Toronto Condos up another 7.6%
We’ve been selling a ton of Houses at Spring but this here is all about Condos. In Q4 2013 and in the first month of 2014 we haven’t been able to keep a condo on the market for longer than one week. It’s been a long while since we’ve said that! It feels really good to see Toronto Condo buyers out in droves. Don’t take our word for it, check out the stats. This past December we were so excited to see a 20.7% increase in Condo sales year over year.
We listed this gem last Wednesday and had it sold with multiple offers on Saturday. We haven’t had a multiple offer on a condo since right after the crash in 2009 when there was absolutely nothing on the market. Of course there have been other units sold with multiple offers that we weren’t involved in. (I know, can you believe we don’t sell every property in Toronto?)
Just to be clear, if your tenant has spent the past two years fist pumping holes into the ceiling you’re going to have to get that fixed and completely freshened up. Buyers are out there, but they’re not compromising on quality, cleanliness, and style. Some below average, cookie cutter condos are still not selling very well.
Toronto Lofts are still leading the pack with a lot of demand and condos in actual communities like Leslieville, Riverside, and some west end neighbourhoods are doing very well. Some interesting Lofts hit the market last week, see if you can find them using our epic search tool. We give you so much more info than the MLS ever could. Happy house hunting…and remember, we’re only an email away.
We’ve had some interesting data recently that has some Canadians wearing smug looks. The most gratifying is the hotly-debated report from Environics which indicates Canadians are richer than Americans. It says the average Canadian household was worth about $363,000 in 2011, compared to almost $320,000 in the U.S., a difference of more than $40,000 – dollars that are pretty much at par. Of course, home prices had a lot to do with it. Canada didn’t see the collapse that the U.S. did and skyrocketing values in Vancouver and Toronto did a lot to jack up the national average.
The big credit monitoring firm, Equifax, says Canadians have slowed the speed at which they are driving themselves into debt. It says the rate of debt-growth dropped to 3.1% from 4.4% on a year-over-year basis. Credit card debt is down 3.8% and Canadians are sticking with their existing debt vehicles and not opening new accounts. Mortgage debt isn’t included.
And one dire sounding report that isn’t as bad as it seems from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. It suggests 48% of the people surveyed would find it “challenging” to meet their mortgage or debt payments if there was a “significant rate hike”. By “significant”, they appear to mean a 3.5% increase over what they are paying now. Rate increases will surely come but, given the current state of affairs, that sort of bump is highly unlikely. Also, keep in mind that “challenged” is not the same as “unable”.
1 Yr – 2.39%
3 Yr – 2.64%
5 Yr – 2.89%
VRM – 2.65%
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Condos Are Homes Too – Get it?
Recently I was discussing real estate with a client and trying to determine her goals, requirements, budget for her next purchase. She’s been a condo dweller for a number of years and now with a child and a loving husband they’re considering a house. When speaking to her she kept saying: “I love the condo life but I really prefer a home”. Wait a minute; isn’t a condo a home? Please allow Spring Realty to clear this up for you: There are Condos, Lofts, Townhouses, Detached Houses, Semi-Detached Houses, Row Houses but they all share one thing in common. They’re all HOMES!
Since the end of the rate promotions last week, rates have mostly been quiet. With some improved news around Greece and prospects that the US economy may be doing better than originally expected, bond yields have ticked up a bit this week. Not enough that we’ve seen any rate changes from the lenders, but if these levels don’t reverse then it could very well lead to higher fixed rates.
Last week’s Consumer Price Index announcement was a non-issue for interest rates. It did come in a bit higher than economists were expecting, but still within the acceptable Bank of Canada range.
The next Bank of Canada announcement is March 8th and is expected to maintain the status quo.
5 Yr – 3.09%
3 Yr – 2.79%
1 Yr – 2.50%
VRM – 2.80%
Lee Welbanks is a Mortgage Broker with The Mortgage Centre and trusted Spring Realty mortgage expert. To learn more about your funding options please Contact Lee today. Lee will be posting these informative “Market Minutes” each Wednesday for you to enjoy. Please remember to subscribe to the Spring Realty Insider list to receive new blog post notifications, featured properties and insider access to Toronto’s hottest new developments.
Zen Homes Inc. is a development company who has deep roots in China. Their premier project was a 680 unit development in Foshan City, China. Since then they have come to Canada and developed a number of condominium and investment projects in Montreal and then on to luxury homes in Toronto’s wealthy Bayview and York Mills area. Likely one of the most diverse small-medium sized developers in Toronto. They seem to have their hand in all sorts of developments options. Partnering with 59 Construction they began their journey into contemporary, loft style developments. They, along with many other investors see the potential in Toronto’s East end. Investors in Toronto’s East End have realized phenomenal ROI on any type of property; from vacant land to your small single family home.
Zen Homes launched it’s first project in the East end at the corner of Dundas St East and De Grassi St. Called the Lofts on Degrassi. This 10 unit loft style Townhouse complex back right on to Degrassi Park and is just a couple blocks away from Queen St action. Each unit has it’s own private garage and walk up access from Dundas St. 9 of the 10 units have 2 full beds on the third level with two baths and a powder room on the lower level. A mid level large loft area is added as a den area or can easily be converted to a 3rd bedroom and another den. The finishes in the kitchen are fantastic. Corian counter tops, high quality stainless steel appliances, gas stove and gas line for the BBQ on the terrace. The location is ideal, the modern loft style is appealing to those looking for the clean, convenience of a condominium but would like the independence that a house offer. Each unit will have a small monthly maintenance fee ($149/mth) to pay for landscaping, snow removal and small reserve fund for building repairs and community events. I bought a place here as my future home and am very excited to move in! There are 4 units left so contact us for prices, floor plans and further details. We are preferred partners of this development and can negotiate a solid contract for you. Construction starts October 2011.
Zen Homes most recent announcement is the development of the Beach Club Lofts located at Woodbine and Kingston Rd. Originally marketed at 303 Lofts, were recently re-branded prior to the pending launch in Fall 2011. This boutique loft development will be home to 50 unique east end loft-homes. Stunning cascading glass facade with set back terraces on the upper floors. Enjoy City Views to the West, Peaceful lake views to the South and a clear residential view to the North. Main floor retail will bring much needed life to this intersection and when completed original purchasers will realize a substantial return on their original investment. Toronto East End is still hugely undervalued especially on the fringe of popular areas like The Beach, Leslieville, Riverside and Riverdale. Kingston Rd and Woodbine Ave are not in the heart of the Beach community but within a 10 minute walk to the water and all of the Queen St excitement, only a 7 minute drive to the DVP or the Gardiner HWY’s (avoiding the Queen St traffic is actually better than being in the middle of it all). Just far enough to save you almost $100/sqft but close enough that by the time this building is built it will catch up in value to those closer to the water. Spring Realty rates this building as a BUY. This development checks a lot of boxes on our “New Development Buy or Don’t Buy” Checklist (checklist is given to Clients of Spring Realty only). Currently in priority registration phase, please contact us and use Beach Club Lofts as the subject line so we can notify you of the VVVVIP sales event.