A transition in the housing market is likely to continue for “some time” as interest rates adjust and buyers and sellers reassess, according to an area association of realtors.
“Many housing markets in the province and across the country are experiencing sustained downturns in activity and ours was no exception in August,” said Chuck Murney, president of the Lakelands Association of Realtors, in a news release.
According to the Lakelands Association analysis of August home sales in the Lakelands region, which stretches from Meaford to Muskoka, there were 355 non-waterfront residential homes sold last month, a 41 per cent reduction from August 2021 in the same area.
Waterfront home sales are also decreasing with about 44 per cent fewer waterfront homes sold in August 2022 compared to 2021. The median price of a waterfront home in the region is about $890,000, down from $925,000 in August 2021.
“Supply levels are moving up from record lows and prices are pulling back from their peak earlier this spring, trends that we expect will continue through the end of the year since we have at least one more rate hike on the horizon,” said Murney in the news release.
Though fewer homes are being sold year-over-year, the value of the homes is not decreasing at the same rate.
The dollar value of non-waterfront home sales last month was $648 million, which is about 1.2 per cent higher than in August 2021. Year-to-date, the median price of a non-waterfront home in the area was $747,075, which is up by 1.2 per cent compared to the first eight months of 2021.
“Once interest rates have stabilized, there will likely be a period of adjustment where buyers and sellers reassess their positions on affordability and pricing expectations … so the housing market is going to be in transition for some time while all of this is going on,” said Murney.
The benchmark price of homes in the region has increased, with single-family homes in the Lakelands region worth about $746,200 (up by 6 per cent year-over-year) a townhouse worth about $657,900 (up 14.2 per cent) and an apartment valued at about $512,500 (up 14 per cent). All benchmark prices are calculated using the home price index, and represent the estimated sale price a person could get for that type of home in the region.
The prices vary slightly by market with the higher prices in the west part of the Lakelands region, including The Blue Mountains, Clearview, Collingwood, Grey Highlands, Meaford and Wasaga Beach.
In the west portion of the region there were 116 non-waterfront homes sold in August 2022, down from 212 homes sold in August 2021. The median price for non-waterfront residential in the area was $706,750 last month, compared to $730,000 in July 2021.
There were 10 waterfront homes sold in the west part of the region last month, which is down from 21 sold in August 2021. The median price for waterfront homes sold this month to $1.23 million, compared to $1.1 million in August 2021.
In the central portion of the region, including Midland, Orillia, Oro-Medonte, Penetanguishene, Ramara, Severn, Springwater, Tay, and Tiny Township, there were 158 homes sold last month, down from 241 sold in August 2021.
The median price for homes sold in the central section of the region was $637,500 for non-waterfront, and $900,000 for waterfront (27 waterfront homes sold last month).
In the north, including Muskoka, Parry Sound, Georgian Bay Township, Algonquin Highlands, there were 81 non-waterfront and 104 waterfront homes sold in August 2022, which is a decrease for both of about 45 per cent compared to August last year. The median sale price in the north was $570,000 for non-waterfront (up 13 per cent), and $855,000 for waterfront (up 2.6 per cent) .
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Slowing demand and rising supply in outlying communities like Airdrie have set in along with cooler temperatures of late summer, recent data shows.
Calgary Real Estate Board statistics from last month show sales falling year over year in most communities while supply is rising.
“In all those markets, we’ve seen improvements in inventory,” says Ann-Marie Lurie, chief economist with CREB.
“Still these markets remain quite tight, but we are seeing some price adjustments and that’s because they came up so high during the pandemic.”
Airdrie is the largest and most in-demand market with the highest sales last month, 169 transactions, down almost eight per cent year over year. Still, the community saw inventory rise more than 10 per cent with now more than 1.69 months of supply, an increase of nearly 20 per cent from last year.
Other communities have also seen sales fall and supply rise. These include Cochrane, which had 75 sales, down about 17 per cent from August last year. Its supply is now more than two months, up about 26 per cent year over year.
Okotoks had 53 sales in August, down about 19 per cent year over year while supply grew to more than 1.8 months.
Despite falling demand and growing supply, prices still grew year over year in these communities. The benchmark price in Airdrie increased almost 19 per cent to $493,500. In Cochrane, the benchmark price grew by more than 16 per cent to $517,400 while the benchmark reached $549,300 in Okotoks, also an increase of more than 16 per cent.
Chestermere saw the biggest drop in sales year over year at more than 48 per cent.
Only High River experienced a slight increase in activity with sales last month up 2.5 per cent versus the same span last year.
Spotlight: Making sense of the current real estate market in Newmarket – NewmarketToday.ca
Buying a home at any time is a huge undertaking. It requires a lot of preparation, time and access to expertise.
Homeowners—and those who wish to become one for the first time—have it even harder right now, with conditions seeming to change from month to month.
REALTOR® Dave Starr specializes in home buying and selling in Newmarket and the surrounding areas. With over 35 years of experience in the real estate industry, he is happy to share what he’s learned with others.
Slowing things down
So how would he describe the current state of the market in Newmarket? “It’s finally more normal and realistic,” he says. “A prospective buyer has a little more breathing room to make sure that their financing is in place and they can also consider a home inspection.”
A seller will benefit by working with a more seasoned agent, he says, because they have had prior experience with similar markets. He likens the situation to a professional athlete who has played in the playoffs before or competed in a large-scale event like the Masters in golf.
Earlier in the year, the market was not realistic.
That tended to leave buyers, sellers and agents scrambling. “The end result can be a situation with buyer’s remorse, where the buyer no longer wants to close on their purchase. The banks sometimes struggle with appraisals, which can also result in a non-closure,” he says. “In the fast-paced market that took place earlier, some agents potentially made more mistakes, especially since they weren’t experienced enough to handle multiple offers.”
Home inspections and interest rates
While some homes may not require a home inspection, there are lots that definitely need one. “In an extremely busy market, buyers could potentially end up with an unwanted surprise—at a great expense,” says the REALTOR®.
He likens it to the necessity of having speed limits on our roadways. The faster you go, the more chances you have of getting into an accident.
“We are now facing an increased mortgage rate, which many would not like to see, but the truth is it will help balance the market overall. Lower interest rates basically were one of the reasons for the inflated house prices and homeowners were simply taking on larger mortgages than ever,” he says.
For years many homeowners would tell him the same thing: that mortgage money was cheap to them. His answer to that never varied: “You do know you have to pay it back at some point.” If the rate were guaranteed for a lifetime, it would be a different story, but of course that’s not the way it works.
The market over the summer was slower but typical; that has become the norm over the past few years.
The fall market is already starting to pick up, with increased activity, though the number of listings in Newmarket is quite low. Rental availability is both quite expensive and experiencing a shortage.
Says Starr, “The market moving forward should remain stable. Buyers and sellers will have more time to make the best educated decision for their needs and wants.”
Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, he welcomes any calls or emails.
Let Dave Starr Real Estate help you make your next move. Call 416-520-3231 and get the Starr treatment you deserve.
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