This report summarizes the monthly statistics for the Western Region of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® (SGBAR). While the SGBAR trading area also includes the Eastern Region of Southern Georgian Bay due to an amalgamation of the Midland Real Estate Board and the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board in 2014, this report is restricted to the Western Region, formerly known as the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS®.

 

This report summarizes the monthly statistics for the Western Region of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® (SGBAR). While the SGBAR trading area also includes the Eastern Region of Southern Georgian Bay due to an amalgamation of the Midland Real Estate Board and the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board in 2014, this report is restricted to the Western Region, formerly known as the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS®.

 

As reported in previous months, listing inventory continues to decline. Examining listings for the month of February 2016, there were 275 new listings vs 317 in February 2015, which represents a decline of 13%. Year to date comparisons show February 2016 with 523 listings vs 616 listings for February 2015, marking a decrease of 15%. February 2014 had 377 listings come on the market with 812 listings YTD.

   

This trend has created a very strong seller’s market in certain neighborhoods such as downtown Collingwood and family neighborhoods in the Collingwood area resulting in multiple offers in certain price categories and in specific locations. Buyers must be ready to jump on properties as they hit the market. Having pre-approved financing and a good understanding of property values will be beneficial in successfully purchasing a property in current market conditions.

 

182 sales were reported in February 2016 which is a remarkable 44% increase over the 126 sales reported in February 2015. Even with the continued shortage of listings, sales are up for the third consecutive February, with February 2014 recording 113 sales. The YTD sales follow the same trend showing an increase of sales over the past three years. There has been a 26% increase in the sales YTD with 229 sales in 2015 vs 288 sales reported in February 2016.

 

   

When comparing February 2016 to February 2015, there is an increase in the number of sales in all price ranges between $150,000 and $700,000. Sales in the $300,000 to $349,999 price category have shown the most activity with a dramatic jump from 11 sales in February 2015 to 34 sales in February 2015.

 

There have been 4 sales in the $900,000 to 999,999 price range vs 1 sale in February 2015. Sales in the $1,000,000 to $1,499,999 have increased from 3 in February 2015 to 6 in February 2016. The spike in sales from $900,000 to $999,999 may be in part due to the new Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) rules for high ratio mortgages which changed February 15, 2016, even though most analysts believe the measure will have a minimal impact on house sales and prices.

    

The new rule now requires a 10 per cent down payment on the portion of any mortgage it insures over $500,000. Prior to February 15th, 2016 homebuyers were required to put down a minimum of five per cent to qualify for insurance, protection that lenders insist on when providing a mortgage worth more than 80 per cent of the home’s value. The five per cent rule remains the same for the portion up to $500,000. Homes priced at more than $1 Million require a minimum down payment of 20 per cent, and therefore the CMHC guarantee doesn’t apply.

 

Southern Georgian Bay has experienced a vibrant winter in spite of unseasonably warm weather conditions. Thornbury’s growth is noticeable with a new Foodland, LCBO and lively downtown core. The Blue Mountain Village is bustling with skiers, visitors and local residents all enjoying winter activities and terrific ski conditions. The surrounding communities are all thriving. All in all, the Southern Georgian Bay real estate market continues to perform well.

 

Prepared by Diana Lea Berdini, Broker/Office Manager

Collingwood/Owen Sound Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage

 

This report summarizes the monthly statistics for the Western Region of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® (SGBAR). While the SGBAR trading area also includes the Eastern Region of Southern Georgian Bay due to an amalgamation of the Midland Real Estate Board and the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board in 2014, this report is restricted to the Western Region, formerly known as the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS®. (more…)

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