Some interesting facts about the real estate market activity in July:
Number of homes for sale: 15,334
Number of homes sold: 4,912
Average Number of homes AVAILABLE for a buyer to see: 3.12
Average Sale to List Price: 99%
Average Days on Market: 16
Average Price Increase from 2021 13.2%
So how do we interpret this data? Right now it is still a Seller’s Market. Almost 5000 homes sold so the fact is buyers are buying homes in the GTA. The number of homes available for sale continues to be low.
The average price is up from 2021 while prices are down from the huge increases we had at the start of the year. The market continues to adjust.
The fundamentals of Toronto’s economy haven’t changed. Unemployment is low, immigration continues to be high and rental rates are increasing. The high demand and a lack of supply is exactly what has caused the sharp increase in prices of homes and rentals! This will not change in the near future without some massive changes and acceleration of government policies.
The start of August saw a reduction in fuel prices, welcome relief to all of us! The fight against rising inflation will hopefully impact/control interest rates and bring back more affordable borrowing rates to the many people waiting on the sidelines to make a move. I don’t know how long this adjustment in sharp price increases will continue, but I know that once public confidence is restored, prices will continue to increase quickly again.
When a house is priced right, it sells very quickly close to or over the asking price. So YES, multiple offers are still taking place. A house can sell itself, but how long it takes and the price one gets is dependent on the effectiveness of the following:
- Preparation/presentation of a home
- A strategic pricing plan
- Promotion and interaction with other Realtors
- An aggressive marketing plan
- An Experienced negotiatiator.
I believe this is a great time to purchase a bigger home or an investment property, because no one can predict the future. Think 5-10 years from now and look back on previous unpredictable times like 2018, 2008 and others. Seeking the top or the bottom of the market rarely ends well so if you are ready...."just do it."
By the way, I will be away in Israel from August 19th – September 5th on a lifelong dream trip with my immediate family of 14. We will be celebrating delayed and upcoming Bar & Bat Mitzvahs for 4 of 6 grandchildren. In my absence I will have a colleague on call to help you and will provide that information next week. I will be reachable but response times will be slow.
In the meantime, if you are looking ahead to doing something in September or October, message me now and let’s get started. After all, you have a friend in the business who wants to see you succeed and live the good life!
Have a great rest of the summer!
To A Good Life!
Sam Chaim - Your Point Man in Real Estate