Sales activity in Strathmore improved relative to last year’s levels, but it remains somewhat constrained by the low level of new listings coming onto the market.

The sales-to-new-listings ratio did improve, going from over 110 per cent last quarter to 66 per cent this quarter, but the level of new listings coming onto the market did little to help the low inventory situation.

Average inventory levels in the first quarter have not been this low since 2007, causing the months of supply to fall to an average of three months in the first quarter. This is a significant improvement compared to the nine months recorded at the same time last year and reflects the tightest conditions recorded in over a decade.

Unlike other markets, Strathmore did not see tighter market conditions until the fourth quarter of last year. Prices did remain soft in the second half of 2020, but they are showing signs of improvement in the first quarter of 2021. Benchmark prices improved by over three per cent compared to last quarter. However, the gains have not been enough to offset earlier pullbacks and overall prices in the first quarter remain lower than levels recorded last year.