Then Vs Now.
The first time that I heard this question, believe it or not, was back in 2012 when I started focusing on Square One condos and Pre-construction condos in the Square One Area. To put into perspective, the resale market for a 1 bedroom condo stood at around the 230k mark then, whereas a similar unit pre-construction was selling for about 250k.
At that time the project that was selling pre-construction was Crystal Towers (55 and 75 Eglinton Ave West) from Pinnacle International. Buyers kept asking me at that time if I thought the market would crash or if the condos are overpriced. Looking back on those prices now, we can note that they were a great investment. Crystal 2 bedroom units were selling as low as 330k and as high as 360k.
The 2nd question that I used to get asked and I still keep hearing is if the pre-construction market is overpriced.
If you note that Crystal was selling between 330k and 360k, then I want to let you know how much the resale market was selling a 2 bedroom for. In an older building in Square One such as Tucana, you could find a 2 bedroom unit for around 210k. This, of course, is a huge price difference. But we need to keep in mind that Tucana was built in 2000 or earlier. If we look onto a building that was completed about a year or so when Crystal Towers started selling we see that the price difference really is not that huge. A much-desired building such as Onyx (223 Webb Dr) was selling a 2 bedroom for around 340k and was built around 2011.
Fast forward to 2019, I am still being asked that same question. This time, I would like to look at the resale market, to clearly show how much prices have gone up. Currently, a 2 bedroom unit at Tucana sits at around the 430k range depending on how much renos were done to the unit and a 2 bedroom at Onyx goes for around 500k, depending on the size and upgrades in the unit. Clearly, units at Tucana have really gone up a lot in price, but that is because all 2 bedrooms are above the 400 and 500k mark now. Remember those 2 bedroom units that some of you invested in at Crystal, 55 and 75 Eglinton, well they are now worth at around 530k. This just shows that those that have purchased units pre-construction have made money on their units and that the price difference between the newer resale units and the project that was to be completed down the line, was at a similar price range.
If we look at the project Perla that is in the same community as Crystal and Amber, we will note that a 2 bedroom is going for around 600k. Now, keep in mind that Crystal is already a 5-year-old building and Amber is already over a year old.
What Does This All Mean?
Year over year, the condo prices in Square One have seen a healthy increase. I don’t foresee any slowing down. Currently, pre-construction units are sold out as soon as the Platinum phase launches, and the only time there are leftover units is if someone returns a unit for whatever reason. The resale market is still moving units within days, and some units are still seeing multiple offers.
To answer the real question, if Mississauga is overpriced, it depends what you are comparing it to. If you are looking onto our neighbour, Toronto, and you compare those prices to Mississauga, then no, Mississauga is still considered affordable. If you look outside of larger cities, then yes, Mississauga does seem overpriced. Mississauga has gone up in price, but so has the rest of the GTA. Therefore, it is only normal that condo prices in downtown Mississauga go up in price as well.
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