Real Estate Professional Magazine has released its 2015 Hot List: 150 sizzling players who are setting the industry on fire. REP Magazine asked the real estate community for their input on which of their peers are the most successful, most engaging and most innovative people. Elli is proud to be included in this group and featured in the article!
“Everyone on our Hot List has one thing in common – they’re all changing the face of the Canadian real estate industry.”
New Record for July Home Sales
August 6, 2015 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced record home sales for the month of July. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,880 sales through TREB’s MLS® System, representing an eight per cent increase compared to July 2014. The number of transactions were up for all major home types, including a double digit year-over-year increase in condominium apartment sales.
“As we move towards a new record for home sales this year, it is important to point out that home ownership demand has been driven not only by low borrowing costs, but also by the fact that the GTA economy has been performing quite well, with the unemployment rate lower compared to last year. Home buyers remain confident in the long-term benefits of owning a home,” said Mr. McLean.
The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark, which accounts for benchmark home prices in communities throughout the TREB market area, was up by 9.4 per cent year over- year in July 2015. Over the same period, the average selling price was up by a slightly greater amount, growing by 10.6 per cent annually to $609,236.
Detached homes continued to lead the way in terms of price increases, with annual growth in the average selling price outstripping growth in the MLS® HPI detached benchmark. This suggests that there continued to be a greater share of high-end homes sold this year compared to last.
“With the level of inventory in the GTA trending below two months, many listings continued to generate a lot of interest from buyers. Not surprisingly, this supported further price increases well-above the rate of inflation. Assuming similar interest rate and economic environments over the next five months, strong price growth will remain the norm for the rest of 2015,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
127 Castlefield Avenue, Toronto
ASKING PRICE: $1,295,000
SELLING PRICE: $1,385,000
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE: $467,500 (1992)
TAXES: $7,993 (2014)
DAYS ON THE MARKET: Three
LISTING AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
Published in the Globe and Mail, July 31, 2015
The Action: Just a 10-minute walk from restaurants, shops, cinemas and a subway station on Yonge Street, this North Toronto home was scheduled for nearly a week of exposure. But the weekend open houses were cancelled after the owners accepted an offer from one of six visitors with mid-week private showings.
What They Got: A 27-by-134-foot lot anchors this three-storey structure with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, formal principal rooms and five decks, including one leading to a fenced yard from a fireside family room behind the double garage.
The basement offers a recreation area and a guest bedroom, while the second floor accommodates an eat-in kitchen and fireside living room with decks and a central dining area.
The Agent’s Take: “You could walk to Yonge and Eglinton, so it’s in a prime area,” agent Elli Davis says. “And it’s an older area, but this was a detached home that had been built in the eighties, so it was more contemporary.”
The set-up also suited a wide range of potential buyers, from large families to professionals wanting an urban setting. “It really had three full floors of living space, so it was very large, larger than you’d think from the street,” Ms. Davis says.
“It has a nice backyard and faced south, so you had a good view of the CN Tower from the second floor.”
350 Lonsdale Rd., No. 612
ASKING PRICE: $838,000
SELLING PRICE: $838,000
PREVIOUS SELLING PRICE: $581,000 (2008)
TAXES: $4,056 (2014)
DAYS ON THE MARKET: Two
LISTING AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
Published in the Globe and Mail July 16, 2015
The Action: Forest Hill condominiums were a hot commodity this spring with local downsizers, so this designer’s own suite at The Lonsdale residence sold quickly after 10 showings.
What They Got: In 2008, key areas of this 1,407-square-foot space were remodelled, including the two bathrooms and a kitchen with an island, glass tile backsplashes and hardwood floors.
One of three carpeted bedrooms was opened up to create a den off a dining area and entertaining space along a wall of windows and sliding balcony doors.
A locker and parking round out the package. Monthly fees of $1,507 pays for utilities and cable, and common areas such as a rooftop deck and indoor pool.
