Clarington's real estate market has fared well compared to many neighbouring communities in December, with an annual price gain of 3.1%.
The Toronto Real Estate Board's (TREB) latest market stats put the average property selling at $530,632 - up from last year's 514,562 - but well off April when the average was at $638,252.
This is good news for buyers, as they have an opportunity to get in at prices well off their peak. As well, with a much higher level of inventory to choose from, they won't be faced with competing with other buyers nearly as often as was the case earlier in the year.
As for sellers, they shouldn't be expecting to get prices that nearby homes may have fetched in the spring (at least for the time being), and they may also need to be prepared to more work preparing their home in a competitive market. Homes are spending more time on the market now, and buyers won't be forced to accept minor deficiencies like they would have under a bidding war.
Of course, that pendulum swing makes things more attractive for buyers that have been frustrated by the bidding madness, or that have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for things to calm down. The new year is looking very good for buyers now that inventories have built up and prices are stabilizing.
The average selling price of homes in the GTA this December was $735,021 and represents a 0.6% increase over 2016. Sales volume was down 7.6% from last year.
Active listings increased - by 172.4%, which shows that inventory levels are recovering strongly. Compared to previous periods, this is good news for buyers with the supply starting to catch up to demand.
The MLS Home Price Index helps to normalize the statistics, by adjusting sales statistics to represent typical homes within MLS areas. When using these numbers, Clarington showed a composite annual gain of 9.22%, compared to the TREB average of 7.19%.
Inventory levels are still somewhat low with 1.9 months of inventory on hand across the board. This means that a current sales levels, all of the property would be bought up in the GTA in 1.6 months (if no new listings were added). In Durham, there is 1.4 months of inventory in the area. In Clarington, the figure is 1.5 months inventory.
The average listing in Clarington spent 21 days on the market. The TREB average was 23 days.
The average listing sold for 99% of asking, demonstrating that demand is still strong, and an indication of multiple offers on many listings, though not nearly as many as earlier last year.
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