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Grey Bruce home sales down from same time last year.
Residential sales activity recorded through the Ontario Collective MLS® system for the Grey Bruce Owen Sound and Wellington areas was down in February 2018 from the record for the month in 2017.
Home sales numbered 132 units in February, down 23.3% from February 2017. The February 2018 sales figure was right in line with the 10-year average for the month.
On a year-to-date basis home sales totaled 253 units over the first two months of the year. This was a decrease of 10.6% from the same period in 2017.
The average price of homes sold in February 2018 was $322,108, up 12.3% year-over-year compared to February 2017. The year-to-date average price rose 15.1% from January and February 2017 to reach $324,284.
New residential listings in the region numbered 199 units in February 2018. This was down 13.5% compared to February 2017 and marks the lowest level of new residential listings for the month of February on record.
Overall supply also stands at record lows. Active residential listings totalled just 508 units at the end of February, down 35.4% from February 2017.
The number of months of inventory stood at just 3.8 at the end of February 2018, down from the 4.6 months recorded a year earlier and the lowest level on record for this time of year. The number of months of inventory is the number of months it would take to sell current inventories at the current rate of sales activity.
The dollar value of all home sales in February 2018 was $42.5 million, down 13.8% from February 2017.
Sales of all types of properties numbered 162 units in February 2018, down 23.9% from the previous February. The total value of all properties sold in February 2018 was $51.6 million, down 10% from levels recorded in February 2017.
Curious about what’s trending in homes and gardens this year?
It’s that time of year when homeowners are thinking about revamping and refreshing their space. Here are a few of the latest trends and styles that are gaining steam:
- Ziggity Zag – Geometric patterns are making a comeback! It could be as simple as adding a few accent pillows or for a bolder statement, consider some patterned wallpaper.
- Concrete Ideas – This versatile material is becoming increasingly popular for sinks but can also be used in more unique ways such as furnishings, wallcoverings and tile.
- Sleep Easy – Embrace minimalist bedrooms this year with soothing neutrals and plain furniture pieces. Keeping the space simple will help you enjoy a restful night’s sleep.
- Full House – Multigenerational living is a major home design trend for 2018. Additional kitchens, basement renovations, and seperate entrances are just some of the ways homes are reflecting this trend.
- The Heart of the Home – Homeowners are injecting warmer, brighter tones on their kitchen walls and cabinets. Sinks made with materials like stone, copper, concrete or granite will also steal the spotlight in 2018.
If you’re thinking about breathing some new life into your Port Elgin home with a new year’s makeover, be sure to take the latest trends into account during the planning stage. Hopefully these ideas have given you inspiration to inject some new style into your home!
Smoke detectors are important but they’re often overlooked.
Countless tragedies are prevented each year by smoke detectors. Here are a few tips to ensure your smoke detectors are in full working order:
- Test each alarm regularly by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds.
- Blow the dust out of the alarm whenever you check or change the batteries.
- Don’t “borrow” the batteries for the TV remote as you’ll likely forget to replace them.
- Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every ten years to ensure proper working order.
- Don’t install alarms near windows or doors as drafts could stop smoke from reaching the alarm system.
There should be at least one alarm installed on each floor including the basement and preferably every bedroom.
Alarms can be hard wired, battery powered or preferably a combination of both. Interconnected smoke alarms are best because when one alarm goes off, they all do. If you have any questions, Saugeen Shores fire department will be more than happy to help.
If your New Year’s Resolution was to get active, consider geocaching!
Geocaching is a high tech treasure hunt where a GPS app is used to locate various hidden caches. It’s a great way to get active with your family while exploring the great outdoors!
Geocaches are hidden stashes that contain small treasures along with a logbook. Once you find a geocache, you replace the treasure with something of your own, log in your details and then check-in online.
Exploring hometown hiking trails takes on a whole new meaning when geocaching and the best part is it doesn’t cost a cent! Instead of searching around for the remote this Sunday afternoon, head outdoors for a real life treasure hunt!