Don’t let this frigidly cold weather fool you! Spring is just around the corner and the transition from holiday quiet to spring madness comes swiftly and seemingly overnight. This is the time of year where we should use the lull to connect with past clients and gear up for the next few months.
Our office has seen a flurry (pardon the pun) of sales over what is traditionally the slowest time of year. Condos and luxury properties which were offered for sale for over 60 days surprisingly found their buyers (as they say every pot has its' lid) in mid December and the first couple of days of January.
I have attached an excerpt from the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Market Watch which greater illustrates the strength of the market over a prolonged period of time. Due to the lower and stable interest rates homes prices have continued to rise at t healthy and respectable rate. The statistics below support our belief that the real estate market in Toronto is hotter than ever.
January 7, 2015 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 92,867 residential sales through the TorontoMLS system in 2014, including 4,446 in December. The calendar year 2014 sales result represented a 6.7 per cent increase over the 2013 sales figure of 87,049 and was just short of the record set in 2007.
"TREB's 2014 sales figures are a testament to the importance Greater Toronto Area households continue to place on home ownership. GTA households realize that home purchases have been a quality long-term investment. While home prices certainly increased substantially in 2014, the purchase of an average priced home remained affordable, in terms of the average household's ability to comfortably cover their monthly mortgage payments," said Mr. Etherington.
"Even with a constrained supply of homes for sale in many parts of the Greater Toronto Area, buyers continued to get deals done last month. Households remain upbeat about home ownership because monthly mortgage payments remain affordable relative to accepted lending standards. This is coupled with the fact that housing has proven to be a quality long-term investment," stated Mr. Etherington.
The average selling price continued to grow on a year-over-year basis in calendar year 2014, with an 8.4 per cent increase over calendar year 2013 to $566,726. This included a seven per cent increase in the December 2014 average selling price to $556,602. Throughout 2014, annual increases in the average selling price and the MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark were consistently reported on a monthly basis for most market segments, from detached homes through to condominium apartments.
"The strong price growth we experienced in 2014 can be explained with two words: listings shortage. The constrained supply of listings was especially evident for low-rise home types like singles, semis and town houses. The number of households looking to purchase these home types increased, while the number of homes from which they could choose decreased. This situation resulted in more competition between buyers and more aggressive offers," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.
All the Best,