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No February Blahs In The GTA Real Estate Market

Real estate sales in the GTA were up 21% from last year for the month of February says the most recent Toronto Real Estate Board housing market update. As multiple offers become more and more commonplace, sellers who effectively prepare, price and promote their property continue to get their asking price and more. The average sale price in the GTA spiked up to over $685,000 making for a 15% increase over last February’s average sale price of $596,320.

Mississauga and Oakville proved to be even more busy with an increase in sales for the past month of 28% and 40% respectively in comparison to the year before. The average sale price, on the other hand crept up just under 6% in Mississauga and 12 % in Oakville.

As expected, seizing the gold ring of homeownership and buying a detached home also cost more this February over last year. The average sales price in the GTA for a detached increased by 16% and landed at $909,761. West of the 416 saw an increase of just under 11% with detached homes selling at an average sales price of $889,524 in Mississauga and $1,171,571 in Oakville.

If you are considering selling or would like an updated valuation of your home I invite you to contact me. I would be happy to provide a comparative market analysis of your property. As always, our meeting is confidential and without cost or obligation to you.


GTA Home Prices Off To A Cool Start In 2016

A recent report from the Teranet – National Bank House Price Index indicates that the average home price in the GTA decreased in the month of January, 2016 by 0.2%. This is the first monthly decline in 11 months for Toronto although the year over year average sale price is still up 8.6% since last January. StewartFrom my vantage point there is still not much inventory available in South Mississauga and Oakville, so it remains to be seen whether this most recent Teranet – NB report is a sign of things to come or only indicative of fewer high end sales during this period.

For those of you keeping track of the local real estate market the Teranet – NB monthly report is available here and more details including national and historical data are available at

Whats In Store For The 2016 Real Estate Market?

The Re/Max 2016 Housing Market Outlook is forecasting another year of gains for the GTA. In Oakville and Mississauga in particular, buyers and sellers can expect to see an increase of five to six percent in the average price in 2016.Report-Blog-Image-1050x600

Citing continued low inventory for single family homes, the recent study matches my own day to day experience in the marketplace. The combination of demand for move up property and low interest rates continues to drive the market.

The entire GTA report is available here and if you are considering a cross country move, the National Report can be downloaded here for your reference.


The GTA luxury market keeps thriving.

The local real estate market continues its upward stride. According to the most recent Re/Max Spotlight on Luxury Report the number of home sales in the GTA over $1 Million went up by 55% compared to last year. That’s over 2500 more sales breaking the $1 Million mark.

GTA 2 TWPrice gains throughout the market and immigration into the area have combined to push the price of luxury even higher. Sales over the $3 Million mark in the GTA increased by 61% with a total of 106 more sales this year than last.

If you would like to know what the current value of your home is please contact me and I’d be happy to provide a confidential Comparative Market Evaluation. In the meantime if you are interested in the entire Re/Max report, including the rest of Canada its available here.

GTA Home Prices up 1.6% in June

According to the most recent Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index™ release, the GTA housing market has outpaced the country wide average increase of 1.4% last month. Over the past year the GTA average gain of 7.8% is well above the national average increase of 5.1% and second only to an 8.5% increase in Vancouver. For those of you keeping an eye on your property value the summary is here and full details are at . Enjoy!

Prepare Your Home For Sale – Main Selling Rooms

One aspect of selling any property is the creation of a memorable viewing experience for the buyer. Making a great first impression and highlighting the main selling rooms can help buyers imagine themselves living in the space while they walk through your home. In this short video, staging expert Carla Woolnough offers tips on presenting a home that invites a buyer to stay longer and look further. The checklist is here.

Prepare Your Home For Sale – Painting

Looking for a simple, cost effective way to make your property more saleable ? Consider giving your home a fresh coat of paint. In this brief video, staging expert Carla Woolnough provides tips on one of the easiest and affordable ways to prepare your home for sale.

Prepare Your Home For Sale – Staging FAQ

A key aspect of selling any property is preparing it for the market. As Benjamin Franklin put it,  ‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’. He may not have been concerned with real estate but I can vouch for his words in respect to selling your home. My 25+ years of experience in the business has taught me first hand the necessity of market preparation.

In this short video staging expert Carla Woolnough addresses some frequently asked questions about the home staging process.


Prepare Your Home For Sale – Pre-packing

Pre-packing, editing and de-cluttering are three good ways to show a buyer that your property has all the storage they need. This brief video features staging expert Carla Woolnough providing helpful tips on this aspect of preparing your home for sale.

How much are foreign investors driving the condo market in the GTA?

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According to a recent Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation study the answer is  – not very much.

The CMHC’s annual rental market survey says that only 2.4% of condos in Toronto are owned by foreign investors.

An article in The Star also revealed a few other intriguing stats from the same study which among other things, confirm the re-urbanization trend of late. Consider this –  the average rent increase of 8% for a condo in the downtown TO core was 80% more when compared with the GTA average of 4.4% in the past year. The entire article by Susan Pigg is well worth reading.