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Move-Up Buyers Set To Increase Their Stake In Homeownership

Move-up Buyers Report 2013

Supported by serious upward appreciation over the past decade, value-conscious homebuyers continue to drive demand for move-up product in the Burlington.

Supported by serious upward appreciation over the past decade, value-conscious homebuyers continue to drive demand for move-up product in the Burlington Area. The greatest trade-up activity is occurring between the $450,000 to $600,000 price point in Burlington. Last year, sales in that segment of the market represented 23 per cent (705 units).

The figures are expected to increase this year as more experienced buyers move to take advantage of lower interest rates and equity gains. Average price in Burlington has almost doubled in the past decade, rising from $183,442 in 2002 to $360,059 in 2012, for an annual compounded rate of return of close to 7 per cent.

In Burlington, trade-up purchasers are looking to the northwest quadrant of the city where older homes on larger, well treed lots represent good value. Many move-up buyers are willing to undertake renovations, such as updating kitchens and bathrooms, in order to realize ownership in these established areas. As a result, sales in the northwest were up 86 per cent in 2012, compared to one year earlier. Those willing to spend closer to $600,000 are choosing mid-southeast communities in Burlington, south of the QEW.

Property Value Appreciation in Burlington, Ontario
5 Year 34 % (6.02 % annually)
10 Year 96 % (6.98 % annually)

Offering some of the most affordable housing in Southwestern Ontario, inventory is expected to be tight this spring in Burlington, with under 100 properties currently listed for sale at the move-up price points.

For complete information you can download the Move-up Buyers Report 2013.

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Moderation On Tap For Canadian Housing Markets in 2013

REMAX Housing Market Outlook 2013

With Canada’s economy showing signs of improvement, the overall outlook for the country’s residential real estate market is healthy!

Canadian real estate markets demonstrated remarkable resilience in 2012—with home sales up or on par in 65 per cent of major centres—despite considerable headwinds in terms of tighter financing and economic uncertainty abroad. The trend is expected to continue, with home-buying activity propped-up by low interest rates and an improved economic picture in 2013, according to a report released today by RE/MAX.

“Despite all the negativity surrounding residential real estate, the sky is not falling,” says Gurinder Sandhu, Executive Vice President and Regional Director, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada. “Home sales have moderated, but remain within healthy levels. Greater optimism is expected to return next year, as the economy marks further improvement. Canadians appear to be reigning in their spending, heeding cautionary statements by the country’s financial leaders. We believe that will only serve to shore up the already healthy framework of the Canadian housing market in 2013.”

Summary of key points for Hamilton-Burlington real estate market:

  • Significant GDP growth, expanding at an annual rate of approximately 2.5 per cent, has made Hamilton-Burlington one of the top performing markets in Ontario.
  • Approximately 13,100 homes are expected to change hands by year-end, down six per cent from the city’s record level of 13,932 reported in 2011. Yet, average price is forecast to appreciate seven per cent to $358,000 in 2012, up from $333,498 one year earlier.
  • Seller’s market conditions exist at the starter price points, while a more balanced picture emerges at the mid-level.
  • Condominiums continue to have universal appeal—popular with both first-time buyers and an aging demographic. In Burlington, first-time buyers seeking close proximity to the GTA are gravitating toward entry-level apartments, between 500 sq. ft. and 700 sq. ft. in size. Starting from the low $200,000s, these units have experienced bidding wars throughout much of the year
  • Numerous brownfield projects and developments that are underway are expected to have a positive impact on economic performance in coming years.
  • Manufacturing is also forecast to climb in Hamilton-Burlington, rising by more than four per cent, building on a 3.7 per cent increase in 2011 and an 8.6 per cent increase in 2010. New housing starts are on the upswing, with 2012 levels hovering at more than 25 per cent ahead of last year’s levels.
  • Immigration is also expected to continue to play a role in Hamilton-Burlington, with approximately 3,300 permanent and temporary residents welcomed in 2011.

For the complete report visit: http://www.bestagent.ca/uploadedFiles/BestAgent/Content/News/Press_Releases/2012/REMAX_2013Outlook_RPT.pdf

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October residential market still favours sellers

REALTORS® Association of Hamilton‐Burlington (RAHB)

Established in 1921, the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton‐Burlington (RAHB) represents more than 2,500 real estate brokers and sales representatives from Hamilton, Burlington, and outlying areas

Actual residential sales overall were down by 0.8% in October 2012 compared to last year but the average sale price saw an 8.3% increase and the average days on market was lower than last year.

“The steady increase in residential prices over last year continues,” said Nolan. “We are also seeing less of a difference between numbers of new listings this year compared to last. Those listings are still being sold faster than last year, with the average number of days on market at 45 days.”

All property types overall saw an increase in sales (by 0.4%) and average price (by 12.7%) compared to last years period, indicating that October residential market still favours sellers.

“The October market has confirmed that we are in a seller’s market, as we have been most of the year.” said RAHB President Cameron Nolan. The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported the residential market saw an 11.9 per cent increase in average sale price in October compared to the same month last year.

For the complete report visit: http://www.rahb.ca/press/2012/121105pressreleaseOct.pdf

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