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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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Home & Condo Sales Over $1 Million Nearly Triple in 2017

  As in many markets across Canada, real estate sales across the Southern Georgian Bay region in 2017 have been very robust with multiple offers and properties selling for over their asking prices the order of the day.  Nonetheless, MLS® unit sales which total 1,392 properties sold to the end of June and up a modest 1% over 2016.  MLS® dollar volume however is up 27%!  Why the disparity between MLS® unit and dollars results?  It's upper end home sales.

  For the first six months of 2017, residential home and condominium sales in our market valued at $750,000 and above total 139 properties.  This represents a 107% increase over the 67 properties sold in the first six months of 2016.  More significantly sales over $1 million in the first six months of this year are essentially triple that of one year ago.  Through the end of June there have been 74 sales over $1 million compared to just 26 sales in the same period last year.  In addition to this impressive increase in the number of resale properties sold through the MLS® valued above $750,000 there is also a significant number of new builds in areas such as Nipissing Ridge at Blue Mountain, Lora Bay west of Thornbury and elsewhere many of which are well over the $750,000 mark not including the land.

  The municipality of the Blue Mountains continues to be the dominant location for upper end residential properties.  Many of the buyers for expensive homes and chalets in the area are members of the private ski clubs and it is often their desire to be located close to their respective clubs.  Of the 139 MLS® sales year-to-date over $750,000, 55 of those (40%) are in the Blue Mountains.  The average sale price of these 55 properties is just over $1.2 million.

  The Town of Collingwood  comes in second in terms of the number of upper end homes sales year-to-date with 28 sales so far this year compared to just 10 in 2016, an increase of 180%.  To illustrate just how much our market has changed, in 2009 there were just two MLS® sales in Collingwood over $750,000, in 2016 there were a total of 32 and this year we are on track to see upwards of 60. 

  Upper end home and condo sales in the remaining municipalities throughout our region year-to-date round out as follows:  Clearview Township 27 sales up 69%, Wasaga Beach 12 sales up 50%, Grey Highlands 11 sales up 83% and the Municipality of Meaford 5 sales up 67% from one year ago.  

  It will be interesting to watch this segment of the market through the balance of 2017.  As of June we have already seen the overall market slow down from the frantic pace of sales we experienced in the first five months of this year.  Unlike the overall market where the number of new MLS® listings is down 16% year-to-date which is suppressing sales somewhat, there remains a significant supply of listings on our MLS® system over $750,000.  As of this posting there are currently 173 homes and condominiums listed for sale over $750,000 which represents a 7.5 month supply based on the current pace of sales.

  In my next post I will discuss upper end property pricing throughout the various municipalities in our region.  As with real estate overall, locations plays a key role relative to pricing and the luxury, upper end segment of the market is no different. 

  For a confidential no obligation consultation of your luxury home/condominium selling or buying objectives, please do not hesitate to Contact Me.

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