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Temperature Check: Bathurst and Lake Shore Edition

This is the second installment in this new series whereby I am attempting to give my readers a street-level, in the trenches sort of perspective of what the condo market is actually like. “Temperature Check” will help show what it’s like to be a seller in the current market and what you can expect if you sell your property now. I’m sharing with my readers some stats that no one else in the market is sharing.

Last week I listed a unit at one of the well-known buildings located at Bathurst and Lake Shore. It was a 1+den with parking and locker on a medium-height floor facing north/north-west. Here is the activity the listing received:

  • On the market for 2 days
  • Approximately 20 Realtor showings booked
  • 2 email inquiries from buyers who saw the listing on the internet
  • 1 bully offer received, which started a bidding war with 4 offers total
  • End result: Sold for 5% above the asking price

Interpretation:

The results of this were better than I was expecting, buildings in this area typically are not known for their ability to attract bidding wars, and the sheer volume of activity on the listing in just 48 hours was indicative of a very hot market. We were planning on holding off on offers until about a week after the property was on the market, but we received a bully offer after just 2 days on the market so I had to jump into action, calling and emailing every agent who had booked a showing on the property to let them know the situation. 3 other agents responded and also brought offers to the table, which was surprising to some degree but great news for my seller. It needs to be noted that we did not price the property low to attract a bidding war.

My key takeaway from this is that finding a 1 bedroom and den with parking and locker for around $300K downtown these days is very rare, and buyers that have been priced out of ‘downtown proper’ are now looking to areas like Bathurst and Lakeshore, Liberty Village etc. as the next best thing. Of course it goes without saying that a prerequisite for success like this is understanding how to prepare your condo for sale, and to position it properly in all your marketing efforts to generate maximum activity and results.

If you are thinking about selling in 2011, I don’t see things getting any better for sellers than they are right now. Questions or comments? Please contact me.

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