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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.
It should come as no surprise that new listings, sales and active listings dropped off substantially in December. It is part of the usual winter market blip that we experience each year around this time. Included in the slowdown in activity are increases in the number of days on the market and the average selling price versus the list price. But December is an oddity of the Toronto market which has experienced tremendous success in 2016. Against all odds, such as a tightening of lending requirements, the Toronto Real Estate Board recorded 12,000 more sales than 2015, a nearly 12% increase in total homes sold. Remarkably this was achieved at the same time as recording a increase of over $100k on the average price of a home. According to TREB, the condo market was a major factor in sales volume growth and our own numbers bear witness to the demand in this sector.
We are sure you are familiar with the old saying: "those that don't learn from history are destined to repeat it", Of course, we are talking about buyers. Last year at this time, many buyers decided to sit out the market over most of December only to pay the price in the new year. Losing out on multiple offers takes its toll (it's called buyer fatigue) but our advice is to keep up the pressure until the new year... chances are you will be happy you did. Last year prices shot up by double digits and have kept that pace all year long. While there are fewer homes on the market, the ones that are available have negotiating room. Meanwhile, the condo market continues to thrive as frustrated home buyers consider the condo alternative.
Here we go. The Santa Claus Parade is the definitive Toronto tradition and if that didn`t signal the start of winter then this week`s little blast of cold air sure did. Despite the temperature drop there is no sign that the real estate market is slipping into hibernation just yet. We know there are many frustrated buyers out there but we would encourage them all to keep looking. If you are contemplating putting your buying intentions on hold you will pay the ultimate price when prices escalate in the Spring...just like they did last year.
The freehold sector did not see much change in the number of new listings last week; however sales dipped by about 38% from 173 the previous week to 125. This drop is consistent with declines in sales over previous years and is more a statement of the approaching winter market than uneasiness in the US federal election outcome and continued adapting of the new Canadian mortgage rules which are likely only playing a small role. Still, sentiment for home ownership remains strong as nearly 65% of home transactions in the 416 sold at or above the asking price.
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