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Collingwood Real Estate Market Update – Year End 2018

Likely due in part to the ongoing supply issues and affordability challenges for some Buyers, residential sales in the Western Region were down 8% from December 2017 with 81 sales reported in December 2018 vs 88 sales last December.

With relatively limited inventory, and Buyer demand helping to drive prices upward, the average sale price of a residential home in the Western Region was up 5.5% December 2018 over December 2017. Within the Western Region, the average sale price was up year over year in all areas with the exception of the Blue Mountains where the average sale price fell 5.3% to $587,698. The average sale price for The Town of Collingwood was $536,450 up 22.8% from December 2017. Clearview showed an 11.1% increase with an average sale price of $472,083. Meaford was up 3.2% to $494,313 and Wasaga Beach recorded a 5.4% increase with an average sale price for December 2018 of $406,647.

New listings were up 40.8% year over year and active listings increased from 360 last December to 446 December 2018, providing some patient Buyers a chance to jump into a more moderately paced market then experienced over the past few years. Despite that, and as mentioned, residential property inventories remain near historical lows.

In reviewing the past year, we can say with all certainty that 2018 was another banner year for Sellers in the Western Region, with low interest rates, tight supply and qualified Buyers driving average sales prices higher. And, as Buyers continue to be drawn to Southern Georgian Bay, due in part to more affordable housing options than currently available in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Region should look forward to continued strong demand for real estate in 2019.

Collingwood Real Estate Market Update – November 2017

The Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® (SGBAR) comprises two distinct markets. This report summarizes the monthly statistics for the SGBAR Western Region. 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 Association Of REALTORS® in 2014.


Collingwood real estate market report novebmer 2017

The scarcity of new listings has certainly been the trend throughout most of 2017 and November was no exception. 191 new listings were reported in November 2017 versus 210 in November 2016 showing a 9% decline year over year. Year to Date (“YTD”) new listings were down 11% year over year with 3385 new listings reported by the end of November 2017 compared with 3802 that same time last year.
With a number of forces at play including lack of inventory and rising prices, the total number of sales for the month of November were down 23% from last November with 144 sales reported in November 2017 compared to 186 sales reported in November 2016. YTD sales were down 13% with 2279 sales reported by the end of November 2017 compared to 2623 in November 2016.
And despite fewer sales reported year over year, the average price of a single family residential home in the Western Region showed an increase of 7.8% from $500,091 in November 2016 to $539,505 in November 2017 likely due in part to increased or equal activity in sales of properties between $600,000 and $999,999. The Total Sales Dollar Volume for November 2017 was down 15% from November 2016. However, given the strong market performance throughout the year, the Total Sales Dollar Volume YTD was up 6% year over year.
Consistent with November statistics contained in this report, it’s not surprising to note that the average price of a residential single-family home in all municipalities across the Western Region was up year over year and the number of sales were down in all municipalities. The YTD average sale price in Collingwood in November 2017 was up 17.0%, $513,845 vs $439,052 in November 2016. The number of sales in Collingwood YTD was down 16.7% year over year. The Blue Mountains saw a 23.8% increase in average sale price YTD, $819,872 vs $662,292 year over year, making it the highest average sale price in the Western Region for the month of November. The Blue Mountains showed a slight 0.5% decrease in the number of homes sold in November 2017 vs November 2016. YTD, prices were up 24.4% in The Municipality of Meaford with November 2017 reporting an average sale price of $432,104 vs $347,289 in November 2016. The number of sales decreased 26.8% year over year. Grey Highlands reported a whopping 32.5% jump year over year, with the November 2017 price coming in at $631,374 vs $476,551 in November 2016. Sales were down 7.2%. Clearview saw a 13% increase in the average price, $558,899 over $494,741 year over year with a 28.9% decrease in the number of homes sold 2017 vs 2016. YTD, Wasaga Beach was up 22.4%, with the average sales price reported at $428,527 over $350,227 for November 2016. Sales were down 22.7% year over year.
The Sales-To-Listings Ratio is an important measure of the overall health of the real estate market and the balance between housing supply and demand. In November 2017, the ratio between the number of sales and new listings coming onto the market was 75.39, indicating that the SGBAR Western Region remained a tight Seller’s market. Notwithstanding that, this figure still marks a drop from the 88.57 sales to new listings ratio recorded in November 2016, a testament to the hectic market of one year ago and confirming that conditions have cooled from last November.
The pace of the November market was as moderate as the November temperatures were in the Western Region of Southern Georgian Bay. Inventory remained at record lows and a strong Sellers market prevailed. Overall most Buyers were more reserved than they were earlier in the year. However, with new lending guidelines effective January 1st, 2018 that will require borrowers who do not require mortgage insurance to qualify at a higher interest rate, Buyers may be motivated to act before the New Year.

Collingwood Real Estate Market Update

After a brief pause in August which registered steady but not breathtaking sales, the Georgian Triangle real estate market appears to have rallied to the pace-setting groove to which it has apparently become accustomed this season, recording more sales for the month of September than any year since 2005. Some of these sales may have been spurred by the recent increase in fixed term borrowing rates and the prospect of further tightening in the lending regime, prompting some buyers to get off the fence and commit to purchasing. But rather than being a temporary and anomalous blip September’s numbers appear to be part of a broader phenomenon attributable to the Georgian Triangle real estate market being on firm ground and benefitting from the ongoing comparative value, attractiveness and affordability of property available for sale in the area. September’s results therefore build upon this year’s strong performance to date, suggesting that the Georgian Triangle is well positioned to move into the final quarter of 2013 with sustainable growth and healthy sales.



