Home Ownership Tips 7 September 2023

Bank of Canada pauses rate hiking cycle, what does this mean for prices in Grey Bruce?

The affect of rate hikes on the market

The Bank of Canada paused its hiking cycle, maintaining its overnight rate at 5% as announced at their September meeting on Wed, September 6th. The decision to pause was based on evidence that access demand in the economy is easing.  Since early 2022, the BoC has increased its overnight rate ten times from 0.25% to 5%. Naturally, this has led to a decrease in home sales and prices across Canada. In Grey Bruce, prices have dropped by 15% from their peak. When the rate hikes began, the median sale price of a single-family home was $700,000. The market bottomed out in January 2023 at $487,500 but has since rebounded to $595,000.  The rise in interest rates has undoubtedly cooled the market, reducing buyers’ purchasing power and forcing many buyers to the sidelines, opting to wait and see what happens next. This has resulted in the average time to sell a home increasing from 10 days to 38. The question now is whether the current pause will entice buyers back into the market?

 



The first pause occurred in March, leading to a substantial increase in home sales until June when rate hikes resumed. Since then, sales have been on a downward trend. The key difference between the current pause and the previous one is the noticeable increase in fixed interest rates, as indicated by the 5-year Government bond graph. In April, fixed rates were hovering around 4.5%, but now they have surpassed 5%. Both variable and fixed rates remain high at this time.

 
mortgage rates by:Ratehub.ca

 

What to expect in the future?

It is reasonable to anticipate a slight upturn in the market due to the combination of the Bank of Canada’s pause and the onset of the fall market season. However, it’s important to take into account the Bank of Canada’s press release, which reiterates their close monitoring of inflation and readiness to raise again if needed. Some indicators that still suggest that inflation remains a concern, especially with the Consumer Price Index coming in higher than expected in July. Whether or not the pauses in interest rate adjustments will persist depends on how future inflation data align with the Bank of Canada’s expectations, a matter that only time will tell.

We are far from in the clear, but for now a sigh of relief. 

Sources:

https://www.bankofcanada.ca/2023/09/fad-press-release-2023-09-06/

Realtors Association of Grey Bruce, ITSO

https://www.ratehub.ca/historical-mortgage-rates-widget

Home Ownership Tips 15 December 2022

Thinking of selling your Owen Sound/Grey Bruce home in 2023? Here’s what to expect

Thinking of selling your Owen Sound/Grey Bruce home in 2023? Here’s what to expect: Updated Sept 7, 2023

As we enter into the fall market of 2023, what should I expect if I am thinking about putting my home up for sale in the Owen Sound and Grey Bruce Area? That’s a great question, and to answer it I’ll take a look at the statistics, and also provide some on the ground analysis from what I am seeing with my current listings and buyer clients. 

How long will it take?

Let’s begin with days on market, or how long is it taking for the average home to sell? Below, you can view an interactive graph that charts the monthly statistics for the days on market in Owen Sound and Grey Bruce. 

How much will it sell for?

How much money should I expect my home to sell for? Well, no one can know for certain what you will get, but the average home seems to be selling for 97-98% of its listing price. Below, you can view an interactive chart that shows the median sale prices for Owen Sound and Grey Bruce. Remember, these are just general statistics and your home value will be based on sold comparables.

Why has the market changed?

Why has the market changed ? In 2023 Canada has seen the BoC raise rates from .25% up to 5%. The speed at which this has happened has flattened the market. Along with the Variable rate changing, fixed interest rates are also remaining high for what we have been used to over the last 10 years. The high rates have reduced buyers purchasing power and put fear in buyers, causing them to want to wait and see what happens. Below you can view an interactive chart of variable and fixed interest rates. 

 
mortgage rates by:Ratehub.ca

Is it a buyers market or a sellers market? 

To answer this question we have to take a look at the statistic called month of inventory. Month of inventory(MOI) is the amount of time it would take for everything listed on the market to sell if nothing new was listed. It is calculated by dividing sales by active listings. Less then 3 months of inventory is a sellers market, 4-5 months is balanced, and 6+ is a buyers market. However month of inventory is best looked at in trends, so which was has it been going for the last 3-4 months? Below you can view an interactive chart of the MOI in GreyBruce and Owen Sound. 

