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Toronto Real Estate Market Report: New Year Off To Good Start

New Year Off To Good Start

February 5, 2008 — A strong performance within TREB’s Central districts drove the Toronto area real estate market to a healthy 5,073 sales in January, off just two per cent from last year’s record performance, President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

“While sales were strong, price increases remained modest, with the average rising six per cent to $374,449,” said Ms. O’Neill. “There is clearly still a place for the first-time buyer in today’s resale market.”

Breaking down the total, 1,940 sales were reported in TREB’s 28 West districts and averaged $351,594; 945 sales were reported in the 14 Central districts and averaged $485,259; 966 sales were reported in the 23 North districts and averaged $410,289; and 1,224 sales were reported in TREB’s 21 East districts and averaged $296,838.

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Statistics: A Year in Review

This the 2007 year in review for the Toronto Real Estate Market.  All information below is taken directly from the Toronto Real Estate Board.  2007 was a year in which every month, so it was no real shock when the boards statistics came out showing it as the best year ever.  The below statistics are broken down into Average Price, Average Days on Market and Units Sold.  If you would like this information broken down into your postal code, MLS district or even to your street, please feel free to call or e-mail me.

Average Days on Market

Shown on the Graph below you can see that the Average Days on Market increased in December to 36.97, and the yearly average was 32.74 Days on the Market.

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Units Sold

As expected with the Holiday season the number of units sold in December droped to 4692 giving a total of 100,981 units sold in 2007

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Average Selling Price 

The December average selling price was the highest for 2007 at $401,905.00 and the overall yearly average was $381,011.29

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Toronto Real Estate: Terrible photo of the Day

Welcome to a new series here at the East Toronto Real Estate Blog.  Every week, on Tuesday and Friday, right here, I will post some of the worst photos I have seen used by Toronto REALTORS® to market there sellers properties.  If you come a cross any you think qualify, drop me an e-mail and I will use your photos.

The first photo is so bad, I just can’t comment on it.

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Toronto Real Estate Report: Healthy December Sales = Best Year Ever

Healthy December Sales = Best Year Ever 

January 7, 2008 — A healthy 4,646 sales in December propelled 2007 sales to a record setting 93,193 sales, TREB President Maureen O’Neill announced today. “Year-end sales are up 12 per cent over last year and up 11 per cent over the 84,145 recorded during 2005, the Toronto market’s previous best-ever annual performance.”

On a year-over-year basis, prices rose seven per cent to $376,236 from last year’s $351,941. The annual time-on-market figure stood at 32 days versus 2006’s figure of 34 days, meaning that over the course of the past two years it has taken homes within the GTA barely a month to sell on average.

Breaking down the total, 1,756 sales were reported in TREB’s 28 West districts and averaged $357,711; 1,057 sales were reported in the 14 Central districts and averaged $531,366; 771 sales were reported in the 23 North districts and averaged $420,508; and 1,062 sales were reported in TREB’s 21 East districts and averaged $302,113.

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The City of Toronto (E-1 to E-11, W-1 to W-10, and C-1 to C-15) recorded 39,052 sales in 2007, up 13 per cent over the 34,404 recorded in the previous year. Prices averaged $415,041, up 10 per cent over 2006.

Source:  TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate: Two New Records Set In First Two Weeks of December!

Toronto Real Estate:  Two New Records Set In First Two Weeks of December!

December 19, 2007 — The Greater Toronto resale home market reached two new heights during the first half of this month Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

“The 2,868 transactions recorded during the first two weeks of December have made this the first year that sales have exceeded 90,000,” said Ms. O’Neill.

This activity also represents a 3 per cent increase over the 2,783 sales recorded during the first two weeks of December 2006.

This year’s record activity has been matched by record prices.

“The average price is now $404,707, which is the first time it has exceeded $400,000,” said Ms. O’Neill.

The current average price has increased 3 per cent since last month and 19 per cent compared to the same time frame a year ago.

In the Danforth area (E03) transactions are up 24 per cent compared to mid-December 2006, as a result of strong semi-detached sales.

New Toronto transactions (W06) are up 43 per cent compared to the same timeframe a year ago, as a result of strong condominium apartment sales.

Condominium apartment transactions Downtown (C01) also pushed overall sales in that area up 28 per cent compared to the first half of December 2006.

In North York (C14) detached home transactions led to an overall sales increase of 34 per cent in the area compared to mid-December 2006.

“The two new precedents set in the last two weeks is certainly positive news, said Ms. O’Neill. It’s shaping up to be a busy holiday season for homebuyers and sellers alike.”

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Market: On Track for a Record-Breaking Year!

Toronto Real Estate Board on Track for a Record-Breaking Year!

