Source – atlantic.ctvnews.ca
- “…I thought it was a joke” – Nova Scotia’s red hot real estate market continues to surprise, with hundreds of homes selling for tens of thousands of dollars over asking prices — making some homeowners instant millionaires. A home in the Hammonds Plains, N.S., area was still on YouTube Wednesday, although it had already sold for $1,000,314 — some $400,000 over asking“
‘I thought it was a joke’: N.S. homes are selling for well over the asking prices
Bruce Frisko, May 12, 2022
Nova Scotia’s red hot real estate market continues to surprise, with hundreds of homes selling for tens of thousands of dollars over asking prices — making some homeowners instant millionaires.
A home in the Hammonds Plains, N.S., area was still on YouTube Wednesday, although it had already sold for $1,000,314 — some $400,000 over asking.
Next-door-neighbour Kim Chiasson, who is also selling her home, could scarcely believe it.
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“Well, personally, I thought it was a joke,” she told CTV News.
“My girlfriend sent it to me, and I looked at it, and I was like, ‘What? A million-dollar home?’”
But million-dollar homes are becoming more common in the Halifax area, especially when a listing prompts a bidding war from outside buyers with deep pockets.
“The buyers are coming from different areas with different perspectives on the real estate market in general, and what it means to them,” said Matt Dauphinee, president-elect of the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors.
And they’re clearly willing to pay to get it.
While the overall number of home sales is down, prices are up significantly.
The association says more than 1,400 homes have sold for at least $50,000 over asking so far in 2022 — some for much more.
One in Tantallon sold for $700,000 over the listing price, while another in Porters Lake sold for $489,000 over asking, and one in Bedford sold for $430,000 over.
A graphic illustrating real estate prices in Nova Scotia. (Courtesy: Nova Scotia Association of Realtors)
Still, it’s not that way for everyone.
“As you know, realtors want to make sure everyone has a place to call home,” said Tanya White, the group’s director of communications, via email.
“Real estate is pretty different from region to region. So while some things may go for over asking price, other things will not. A realtor can help home sellers and home buyers with their knowledge of the local market.”
Some realtors like Shane Anderson are using their considerable social media presence to offer advice to buyers who may not have unlimited money to throw at their dream homes.
“Being flexible with closing dates — that’s a big one,” said Anderson via Zoom.
“Being able to do a short closing or a long closing. And something else a lot of people don’t think about is letters to the family, just explaining why you want to live in their home, why their home is so special to you,” he said.
Back in Hammonds Plains, Kim Chaisson will watch with even extra interest as her listing goes live soon.
“Our hope is that maybe we get close to what they’re getting,” she said with a smile — a hope that’s no longer unrealistic in a red hot real estate market that continues to surprise.