market the number of new listings exploded last week while sales remained virtually unchanged from the week before.  New listings increased an astounding 100% compared to the previous week while sales increased a meager 5%.  While we are hopeful that the new listings will ease some of the pressure Buyers face on offer nights, we continue to believe that there is insufficient inventory for the obviously strong demand for freehold properties.  With a consistent 75% of all listings selling above their list price Buyers should keep a tight hold on the railing, the ride is not over yet.
Condos on the other hand continue to carve their own market, mostly in the downtown core.  There was also a significant increase in new available condos for sale but the inventory only increased 50% over the previous week while sales matched the increase of the freehold market at 5%. It is important to note that by far the majority of new condo listings and sales are happening in the central core with only 7% of condo sales occurring in the east or west parts of our research area.  Like the freehold market, condos have settled into a consistent 70% of sales occurring above the list price.

Friday, March 3, 2017

MARKET UPDATE

MARKET UPDATE FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY24TH, 2017
While we always enjoy spending time with our families, after all we are a family company, we never like what happens before the Family Day long weekend. Or really any long weekend in fact. The thing is, Realtors never like to list right before a long weekend which inevitably means listings drop the week before the long weekend and that creates what we like to call the real estate inversion. Before the long weekend there are a lot of sales and hardly any new listings and right after the long weekend there are a lot of new listings but not as many sales.
Freehold listings followed this predictable pattern and are up 10% over the previous week yet remain historically low when looking at inventory over the past few years. Of course, the Spring market has sprung so we do expect to see the listing inventory climb as we proceed to the warmer months. While sales were down over the previous week they continue to outpace new listings. Perhaps a silver lining for last week was that the number of Freehold properties that sold in bidding wars eased off slightly from 77% to 61%.  Sorry, but we don’t expect that to be a trend moving forward.  Bidding wars are here to stay for the foreseeable future.
The condo market has always been a little different around the long weekends and bucked the pattern with a decline in listings (down 27%) and a decline in sales (down 18%). Bidding wars followed a similar decline to the freehold segment going from 71% to 63%.  Holding back offers and bidding wars are a newer experience for the condo market and we are confident that with some practice it will follow the same long weekend trends the freehold market observes. If you are a follower of the long weekend calendar method of buying and selling real estate you have just over two weeks until March Break.  Happy Buying and Selling.
Bosley Real Estate Ltd. is a full service boutique brokerage operating in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Jordan and Port Hope, Ontario since 1928. We have four centrally located offices and over 250 sales representatives selling and leasing homes and condominiums in all the vibrant communities we work in. Our brand is well recognized internationally thanks to our unique affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Our sales teams meet weekly to discuss market conditions, trending topics, and anecdotes that more accurately reflect the true temperature of the real estate market.

Friday, February 24, 2017

MARKET UPDATE

MARKET UPDATE FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 17TH, 2017
We think it is safe to say that the Toronto real estate market is moving into uncharted waters these days. The go to response to the steady increase of prices has been the lack of listings, high demand and low borrowing costs. What has transpired are stories of multiple offers, wild bidding wars and many broken dreams. So, what should we expect as we move forward? Well, if there is any consolation, we are moving into the spring market and the usual increase in listings. 
Freehold listings across the 416 contracted another 38% this week. This continues a trend that has lasted several weeks already. More surprising is the fact that sales are nearly outnumbering listings by 2 to 1. As a result the number of homes selling at or above the list price has jumped over 7% (from 69.8% to 77.2%) in a week. In the central core, there were no listings below $700k and 20 over $3m. Sales of $3m homes are almost triple those below $700k. The east core continues to be a hot district where sales are outpacing new listings by a 3 to 1 margin.
The condo market has an equal share of heat this week as well. For the first time ever sales of existing suites has outpaced listings. While not as drastic as the freehold sector, it is evident that the contraction of listings (down a further 24% from the previous week) and an increase in sales (up 13.5%) is having an impact on pricing with over 71% of condos sold last week at or above the list price. The condo market has been traditionally reserved for first time buyers and downsizers but as freehold home ownership becomes less affordable we expect even more activity in this segment.
Bosley Real Estate Ltd. is a full service boutique brokerage operating in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Jordan and Port Hope, Ontario since 1928. We have four centrally located offices and over 250 sales representatives selling and leasing homes and condominiums in all the vibrant communities we work in. Our brand is well recognized internationally thanks to our unique affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Our sales teams meet weekly to discuss market conditions, trending topics, and anecdotes that more accurately reflect the true temperature of the real estate market.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

