• Bosley Real Estate
  • 21 March 2017

Excuse us if we seem a little distracted this month but we normally reserve our March Madness for that basketball tournament going on south of the border. Cinderella stories are all the rage when talking college basketball, but here in the Toronto market she can make it to the big event but never seems to catch the prince. Seeing your team get knocked out of the tournament can be maddening but at least you know that if they work hard and persevere they will be back next year. With competition in purchasing as strong as it has been all year, the real estate market is producing more losers than winners. And unlike the basketball teams heading home and thinking of next year, we worry Buyers will begin to take their ball home and call it quits.

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  • Bosley Real Estate
  • 10 March 2017

EVERY MONTH WE SCIENTIFICALLY MONITOR STORIES IN THE MEDIA ON BOTH FREEHOLD AND CONDO MARKETS IN TORONTO. THEN THROUGH A PATENT PENDING PROCESS WE ARE ABLE TO CREATE A VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF WHAT THE MEDIA THINKS THE MARKET IS DOING. IS IT FACING A SLOW DEATH OR IS IT PARTY TIME?

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  • Bosley Real Estate
  • 24 February 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.

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  • Bosley Real Estate
  • 17 February 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.

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  • Bosley Real Estate
  • 09 February 2017

Houston, we have a problem. Despite an almost 12% increase in sales activity this January, compared to January 2016, supply problems continue to make the headlines. In fact, the GTA resale market has not experienced such low inventory levels since 2002. Current active listings are nearly half of what they were last year at this time. The Toronto Real Estate Board reports that a supply problem is likely to continue to play out for 2017. “The result will be strong price growth for all home types again this year” says Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis. It remains to be seen how many sales will take place in 2017 however a swing of even 5% could translate to either another record year or the second best year on record for the GTA. TREB also reported that less than 5% of properties sold in 2016 went to foreign buyers and was not a contributing factor to the steady price increases across the GTA.

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  • Bosley Real Estate
  • 28 January 2017

Before we begin, we just want to say that this insight is going to be HUGE! It’s probably the best one so far. Quite frankly it will blow all the other ones out of the water. It is literally amazing. Actually, it’s not just amazing...it’s INCREDIBLE. We know that you will think it is the most brilliant report on Toronto’s real estate market EVER. Actually, it is so astonishing that we thought about keeping it a secret just in case it fell into the wrong hands. Security is very important to us so please make sure that before you pass it around to your friends, they have been properly vetted.

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  • Bosley Real Estate
  • 27 January 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.

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  • Bosley Real Estate
  • 17 January 2017

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.

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  • Bosley Real Estate
  • 10 January 2017

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.

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  • Bosley Real Estate
  • 07 December 2016

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.

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