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2017 was an interesting year in GTA real estate to say the least. We covered in an earlier blog how home prices between January to April skyrocketed by 10-15%. After the April 20th new mortgage rule announcement the market seemed to have take a turn. Here is what happened since then.
Depending on the area, the amount of homes for sale at any given time went double or even triple what they were earlier in the year. Prices have taken a dip also. The biggest change was experienced by homes priced over the $1.5m mark, dropping in some cases as much as 20%.
Over the past few months I visited many presentation centers for new homes and it’s clear that new homes are not selling like they used to. Big builders such as Mattamy Homes, got accustomed to selling out entire phases over one weekend, and now are barely selling any houses. New townhomes have taken a noticeably less downturn, but are still not moving as fast as before.
Condos listed on MLS seemed not to be affected by the new mortgage rules. Regardless of location, size or even sometimes condition, condos which are well priced do not last long on this market. Many first time buyers are surprised to see the low inventory levels. Some of the popular buildings in Mississauga, such as Onyx or Chicago Towers, only have 1-2 available units listed for sale at any given time.
If there is any segment of the market that almost benefited from the recent mortgage rule changes, it’s the new condo market. Average PSF (price per square foot) in Toronto went from the mid $600s to the mid $800s+. Which means a small condo with a parking spot in Toronto can cost anywhere between $500-600k. Mississauga has also seen price increases where $600+ PSF is the new normal.
Why is the above happening?
The answer is simple. Affordability. For the vast majority of buyers, detached homes are simply out of financial reach. Under the new mortgage rules, buyers must qualify for all real estate purchases as if the mortgage interest rate was 5%. This can easily add up to 20% more on your monthly mortgage payments.
For the same reason, in 2017 and going on into 2018, the mainstream way to invest into residential real estate will remain as condos. Not only do condominiums see better cash flow (than detached homes), and healthier appreciation, but are also much easier to rent.
What is interesting to note is that, for the past five years or so many “real estate gurus” and media publications, positioned condos as the more “riskier” investment over stand alone homes. There was a sentiment that condos were over built and overvalued. As we have seen last year, the exact opposite unfolded, and condos turned out to be the winner.
What to do in 2018?
I still believe that the best long term real estate investment one can make is a pre-construction condo. Some of our clients who bought in previous phases, such as Grand Park 2, PSV and Crystal, have seen over $100k in price appreciation over the past few years. There is a high demand on the rental market for these condos and they usually get rented within a week or so.
Regardless if you’re a first time buyer, a downsizer planning for his/her retirement or an experienced investor, I recommend you reach out to us and we can find you the best condo for your needs. In 2018, we have quite a few launches in Mississauga. So far we announced – Highlight condos, Edge Towers (2nd release) and Avia. Stay tuned for more!
Update: We will have a new 2018 release for EDGE condos on Thursday January 18th between 5-7PM. Register for this event here.
If you are currently renting and looking to purchase your first place, or if you are an investor considering purchasing some real estate, Edge Condos might be your best option.
The builder, Solmar, is pleased to announce that we will be releasing the first phase of a multi building development in just a few weeks. Solmar has not built any condominiums in downtown Mississauga, but they are very well equipped to do so. Having constructed many buildings in North York, this developer focuses on detail and quality. I was inside the sales office yesterday and have seen the quality of construction and I must say that I am very impressed. Many features and finishes which are typically offered only in higher end Toronto projects are considered to be the standard finishes offered at Edge towers.
Even though prices and floorplans are not officially released, I had a chance to look over some of the material and here is what I can share so far.
The first phase release will consist of just over 200 units and is expected to sell out within days. Pricing starts from the $300’s for one bedroom units, and $400’s for two bedroom units. The completion of the first tower will be sometime in 2020. As with all pre-construction condos, the total deposit will be 20% and broken down into smaller installments.
For end users looking for the best unobstructed view, I would recommend going for any of the west facing units. These units will give you a nice park view. There will be a new dog park right next to the building which is great for anyone who owns a pet!
Real Estate prices in the GTA have been on a steep incline this year. Many condos in Mississauga are now selling from the mid $500’s per square foot. This is in line with what condos in Toronto used to sell for on average only 3 years ago.
The list below is made up of the five most expensive buildings in downtown Mississauga based on a per Square foot basis. There are condos which have higher priced penthouse units (such as Absolute and Skymark) however they do not make this list.
Located just north of Square One, often called the “uptown of Mississauga”, Crystal condos consistently rank as of the most desirable and in demand condos in the area. Constructed less than two years ago, they are the newest completed buildings in the area.
Rated by many Realtors as the best overall building in the downtown core, Onyx still looks amazing despite being almost 7 years old. The rooftop party room and state of the art amenities make this one the crown jewel of all the City Centre buildings.
Rising tall over 40 stories with amazing views of Celebration Square, the Grand & Park Residence tend to be the choice of many young professionals. The retail stores below the podium offer unique convenience not found in other nearby towers.
Praised for its elegance and original style, the Chicago building is definitely one you should check out if you are looking to buy a condo. Built by the award winning builder Daniels, Chicago offers a great location for students looking to go to Sheridan collage.
Situated about half a kilometer from the busy downtown core, Grand Park 2 became a favorite for those who want a quieter location. With plenty of parking across the street, Grand Park 2 is perfect for those who like to entertain larger groups.
Less than 3 months ago the real estate market in the GTA was in a much different state than it is today. It was common for condos for sale to get 20+ showings within a few days. During this time, our team managed to sell some condos as high as 120% of asking price!
On April 20th, this all changed when the government of Ontario passed a new law called the Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan. Under this new legislation, 16 new measures were introduced to help more people find affordable housing, increase housing supply and provide a way for the real estate market to balance out a little more.
As a result of the changes, the number of freehold home sales dropped by over 20% in May 2017, as compared to May 2016. Condo sales have only dipped by 6.4%. This might suggest that these new rules had a more meaningful effect on pricier properties, rather than the affordable real estate.
Despite the number of sales being down, the prices for most condos have stabilized compared to what they were last year.
When talking to some of our buyers we noticed a few of them decided to see “how things play out” before buying their next property. On the other hand, some sellers decided to “cash in” on their real estate holdings which have appreciated nicely over the past few years. This, in part explains the imbalance in the market which has caused the number of transactions to go down.
This may seem almost unbelievable, but it’s true. Some condos in the Square One area have sold for up to 10% more than they did just last November.
Pretty much every well advertised condo in today’s market should be going into multiple offers. As a buyer you can expect to pay up to 10% more than comparable sales last year. It’s not uncommon to see firm offers on condos, without even a condo status certificate condition!
To give you an idea of how hot the condo market is; last month, we got a listing and within 24 hours we had 43 showings and seven offers. The unit ended up selling over $60,000 more than the same unit last fall.
If you are a buyer looking to get into the pre-construction market there are not many options. As of April 21st, Pinnacle Grand Park 2 ,Pinnacle Amber and Block Nine condos are sold out of regular units (non penthouse) and Grand Mirage is about 90% sold out. (updated April 21st 2017)
For a one bedroom condo you can expect to pay from the mid $300’s and two bedroom units start at around $475,000+.