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The Winter Real Estate Market in Canada

The Winter Real Estate Market 

The winter real estate market changes every year, there are benefits to both buying and selling during this time of year. In this blog, we’ll explore some of those benefits and offer some winter moving tips along the way. 

It’s true that Southern Ontario experiences distinct characteristics in the winter real estate market. However, despite the colder temperatures and potential weather challenges, this season presents unique opportunities for both buyers and sellers.

Winter often signals a time when the real estate market experiences a shift in dynamics. With fewer buyers actively engaging in the market. There are many opportunities that savvy buyers and sellers can leverage to their advantage. Let’s now learn about some of the benefits to buying real estate in the winter months.

Benefits of Buying Real Estate in Winter

In the winter months there is often lower competition and motivated sellers, this means that there tend to be fewer buyers actively searching. This then results in decreased competition for buyers. This will in turn motivate sellers to negotiate prices or offer incentives due to the smaller pool of buyers. What this means is that it’s often a buyers market, so don’t underestimate the possibility of buying during the winter, you might be able to get a good deal. 

Adding to the buyers market theory, you might also find that the number of sales to new listings ratio is lower. For example, in November (which is still considered fall) we saw a drop in the number of sales year-over-year with a total of 138, this was a small decline of 4.8 percent. While we saw a total of 263 new listings reported by the REALTORs Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB). This was an increase of 18.5 percent compared to the previous year. We’ll write another blog about the December 2023 real estate market statistics to get a better understanding of where the winter market is going, stay tuned!

Benefits of Selling Real Estate in Winter

Typically, fewer homes are listed during the winter months providing sellers with a smaller market. Since there are fewer properties on the market, your home might stand out more prominently to potential buyers. This means there’s less competition, those searching during the winter are often more serious and motivated to make a purchase, increasing the likelihood of a successful sale.

Buyers are also more likely to purchase during this time due to the lower competition. Some buyers may even need to relocate due to job changes, family needs, or other life events, necessitating a home purchase regardless of the season. Take advantage of the opportunity and sell in the winter, it’s worth a shot. 

This also gives the seller the opportunity to showcase the cozy elements of their home. These can be such cozy elements as fireplaces, warm interiors, and comfortable living spaces. These features can evoke emotions and appeal to potential buyers looking for a cozy winter home. During the winter there can also sometimes be faster transactions, flexible moving dates and the potential for higher offers since the market might not be as busy. Let the VanDinther Team help you make the right moves this winter season, learn more about how we can help in the final section of this blog. 

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The winter real estate market in Southern Ontario is not just a quiet time—it’s a period packed with opportunities. Whether you’re considering buying, selling, or planning a move during this season, understanding the distinct advantages it offers can be the key to success. The VanDinther Team wants to be able to be there with you every step of the way, helping you not only find the home of your dreams but also help you to sell your current home during this winter season. 

Contact The VanDinther Team today and let’s get started. Getting in contact with The VanDinther Team is simple and can be done right now either by phone or email. Please contact the team by phone directly at 905-330-2002 or by email at info@loriv.com. Clients are also able to find us on both Instagram and Facebook, give us a follow and lets get started on your journey to find your dream home this winter. And if you’ve been curious about what your home might be worth give our “What’s My Home Worth” calculator a try!

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Benefits of Living in a Townhouse

The Benefits of Living in a Townhouse

Benefits of Living in a Townhouse: A Guide 

There are a lot of great benefits when it comes to living in a townhouse, from the peace of mind that you might not have to take care of certain elements such as snow and gardening. There might also be other things that make life easier including cost-effective living, community living, space efficiency, location advantages, security and so much more. 

In this blog post we want to go over some of the benefits that you might enjoy when you choose to live in a townhouse. The VanDinther Team is ready to work hard to help you find the perfect townhouse that will suit your needs – at the end of this blog we’ll explain how you can get in contact with The VanDinther Team and start your search for your dream townhouse. 

What You Might Expect When Living in a Townhouse

Living in a townhouse can often offer a unique blend of advantages that can cater to the various lifestyles and preferences of its owner. The following list will help you determine if these advantages are what you’re looking for when it comes to townhouse living.

