Here is your August Real Estate Update from Sue Anfang -
July and August continue to be what I call a "tale of two markets" .... while some Toronto property prices continue to set at record prices, other Toronto homes seem to linger for sale with no apparent reason. While the market seems to be firmly in the "sellers market" - the aggressive market we saw in the spring seems to be tempered. Don't get me wrong, there are still multiple offers on properties - but when there might have been 20+ offers in the spring, we may be seeing 10 now. Perhaps the seasonality is returning to the real estate market or perhaps the easing of Covid restrictions has allowed people to focus on other things. Or may be a combination of both!
Single family homes: The number of home sales were down vs. July 2020 & but down slightly since June. House prices declined slightly from June to July 2021 with the average GTA home price now $1,062,256. The average detached house sale price in July remained flat June-July $1,405,478.
Condo Apartments: This competition is becoming more widespread with tighter market conditions in the condominium apartment segment as well. Average Condo sale price for July down slightly from June to $674,490
Rentals: If your renting, the rent freeze has been lifted, and landlords are allowed to increase rents in 2022 by 1.2%
DETAILED MARKET STATISTICS CAN BE FOUND ON MY WEBSITE AT: Market Statistics
Here are some common questions that I get when I'm talking about Real Estate:
Have prices gone down?
We seem to have experienced a bit of a lull since Ontario has eased Covid restriction, or perhaps signalling a return to seasonality in the market where we have sales peaks in Spring and Fall (these swings were absent during Covid lockdowns). Prices continue to be high for in-demand properties - with many opportunities for buyers for properties sitting on the market.
Are bidding wars still a thing?
Yes they are; but bidding wars are more hard to predict! Sometimes we are seeing homes re-list at a higher price if they don't sell on offer night. This didn't happen earlier in the year when most homes sold!
Are Open Houses Back?
Yes, our local board is allowing them, as long as the hosting agent observes proper social distancing protocols.