Friday, September 29, 2017     RE/MAX     Real Estate Market

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Sales of homes priced over $1 million were up year-over-year in Victoria, Calgary, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Oakville while the luxury market in Vancouver cooled during the first seven months of 2017.

In the GTA, luxury condo sales continued to increase significantly, growing 85 per cent year-over-year between January and July in 2017. In large part, this can be attributed to overall price appreciation in the market over the course of the last year, resulting in more condos meeting the higher dollar threshold, combined with condo inventory levels failing to keep pace with demand. The price appreciation across the market was a strong motivating factor for many baby boomers to sell their homes and use the equity to downsize to luxury condo units.

The 15 per cent non-resident speculation tax included in the plan slowed demand from overseas buyers in the GTA overall, but did not significantly curb activity in the region’s luxury market. During the first seven months of 2017, demand for luxury properties in the GTA remained strong, with sales rising by 30 per cent year-over-year.

In the upper-end of the GTA's luxury market, demand for single-family detached homes over $3 million saw the largest increase in activity, with sales rising by 55 per cent year-over-year. The Toronto suburb of Oakville also continued to see tremendous growth, with sales for properties between $2.5 and $3 million increasing by 112 per cent year-over-year. Oakville's proximity to Toronto and strong local schools are a main attraction for buyers looking to enter the market.

Click here to download the full official RE/MAX report "2017 Spotlight on Luxury".

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