Wednesday, April 28, 2010
For five consecutive years (2005 to 2009) the annual number of "expired" listings in the MLS® system of the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board have exceeded the number of properties that have sold. That to me is a very telling number indicating that sellers and their REALTORS® are failing to price properties reflective of their current market value.
Factors that do not have a bearing on the value of your home are what you paid, what you may have spent on renovations/upgrades, what you owe, what you need to net out to purchase your next home and so on. The most fundamental factor that does serve to establish the value of your property is what have other properties similar to yours sold for?
When contemplating the sale of your home, condo or other property, it is absolutely imperative that the REALTOR(S)® you interview prepares a "Comparable Market Analysis" (CMA). I an increasingly competitive market, it's no longer effective for a REALTOR® to simply walk through a property shooting from the hip to throw out a price. Your response should be "show me!"
Not only will a well prepared CMA help to establish an accurate List Price for your home, it can also be used to illustrate and counsel a potential buyer(s) as to the property's value and what a credible offer price should be. Today's buyers are fearful of paying too much and with a good inventory of properties on the market they don't have to. Furthermore, thanks to the Internet, buyers today are much better educated and informed. They know what is on the market, how long it has been listed and they are readily able to compare various listings to one another quickly establishing a sense of which ones are over-priced.
Just as over-pricing is an issue, so is under-pricing a property. I recently secured a listing which another competing agent had priced $35K to $40K below my price, a difference of almost 20%. Their price represented little more than the "assessed" value which in many cases is still well below market value. Within three days the home in question received two offers and sold for in excess of 98% of the asking price.
Pricing is indeed everything and some good research and effort going in by the REALTOR® you are working with whether it is for a sale or purchase, will make the whole real estate selling/buying process more successful and less stressful for everyone involved.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
With all of the construction activity going on around the area including the reconstruction of Hurontario Street, the completion of First Street, exterior finishes to the new library, the revitalization of Heritage Park to name a few, none is a more welcome site than the Shipyards. After languishing as a weed infested "no man's land" for the better part of two decades, this much anticipated re-development of the former Collingwood shipbuilding site is really taking shape. Sales/interest in the project is obviously good given the number of units currently under construction.
In my opinion, the highlight of the development will be the waterside promenade that starts at the foot of Hurontario Street and follows along the former side-launch basin out into the harbour. This is sure to be a major draw to both residents and tourists alike creating a waterfront atmosphere that will inject some excitement into our downtown core.
If there is anything about this project that is a bit of a letdown it's the architecture. I've heard many comments about how uninspiring the buildings look on the outside with nothing to differentiate them from any run-of-the-mill condo development you might see in Mississauga or throughout the GTA. This is one of the common shortcomings that we often see throughout the area where both builders and in some cases individual homeowners build the wrong thing resulting in a product that lacks the characteristics buyers are looking for and can be difficult to sell. This is not an "urban" environment and many buyers looking to the area expect if not demand something different to match the lifestyle change they are making by coming here in the first place. In this day-and-age of computer aided design, a little human imagination could be expended to create something truly different and unique. In the case of the Shipyards, something perhaps with a bit of a nautical touch would remind us of the former role this property played in the history of Collingwood.
I do not profess to be an architectural guru but I often read the comments of Christopher Hume the architectural critic for the Toronto Star. Mr. Hume has been to and spoken in Collingwood, perhaps at some point we may here his comments further regarding this particular project.
There are currently 5 MLS® listed Shipyards units for sale and at least one unit with a private for sale sign. No doubt some of the early buyers are looking to flip their properties for a profit others may have just had a change of heart. Whatever your take, this will be a very successful development and a welcomed re-birth of Collingwood's long neglected waterfront.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
This past week I finally made a point and took the time to visit Collingwood's new public library. Notwithstanding the fact that numerous details remain to be finished on the exterior, the library has now been open for a couple of weeks and by all accounts is receiving a positive response from the public.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Mary Ann joins myself and Doug Brown as part of the "Real Value" Team. Our mandate is to provice you with unparalleled service for all your real estate needs, be it a residential home or condominium, recreational property, rural farm/acreage or with a commercial property for investment or business purposes.
Please feel free to Contact Us for a no obligation consultation regarding your real estate buying or selling needs.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Unit sales activity during the 1st quarter rose sharply from the 1st quarter of last year with 388 properties changing hands this year versus 235 in the 1st quarter of 2009, an increase of 65%. The 1st quarter exhibited strong sales activity throughout most segments of the region, with sales volume of $106,750,950 up 91% over that of $55,234,868 in the first 3 months of 2009. Comparing 1st quarter 2010 to the strong 4th quarter results of 2009, unit and dollar volume are down 17% and 16% respectively, reflecting a typically quiet 1st quarter start in annual sales activity. Of the 388 sales during the 1st quarter, 200 alone occurred in March (51%) generating $57,114,570 (53%) of year-to-date 2010 sales volume. 1st quarter 2010 sales increased in every price range over the first three months of last year. Property sales below $250,000 increased 20%, 1st quarter sales between $250,000 - $500,000 increased a substantial 183% while sales from $500,000 - $1 Million increased 92%. Sales over $1 million totalled 2 properties versus 1 sale in the first quarter of 2009. Of significant note, the two sales over $1 million in March were in excess of $2 million, a price which has only been attained on two prior occasions in the MLS® sales history of the Georgian Triangle Real Estate Board. Unquestionably this spring has seen a seasonal upturn in market activity of unprecedented proportions.
The number of new MLS® listings during the 1st quarter of 2010 totals 1,457 units, up 33% from the last quarter of 2009 and 7% ahead of the 1,360 properties listed in the 1st quarter of 2009. In particular March 2010 reflected strong listing activity with 614 new listings which represents 42% of the year-to-date new listing total of 1,457 properties coming to market through the Georgian Triangle. To date, 723 listings expired in the 1st quarter of 2010 down 14% from the number of expired listings in the first three months of 2009.
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- Rick Crouch
- Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.