Bosley Real Estate Market Insight May 11th, 2018 - Bosley Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage - Homes and houses for sale in Toronto including Cabbagetown, The Annex, Danforth Village, Lawrence Park and Riverdale

Bosley Real Estate Market Insight May 11th, 2018

18 May 2018
Bosley Real Estate


The media is at it again this week with grim news that the "Housing market stumbles in spring". Yes, we know the number of sales is down if we compare it to last years figures, but that is nothing new. Sales in the GTA have been down over the past year following a market correction that began last May, long before the stress-test rules were in place. But on a month-over-month basis, The GTA market has been stabilizing this year, with sales down just 1% in April compared to March on a seasonally adjusted basis. One of the factors in declining sales nationally has been a reduction in new homes listed for sale as sellers have sat on the sidelines waiting for the markets to strengthen. A decline in new listings has helped keep prices relatively stable even as the volume of sales has declined.

An impending long weekend has a natural cooling effect on the market with the freehold sector remaining relatively unchanged from the previous week, however sales were up 13% and competition for homes is still strong with an average 66% selling at or above the list price. Once again, the east end of the city (Riverdale and Leslieville) remain the hot spots. Properties in the $700K to $1.SM price range saw plenty of multiples and of those sold 76% sold at or over the asking price.

If you thought shifting your dreams of home ownership to the condo market would make life easier, you might be a little disappointed. This year we have watched as competition for resale condos increased dramatically. Last week the number of sold condos was up by 12% and of those sold 55% sold at or above the list price. Clearly, it's a seller's market for condos in Toronto. It was also great to see a 20% influx of new condos come to market last week with 425 new listings.

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Here Are The Top Five Trending Stories Of The Week:

Regulations Add $229,000 To Cost Of Homes In Canada's Hottest Markets: Study

“Buyers in Canada's most overheated real estate markets paid an average of $229,000 extra per home between 2007 and 2016 because of regulations making it difficult for builders to construct more single-family houses, said a new study.”

Sellers aren’t panicking in Toronto’s weakened housing market

“Even with transactions at their lowest level since the 2009 recession, sellers in Canada’s largest city have avoided listing their homes en masse in what could be a sign of confidence the market will come back. According to data released Tuesday by the Canadian Real Estate Association, new listings in Toronto fell 8.6 per cent in April from a month earlier and are down nearly 30 per cent from a year ago.”

Toronto Real Estate Board tells Ontario counterpart to ‘stay in their lane’

“The president of Toronto’s real estate board warned leaders of the Ontario Real Estate Association, headed by a former Progressive Conservative leader, to “stay in their lane” in an emphatic letter that relays his concerns that the provincial group is stoking fears about the housing market and becoming too political..”

Still waiting for the Bank of Canada's promised real estate rebound: Don Pittis

“Timing is everything in cyclical markets like housing, but can you afford to wait for a recovery?”

Toronto New Home Listings Vanish Because Sellers Don't Like What They See In The Market

“Homeowners in Toronto and surrounding regions don't seem too impressed with what's been going on in their housing market, and they've responded to the slowdown by staying put in their homes.”