Neighbourhood Numbers – Renfrew


With its Sold Volume down and its prices up, Renfrew may win the prize for the neighbourhood surprise of the month. The community may also survive as confirmation that the east side market exemplifies Adrienne Warren’s prediction.

This market certainly has shown some chaotic results. In the recent past condos have taken a beating on both the east and west side and yet, here we have the Renfrew detached homes showing remarkable resilience to market forces.


Total listings dropped from 77 in the Jan/Feb period to 66 in the Feb/Mar.


Sold volume dropped by almost 50% from thirteen units to seven.

Expired, Price Incease/Decrease

Expired mandates increased by one in the latest period as did the number of homes that reduced their asking price.

This is where is gets interesting.

Average and Median Ask/Sold

Both average and median measures showe a substantial increase. The Average Ask price increased from $685,130 in Jan/Feb to $767,971 in Feb/Mar. The Average Sold price climbed from Jan/Feb’s $683,923 to Feb/Mar’s $751,285.

The Median Ask of $699,000 in Jan/Feb climbed to $798,000. The Median Sold of $685,000 in Jan/Feb rose to $785,000 in Feb/Mar.


Suspect is that all the hype about the mortgage rule changes, the Bank of Canada governor’s comments increased odds of interest rate hike within next few months the potential earlier interest rate increase and let us not forget the impact of the HST.

Could Renfrew serve as an indicator of other neighbourhoods on the east side? The First Squeak post supports this thought. If this market blush continues then Scotiabank’s Adrienne Warren’s call as reported in the CBC may be prove true. In that report she claims that “we are going to have a very active spring market with some cooling off in the second half of the year.”

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed.
**Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

Reader Comments:

vomitingdog Says:
March 26th, 2010 at 9:39 am

Sounds like Renfrew is FTB land.

March 26th, 2010 at 10:00 am


FTB – good thing @Ray didn’t bust me on acronyms. 🙂

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FTB Feed the Birds (slang attributed to actor Nathan Fillion)
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FTB Full to Bursting (UK slang)
FTB Fight the Battle (band)
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Best place on meth Says:
March 26th, 2010 at 11:26 am

Pretty hard to get an accurate gauge of pricing from 7 sales, no?

And yes, I would say the same thing had prices dropped from 7 sales.

March 26th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Agreed but, that’s why we’ll be checking the various east side neighbourhoods as fast as possible. Look at the link to the previous post noted. A couple of weeks ago it already started to lean this way.

1 Says:
March 26th, 2010 at 2:30 pm


We’ve had pretty choppy sales/list on your east/west dailies. My view (I could be wrong, and I am not aware of the level of expiries/cancellations) is that inventory in both areas are likely on the rise (in general).

I find these snapshots most interesting. My guess is that listings will start to track higher soon, sales still strong for another month before trending down, but prices firm for at least another month.

Just a guess, mine.

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