Bosley Real Estate Market Insight - February 28th, 2020 - 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 - February 28th, 2020

28 February 2020
Bosley Real Estate


Businesses all over the world are becoming increasingly concerned about the Coronavirus’s impact on various markets. Could our real estate market be affected? Toronto was one the first places in Canada to experience Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) related emergencies in 2003. Interestingly, housing sales data from 2003 in Toronto show no apparent signs of suffering. Sales increased in units from the previous year, and similarly the average sale price increased during the same time period. Coronavirus to date has already claimed more lives than SARS did in 2003. The uncertainty about how long the threat will last and how quickly it can be contained will weigh heavily on the markets. Since the epicentre of the breakout is far from Canada, it is probable that the adverse impacts on Canadian markets will be moderate at worst.

The market continues to pick up steam with freehold listings doubling what they were the previous week. The high-end luxury market saw 30 new listings above 3 million dollars come to market last week with the central core leading the way. But the number of sold properties was down 16% week-over-week. Buyers are circling and they are willing to move quickly when they see a property that ticks all the right boxes. There seems to be an exuberance in the office this week and no doubt that the market is starting to take off.

The condo market took a different direction and saw a 21% drop in new listings last week, and no change in the number of condos sold week-over-week. Condo sales continue to sell above their list price with 67% of all sales happening above the asking price. The majority of sales last week were in the $499K to $700K price range, which is an indication that there are plenty of first-time buyers out there.

Bosley Real Estate Ltd. is a full service boutique brokerage operating in Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Port Hope and Cambridge Ontario since 1928. We have four centrally located offices and over 250 sales representatives selling and leasing homes and condominiums in all the vibrant communities we work in. Our brand is well recognized internationally thanks to our unique affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World. Our sales teams meet weekly to discuss market conditions, trending topics, and anecdotes that more accurately reflect the true temperature of the real estate market.

Here Are The Top Five Trending Stories Of The Week:

Easier mortgage rules won't fix Canada’s housing crisis

”Mortgage rule changes introduced by the finance department last week aren’t sufficient to address the affordability crisis faced by many Canadians, according to two of the nation’s largest banks.”

As foreign buyers return, luxury condo prices are set to surge in Toronto

“Condos are leading Toronto’s rising luxury real estate market, which is expected to make further gains this year thanks to a low supply of listings and the return of foreign buyers, according to a Royal LePage report released Tuesday.”

Average Toronto-Area Home Expected To Cost Buyers $900K This Year

“Median rents for one-bedroom apartments in the most expensive cities grew significantly in January, with close to half posting double-digit gains on a yearly basis, according to a study by PadMapper Research.”

For one euro in Cantiano, Italy, you can buy a coffee. Or you can buy a house

“Alessandro Piccini, the mayor of Cantiano, was horrified by the mathematical progression. Every year, the pretty medieval town in mountainous east-central Italy saw far fewer births than deaths. Last year, the score was 4 to 40. It was only a matter of time before Cantiano ceased to be.”

Insurance skyrockets 780% for Abbotsford condo owners

“Residents of Abbotsford’s tallest building, the 26-story Mahogany Tower on Gladwin Road, saw their insurer hike their premiums by 780 per cent this year.”