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Area Real Estate Sales Up 15% in 3rd Quarter 2013

Local Market Updates for Collingwood, Blue Mountains Real Estate

Area Real Estate Sales Up 15% in 3rd Quarter 2013
Area real estate sales reported through the MLS® system of the Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS® (which includes the municipalities of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, The Blue Mountains, Grey Highlands and Meaford) totalled $187.9 million in the 3rd Quarter reflecting a 15% increase in sales over the 3rd Quarter of 2012.  Sales during the month of September were particularly strong with unit sales and dollar volume for the month up 28% and 35% respectively from one year ago.
Year-to-date sales volume for the first nine months of 2013 now totals $485.8 million, reflecting a 9.8% increase  over MLS® property sales of $442.5 million during the same period in 2012. A total of 1,644 properties changed  hands during the first nine months of 2013 versus 1,517 during the same period of 2012, an 8.4% increase year
over year.
The number of new listings for the first nine months of 2013 now totals 5,168 properties, a decrease of 2.8% over  the same period in 2012. The strongest month for new listings in 2013 was April, when 706 new listings came onto the market. This sharp increase in new listings during April is consistent with the arrival of the spring selling season. The number of expired listings has decreased this year, down 5.0% through the end of the 3rd Quarter. As a result of fewer new and expired MLS® listings year-to-date, there has been a reduction in the overall available housing inventory listed for sale. This is effectively leading to more balanced market conditions overall for both buyer and seller.
Following several months of very soft sales activity, the Municipality of Meaford and the Township of Clearview are now exhibiting the strongest demand for residential homes in our area. MLS® unit sales in the Municipality of Meaford and Township of Clearview through the 3rd Quarter are up 24.1% and 16.5% respectively. Sales in other area municipalities are as follows: Wasaga Beach up 2.4%, The Blue Mountains up 2.3%; while the Municipality of Grey Highlands and Collingwood showed weaker units sales with decreases of 12.2% and 3.0% respectively.
Year-to-date MLS®
Unit sales through the 3rd Quarter showed increases in every price range: under $200,000 price  range reflected a 12.9% increase over third quarter 2012 year-to-date, while sales between $200,000 and
$350,000 were up a modest 1.5%. Sales between $350,000 and $500,000 were up 17%, while sales between $500,000 and $800,000 increased 16.7%. Sales between $800,000 and $1 Million showed the greatest increase at 35.7%, while year-to-date sales over $1 Million were up by 1 unit (4.5%).
Information provided by the former Georgian Triangle Association of REALTORS®, copyright 2013. E&OE.

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