Home Buying and Selling

What is a balanced real estate market?

What is a balanced real estate market?

What is a balanced real estate market?

What is a balanced real estate market? The real estate market has seen a lot of change recently and that means a move toward a more balanced market. Learning about the different market types is important for those seeking to purchase a home. In this blog, I’ll discuss what you need to know about a balanced real estate market. 

Sellers have had the upper hand over the last few years, with the Canadian housing market working in their favour. However, this is about to change as we see the market shift away from a sellers market and move into a more balanced market. But what does this all mean exactly?

During the peak of the pandemic a lot of cities in Canada saw price increases in the cost of residential properties. This then created very intense bidding wars and in some cases the home buyers were skipping important steps, such as home inspections. This time period was very much a seller’s market and there were historically low mortgage rates, adding to the intensity. 

The Bank of Canada is currently raising the interest rate in an attempt to lower inflation. In turn the Canadian housing market is now experiencing a moderation and many regions across the country, and are now heading toward this more balanced real estate market. Let’s learn more about this balanced real estate market.

The Canadian Real Estate Market

When we talk about a balanced market it’s also important to learn about the other types of real estate markets. There are three, balanced market, seller’s market and buyer’s market. You can imagine what the last two mean, but the balanced market is when the supply, or inventory, is meeting the demand.

Rather than the market being in favour of the buyer or seller, it’s now balanced. The number of people looking for a home is matching the number of homes that are for sale. There are factors that help to determine a balanced market such as stable residential property prices, homes being sold around the selling price, inflation, unemployment.

According to an article by RE/MAX Canada, the areas that are expected to experience this balanced market are the GTA, Mississauga, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and the Greater Vancouver Area. There will still be some areas that will continue to be a sellers market and those areas are Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa.

RE/MAX Canada’s outlook suggests that the national average price of a residential property will see a decline of about 3.3 per cent. They also predict that sales will rise more than one-third, or 34 per cent, of the housing markets that they analyzed. 

This will be positive for about 54 per cent of the population, says RE/MAX Canada. Those 54 per cent say they have a positive financial situation. This is while 38 per cent of Canadians feel they do not have a desirable financial situation. This is concentrated by those living with a lower income and those that are not currently homeowners. 

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Canadian Real Estate Market Stats for December 2022

Canadian Real Estate Market Stats for December 2022

In this article we’ll learn about the Canadian real estate market statistics and the Burlington real estate statistics. Recently both the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) and the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), released their statistics for December 2022. There were a total of 98 sales of residential properties within the Burlington real estate market area, a decrease of 23.3 per cent compared to the same time last year. There were a total of 2,522 sales in 2022, which was a decline of 27 per cent compared to 2021. 

“Burlington did see some gains in sales throughout the pandemic, but levels never achieved the same highs as activity reported in 2015. While new listings have also been lower since 2015, 2022 did see a pickup in new listings and a return to more balanced conditions.”

RAHB reported that in Burlington there were a total of 117 new listings, this was an increase of 7.3 per cent year-over-year. The average price of a residential property within the Burlington real estate market was $1,039,940, a decrease of 14 per cent compared to the same time last year. 

The residential property sales within the Canadian real estate market saw a slight increase in both November and December 2022. This isn’t something that is commonly seen at the end of the year. According to CREA, the real estate market tends to slows down in response to uncertainty in the economy.

It’s important to take note that there were some decreases in the sales volume in both 2009 and 2020 within the Canadian real estate market. These were both years where there were some periods of uncertainty in the economy. With that being said, CREA does expect to see the sales volume improve going forward in 2024. 

The Canadian Housing Market Sales Volume 

According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the sales volume saw a decrease of almost 40 per cent in December 2022, compared to the same time last year. There was also an increase of 1.3 per cent when it came to the sales volume in November. This remained fairly consistent after there was a significant drop in 2022, it’s common to see this sort of drop at the end of the year.

Since there was a break from the more common annual trend, the market is now indicating that there’s a lot to look forward to in 2023. This is most likely due to the fact that a lot of buyers were pushed out of the market because of increased property prices. Now these potential buyers have the opportunity to enter the real estate market once again.

Another factor that will help buyers re-enter the real estate market is that the real estate market doesn’t have the same sense of urgency it once had. Now that the real estate market is slower and more stable, there’s more focus on being affordable. These are all factors that make it easier for potential buyers to take advantage. 

Affordability Within The Canadian Housing Market 

During the height of the pandemic the average residential property prices increased. This then created a situation where potential buyers were simply priced out. Causing a lot of stress and uncertainty, this didn’t slow down for a while. There are three factors that contributed to the affordability issue. 

Affordability is measured by three factors, house prices, interest rates and income. It was reported by the National Bank’s Q3 Housing Affordability Monitor that affordability had reached levels not seen since 1981 and 1989. In both of those circumstances, the high peaks were then followed by a more balanced market. The Bank of Canada was able to create more vacancies in the job market in order to reduce inflation. Because of that it meant there needed to be a decrease in the interest rate, so that the market can be more affordable.

