Last update June 5, 2023, at 9:30 am
The second month of the spring real estate market in Durham Region has shown continued strength for sellers.as buyer demand continues to put pressure on sale prices and listing inventory remains low across most parts of the region.
Prices are on the rise recently. Earlier, buyers were being held back by higher mortgage rates and inflationary concerns. Rates have subsided on fixed mortgages since winter, inflation has slowed, and that looks to have emboldened the buyers out there.
Fixed-rate mortgage rates are back on the rise recently, making getting that pre-approval (and rate lock) very important for buyers who haven’t purchased yet.
Multiple offer situations are becoming much more commonplace in low to mid price points.
Supply is low to moderate, with 1.1 months of inventory (MOI) for the entire region, with higher levels in some north Durham communities. (This means that at the current pace of sales, with no new listings, all inventory would be sold within this time frame).
We haven't seen a true buyer's market across Durham Region since 2008, as shown in the chart below. In December of that year, months of inventory spiked to 9.
In May, transactions reported thus far had selling prices averaging 988,644 in Durham Region. This is a 3.4% increase from April and a 0.7% decrease from the same period last year.
Prices in Durham continue to be among the most attractive for buyers in the GTA, as shown in the chart below.
The average selling price of detached homes was just over 1,090,000 overall, as summarized in the following map.
Here is how prices fared for detached homes across the GTA:
Townhouse sale prices are now averaging just over 870,000 across the region.
Condo prices across the GTA were as follows:
Most communities in south Durham show sales at levels well above list price. The following chart shows the trend - another key indicator of why the market had slowed over the last year and is picking up once again.
In recent weeks, more and more listings are now being posted with offer dates, where no offers will be considered until that date. This is intended to put pressure on buyers (given the shortage of listings) and generate multiple offers.
Recently, SPLP has averaged well above the 100% mark, indicating that most homes are selling above their list price. This shows that a common scenario is for there to be more than one offer on properties, signalling that bidding situations are working back into the mix - just not with the same intensity as the peak early last year.
Days on market (DOM) averaged 11 days. DOM is the number of days it takes for a property to be sold firm, or without any remaining conditions.
This figure has dropped substantially since the beginning of spring.
Should new listings rise at a pace that is faster than current sales, then there would be more inventory for the pool of buyers to choose from, which will have the effect of reducing the sale price to list price ratio, then months of inventory stat, which leans the market closer to a balanced market.
Active listings had dropped in the winter months. They have risen since, though sales have been strong enough to keep inventory levels low compared to the pace of sales.
It also makes all the steps taken to compete among selling properties more important. Now that listings are scarce, buyers may be compelled to reduce expectations on location, property condition, etc. They also will have pressure in competitive situations to remove conditions on their offers.
There were 1067 units sold in May - up 18.2% from April and down 11.9% from the same period last year.
The following chart shows the daily sales volume for the past 3 months.
Here are the figures for each community in Durham Region:
Buyers will find multiple offers in many situations and price ranges, particularly at lower price points. They are highly advised to get prepared - have their mortgage preapproval ready before looking at homes, and be prepared to view homes via photos and virtual tours as soon as they reach the market. With interest rates being volatile, and mortgage qualification rules under review, locking in a rate is more important than ever. Speak with your agent to discuss the process to move forward.
For those of you considering selling (or buying), the brand makes a big difference. When marketing a property, the size of the company and its network combined with the productivity of its agents can make a huge difference in the outcome. The following chart shows listing sales by major brands over the last 3 months:
Here is a look at the market share for buyer agents, (also referred to as selling or cooperating).
Sellers should be considering getting on the market now or soon and working with their agent to set their home apart from competitive listings while reaching the widest possible audience.
If you are interested in seeing values for an area not shown or are interested in other figures, please comment below or contact me. As always, give me a call anytime if you would like to discuss this further without any obligation.
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