 

Is it a good time to sell? 

That question depends on your perspective. If you purchased prior to the end of 2021 your home likely still has equity in it. Sale prices and market conditions are still better now than they have been in times past in Grey Bruce. If you are considering selling I would be happy to speak with you about your homes value and what you should expect. 

Thinking of selling? download our seller guide! 

Curious what your home is worth? request a home valuation.

If you’d like to discuss the market, we’d be happy to chat. I can be reached at tim.matthews@c21.ca or 519.375.7153

 

Market Update 3 June 2022

Did the market just balance?

Did the market just balance?

Is the Grey Bruce market crashing? There is lots of news going on right now about how sales and prices are dropping fast, but what’s actually happening on the ground in Grey Bruce? Read on and I’ll explain. 

List to sale prices settling down

One of the most interesting stats is the sales to list price. This measures what the sale price is, versus the list price and is a good indicator how far over asking things sell, and the strength of the market, you can see how it peaked in February and has come down since then.  Going from 105% in February to 100.6% in May.

More inventory coming quick

The story seems to be more inventory coming on the market, there are currently 600 active listings in Grey Bruce, this is the highest it’s been since 2020. With the surge in active listings, our month of inventory has also gone up. Month of inventory is one of the best stats to see where the market is going and for the first time since 2020 it is above 3, signaling a quick shift from a strong sellers market to a balanced market. The amount of time to sell a house jumped from 9 days to 12 days. 

How about prices?

The average price of a residential home in Grey Bruce was $689,000, down slightly from April. However in Owen Sound the average sale price was up from $547k,000 to $584,000.  

In summary, sale prices are holding but we are seeing a drastic and quick change in the volume of properties coming on the market. From an on the ground perspective I am seeing less showings on my listings and the majority of properties are not holding offers any more. 

What does this mean for buyers and sellers? 

If you are a buyer you’ve finally got more options and can probably buy with conditions, and less competition, however if you need a mortgage your purchase power may go down. For sellers, if you need to buy it would be unwise to buy without selling first. It’s not as sure of a deal how fast, and for how much your home will sell for. Sellers also need to understand that the house that sold 2 months ago is no longer a comparable property and the market has changed. Sellers need to price their homes competitively with the other active listings and present them well. The market may look drastically different in 2-3 months. 

Thinking of selling? Want to talk about the process? Let’s connect. 519.375.7153 or tim.matthews@c21.ca

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Is the real estate market going doing in Owen Sound & Grey Bruce?

Is the real estate market going doing in Owen Sound & Grey Bruce?

We’ve all been inundated with news stories about interest rates, inflation and prices falling but what’s really happening on the ground right here in Grey Bruce? 

Let’s start with prices: 

The median price in Grey Bruce was $700,000 up 18.5% from last April, and down slightly from March. In Owen Sound it was $567500, down from $603,000 in April. 

How about supply & demand?

Perhaps what is most interesting is inventory. There continues to be a good amount of supply coming on the market and with rising rates/cost of inflation cooling buyer demand a bit, we have finally started to see the market shift slightly. 

Active Listings in April were 390, this is up sharply from the 272 in March. We had  399 new listings come to market In April up from 315 in March, this has caused our month of inventory to jump from 1.2 up to 1.6. 

On average it still took just 10 days for a home to sell and places went for 105.3% of their sale prices.

What does this mean for buyers and sellers? 

Well as we know when more inventory comes on the market that gives buyers more options, this means sellers are going to have to be realistic with their price expectations. That house on the street that sold for 800k 2 months ago is no longer a reasonable comp to use. 

For the full break down of RAGBOS STATS go here.

Market Update 14 January 2022

Grey Bruce Home Prices in 2021 (Top 3 cheapest places to live in Grey Bruce).

Grey Bruce Home Prices in 2021 (Top 3 cheapest places to live in Grey Bruce).