The residential property prices have had the largest decline year-over-year since 2009. While the average price of a residential property in the entire Canadian real estate market had a 12 per cent decrease in December 2022. Many real estate market areas across the country had an increase in the average price during the height of the pandemic and have now seen that price decrease. 

Burlington’s Real Estate Market for December 2022

Continuing to focus on the housing prices and property sales, it was reported by RAHB that sales eased in the Burlington real estate market area in December 2022. It was also reported that new listings improved, while the inventory remained low. 

The Burlington real estate market is broken down into different areas and each one assigned a number. The most sought after area is Millcroft, located in area 35. This area had the greatest number of residential property sales with a total of 25 in December 2022. This was a decrease of 16.7 per cent compared to the same time last year. There were 30 new listings, which was a slight decrease of 7.1 per cent. The average price of a residential property was $970,986, this was a 13.2 per cent decrease compared to December 2021. 

Another area of significance is area 31, this area had the second greatest number of sales in December 2022. With a total of 20 sales and 20 new listings, sales had a 33.3 per cent decrease. While new listings only had a 16.7 per cent decrease. The average price of a residential property in this area was $834,245. This was a decline of 19.8 per cent compared to the same time last year. 

“The pandemic, combined with historically low interest rates, created an exponential surge in housing demand. Supply could not keep pace, resulting in price growth that far exceeded expectations over a two-year period, 2022 saw conditions start to shift back to a more balanced market. Improved supply is an important component to stabilizing both sales and home prices. If higher lending rates continue, they will weigh on home sales in 2023, however; the dip in prices coupled with better supply choice could start to support a more stable market for the foreseeable future.” — Lou Piriano, RAHB President.

Contact The VanDinther Team 

Find a more in-depth and detailed matrix of these statistics, please refer to the Burlington Real Estate Statistics for December 2022. You can also get in contact with the VanDinther Team. Someone will be more than happy to discuss them with you. 

Have you been thinking about listing your home and not sure where to start? The VanDinther Team is ready and excited to get you started on this journey. Lori VanDinther has 30 years of experience working with clients in the Burlington and surrounding areas. Please also give our “What’s My Home Worth” calculator a try, it’s a great place to start. 

Getting in contact with the VanDinther Team is simple. This can be done directly by phone at 905-632-2199 or by email at info@loriv.com. The VanDinther Team is looking forward to working with you soon so they can help you make the right moves! 

Home Staging

Is Home Staging Worth It?

Is Home Staging Worth It?

Is it worth it to have your home staged? This is a great question and I’m happy to answer, however, it’s one that can have a few answers. When you decide to sell your home that’s really the first step in the whole process, then comes the question of whether or not to stag it. Does it need to be? Your REALTOR should be able to help you answer this question.

If you’re home needs some improvements to help potential buyers image themselves living in your home, then I say why not do it! But what is home staging anyway? It’s a way to present your home, as I mentioned above, to prospective buyers in order to sell it. REMAX Canada recommends three steps that include; depersonalizing, decluttering and redecorating. 

Depersonalize Your Home

Let’s start organizing and putting things away, less is more! Pack away your personal items from around your home. These items can be pictures, awards, etc, let’s clear them away and clean up. Most likely you’ll have a professional stagger some and help you determine what to pack away and what to keep!

Decluttering Your Space 

When we’ve lived somewhere for a few decades things can pile up. Again, less is more and we want to make sure buyers can see themselves living there and loving it. We’ll pack away items that we don’t need and make space. Clean, organized and looking fresh. You might even want to paint a room or two, that’s where redecorating comes in. 

Redecorate The Room

The time has come, time to redecorate and make your home shine. Literally we want to make it shine and look like the perfect home for the prospective buyer. There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint, it can change everything. Your stager might even want to rent some new furniture to help get things even more modern and stylish. According to REMAX Canada, hiring a professional stagger is the right move, and I agree! 

Who’s Paying For This?

Typically the seller is going to pay for this service, but it’s understood that they’ll make the money back in the sale of the home. According to the National Association of REALTORs, homes that are staged sell up to 30 percent more than those that aren’t staged. 

The cost of having your home staged is determined by a few different factors. These can be the overall state of the home and how much staging is actually required. The home might only really need some paint and cleaning, while another home might be more work. 

Depending on the amount of staging needed will determine the cost, that’s something you’ll discuss with your REALTOR and stager. That’s the fun part, we want to make your home so appealing that buyers are knocking down the door to buy it! 

The VanDinther Team 

If you have any questions about home staging and how we can help you, let us know! The VanDinther Team is made up of experience real estate professionals that are ready to help you with all of your home buying and selling needs. 

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