06.20.2024 | Buyer Resources

Thinking About Upgrading from Your Toronto Condo? Here’s the Lowdown

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Thinking about swapping your snug Toronto condo for a roomier family pad? It’s a big step, and with the market throwing curveballs, it can feel like you’re trying to hit a home run in the fog. Let’s clear the air and look at what’s really happening in Toronto’s real estate scene.

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Toronto’s Real Estate Market: The Current Scene

Here’s the scoop: Toronto’s real estate market is experiencing a bit of a chill. Despite a recent interest rate cut from the Bank of Canada (BOC), the anticipated surge in activity hasn’t happened. Buyers and sellers are playing the waiting game, hoping for further rate cuts to ignite the market. Sales have dropped, particularly in the condo sector, and listings have increased. But hey, every cloud has its silver lining, and we’re here to find it for you.

Why Didn’t the Recent BOC Rate Cut Have Much Impact?

The BOC recently cut the key overnight rate by 0.25 percentage points, but the drop seems to have had little effect on the market. Here’s why:

Minimal Reduction

The reduction was relatively small, and many buyers were expecting a larger cut. As a result, buyers are still cautious, waiting for more significant decreases before re-entering the market.

High Affordability Index Skepticism About Future Cuts

Housing affordability in Toronto is stretched to near-record highs. Even with the rate cut, many potential buyers are still finding it difficult to enter the market.

Skepticism About Future Cuts

While economists forecast one or two more rate cuts by the end of the year, there is still uncertainty. Buyers and sellers are waiting to see if these predictions come true before making a move.

All eyes are now on the upcoming BOC rate announcement on July 24th. A further rate cut could be the catalyst needed to stir the market, making it an ideal time to plan your next move.

What Does This Mean for Your Plans to Buy a House?

As a young couple looking to sell their condo and buy a family home, this market situation presents both challenges and opportunities:

1. Selling Your Condo

→ With the condo market currently sluggish, it’s essential to strategize your sale. While it might be tempting to wait for further rate cuts to stimulate buyer activity, doing so could mean missing out on a more favorable purchase price for your new home. Family homes are outperforming condos, so selling now and securing a family home at a better price could be a smarter move. Waiting for a rate cut and a better sale price might result in a higher purchase price for the more expensive family home.

2. Buying a Family Home

→ The detached and semi-detached home markets are performing better than condos, particularly in desirable neighborhoods. If you have built equity in your condo, you can leverage it to secure a new home. Securing a better home price now and refinancing down the road when rates potentially drop could be a more effective strategy. Consider exploring more flexible mortgage products that allow you to refinance easily in the future.

Why a Larger Condo Might Be Your Golden Ticket

While resale might feel like a tug-of-war, the preconstruction scene is buzzing with potential. Here’s why snagging a preconstruction condo could be a slam dunk:

  • Current Prices Are Your Friend: With new home prices down 15-18% from their 2022 peak, locking in a preconstruction price now means you’re getting in before the market bounces back.
  • More Space Without the Commute: Larger 2+den or 3-bedroom condos are becoming the norm for families who want to stay downtown but need more space. It doesn’t have to be your forever home, but it could be a smart transition to get more room while staying on budget—and avoiding those dreaded traffic commutes and insane gas prices.
  • Smart Timing: Living in your condo while your future home is being built gives you breathing room. No need to rush the sale; you can wait for the market to perk up, ideally around when your new digs are ready.

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Playing It Smart With Your Condo Sale

Let’s talk strategy. If the condo market’s got you worried, remember, you’re in the driver’s seat. You decide when to hit the market, and we’re here to help make sure you do it with style—and at the right time. Timing is everything, and getting this right means you could maximize what you pocket on your sale.

How Homeplicity Realty Group Makes It Happen

We get it—stepping up in Toronto’s market can feel like navigating a labyrinth. That’s where we come in:

  • Tailored Market Insights: We keep our finger on the pulse, so you’re always equipped with the latest info to make savvy decisions.
  • Access to Hot Assignment Deals: We hook you up with the best assignment preconstruction opportunities out there. Think of it as your backstage pass to the next big thing in real estate.
  • Ace Your Sale: When it’s time, we’ll market your condo like it’s the hottest ticket in town, ensuring you get top dollar when you sell.

Upgrading in Toronto doesn’t have to be a leap in the dark. With the right info and a killer strategy, you can move from your current condo to a home that fits your future. And you don’t have to do it alone.

Ready to Talk Next Steps?

Hit us up at 647-973-8392  Homeplicity Realty Group. Whether you’re just starting to think about your move or you’re ready to dive into the preconstruction home scene, we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Let’s turn those real estate dreams into a game plan that scores.

Looking to make the move from a condo to a family home in Toronto? Keep an eye on the market as the Bank of Canada’s potential rate cut on July 24th could be a pivotal moment. If you’re considering selling your condo, now might be the time to act. View available listings below or contact Homeplicity Realty Group for a private tour of your favorites. Ready to sell? Find the value of your condo with our free online pricing tool, and reach out for a custom selling strategy chat. Let Homeplicity Realty Group help you navigate the Toronto condo market and make your real estate dreams come true.

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