  1. Cost-Effective Living:
    • Affordability: Townhouses often provide a more budget-friendly option compared to single-family homes or apartments and they can offer a middle ground in terms of pricing.
    • Lower Maintenance Costs: Typically,  townhouse communities have shared maintenance costs for common areas which then helps to reduce individual expenses for landscaping, exterior repairs, etc.
  2. Community Living:
    • Tight-Knit Community: Townhouse living often fosters a strong sense of community due to shared walls and closer proximity to neighbours – which then leads to potential friendships and a supportive environment.
    • Shared Amenities: Many townhouse complexes offer shared amenities like pools, gyms and parks. This of course helps to foster a sense of belonging and access to facilities without the full maintenance responsibility – carefree living! 
  3. Space Efficiency:
    • Vertical Living: Townhouses often come with multiple floors and help to optimize vertical space and provide lots of room for living areas, bedrooms and storage.
    • No Yard Work: For those who prefer not to spend time on yard maintenance then this is perfect, townhouses usually have smaller outdoor spaces or communal areas that are maintained by the homeowners’ association.
  4. Location Advantages:
    • Urban Convenience: Townhouses are frequently situated in urban or suburban areas and in close proximity to city centres, public transportation, shopping centers and entertainment hubs.
    • Accessibility: They are often strategically located near major roads or transportation links, making commuting more convenient. Could it get any better?
  5. Privacy and Independence:
    • Individual Ownership: Townhouses offer individual ownership, giving residents more control over their living spaces while still being part of a community.
    • Separate Entrances: Many townhouses have private entrances, providing a sense of privacy similar to a detached home.
  6. Potential for Investment:
    • Resale Value: Townhouses often hold their value well in the real estate market, making them a potentially lucrative investment option.
    • Rental Opportunities: Townhouses can be attractive rental properties due to their size, amenities, and location, thus offering an additional income stream for owners.
  7. Security and Safety:
    • Close-Knit Community: The tight community in townhouse complexes often leads to increased vigilance and a safer living environment.
    • Gated Communities: Some townhouse complexes offer gated or secured entries, enhancing security measures.
  8. Customization and Flexibility:
    • Interior Customization: Townhouses allow for personalization and customization of interiors that enable residents to adapt the space to their preferences.
    • Less Restrictive Regulations: Compared to condos, in some cases townhouses may have fewer stringent rules regarding renovations or modifications.

These are some really interesting points about what it can be like when choosing to live in a townhouse. In the next section we’ll talk about how embracing townhouse living is truly a fantastic option and can greatly benefit your life in a number of ways.

Embracing Townhouse Living

Embracing townhouse living presents so many incredible benefits that can help cater to diverse lifestyles and preferences. From fostering a strong sense of community to offering cost-effective yet spacious living arrangements – townhouses can really stand as a versatile housing option for many.

With this blend of individual ownership, shared amenities and a close-knit environment it makes townhouses the appealing choice for those who are seeking a balanced lifestyle. The convenience, affordability and potential for investment also help to highlight the value that townhouse living can bring to its owners. Now let’s get you in touch with The VanDinther Team and get the process started and find you the townhouse of your dreams. 

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As we mentioned in this blog, there are plenty of great advantages and benefits to choosing the townhouse lifestyle. Living in a townhouse can often offer a blend of communal living, affordability, and the perks of individual ownership. Are you ready to make a move and start looking for the ideal townhouse? The only thing you need to worry about now is finding the right one for you and The VanDinther Team is here to help. 

Contact The VanDinther Team today and let’s get started. Getting in contact with The VanDinther Team is simple and can be done right now either by phone or email. Please contact the team by phone directly at 905-330-2002 or by email at info@loriv.com. Clients are also able to find us on both Instagram and Facebook, give us a follow and lets get started on your journey to find your dream townhouse. 

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Burlington Real Estate

Burlington Real Estate Statistics for February 2022

Real Estate Market Statistics for February 2022 

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported a total of 1,228 sales in February 2022 of residential properties within the RAHB market area. When it came to the number of sales, RAHB reported an increase of 71 per cent month over month. However, when compared to February 2021, there was a 4.4 per cent decrease. 

RAHB reported that new listings had an 84.2 per cent increase month over month. When we compare the new listings to the same time last year, there was a slight decrease of 1.2 per cent. 

The average price of a residential property price within the RAHB market area for February was reported to be $1,104,163. This was a 4.2 per cent increase compared to the previous month. This property price was also a 30.3 per cent increase when compared to the same time last year. 

Residential Market Activity 

When we take a look at the above chart, Residential Market Activity, we’re able to see what the average price of a property was. Then we can compare it to the previous year. It also allows us to see other areas within the RAHB market area. 