In Grey Bruce The median sale price  finished the year at 598k, up 36 % from last year. How about the municipalities? here are the three cheapest, and most expensive places in 2021. 

Top 3 cheapest places:

1. Arran Elderslie (Tara, Allenford, Chesley, Paisley) 

Median Sale Price: 443k up 28.4% since 2020

2. Owen Sound: Median Sale price: $480,000 up 37.4% since 2020

3. Hanover Median Sale price: $485, 500 up 27.8% since 2020

Top 3 Most Expensive Places:

1. Grey Highlands: Median Sale Price: $770,000 up 37.5% since 2020

2. Meaford: Median Sale Price: 750k up 25% 1 year, 84.7% 2 years.

3. Georgian Bluffs: Median Sale Price: 749k up 46.9% since 2020

Request a Home Equity Report on your home 👇 https://timmatthews.ca/home-valuation

Grey Bruce Owen Sound Cheapest & Most expensive places to buy in 2021 *Stats are based off of single family homes, Source: https://www.ragbos.com/wp-content/upl…

 

 

6 January 2022

What to do before selling? 3 things to do to maximize sale price

What to do before selling? 3 things to do to maximize your sale price!

My name is Tim Matthews and I am a Real Estate Agent in the Owen Sound & Grey Bruce area.

What to do before selling?

If you are planning to sell in the next year, here are three things I think you need to do, to make sure you maximize your sale price.

  1. Declutter – you’re moving, so start packing. Start donating things, making dump runs, and downsizing. Remove things off the fridge, the end tables and countertops. You want to get the house looking as spacious as possible. Don’t forget to do this to your outside yard and basement.
  2. Clean – Clean everything; walls, windows, counters, faucets, sinks. A clean home shows a real pride of ownership and gives buyers confidence that it was taking care of.
  3. Repairs – A lot of people want to get overwhelmed with fancy renovations, but you need to start with the big repairs first. I have found that old roofs and furnaces are the biggest hold backs on sales. If your roof needs to be replaced you should absolutely do it.

Now, after you are done this, you can take it up a notch. Here are 3 bonus tips to help get you even more money!

  1. Paint – you want to think bright, light and neutral. If you want suggestions on paint colours check out this HGTV blog. A fresh coat of light paint can make the home feel new, spacious and clean. Painting kitchen cabinets and exterior doors can be cheap alternatives to full upgrades.
  2. Electrical updates – If you have dated electrical fixtures, beige switches and plates, you should consider having an electrician come in to swap them out for something more modern. Need an electrician in the Owen Sound area? check out Benedict Electric.
  3. Door handles and kitchen cabinet knobs. If your knobs are the shiny brass ones or white, it’s time for an upgrade. Swap these out to make your home feel more updated.

Doing all of these suggestions will put you well on your way for a great sale price. If you are reading this are in the Owen Sound/ Grey County area, it would be a great idea to have me out to look at your home and come up with a sale plan. Connect with me here or call me at 519.375.7153.

Market Update 29 December 2021

November Grey Bruce Market Update

The Real Estate Market in Grey Bruce Owen Sound stayed strong in November & I’m giving the market 9/10🔥for how hot it was. Watch this video below and I’ll explain why.

Want to chat more about the market? I’d love to connect. I am a Real Estate agent located in  Owen Sound and I serve all of the Grey & Bruce areas.
11 November 2021

Do I have to pay capital gains tax if I sell my house before living there one year?

Do I have to pay capital gains tax if I sell my house before living there one year?

If you’ve sold Real Estate recently you’ll need to make sure you report it on your upcoming taxes. If the property you sold was your principal residence, you won’t have to pay capital gains tax on it as you will be exempt based on the Principal residence exemption (PRE).  What defines principal residence? You can have one principal residence a year that you must have generally lived in over the year. Many people think you have to live in your principal residence for a full year to avoid paying capital gains tax, this is not true and there is no set time frame for which you must occupy the residence. It’s called the ordinary inhabited rule.

