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In the condo sector listings have increased 8.9% since the week prior but have remained consistent over the last month at (767 listings in the downtown core). Sales are also down by a marginal 4.9% which only represents about 10 sales over the week. It is worth reporting that the key indicator of the condo market health has to be the percentage of suites selling at or above the list price. Last week that percentage was at a very encouraging 24.5% level.
After hitting nearly 500 new freehold listings in early May, things have slowed down as we enter the traditional Summer market. Last week we dropped to just over 300 new listings. I t seems that buyers are s t i l l out in full force however as sales increased by 5% last week. We found i t interesting that sales at or above the list price tapered down to 53.8%, one of the lowest numbers this year. We expect that sales may under-perform during the month of July thanks to the Pan Am Games but demand will not slow down. This should make the fall market exceptionally busy.
It’s funny how everyone seems to complain about the lack of listings. The truth of the matter is that last year at this time there were nearly half as many freehold listings available on the market. Sales continue to be strong year over year although comparatively the percentage of sales to listings last week was 51.7% vs 72.1% for the same week last year. The numbers indicate that demand may have slipped until you also consider the fact that both weeks recorded the same percentage of deals happening at or above the list price (59%).
Strong, sudden rains bring flash flooding, which cause havoc with traffic on the roads, increase the likelihood of power outages, and unfortunately, this is often the time when homeowners find out their basements aren’t as waterproof as originally thought.
The freehold market has reversed its month long trend by recording nearly 11% fewer listings last week. Sales followed suit registering almost 15% fewer transactions and the percentage of homes selling at or above the list price was a more reasonable 67.7% compared to 72% a month ago. Clearly the effect of less product is not causing increased bidding wars. Sales of freehold homes continues to be robust but there is less urgency in the market.
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