MARKET UPDATE

MARKET UPDATE FOR THE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 27TH, 2017

Just for the record, we don't use any alternative facts in our market updates. In fact, we swore an oath to accurately reflect the size of the market so that our clients could make informed decisions. No need to proclaim any national holidays in our honour, just know that when you hear it from us it's the real deal....nothing fake about what we report. We will continue to march on.
Listings in the freehold sector retracted significantly last week from 114 new listings two weeks ago to a mere 67 last week. Surprisingly, sales nearly doubled to 65 units over the same period. Less availability created a sharp rise in the number of homes selling at or over the list price (72%). Over the past few years we have not seen this level of activity until well into the spring market (usually April/May) before it falls, and remains below, the 70% point from around mid August.
The resale condo market is experiencing similarities to its freehold brother. New listings for the week are down nearly 50% to 189 across the 416 while sales have increased by nearly 30%. Tighter supply and more sales has constricted the market and now we are reporting a new record in terms of sales at or over the list price. While the percentage has been tracking higher all year our research indicates we are now hovering at 55%. Clearly we are in a seller's market for condos in Toronto.
Bosley Real Estate Ltd. is a full service boutique brokerage operating in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Jordan and Port Hope, Ontario since 1928. We have four centrally located offices and over 250 sales representatives selling and leasing homes and condominiums in all the vibrant communities we work in. Our brand is well recognized internationally thanks to our unique affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Our sales teams meet weekly to discuss market conditions, trending topics, and anecdotes that more accurately reflect the true temperature of the real estate market.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MARKET UPDATE

MARKET UPDATE FOR THE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 13TH, 2016 Normally we aren’t the superstitious types but if listings don’t improve quickly we may be forced to throw salt over our shoulders, walk backwards under ladders or burn sage in our offices to break the spell. Generally speaking January is a slow month for new listings but demand is high and the weather has been kind so we were expecting a faster release of new properties on the market. Sellers and buyers alike might just be feeling the pinch of new mortgage rules and increased land transfer taxes. Having the benefit of looking at the listing and sales figures exactly one year ago we do see some amazing similarities in the freehold market for the 416. Compared to last year, the number of sales and listings is nearly identical. Where they do diverge is in the number of sales at or over asking. 2017 is starting out much stronger with 46% of homes selling above the list price compared to 27% a year ago. The resale condo market continues to flex its muscles in 2017. Listings are nearly half of what they were a year ago while sales are virtually the same. In addition, at the beginning of 2016 there was not a frenzy of condo buying. With lots of listings, people were taking their time to find the perfect condo. As a result less than 5% of condos sold at or above the list price. As 2016 unrolled we saw demand increase almost every month. 2017 is starting off stronger than ever with 45% of every condos sold trading at or above the list price. Bosley Real Estate Ltd. is a full service boutique brokerage operating in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Jordan and Port Hope, Ontario since 1928. We have four centrally located offices and over 250 sales representatives selling and leasing homes and condominiums in all the vibrant communities we work in. Our brand is well recognized internationally thanks to our unique affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Our sales teams meet weekly to discuss market conditions, trending topics, and anecdotes that more accurately reflect the true temperature of the real estate market.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Toronto’s hot housing market spills over to condo rentals

The Globe and Mail