December 5, 2007 — Last month became the best November on record with 7,313 resale home transactions in the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

“I recently reported that 2007 became the best year ever for resale transactions in the Greater Toronto Area with six weeks left to go,” said Ms. O’Neill. Even more astonishing though, is the fact that eight of the 11 months so far this year set new monthly records. No other year has shown as many record-breaking monthly performances.”

Sales were up 16 per cent in November compared to the same timeframe last year.

At $393,757, November’s average price increased 11 per cent as compared to a year ago and remained in line with the previous month.

Some of the most significant activity in November took place in the 416 area code.

Based on strong sales in all housing types, Riverdale (E01) saw a 56 per cent increase in transactions compared to November 2006.

In the Islington/Kingsway (W08), sales rose 55 per cent over last November, driven primarily by an increase in detached home sales.

In Willowdale (C07), transactions nearly doubled compared to the same timeframe a year ago, driven by strong condominium apartment and detached home sales.

In the West part of Markham (N01), strong detached home sales led to an overall increase of 86 per cent compared to November 2006.

“We expect 2007 to be the first year ever to exceed 90,000 transactions, said Ms O’Neill. These numbers reflect the fact that people who live in the Greater Toronto Area see real estate as an excellent long-term investment.”

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate Market: Best November Ever, Best Year Ever!

Best November Ever, Best Year Ever!

December 5, 2007 — A record-breaking November saw 7,313 sales, driving year-to-date totals to 88,695 sales, TREB President Maureen O’Neill announced today. “We have already exceeded the 84,145 sales recorded during 2005, which was our previous record,” said the President. “By the end of December we will have crossed the 90,000 sales mark for the very first time. As 2007 winds down, the GTA resale home market is looking as healthy as it has ever been.”

Prices were almost unchanged in November, with the average at $393,747, down marginally from the $394,646 recorded in the previous month. It was up 11 per cent over the $355,727 recorded during November 2006. Meanwhile, days-on-market came in at 32, and the list-to-sale price ratio was 98 per cent.

Breaking down the total, 2,725 sales were reported in TREB’s 28 West districts and averaged $362,272; 1,529 sales were reported in the 14 Central districts and averaged $519,841; 1,354 sales were reported in the 23 North districts and averaged $417,967; and 1,705 sales were reported in TREB’s 21 East districts and averaged $311,738.

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate: Best Year Ever with Six Weeks To Go!

November 19, 2007 — November 19, 2007 — With six weeks remaining, 2007 has already become the best year on record for resale homes in the Greater Toronto Area, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.

“As I predicted last month, 2007 will indeed be a banner year for home sales in our city,” said Ms. O’Neill. “So far this year, 84,994 properties have changed hands, as compared to 84,145 sales in 2005, our previous best year.”

With 3,544 transactions to mid-month, November sales are also up five per cent compared the same timeframe last year.

The current average price is $393,084, a nine per cent increase over the first half of November 2006.

The year-to-date average price stands at $374,678, up six per cent over the $352,807 recorded during the first 111?2 months of 2006.

“All of the economic conditions remain in place for a strong housing market in the GTA. The unemployment rate fell by approximately half a per cent last month, Statistics Canada anticipates sustained immigration throughout the next decade and mortgage rates remain historically low,” said Ms. O’Neill. “Toronto is a very vibrant city in which to live and compared to other urban centres like New York, Los Angeles and London, our housing is very affordable.”

Source: TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board)

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Toronto Real Estate: Importance Of Getting a Home Inspection.

When Purchasing a home in the Toronto Real Estate market a home inspection prior to purchasing a home or condominium can bring peace of mind when you sign the sales contract. Knowing what to expect both inside and out will help you make an informed decision about the value of the home and the future upkeep.

A home inspection accomplishes two important goals. First, it gives you a chance to determine the condition of the house, its structural soundness, and the condition of its mechanical systems. Second, it brings any problems to the seller’s attention at a time when they can be resolved before closing a sale.

If you sign a contract before inspection, consider including a clause that the sale is contingent upon a satisfactory structural inspection, and specify when the inspection is to be carried out. That way, you are protected.

A comprehensive inspection includes a visual examination of the structure from top to bottom, including the heating, air conditioning systems, the interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement and visible structure.

Following the examination, the inspector will provide a report that not only points out possible defects or areas of concerns, but also the positive aspects of the structure as well as the type of maintenance that will be necessary to keep the home in good shape.

Even the most experienced homeowners lack the knowledge and expertise of a professional inspection firm. For example, watermarks in the basement may indicate a chronic seepage problem, or simply may be a result of a single incident.

A professional assessment will provide complete information about the condition of the property you are considering and will help avoid any unpleasant surprises after the sale. In addition, a home inspector can remain totally objective, while you as a prospective homebuyer may be emotionally involved.

