The bad news? New freehold listings in the Toronto core declined nearly 28% from last week. The good news? Despite the drop in new product, real estate sales were up 16% week-over-week!
Here’s a rundown of the latest Toronto real estate figures, as well as some key media headlines, all courtesy of our parent brokerage, Bosley Real Estate!
Countdown to Cannabis in Canada October 17th, 2018 Canada becomes the second largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Uruguay launched legal sales last year, after several years of planning. Many are speculating how the decision will affect society and the economy. We as realtors will see inquiries from our clients as to what the impact of legalization on real estate will be and how will it affect residential property markets. If we look at what is happening in Colorado, the results showed that single family homes situated within 0.1 mile of a recreational marijuana store experienced an increase of 8 per cent relative to homes farther away. Whether Canadians homeowners also see a high, remains to be seen!
In the freehold market new listings have eased off nearly 28% from last week. Almost the entire decline in new listings occurred in the central core. But the great news is sales were up 16%. With a shortage of listings and a big demand, a good indicator of market strength is the number of sales at or above the list price, which sits at a healthy 62% for this reporting period.
In the condo market we also saw a modest decline in new listings, down 9% from the previous week. Despite the slight reduction in the number of sales, over 53% of units traded at or above the list price, which shows that buyers are out there, but inventory is low. Condominiums will face an increasingly complex array of issues with the new Cannabis Act. The impact will be far-reaching and will pose challenges for condos, as Toronto dwellers are eager to light up inside their homes, but they may see that dream go up in smoke!
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HERE ARE THE TOP FIVE TRENDING STORIES OF THE PAST WEEK:
Most Toronto-Area Millennials Concerned Young People Won’t Be Able To Buy Homes: Study
“Almost all respondents agree that the dream of home ownership is becoming more difficult to achieve for young people in the area.”
Condo buyers call for better protections as second major Vaughan condo project killed
“There are growing calls for stronger homebuyer protections in the wake of a second major condo cancellation at the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre, this time affecting buyers of 1,633 units in the sold-out Icona buildings that were launched between January and March last year.”
How The New USMCA Trade Deal Will Make Canadian Housing More Expensive
“Canada’s recently-announced trade deal with the United States and Mexico is about to make housing more expensive, and mortgage-holders should brace for impact.”
Canadian Home Construction Takes A Plunge In The Middle Of A Population Boom
“New homes may not be keeping up with Canada’s record-setting population growth.”
Real estate has become the next Uber for tech firms, venture capitalists
“Opendoor, a startup that flips homes, attracted attention in June, when it announced it had raised US$325-million from a long list of venture capitalists. The financing valued the four-year-old company at more than US$2-billion.”
In case you missed them, here’s Bosley’s Market Insight s from last month!
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