What a Difference a Month Makes...


It’s hard to believe how much things have changed in just a month but the market and really the entire world has shifted dramatically since our last update with the emergence of the pandemic that is COVID-19.


First and foremost, we hope you are doing well and staying safe and healthy as we go through this extremely challenging time.


Switching over to the numbers from this past month, they are of course very low with just 4 completed sales and taking into account the unprecedented times we’re in, it is a bit like comparing apples to oranges when we look at the numbers from the same time last year, even though there were just 6 sales last March.


Of the transactions completed, 1 was a duplex and 3 were apartment sales with 2 occurring in the Phoenician complex and 1 in the Fortress building.  The days on market numbers were again skewed as 2 of the 4 sales lingered on the market for 154 and 357 days respectively so they drastically inflated the monthly average.


Taking a step back and looking at the market as a whole, March actually started off rather well showing marked gains year over year however as the pandemic rose and social distancing measures took effect, activity dropped sharply across the board.  Sales fell by 11 percent compared to last year, which was also 37 per cent lower than long-term averages and pushed the totals for the month to the lowest recorded level since 1995.


The inventory level is also much lower across the City as many sellers have decided to terminate or temporarily withdraw their listings until things improve and we likely won’t see levels recover until things improve and social distancing measures are scaled back.


Given the progression of COVID-19 we expect the April numbers and activity to potentially be even slower as the March totals were buoyed by the first 2 positive weeks of the month.


We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and keep you updated, there are parallels to other slowdowns and recessions in recent history but nothing close to the scale and effect that COVID-19 has had so we are taking things day-by-day.


We are always here for you and all our clients and contacts as we navigate through this pandemic together, whether it’s real estate related information or otherwise so please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you may have.


Stay healthy, stay informed and stay grounded.


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The final numbers are in for the month of February and they are eerily similar to what we saw last year over the same time period.


There were just 3 sales this past month and all 3 were detached singe family homes that were in largely original condition.  There are currently just 25 active listings across all property types in Dalhousie which is 13% lower than the 31 listings available last year, so overall it was a positive month despite the low number of completed transactions.


The overall Days On Market (DOM) number was lower than January coming in at 55.3 days but with such a small sample group it is not necessarily indicative of the current market conditions.


The most interesting factor still lies with the decreased number of listings as we have just 2.7 months of active inventory based on the 12-month rolling average in Dalhousie.  We do expect to see more properties hit the MLS as we get closer to the arrival of ‘real’ Spring but if lower inventory levels persist,  we could start to see a shift away from a buyer’s market.


The activity across the city has continued to build on the strong start to the year with a 23% increase in sales over last February, however to put the increase into perspective, last February marked one of the slowest sales activity months since the early 90’s so it would have been hard not to improve upon.


Looking further into 2020 it is difficult to tell how things will play out with positive factors like a drastic cut to interest rates and loosening of mortgage stress test rules battling against the negativity with the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak and the tanking of world oil prices as a result of the escalating price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia.


If you are thinking of making a move or if you would simply like a complimentary professional comparative market evaluation on your current property, please let us know.


For a closer look at all of the active listings in Dalhousie please click on the link below.


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