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Strong Sales and Price Growth in September
October 3, 2013 — Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,411 residential sales through the TorontoMLS system in September 2013, representing a 30 per cent increase compared to 5,687 transactions reported in September 2012. Year-to-date, total residential sales reported through TorontoMLS amounted to 68,907 during the first nine months of 2013 – down by one per cent compared to the same period in 2012.
“It’s great news that households have found that the costs of home ownership, including mortgage payments, remain affordable. This is why the third quarter was characterized by renewed growth in home sales in the GTA. We expect to see sales up for the remainder of 2013, as the pent-up demand that resulted from stricter mortgage lending guidelines continues to be satisfied,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.
The average selling price for September transactions was $533,797 – up by 6.5 per cent year-over-year. Through the first three quarters of 2013, the average selling price was $520,118 – up by over four per cent compared to the first nine months of 2012.
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark for September was up by four per cent year-over-year. The annual rate of growth for the composite benchmark has been accelerating since the spring of 2013.
“The price growth story in September continued to be about strong demand for low-rise home types, coupled with a short supply of listings. Even with slower price growth and month-to-month volatility in the condo apartment market, overall annual price growth has
been well above the rate of inflation this year. This scenario will continue to play out through the remainder of 2013,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.
Last Listing Update – Before and After Photos attached
A fantastic condo suite that we put to market last week sold in just 5 days and although not stalled for an offer date, 2 competing offers emerged. The sellers received a firm offer (rare for a condo as status certificate reviews are the norm) with a sale price of $6000 over asking.
The preparation of the space played a significant role in achieving this. See some before and after photos below.
Correction from Last Week
Last week I wrote about the importance of staging and mentioned that my staging contact is Harvey Winks. His correct contact number is 416.704.4777
Along with staging, Harvey is an interior decorator and can help anyone with design / build needs?
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Have a FANTASTIC weekend, Anthony