Now, if you’ve been buying properties and flipping them every year all while claiming the principal residence exemption, you might have something to be concerned about. An article by the Financial Post talks about how a couple bought and sold real estate in 5 consecutive years. In each case they made improvements to the home and sold them for a significant profit. They were found guilty of not properly using the PRE. You can read about it here.

For someone who has decided to sell for personal reasons, employment change, or simply wanted to rent, you don’t need to worry about this. However, if you frequently buy and sell real estate while claiming the PRE, it’s possible that the CRA could question your motives. 

Need to connect with an accountant? Contact Adam here.

Want to talk Real Estate? Let’s Connect! 

*This is for educational purposes only and should not be taking as tax or financial advise, talk to an accountant.

 

27 October 2021

Six trends to predict the housing market

Six trends to predict the housing market

 

Here are six things we can keep on eye on to try and determine which direction the housing market could be heading.

1. The news – News companies thrive on trying to predict the future and while they sometimes over state things, oftentimes it can be a good indicator of what is to come. If buyers are overly fearful of what the news is saying, it can cause them to wait it out and see what happens. 

Google “Canadian Real Estate market crash”  and you’ll see headlines like

The news is certainly indicating that a correction is on the horizon, but doesn’t that sound familiar?

2. Employment Rates – Low unemployment levels typically point towards an increase in prices as more people look to purchase and high rates would decrease as people cannot afford to buy. Canada’s unemployment rate has been trending down for the last 6 months, but It is higher than pre pandemic years. Will Vaccine Mandates affect this? 

https://tradingeconomics.com/canada/unemployment-rate#:~:text=Unemployment%20Rate%20in%20Canada%20averaged,percent%20in%20June%20of%201966.

3. Months Of Inventory – This market stat is one of the best indicators of where the market is going. Month of inventory means this: If no new listings came on the market, how long would it take for everything currently for sale to sell. Currently in Grey Bruce it is 1.8 months and in Canada it is 2.1. We remain in a tight sellers market. 

Sellers Market <4 months 

Balanced Market 4-6 months

Buyers Market >6 months

4. Affordability – This includes the cost of the home, cost to maintain the home, and the level of income to support the home. If income rises with home prices, then things will not change, however if income stays equal and home prices go up then we have a problem. Low interest rates have been key to keeping homes affordable. An increase in interest rates combined with an increase in gas, electricity, property tax would take a toll on housing prices. 

5. Showing Request – Showing request on listings tracked over time can indicate buyer confidence in the market. In Ontario showing requests have been trending down since May, but look to be starting on an upward trend, more data is needed. 

How are builders feeling about the market? An increase in housing starts indicates confidence, lower starts indicate skepticism. Since the pandemic began Canada has been trending upwards in housing starts, peaking in March. Since then it has been trending down, however we are still significantly higher then pre pandemic. 

How about Lumber? We all know how bad that got during the winter, it has fallen, taken a sharp turn and fallen back down. 

So what can we conclude with all this information? Right now the news is predicting a crash, and affordability is dwindling with the cost of housing and living going up. However, inventory remains low, unemployment is low, and builders are still building. I believe we are in an unknown territory. 

 

Want to talk Real Estate? Connect with me here, I’d love to chat.

 

Source: https://www.revrealestateschool.com/tips/how-to-predict-real-estate-prices

Home Ownership Tips 24 September 2021

Do you have to pay tax on vacant land sales in Ontario?

Do you have to pay tax on vacant land sales in Ontario?

To answer this question it has to be broken down into two categories, Capital gains tax and HST.  In general you do have to pay a capital gains tax, however HST is not often applicable. Watch the video below as local accountant Adam Vander Duim explains the answer to this question.

 

 

According to the Gov of Canada there are 3 scenarios where your vacant land sale would be subject to HST:

  • capital property that you have used primarily for a business
  • the sale of land through the course of a business
  • selling land after the original parcel has been subdivided 2 or more times.

For more information on tax of vacant land sales check out the Government of Canada’s website. 

 

Need to connect with an accountant? you can contact Adam here.

 

Want to talk Real Estate? Connect with me here, I’d love to chat.