Durham Region Real Estate Daily Market Update
Latest update - May 22, 2022 at 11:15am
The spring real estate market in Durham Region is now about two thirds in, with increased sales volume and a large number of active listings - now at their highest level in the past year.
There has been some easing of key metrics that measure the intensity of the market. Interest rates have begun to rise, active listings are increasing, sales volume has dropped, and the ratio of selling price to list price has declined along with average sale prices.
Supply is low, with 1.3 months of inventory (MOI) for the region. (This means that at the current pace of sales, with no new listings, all inventory would be sold within this time frame).
In May, transactions reported thus far had selling prices averaging 1,025,527 in Durham Region, with the average property selling at 108.8% of list price (SP/LP). This is a 4.6% decrease from last month and a 13.7% increase from last year.
The average selling price of detached homes is just over 1.1 million overall, as summarized in the above map.
Townhouse sale prices are now averaging just over 900,000 across the region.
If you look at the selling price to list price ratios in the top chart, most communities are still showing sales at levels well above list price. The following chart shows the trend - another key indicator of why the market has been so hot, and also illustrates how things are easing this spring.
Of particular note is how the sale price to list price ratio has dropped at a much sharper rate than selling prices. This is due to two factors. First, more listings are being pulled off the market after not getting the results they wanted on the offer date published, then re-listed at a higher price with no offer date. Second, more listings are being posted with no offer date at all, and a list price that is more in line with comparable sales.
Days on market (DOM) averaged 9.6 days. DOM is the number of days it takes for a property to be sold firm, or without conditions.
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 have jumped sharply in the past few weeks, providing more options for buyers. It also makes all the steps taken to compete among selling properties more important. When listings were scarce, buyers were compelled to reduce expectations on location, property condition, etc. Those properties that have issues should now see challenges in attracting strong offers and competition.
The pace of sales was at 38.2 units per day - up 5.3% from last month and down 26.9% from the same period last year. Given that the average property sold at well above list price, the slower pace of sales versus 2021 isn't solely due to low buyer demand. There is still a shortage of supply, although that factor has narrowed as the spring market progresses.
Buyers will continue to find multiple offers common through most 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. Speak with your agent to discuss the process to move forward.
For those of you considering selling (or buying), 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 brand in May:
Here is a look at market share for buyer agents, (also referred to as selling or co-operating).
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.
About the Author
John Owen is an award-winning Broker with RE/MAX Impact Realty in Courtice, ON.
Office - 905-240-6777