The Agent’s Take: “That was a two-bedroom and den, originally a three-bedroom, which are increasingly hard to find in the city,” says agent Elli Davis. “It had also been renovated beautifully by the owner.”
The 44-year-old mid-rise – which Ms. Davis once resided in with her parents in the 1970s – also has a solid reputation.
“A lot of people like the older buildings because they’re well managed, have good reserve funds and space, which is key compared to the little matchboxes they’re building today,” she says.
“It’s right near Forest Hill Village, the subway, it’s a very high demand area, and it has a big party room on the main floor, 24-hour security, so it really has all the facilities someone would want.”
Record Sales and Strong Price Growth in June
July 7, 2015 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 11,992 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in June 2015. This result represented a new record for the month of June and an 18.4 per cent increase over the June 2014 result of 10,132.
“As I begin my term as TREB President, I think it is important to point out that our region continues to grow in response to our diverse economic, ethnic and cultural bases. The GTA consistently receives international accolades as one of the best places in the world to live and do business. As the number of households grow, many of them will take advantage of the diversity of affordable home ownership opportunities that exist in Toronto and the surrounding areas,” said Mr. McLean.
Selling prices were up markedly on a year-over-year basis in June, for all major home types. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 8.9 per cent in comparison to June 2014. The average selling price was up by 12.3 per cent over the same period to $639,184.
High-end homes have accounted for a greater share of overall transactions this year compared to last year. This is the key reason why the average selling price has increased at a greater annual rate than the MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark.
“It is encouraging to see that new listings have edged upward so far this year, as homeowners have reacted to strong home price growth and have looked to take advantage of increased equity in their homes. However, the annual rate of sales growth continues to far outstrip listings growth, which means that there remains a lot of willing buyers in the marketplace who haven’t found a home that meets their needs. As long as this situation persists, expect home prices to trend strongly upward,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
A New Sales Record For The Month Of May
Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced 11,706 sales reported by Greater Toronto REALTORS® in May 2015. This result was up by 6.3 per cent in comparison to 11,013 sales reported in May 2014. For the TREB market area as a whole, sales were up for all major housing types. However, in the City of Toronto, where the supply of low-rise listings has been constrained, sales were down for detached homes.
“During my tenure as TREB President over the past year, it is clear to me that ownership housing remains top of mind as a quality long-term investment for GTA households. This is why, despite a shortage of listings in some market segments, we experienced a record number of sales reported through TREB’s MLS® System for the month of May,” said Mr. Etherington.
Record May transactions, coupled with a dip in the number of homes available for sale, resulted in strong price growth. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 8.9 per cent year over year in May. The MLS® HPI uses benchmark homes to estimate price growth. This allows for an “apples to apples” comparison of price growth that is not affected by changes in the mix of sales activity.
The average selling price for all home types combined in May 2015 was up by 11 per cent annually to $649,599. The higher annual rate of average price growth compared to the MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark points to the fact that the proportion of high-end home sales continued to be greater compared to 2014.
“Tight market conditions, especially for singles, semis and town homes in the GTA, have resulted in strong price growth regardless of the price metric being considered. With no relief so far on the listings front, expect similar rates of price growth as we move through the remainder of 2015. At this point, a number of months where listings growth outstrips sales growth would be required to satisfy pent-up demand,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
1166 BAY ST., NO. 1304, TORONTO
ASKING PRICE: $1,095,000
SELLING PRICE: $1,120,000
TAXES: $7,108 (2014)
DAYS ON THE MARKET: Zero
LISTING AND CO-OP AGENT: Elli Davis, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
Published in the Globe and Mail, Friday May 15, 2015
The Action: In an established Yorkville high-rise, the owners of this three-bedroom corner suite hoped to sell it with little fanfare, so they asked agent Elli Davis to find them a buyer, which she pulled from her list of clientele.
What They Got: This nearly 2,100-square-foot suite is fairly original to its construction 34 year ago with a separate eat-in kitchen, open dining and living rooms and three bedrooms, including a master with one of two bathrooms.
