0, Canada: Canada Day- Summer may officially start June 21, but for many, Canada’s birthday heralds the official kickoff of summer. For parents it means no more early morning rush to get the kids packed up for school and traffic around the city gets a little lighter. As we cruise into the hot summer months we have the opportunity to take a bit of a breather from our fast-paced lives, take a trip out of town, or enjoy time sitting by the dock or under your favorite patio umbrella … unless you are trying to buy a house, in which case all bets are off.
After a flurry of listing activity in the last two weeks, listings tapered off last week by 7% and sales were also down by 5%. It’s not unusual to see this happening a week before a long weekend. The high-end price range of $3M plus saw 23 new listings come to market last week. Competition for homes is still strong with 53% selling at or above the asking price. We believe that buyers are still very active in the market place but are taking a but more time to make a decision.
Last week in the condo sector there were 10% fewer listings on the market but we were excited to see a 15% increase in sales week over week. Of those recorded sales, 58% sold at or over the list price. Bigger suites in the downtown core, particularly those in the $700k – $1.Sm range are receiving the most attention with over half selling above the list price.
“Great promise and responsibility await Canada. As we look ahead we will continue to rise to the most pressing challenges we face. We will meet these challenges the way we always have -with hard work, determination and hope.”
Happy Canada Day!