The inspection fee for a typical single-family house can vary depending upon the geographic area. The particular features of the home such as size, age and special structures will be taken into consideration. A decision to have a home inspected is a good investment. You might save many times the cost of inspection by being aware of defects, maintenance requirements, and upgrading requirements.

Good decorating should not sell you on a house. Remember, you’re also buying structural and mechanical systems. Walk through a house twice before you hire an inspector. The first time, look at the rooms, the floor plan, and envision your own decorating ideas for the house. The second time, go back and look at the condition of the walls, doors, appliance, and plumbing. If the home still looks good after two visits and you’re getting serious about the purchase, hire an inspector.

Inspectors should be licensed in building-related fields; architects, contractors, and structural engineers are good examples. When interviewing a potential home inspection firm, carefully inquire about the specifics of their work and company. Ask how long they have been in business, ask for references from previous customers. Find out what type of insurance they carry and do they guarantee inspections?

A home inspection usually lasts about three hours. Professional inspection companies will be happy to answer all your questions. Avoid firms that issue only a verbal report. The report should be in narrative form, not just a checklist of items inspected. The home inspector should also issue a written report with accurate cost estimates for any major defects discovered during the inspection. You may find it valuable to accompany the inspector as he goes through the house.

Property inspections are not limited to residential properties. Many inspectors help homeowners with analysis and solutions to specific problems such as energy conservation, wet basements or cracked foundations. Inspectors also inspect work upon completion to ensure that a contract has been properly fulfilled.

If you are considering purchasing a home, the Ontario Real Estate Association advises that you invest in an inspection by a reputable and qualified inspection firm. Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make. Know what you are buying and what your future upkeep obligations will be.

Source: OREA (Ontario Real Estate Association)

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Working With A Realtor: The Listing Agreement

The Listing Agreement

When you decide to sell your home with a REALTOR® in the Toronto Real Estate market, one of the most important forms you will encounter is the Listing Agreement. The Listing Agreement is the contract between you and the real estate brokerage authorizing the brokerage, including its brokers and salespeople, to market your property.

The Listing Agreement is such an important part of your real estate transaction that you’ll want to be sure it is as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Your REALTOR® will work with you to fill in all the details and leave nothing to chance.

Detailed information about your home is spelled out in the listing agreement which helps other REALTORS® respond to questions from potential buyers about your property. Also, the Listing Agreement forms the basis for any offers drafted on your home as well as any resulting negotiations involving the offer.

There are two types of listings – an “Exclusive” listing and a “Multiple” listing. An exclusive listing gives the brokerage the sole right to find a buyer for your home during a specific time period. You agree to pay a pre-established real estate commission to the broker once the sale is completed. The commission is payable to the broker regardless of whether someone else sells your home — including yourself during the set period or even if your home sells at a future date to someone the broker introduced to the property.

A multiple listing is also an exclusive listing between you and the broker, but includes your authorization to allow the broker to market your home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and have other REALTORS® help to find a buyer. In this case, you pay the agreed upon commission and it is shared between the listing broker and the REALTOR® who found the buyer.

Most often, a REALTOR® will recommend that you list your home through the MLS so that you receive maximum exposure in the shortest time possible. Many REALTORS® in Ontario use a standard listing agreement form such as the one published by the Ontario Real Estate Association.

Because the Listing Agreement is so vital to the whole real estate transaction, REALTORS® are well-trained to carefully include every last required detail. The agreement is divided into two sections – authority and property details.

The authority section establishes the legal relationship between you and the real estate broker, sets a time limit for that relationship, and describes the obligations of each party. The detail section provides information about the property being offered for sale and the ideal terms the seller would like to see in an offer. Your property will be completely identified by its full legal description, including street and house number, as well as to lot and plan number if the property is in a registered plan or subdivision.

Your property size and location, floor area, room sizes, style and number of rooms, zoning, building age and type of construction will all be spelled out on the Listing Agreement.
The listing price is specified along with any other clauses regarding price or terms. There is a specific reference to the commission that will be paid upon a successful sale, trade or exchange of the property.

Other details to be filled in on the Listing Agreement include mortgage information, how many days until closing after your home sells, and how your property will be shown. Your REALTOR® will also discuss with you what items you are willing to sell along with the home. These items usually fall under one of two categories – fixtures or chattels. Fixtures are permanent improvements that normally stay with a property as part of the sale. Things like central air conditioning, built-in appliances and wall-to-wall carpeting are fixtures.
Chattels are usually movable pieces of personal property such as microwave ovens, blinds or washers and dryers. You may wish to include some of these “chattels” to sweeten the deal. These items will be clearly spelled out in the Listing Agreement.

Your home is probably the largest asset you will ever sell and you want to be sure you do it right. Selling your home is a complicated transaction involving many legal forms and procedures. Having a REALTOR® on your side will ensure the sale of your home goes smoothly.

Source: OREA (Ontario Real Estate Association)

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