Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Whither the empty lots?

Today the big news is the ongoing freezing up of the real estate markets.

From the Globe and Mail comes word that in Toronto the R/E market continues it's dismal performance in sales halfway through the month of August.

Meanwhile in Vancouver a contributor to the blog Vancouver Condo Info has posted sales statistics which indicate sales for new units (homes, condos, townhouses) in Vancouver West is on track to be the worst in a month of August in the last 15 years (only 6 units sold by August 17th - the worst August in the last 15 years was in 2008 when only 30 new units sold).

Ultimately the only figure that matters is price. But has noted on July 26th, there is a tremendous amount of inventory in the Vancouver market. MPC Intelligence Inc., a local market research firm, counted 6,659 condo units being put into the marketing phase between March 1 and July 1, 2010. This compares with just 1,937 that were on the market in 2009 and 5,066 in 2008.

It won't be long before developers start to slash prices in a desperate attempt to dump inventory. As we have already noted, Bob Rennie slashed prices last month by 40% because he could see this writing on the wall.

Which makes one wonder about the area around the stagnating Olympic Village. Vacant lot after vacant lot surrounds Millennium (Under) Water, each with giant signs up promoting pre-sales. If the completed Olympic Village isn't selling at all, you know none of these are moving either. Driving down the deserted 1st Avenue, I couldn't help but think that the area looked like some American ghetto... albeit one where the buildings and streets were brand spanking new.

It was eerie.


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  1. Toronto Sales are slupming as well in August

    "Meanwhile in Toronto the latest real estate cartel numbers should scare even Sherry Cooper and Brad Lamb. Sales dropped another 29% in the first two weeks of August, with listings off 8% as misinformed vendors decided to wait out the storm (which is just gathering). As for prices, the average is now $412,934, which is down 2% from July. Hey, wait… that was just 17 days ago.


    From Garth Turn'ers Blog

  2. I work just around the corner, and let me tell you it's nice to go to the empty park at lunchtime and enjoy my meal there, or the community center after work and get the whole gym to yourself for basketball. It is ghost-towny, and I'm enjoying it while it lasts. Because in less than a decade I'm sure it will be busy!