REALTOR® Blood Drive!

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20+ Local REALTOR® volunteers roll up their sleeves to help save lives!

On June 7th, 2016, a handfull of GDAR’s amazing volunteer REALTORS® headed down to the Guelph Blood Clinic to donate blood.

For many of the donors it was their first time & hopefully not their last. If you want to help save lives too – go to www.blood.ca to see how you can make a difference.

Donors are especially needed going into the summer months. Call 1-888-2-DONATE to see if you are eligible.

Spring Market Watch

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Guelph home sales remain at record levels in May!

According to statistics provided by the MLS® System of the Guelph and District Association of REALTORS®, home sales numbered 367 units in May 2016. This was up 5.2 per cent from May 2015, and marked a record for May sales in the region.

Sales of all types of properties in the Guelph region numbered 398 units in May, up seven per cent from a year earlier.

Over the first five months of the year, a record 1,448 homes have traded hands. This is up 11.7 per cent from 2015.

“April saw more homes trade hands in the region than in any month in history, and May managed to come in within one sale of that record despite fewer and fewer properties available for sale as each month goes by,” said Jeff Van de Vorst, President of the Guelph and District Association of REALTORS®. “With months of inventory now approaching an unprecedented one month, it is possible that sales may slow down a bit over the summer if activity starts to get crimped by a lack of listings.”

The average price of homes sold in May 2016 was $413,494, up 9.8 per cent from levels in May 2015. The year-to-date average price figure was $404,357, rising 7.9 per cent from the same period in 2015.

The dollar volume of residential sales in May 2016 was $151.8 million, up 15.4 per cent from the same month in 2015. The total value of all properties sold in May 2016 was $162.3 million, an increase of 18.4 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

New residential listings numbered 484 units in May, down 5.8 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

There were just 470 active residential listings on the Association’s MLS® System at the end of May 2016, down 40.1 per cent from a year earlier.

There were just 1.3 months of inventory at the end of May 2016, down from 2.2 months a year earlier and below the long-term average 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 information contained in this report has been prepared by The Canadian Real Estate Association, in co-operation with the Guelph & District Association of REALTORS®. The information has been drawn from sources deemed to be reliable, but the accuracy and completeness of the information is not guaranteed. In providing this information, neither The Canadian Real Estate Association nor the Guelph & District Association of REALTORS® assumes any responsibility or liability. Copyright © 2016 The Canadian Real Estate Association. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

Guelph MS Walk a Great Success!

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Local REALTORS® Association Sponsors Guelph MS Walk (again)!

The Guelph & District Association of REALTORS® was proud to donate $1750 and over 20 REALTOR® volunteers to this year’s MS Walk with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. This was our third year helping raise awareness and funds for MS research & support, and what a great year 2016 turned out to be!

Our REALTOR® volunteers could be found in the Gym at College Heights Secondary School starting at 7AM the morning of the walk (May 1st): helping set up, co-ordinate the fundraisers, and take photos of the teams!

REALTORS Care® Coat Drive April 11-13

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By Local REALTORS® – Benefitting Local Charities

Come one, come all – drop off your gently-used coats on April 11, 12, or 13 to the Guelph & District Association of REALTORS® office at 400 Woolwich Street, Guelph, Ontario between 8:30am – 5:00pm or ask a local REALTOR® for more information.

Over 900 coats have been collected since 2012, let’s make this year the best yet!

Note: Items with tears, major stains, broken zippers or the like will not be accepted. All colours, shapes & sizes are welcome! Kids coats are especially needed.

REALTOR® Turkey Drive a Success!

DSCN0742In 2014 REALTORS® in Guelph & Area donated over $2000 worth of turkey’s and 600+ KG of non-perishable food to the Guelph Food Bank for thanksgiving. This year we increased those numbers and will be partnered with the Guelph, Centre Wellington and Rockwood Food Banks to make this thanksgiving even better!

Over $2500 worth of turkeys and a grand total of 1200 kg of food was donated by the Guelph & District Association of REALTORS® for this year’s annual Turkey Drive! Check out our team of 30+ REALTOR® Volunteers in action – packing hampers, sorting clothes, and getting the Guelph Food Bank ready for the start of their upcoming thanksgiving food drive!

Mountains were moved and a lot of fun was had! If you’d like to do something like this with your own company, contact the food bank to set it up.  Remember, if you are moving in the near future and still have a fridge full of food that won’t make the trip – The Guelph & District Association of REALTORS® asks you to consider donating it to the food bank.  Divert food from the landfill and into the hands of those who could use it the most!