Buyer's Market?

Thursday Jul 13th, 2017

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We can all feel a slight shift in the market since Q1 of 2017. The question is: What does the near future hold?

According to TREB President Larry Cerqua: "Home buyers definitely benefited from a better supplied market in May, both in comparison to the same time last year and to the first four months of 2017. However, even with the robust increase in active listings, inventory levels remain low. At the end of May, we had less than two months of inventory. This is why we continued to see very strong annual rates of price growth, albeit lower than the peak growth rates earlier this year,"

According to TREB Director Market Analysis:"The actual, or normalized, effect of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan remains to be seen. In the past, some housing policy changes have initially led to an overreaction on the part of homeowners and buyers, which later balanced out. On the listings front, the increase in active listings suggests that homeowners, after a protracted delay, are starting to react to the strong price growth we've experienced over the past year by listing their home for sale to take advantage of these equity gains,"

What the numbers look like:Selling prices continued to increase strongly in May compared to the same month in 2016. The MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark price was up by 29 per cent year-over-year. The average selling price for all home types combined for the TREB Market Area as a whole was up by 14.9 per cent to $863,910. Year-over-year price increases were greater for condominium apartments compared to low-rise home types.

Nick & Zina's Two cents: We felt an increase in inventory levels about 2 weeks prior to the Fair Housing Plan announcement. That, coupled with the Provincial changes, led to a slowdown in # of houses sold (as a % of total listings). There's no doubt it's a great time to buy since August is just around the corner and it's historically known as a slower month in Real Estate.  We feel that things will pick up again in the fall and into the beginning of next year.  

 

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