Hamilton West reported a total of 76 sales of residential properties in February 2022. We can clearly see that this was an increase when compared to the same time last year. When it came to the average price of a residential property, it was reported to be $801,129, this was an increase when compared to the same time last year. 

Let’s take a look at Hamilton Centre, for February it was reported that there were a total of 108 residential property sales. The average price of a residential property in this area was reported to be $719,540. This was an increase when we look at what the price was in February 2021. 

Finally we’ll take a look at Burlington, it was reported that for February 2022 there were a total of 254 sales. This was a slight decrease when we compare it to the same time last year. RAHB reported that the average price of a residential property was $1,413,836, while in 2021 it was reported to have been $1,065,038. We can now take a look at the below map and get a closer look at each area within Burlington. 

Average Price by District

We can take a look at the above map, Average Price by District, and really get a good look at each area within Burlington. You will notice that there are sub area allowing us to see more targeted areas. We can see what their average residential property price was an how many sales there were for the month. 

Sub areas that we should take note of for February 2022 are 30, 31, 33 and 35. Each of these sub areas had the greatest number of sales. Area 35 is located in the most sought after neighbourhood in Burlington. This neighbourhood is called Millcroft and it had the greatest number of sales. Millcorft a total of 69 sales, with an average residential property price of $1,329,921. 

Another area of note to take a look at is area 38, this area had the highest average residential property price. It was reported to be $3,033,888. This area had a total of 8 residential property sales for the month of February 2022. The next and final chart that we’ll take a look at is the blow chart, Burlington Residential Table. 

Burlington Residential Table

Finally, we’ll take a look at the above chart, Burlington Residential Table, illustrates a more in-depth look at the real estate statistics. We can clearly see that for the month of February there were a total of 254 sales of residential properties. This was a decrease of 17.5 per cent when compared to the same time last year. 

It was also reported that there were a total of 349 new listings. Which was a 7.2 per cent decrease compared to February 2021. When it came to the average price of a residential property. It was reported to be $1,413,836, this was a 32.9 per cent increase compared to the same time last year. 

The median price of a property was reported to have had a 34.9 per cent increase to $1,306,000. It’s always interesting to take a look at these numbers and can get a better understanding of the Burlington real estate market. Now we can summarize and get a closer look at what the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington think about these statistics. 

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington February 2022 Statistics 

When we summarize the statistics for the real estate market in February 2022, we can see that the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington reported a total of 1,228 sales. These sales were reported to have been within the RAHB market area. 

The sales of residential properties saw a 71 per cent increase month over month. While the average price of a property was reported to have been $1,104,163. This was an 4.2 per cent increase compared to previous month, and a 30.3 per cent increase compared to February 2021. There were a reported 1,675 new listings within the entire RAHB market area, which was an 84,2 per cent increase month over month. 

We can also take a closer look at the number of detached home sales for February 2022. RAHB reported that there were a total of 815 sales, with an average price of $1,250,027, this was a 2.3 per cent increase. There were also 1,142 new detached home listings in February 2022, thats a 91.2 per cent increase month over month. 

There were 221 townhouse sales in February 2022 and 186 sales of apartment-style properties. For apartment-style properties this was a 10.1 per cent increase compared to the same time last year. For townhouse this was an 11.2 per cent decrease when compared to February 2022. 

“The number of sales and new listings rose substantially month over month, and kept pace with the feverish demand of February 2021. However, while the number of new listings surpassed each February over the last ten years, the demand continued to impact inventory and fuel the residential average sale price to a new record-high. In acknowledging that the average sale price can be concerning to buyers, at the time of this release, there were more than 100 residential detached properties of the 500 available that were listed under $700,000. Therefore, if homeownership is on your bucket list, you should consult a local RAHB REALTOR® to help you navigate the market.” – RAHB President Lou Piriano. 

For More Information About These Statistics 

If you’re interesting in learning more about these February 2022 real estate market statistics, please refer to the Burlington Real Estate Statistics for February 2022. You’re also able to contact Lori VanDinther and her team as well. 

Contact Lori and Team 

Do you have any questions about the Burlington real estate statistics for February 2022? Lori and her team are waiting and able to help answer any that you might have. If you’ve been wondering what your home might be worth, please give our What’s My Home Worth calculator a try.

Lori VanDinther and her team would love to connect with you and help you find the right home. If you’re interested please feel free to reach out via phone at (905) 632-2199, or by email at info@loriv.com

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