Toronto and GTA House Market Information

Monday Sep 04th, 2017


TORONTO, ONTARIO, August 3, 2017 –  Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos announced that Greater Toronto  Area REALTORS® reported 5,921 residential transactions through  TREB’s  MLS®  System in July 2017. This result was       down by 40.4 per cent on a year- over-   year basis, led by the detached market segment – both in the City of Toronto and   surrounding regions.While sales were down, the number of new listings reported were only slightly (+5.1 per cent)   above last year’s level.

“A recent release from the Ontario government confirmed TREB’s own research which found that foreign buyers represented a small proportion of overall home buying activity in the GTA. Clearly, the year-over-year decline we experienced in   July had more to do with psychology, with would- be home buyers on the sidelines waiting  to see how market conditions  evolve,”    said Mr. Syrianos.

“Summer market statistics are often not the best indicators of housing market conditions. We generally see an uptick in  sales following Labour Day, as a greater cross-section of would-be buyers and sellers start to consider listing and/or   purchasing a home. As we move through the fall, we should start to get a better sense of the impacts of the Fair Housing  Plan and higher borrowing costs,” said TREB CEO John DiMichele.

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark price was up by 18 per cent on a year-over-year basis.   However, the Composite Benchmark was down by  4.6 per cent relative to June. Monthly     MLS® HPI declines were driven more so by single-family home types. The average selling price for all home types combined was up by five per cent year-over-year to $746,218.

“Home buyers benefitted from more choice in the market this July compared to the same time last year. This was  reflected in home prices and home price growth. Looking forward, if we do see some would-be home buyers move off  the sidelines and back into the market without a similar increase in new listings, we could see some of this newfound choice erode.                The recent changes in the sales and price trends have masked the fact that housing supply remains an issue in the GTA,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market  Analysis.



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