A laundry room with a sink, two storage lockers and parking spots provide storage for the unit, while $1,973 monthly pays for water and recreational facilities.
The Agent’s Take: “It was a very nice building built in the ’80s by Cadillac Fairview and it’s been kept up very well,” agent Elli Davis notes. “The building offers amenities, valet parking, doorman, pool and party room.”
Residents tend to stay long-term, making units highly coveted. “There are five suites per floor and all range 2,000 to 2,200 square feet and three face east and two west; all different plans, but all generous sizes,” Ms. Davis notes.
“This faced west and it was about 2,100 square feet, and it appealed to someone coming out of a home.”
Record Sales in April 2015
May 5, 2015 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 11,303 sales in April 2015. This was the highest sales result on record for the month of April and represented a 17 per cent increase in comparison to April 2014. While sales increased strongly on a year-over-year basis, new listings were up over the same period by a more moderate five per cent.
“The record April result clearly points to the fact that a growing number of GTA households view ownership housing as a high quality, long-term investment. This is evidenced by the strong sales growth we have experienced in Toronto and surrounding regions for all major home types. First time buyers and existing homeowners remain very active in today’s market,” said Mr. Etherington.
The overall average selling price, which accounts for all homes reported sold by GTA REALTORS® in April 2015, was up by 10 per cent year-over-year to $635,932. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark, which estimates the price of a benchmark home with the same attributes from one period to the next, was up by 8.4 per cent over the same period. The fact that average price growth outpaced growth for the MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark, suggests that a greater share of higher-end homes changed hands this year compared to last.
Irrespective of the indicator used, price growth in the GTA was strongest for low-rise home types. However, the better supplied condominium apartment segment also remained healthy with price growth above the rate of inflation.
“Demand for ownership housing was very high relative to the number of homes available for sale in April. This situation is not expected to change markedly as we move through the remainder of 2015. Until we experience a sustained period in which listings grow at a faster pace than sales, annual rates of home price growth will remain strong,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
I was recently interviewed by Carolyn Ireland of the Globe and Mail about the bidding wars over detached homes that have been causing a stir in Toronto real estate.
Elli Davis, an agent with Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., was decrying the lack of listings a couple of weeks ago, but the opening days of March have brought new properties.
On just one day this week she listed a house at 36 Binscarth Rd. in Rosedale, a condo unit at the Prince Arthur in Yorkville, and a house at 221 Coldstream Ave. in Bedford Park.
During the agents’ open house on Binscarth, she was monitoring the offers that were arriving for 3 Delavan Ave., which was listed for $1.875-million in Forest Hill.
“I’ve got two registered offers – no three – no it looks like four,” she said, scrolling through her inbox just before noon.
The night before, Ms. Davis received 11 offers for a single-family house at 96 Major St. The location near the University of Toronto drew lots of interested people, she says.
The house, listed with an asking price of $625,000, sold for $768,888, or $143,888 above asking.
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Sales and Price Up Year-Over-Year in March 2015
Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,940 sales in March 2015. This result represented an 11 per cent increase compared to March 2014. Sales were up for most major home types, both in the City of Toronto and the surrounding regions. New listings were also up, but by a lesser 5.5 per cent, indicating tighter market conditions.
“Home sales increased compared to last year as the cost of home ownership remained affordable, with lower interest rates going a long way to mitigate the effect of rising home prices. However, a substantial amount of pent-up demand remains in place, especially as it relates to low-rise market segments. This suggests that strong competition between buyers, which has fuelled strong price growth so far this year, will continue to be experienced throughout the spring,” said Mr. Etherington.
In March, the average selling price for all reported transactions was $613,933 – up 10 per cent year-over-year. The MLS® HPI Composite Index, which tracks benchmark homes with the same attributes from one period to the next, was up by 7.9 per cent. Average price growth was strongest for detached homes in the City of Toronto, at 15.9 per cent. Over the same period the detached MLS® HPI in the ‘416’ area code increased 7.8 per cent.
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