According to the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS® (“GTAR”) MLS® Statistic Report for September, 203 properties were sold logging a 28% increase over the 158 sales recorded in September of last year, and 15% more than the 176 sold in September 2011. While the surge in property sales was particularly concentrated in the $100-149,999, $250-349,999 and $600-699,999 ranges the strength of the market was generally felt across the board. In fact sales figures for this September were either better or equal to those for September of last year in every price category but one ($240-249,999). This month’s numbers bring year to date sales to 1644, 8% ahead of last year at this time when 1517 were recorded, and almost 16% ahead of the year previous when there were 1410 sales by the end of September. Total dollar volume for the month increased at an even higher level beating out last year’s performance by 35%, and updated year to date figures to reflect a 10% bump over last year.


New listings were up by 3% with 545 properties coming onto the market in September compared to 529 last year, bringing year to date figures to 5168, 3% behind last year’s total of 5316 at this time. With the disproportionately robust sales pace, however, inventory was down 3.5% from last year with only 2388 active listings recorded at the time that GTAR’s report was created, compared to 2476 last September, and even fewer than the 2501 active listings recorded at this time two years ago.


Not surprisingly, with sales outstripping supply, the average residential sales price year to date is almost 5.5% higher than last year coming in at $332,619 compared to $315,436 last year. The average sale price for single family residential properties for the month of September was $332,830, 3.5% more than the $321,501 average sale price last September. Measured over a twelve month period, the average sale price for this property type is up 6% year over year ($334,529 compared to $315,334) highlighting the steady price increases that have been racked up over the last year.


All in all prospects are good for a healthy fall market. Comparatively speaking, the Georgian Triangle continues to be well placed to weather changing economic conditions, including some variation in the lending environment. Given the tight market and fundamentals which support an optimistic forecast for property sales in the Georgian Triangle as we move into the final quarter of 2013, sellers contemplating putting their properties on the market would be well advised to do so, keeping in mind of course the old adage that pricing should reflect value in the property.


Prepared by Richard Stewart, VP and Legal Counsel Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage


Collingwood Real Estate Market Update Spring 2013

The Georgian Triangle property market continues to fire on all cylinders racking up yet another impressive performance for the month of April and standing out as one of the beacons of strength and stability in the Ontario real estate market. Indeed April’s sales figures released by the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS® (“GTAR”) logged a whopping 213 properties sold, higher than any number recorded for the month of April according to GTAR’s archives over the last decade.  To surpass the level of sales set last year in strong and stable market conditions is truly a notable accomplishment. Affordability, quality of life, diversity of property choices and options, and comparative value all seem to be factors contributing to the ongoing strength and legs of the Georgian Triangle real estate market.

In April, 213 properties changed hands, 4% more than last year in the same month which had 205 sales, and almost 29% more than sold last month and in April 2011, when 167 properties sold in each case. Year to date figures are 2% ahead of last year with a total so far for 2013 of 620 properties sold compared to 608 last year at this time. This number also exceeds all year to date sales figures for this time going all the way back to 2004 when 630 properties were recorded as sold by April’s month end. These are truly impressive figures underlying the resilience of the Georgian Triangle market and the obvious attractiveness of this area to today’s buyers.

Interestingly, however, total dollar volume of sales is down year over year by 4%, highlighting the fact that while the market may be robust, sales appear to be concentrated more at the mid and lower price ranges, reflecting the activity in neighbouring rural and urban trading areas where high end properties are not moving as quickly, and when they do sell, it is often only after one or more price reductions. Affordability and real value appears to be top of mind for most buyers who are not prepared to pay any price for their next home or investment and rather in many cases settle on a price only after serious and tough negotiations with the seller. Consistent with this, sales in the one million dollar and up range for the month of April lag behind last year at this time while unit sales in most price categories between $250,000 and $800,000 exceed those from the year previous.

Listings are down 6% from last year with only 706 new properties coming onto the market in April compared to 755 in April 2012. Year to date figures are not much different coming in at 2268, 5% behind last year’s tally of 2383. All this contributes to a tighter market, reflected in the lower inventory of active listings which is 4% lower than last year with 2226 properties recorded as active listings in the MLS® system at the time GTAR’s report was created compared to 2320 last April.

Not surprisingly, strong demand with tighter supply means higher prices, though admittedly only modestly so. Year to date the average residential sale price is up 4.3% coming in at $331,267 compared to $317,534 last year at this time. The average sale price for single family residential properties this April was $318,706, 1% more than last April when it was calculated at $315,336. Measured over a longer twelve month period, the numbers are relatively consistent, stable and sustainable marking only a 1.3% increase coming in at $325,023 compared to $320,755 measured over the same length of time the year previous.

All things considered, GTAR’s statistics for the month of April reflect a remarkably positive performance for the Georgian Triangle real estate market, if somewhat qualified by a softer higher end. That said, mixed messages on the economic front both domestically and south of the border, to say nothing of the ongoing instability in global financial and labour markets means that some degree of uncertainty will continue to percolate through to buyers’ intentions and their willingness to part with their money. As stated in earlier reports, sellers will have to keep this in mind in tempering their expectations and ensuring that their list price reflects value.


Prepared by: Richard Stewart, VP and Legal Counsel Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage


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