Sales Representative, B.Sc. (Hons)
Bosley Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage
Two weeks ago we witnessed a tsunami of new listings in downtown Toronto but a relatively lackluster sales performance left us feeling kind of empty. We made the bold statement that perhaps the reason sales were so low was because most of the new listings were holding back offers until the following week.
In the condominium sector new listings have remained relatively unchanged over the last week while sales are down a little over 10% (from 200 units to 181 units). Sales at or above the list price are currently at 16.6% which is a solid indicator that the condo market is trading well. In the central core we noted a significant increase in luxury condos coming to market last week while there was a decline in number of mid-priced listings ($400k to $700k).
There are two simple truths that we learned last week; Kanye West is NOT a Canadian and Toronto’s real estate market turned in another gold medal performance. Sure, things are slowing down a bit but that’s more a seasonal tendency. What catches our eye is the fact that while listings are way down in both the freehold and condo sectors, sales are only down a little.
After hitting nearly 500 new freehold listings in early May, things have slowed down as we enter the traditional Summer market. Last week we dropped to just over 300 new listings. I t seems that buyers are s t i l l out in full force however as sales increased by 5% last week. We found i t interesting that sales at or above the list price tapered down to 53.8%, one of the lowest numbers this year. We expect that sales may under-perform during the month of July thanks to the Pan Am Games but demand will not slow down. This should make the fall market exceptionally busy.
New freehold listings are up by 15.8% over two weeks ago. When you factor in some lower numbers due to the long weekend, it appears that listings have been increasing relatively steadily for the past two months.