I know that statistics and charts can be a bit mind numbing. On the other hand, they are the story that we need to know telling us where we’ve been and where we might be going.
I like to watch certain stats in particular: the number of new listings, the number of sales, the number of price reductions but most of all, the sales to listing ratio. That is perhaps one of the better indicators of what is going on in the market.
Let me explain this little ratio thing. It’s calculated by dividing the number of sales by the number of listings. It gives us a snapshot of what percentage of the listings on the market are selling. We look at them both on a monthly (or weekly) basis and also year-to-date. Although there are divergent opinions, generally speaking, a sales-to-listing ratio of over 50% suggests that it is a SELLERS market. Under 40% is a BUYERS market and in between, is considered to be a BALANCED market.
Right now, the sales to listing ratio in the Georgian Triangle is under 30% as one may expect. That means less than 30% of properties on the market are selling. It’s clearly a BUYERS market right now.
To simplify this ratio study, I thought it might be a good time to have a pretty chart so you don’t have to read and analyze the stats (you can click to enlarge it):
Watch the black trend lines. When they start moving toward each other, that means the market is showing signs of improvement. Of course, if they move apart, its not such a good thing if you are trying to sell.
I’ll try to post an updated chart monthly through 2009 and starting this week, will also provide a weekly update of those important stats. So for all you analytical types out there, I feel your need! Hope this fills some brain space.
When it’s time to buy or sell real estate in the Collingwood, Blue Mountain or Georgian Triangle area, contact Marg, an experienced and competent Broker who’s ready whenever you are!
Marg Scheben-Edey is a Broker with RE/MAX four seasons realty limited, Brokerage in beautiful Collingwood, ON. With three decades of experience, Marg is a leader in the local real estate marketplace and is ready to help guide both Buyers and Sellers in achieving their real estate goals. Email Marg