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Buyers Take a Beating in June

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The headlines all proclaim that June was the “best month on record“, but if you were a buyer in the month of June, you’d probably disagree. As usual, let’s take a look at the numbers just for downtown condos.

In C01 (downtown west) let’s compare the June numbers from the past 3 years:

SALES: 2007 – 336 sales | 2008 – 276 sales | 2009 – 400 sales (up 45% from ’08 and up 19% from ’07)

AVG PRICES: 2007 – $315,207 | 2008 – $360,010 | 2009 – $340,895 (down 5% from ’08, up 8% from ’07)

MEDIAN PRICES: 2007 – $281,000 | 2008 – $307,570 | 2009 – $307,500 (flat from ’08, up 9% from ’07)

SALES:ACTIVE LISTING RATIO: 2007 – 71% | 2008 – 44% | 2009 – 70%

In C08 (downtown east) let’s compare the June numbers from the past 3 years:

SALES: 2007 – 123 sales | 2008 – 126 sales | 2009 – 165 sales (up 31% from ’08 and up 34% from ’07)

AVG PRICES: 2007 – $309,449 | 2008 – $322,003 | 2009 – $345,465 (down 7% from ’08, up 12% from ’07)

MEDIAN PRICES: 2007 – $271,000 | 2008 – $303,500 | 2009 – $327,000 (up 8% from ’08, up 21% from ’07)

SALES:ACTIVE LISTING RATIO: 2007 – 90% | 2008 – 57% | 2009 – 88%

Sales are way up over last year and even above where they were in 2007. If you look at the sales:active listing ratios, the numbers are off the charts in favour of seller’s. Supply is just not nearly keeping up with demand.

Median prices for downtown west (where the bulk of condo activity occurs downtown) are basically flat from last year which fits with anecdotal evidence that suggests prices are right back to where they were at the peak of the market.

What does the future hold? I think June will go down as the busiest month of 2009. I think July and August will be very active months, however, heading into the fall market and into the winter I have to believe we have no where to go but down (in terms of number of sales and directional pressure on prices). Things should be improving for buyers soon. Interest rates have gone up substantially of late, and hopefully as some new condo buildings come online over the next few months, we will see a bump in inventory levels.

For additional reading check out “Alarming Inbalance in Toronto’s Real Estate Market“.

Questions? Comments? I’d love to hear from you.

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