City Series: Brantford Home Sellers are Saving Thousands in Commission
Brantford takes sports seriously and is appropriately known as the “Tournament Capital of Ontario" for its many sporting events. It even has a Brantford & Area Sports Hall of Recognition1, which celebrates its hometown heroes including “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky! Brantford is also nicknamed “Telephone City” because Alexander Graham Bell worked on the invention of the telephone at his home in the city2. With its rich history, Brantford is a wonderful place to live, work and play in—and a great place to save thousands in commission when selling your home!
Brantford has a bustling culture rooted in its important history. Named after Joseph Brant, a Mohawk Chief and British ally during the American Revolution, Brantford’s indigenous history continues to be celebrated through institutions like Her Majesty's Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, the oldest surviving church in Ontario3, and the Woodland Cultural Centre, which “serves to preserve and promote Indigenous history, art, language and culture4”
As for the real estate market, in July 20205, Brantford saw sales increase by 35.6% year-over-year. This is a dramatic improvement in the right direction during the COVID-19 pandemic. The average selling price for a home in Brantford is $569,426, an incredible year-over-year increase of 21.7%. And even though we are in a pandemic, we are still seeing our Purplebricks home sellers in Brantford successfully sell their home while saving thousands in commission!
And as for homebuyers? The city saw an 18.4% year-over-year decrease in inventory. Lower inventory means increased competition among buyers, making Brantford a seller’s market. If you purchase a home with a Purplebricks dedicated Home Buying REALTOR®, not only will you receive $2,000 in cash back*, our local agents will use their expertise to understand your needs and help you navigate the new market reality to land you your dream home. Added bonus – you can sign up for our automatic email alerts to keep you informed of homes that meet your criteria as soon as they hit the market.
Have a future post-secondary student in your home? You’re in luck—because of Brantford’s prime location, there are 17 universities and 9 colleges located within 125 km of the city6! Brantford also has Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Brantford campuses right in the heart of the city.
Brantford has a healthy and diverse economy. The city’s top three industries are advanced manufacturing; film, television, and digital media; and food and beverage manufacturing7. Brantford is home to 22 advanced manufacturing companies, employing more than 2,100 people. Similarly, there are 20 food and beverage manufacturing sector companies employing more than 2,300 people.
And did you know there is an exciting company that has an office 45 minutes away? You guessed it, we do! If you’d like to join us in revolutionizing the real estate industry, visit our careers page to explore current opportunities. We also have remote working opportunities for licensed real estate positions.
Do you travel for work? No problem! Brantford has easy access to surrounding cities via the Highway 403 and has close proximity to other major highways8. By car, Brantford is an hour and half away from Toronto, 35 minutes away from Hamilton and an hour and 15 minutes away from Niagara. Plus, both VIA Rail and GO have stops in Brantford, making this city easily accessible by train. If flying is more your speed, you can catch a flight at Region of Waterloo International Airport, 50 minutes away by car, or at Toronto Pearson International Airport, an hour away by car.
If you’re a hiking enthusiast, you’ll love Brantford. Three major trails of the Trans Canada Trail come together at Brant's crossing on the Grand River9! From Brantford you can take these trails to Port Dover, Kitchener/Waterloo or Hamilton. Or you can choose to stay in Brantford and explore its almost 70 km of recreational trails within the city. And of course, along many of these trails you’ll find the historical sites we touched on above that would make the perfect pitstop. For more outdoor family fun, Brantford is proud to provide over 60 playgrounds10! Before visiting any public parks or trails, be sure to check for restrictions due to COVID-19.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite from enjoying Brantford’s trails and history, you can relish in the city’s diverse food scene! Continuing with Brantford’s historic abundance, many of its restaurants are housed in beautiful, centuries-old homes. Try Café Andreou for upscale Italian cuisine with a side of stained-glass windows or try The Olde School, which resides in a converted 1870s schoolhouse and has seven differently themed rooms. Before heading to an eatery, double-check any COVID-19 restrictions the establishment might have.
Ready to sell your home in Brantford or want to call it “home”? A Purplebricks REALTOR® can help.
Purplebricks is here to support Canadians by providing them with a full-service real estate experience while saving them thousands in commission when selling their home. As for homebuyers, we share the commission by giving buyers $2,000 in cash back* when they buy a home with us. Call 1-855-999-9740 for more information.
1 Discover Brantford
2 The Canadian Encyclopedia
5 CREA Brantford Housing Market Stats July 2020
6 Brantford.ca – Colleges and Universities
8 Brantford.ca – Transportation
9 Brantford.ca – Hub of Ontario Trails
10 Brantford.ca – Parks and Playgrounds