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The number of new freehold listings continued to contract last week while demand and sales remained virtually at the same level from the previous week. 26% fewer listings week over week created increased competition which resulted in an increase to 74% of available properties selling at or above the list price. With more sales than listings happening in the east and west core, and a near even ratio in the central core, the current supply of properties sits at a mere 1.1 months.
If you thought shifting your dreams of home ownership to the condo market would make life easier, be prepared for a little disappointment. Throughout 2016 we watched as competition for resale condos increase dramatically from about 16% of all condos selling at or above the list price at the beginning of the year to over 40% by December. January 2017 has not shown any relief. In fact, while last week’s numbers showed that 55% of condos sold in multiple offers, this week that numbwer has skyrocketed to 65% thanks in part to a 42% reduction in new resale condos coming to market.
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.
The real estate association says home sales were up 2.2 per cent in December from the previous month, rebounding partially from a big drop following the introduction of new mortgage rules.
The verdict is in: the B.C. foreign buyers tax really did pull down Vancouver’s home prices. That’s if you ask BMO economist Douglas Porter, who issued the following chart on Tuesday.
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Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO 0.12%) warned on Thursday that policymakers are more likely to introduce measures to cool the Toronto housing market after home sales hit a record high in 2016.