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Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® MLS® home sales cool off from last year’s record levels

Residential sales recorded through the MLS® System for the Southern Georgian Bay region totaled 456 units in July 2021. This was down sharply by 39.9% from July 2020.

Home sales were 7.3% below the five-year average and 5.1% below the 10-year average for the month of July.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales totaled a record 3,456 units over the first seven months of the year. This was an increase of 25.8% from the same period in 2020.

The Southern Georgian Bay region comprises two distinctive markets.

Home sales in the Western Region, which includes Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, the Municipality of Meaford, and Grey Highlands, numbered 220 units in July 2021. This was down sharply by 46.5% from July 2020.

Home sales in the Western Region were 9.9% below the five-year average and 8.8% below the 10-year average for the month of July.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Western Region numbered a record 1,761 units over the first seven months of the year. This was an increase of 29.6% from the same period in 2020.

Meanwhile, home sales in the Eastern Region, encompassing the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the Townships of Tay and Tiny, Severn, and Georgian Bay Townships, numbered 236 units in July 2021. This was down sharply by 32.2% from July 2020.

Home sales in the Eastern Region were 4.7% below the five-year average and 1.3% below the 10-year average for the month of July.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales in the Eastern Region numbered a record 1,695 units over the first seven months of the year. This was an increase of 22% from the same period in 2020.

“Home sales and new listings have both cooled off in tandem from the pace of activity earlier this year,” said Matthew Lidbetter, President of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®. “Overall supply levels are still low but have stopped falling for the time being. On a positive note, the market balance, although still in seller’s territory, has moved towards a more balanced position and price levels seem to have topped out.”

The number of new listings was down sharply by 23% from July 2020. There were 638 new residential listings in July 2021.

New listings were 11% below the five-year average and 14.9% below the 10-year average for the month of July.

Active residential listings numbered 692 units on the market at the end of July, a substantial decline of 40.7% from the end of July 2020. Active listings haven’t been this low in the month of July in more than three decades.

Active listings were 49.4% below the five-year average and 68.6% below the 10-year average for the month of July.

Months of inventory numbered 1.5 at the end of July 2021, unchanged from the 1.5 months recorded at the end of July 2020 and below the long-run average of 5 months for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.

The dollar value of all home sales in July 2021 was $373.5 million, a sharp decrease of 25.9% from the same month in 2020.

Consult your Local REALTOR® for market conditions and home value information specific to your neighbourhood. Our REALTORS® live, work and play in Southern Georgian Bay and have the local knowledge you simply need to know!  Encompassing several communities along the shores of southern Georgian Bay, approximately 1½ to 2 hours from Greater Toronto, the area is one of Canada’s premier four-season recreational playgrounds.

The Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® represents more than 600 REALTORS® registered with its member offices.  The geographical area served by the Association includes the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, the Townships of Tay, and Tiny and parts of Severn and Georgian Bay Townships; Wasaga Beach, Clearview Township, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains, and portions of the Municipality of Meaford and Grey Highlands.

Provided by:

Matthew Lidbetter, 2021 President
Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS®
matthew@bluemountainproperty.ca

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