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12/04 - Buying

The Buyer’s Turn: A Shift in Toronto’s Property Dynamics?

From Frenzy to Deliberation: How Are Today’s Buyers Changing the Game?

Gone are the days of frenzied bidding wars and rigid transaction terms – the ones with record-breaking prices, no conditions, tight irrevocable periods, quick closings and oversized deposits (remember those?). Buyers wield unprecedented negotiating power today, heralding a new era of thoughtful deliberation, open communication, and timely decision-making. Our latest FM article explores the finer nuances of negotiation in the current market, moving beyond mere price considerations to offer a comprehensive toolkit for navigating and capitalizing on a market favouring “the buyer.”

The Toronto real estate market, notorious for its supply challenges, is experiencing a paradigm shift. While the overall prices remain resilient, a softening trend and increasing inventory have created unique buyer opportunities. The luxury of time, once a rare commodity in this market, is now at the buyer’s disposal, enabling more considered decisions. Coupled with the newfound ability to engage in meaningful dialogue with sellers, buyers are better positioned to scrutinize their choices (buy something you might really love, in fact) and negotiate previously unattainable terms.

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Despite these changes, the market retains its key attributes, meaning high-quality properties continue to attract attention, often selling quickly and for more than buyers anticipate. The market’s behaviour follows a predictable pattern, with the best opportunities being snapped up swiftly, highlighting the sophistication and readiness of the Toronto buyer pool despite interest rates, inflation and media sentiment.

An informed approach is crucial for buyers in this market. Understanding the nuances of property valuation requires a keen eye on historical data and current trends. Seasonal fluctuations and market stability play a significant role in determining a property’s value. Agents, therefore, are increasingly drawing on a broader range of data, extending their analysis to previous years to offer more accurate guidance to their clients regarding property value, offer price and bank appraisals.

Negotiation “gameplay” has also undergone a transformation. The current market conditions have opened the door for more considered negotiation strategies, allowing buyers to include conditions in their offers such as mortgage financing, status certificate reviews and inspections – often requesting specific repairs or improvements on or before closing. However, maintaining a respectful approach towards sellers and the listing agent remains pivotal. A balance between assertiveness in negotiation and courtesy can make a significant difference in the outcome of a transaction.

As the market stabilizes, it’s essential to acknowledge that this environment is transient. Interest rates and economic factors will inevitably influence market dynamics, potentially leading to a resurgence in buyer competition and a shift back to a seller’s market (and sooner than one might think). Navigating this transitional phase requires a strategic and well-informed approach, making the most of the current opportunities while preparing for future market shifts.

The current market, more balanced and opportune, offers a unique chance for buyers, but it demands an understanding of market trends, negotiation skills, and a proactive approach with a skillful agent or broker. As the market throws us some curve balls, staying informed and active in your search will be the key to your acquisition success in this market or down the road!

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Kori Marin is a Toronto Broker & Managing Partner at Fox Marin Associates. For high-energy real estate aficionado Kori Marin, a well-lived life is achieved by maintaining an “all-in” attitude that realizes every last ounce of one’s full potential. This mindset has driven successful results in every aspect of her life – from her corporate sales and account management experience to her international travels to her years of fitness training and leadership – and is the hallmark of the exceptional work that she does on behalf of her clients in the residential real estate sector in downtown Toronto.