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The southern Georgian Bay region is renowned for its natural beauty, the Niagara Escarpment, crystal clear blue water, the world’s longest freshwater beach and unparalleled recreational amenities from boating to private ski clubs and world class golf courses. The regions has been recognized as one of Canada’s premier four season recreational playgrounds offering the coveted lifestyle sought by many luxury home buyers seeking the relaxed sophistication reflected in the ultimate recreational property or full time retirement residence.

Real estate Broker Rick Crouch with Royal LePAGE Locations North (Brokerage) represents discriminating buyers and sellers in their quest to buy or sell the area's premium properties in Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, the Blue Mountains, Grey Highlands and Clearview.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Luxury Home Sales Above $1.5 Million Double in 2013

Despite dire predictions from various media sources regarding Canada’s real estate market being on the verge of a major correction, sales across the country in 2013 remained very robust.  
  Here is the southern Georgian Bay area, MLS® sales in 2013 totaled $624.5 million, up 9% from 2012 and a new all time high.  MLS® single family home sales in terms of units sold were up 4% while 
condominium sales increased 6% during 2013. 

  The upper end of the market reflected the same positive growth with luxury homes very much in demand especially those priced over $1.5 million.  Sales over $1 million totaled 31 properties up from 26 sales in 2012.  MLS® unit sales between $1 and $1.5 million were actually 1 less than the prior year with 21 sales reported versus 22 in 2012.  Meanwhile, sales above the $1.5 million threshold more than doubled with 10 MLS® sales reported compared to just 4 in 2012. 
  The accompanying charts illustrates the five year trend for MLS® sales in our area from 2009 to 2013.  On this chart I have also included the number of current MLS® listings in the area over $1 million.  Based on the rate of sales for $1 million+ properties that we experienced in 2013, there is currently a 48 month inventory of properties priced at $1 million or more in our marketplace.       
  Successfully attracting a buyer for properties in this segment of the market is very  much dependent on price.  Potential buyers for luxury, high-end properties are perhaps the savviest of consumers.  Obviously there is an abundance of resale inventory for them to choose from.  If you are contemplating either selling or purchasing a high-end, luxury home in our area during 2014, please feel free to contact me for a candid, confidential and no obligation discussion about your needs or plans and put my expertise to work for you.  Happy New Year!    

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