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Price Growth In All Major Home Types In May

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

  

 

June 5, 2013 — Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS® reported 10,182 sales through the TorontoMLS system in May 2013, representing a dip of 3.4 per cent compared to May 2012. Sales of single-detached homes in the GTA were up by almost one per cent compared to the same period last year, including a three per cent year-over-year increase in the City of Toronto.

“The sales picture in the GTA has improved markedly over the past two months. While the number of transactions in April and May remained below last year’s levels, the rate of decline has been much smaller. A growing number of households who put their decision to purchase on hold as a result of stricter lending guidelines are starting to become active again in the ownership market,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Ann Hannah.

The average selling price for May 2013 sales was $542,174 – up by 5.4 per cent in comparison to $514,567 in May 2012. The annual rate of price growth was driven by the tight low-rise segment of the market and particularly by single-detached and semi-detached home transactions in the City of Toronto. Average condominium apartment prices were also up slightly in comparison to last year.

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 2.8 per cent year-over-year.

“The annual rate of price growth in May was not surprising given the competition that still exists between buyers, particularly for low-rise home types such as single-detached and semi-detached houses. We remain on track for a three-and-a-half per cent increase in the average selling price for 2013 as a whole,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

*supplied by the Toronto Real Estate Board

*Toronto Real Estate Board Info
Year Over Year Sales Summary GTA

2013 2012 %Chg.
Sales 10,182 10,544 -3.4%
New Listings 19,216 19,075 0.7%
Active Listings 22,677 20,462 10.8%
Avg Price $542,174 $514,567 5.4%
Avg. DOM 23 21 9.4%

Downtown/Midtown Sales Statistics
Month of May 2013**

May/13 Apr/13
Properties Listed 1862 1760
Property Sales 578 561
Avg. Price $873,670 $917,607
Median Price $703,500 $706,667

**areas bounded by Yonge-Ossington-Lakeshore-Eglinton

Year Over Year Sales Summary GTA

Friday, April 26th, 2013

           2013                             2012                 % Chg.

Sales                                          7765                             9385                 -17.30 %

New Listings                           14728                           16191               -9.0 %

Active Listings                       18384                           16920               8.70 %

Avg. Price                         $519,879                       $500,875           3.80 %

Avg. DOM                                   24                                 21                     16.90 %

 

Downtown/Midtown sales Statistics

Month of March  2013**

    Feb/13              March/13

Properties Listed                   1404                             1624

Property Sales                          335                               444

Avg. Price                         $783,531                       $832,464

Median Price                   $706,667                       $641,000

 

** area bounded by Yonge-Ossington-Lakeshore-Eglinton

 

 

Average Price up in March and First Quarter

Friday, April 26th, 2013

April 3, 2013 — Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,765 transactions through the TorontoMLS system in March 2013 – down 17 per cent compared to 9,385 transactions in March 2012. While the year-over-year dip in March sales followed the trend that has unfolded since mid-way through 2012, it is also important to note that the Good Friday holiday was in March this year versus April in 2012. Generally speaking, there are fewer sales reported on statutory holidays and weekends. (more…)

Market Statistics

Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Market Watch

 

Price Growth Continues in February

 March 5, 2013 — Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS® reported 5,759 sales through the TorontoMLS system in February 2013 – a decline of 15 per cent in comparison to February 2012. It should be noted that 2012 was a leap year with one extra day in February. A 28 day year-over-year sales comparison resulted in a lesser decline of 10.5 per cent.

 The average selling price for February 2013 was $510,580 – up two per cent in comparison to February 2012.

 “The share of sales and dollar volume accounted for by luxury detached homes in the City of Toronto was lower this February compared to last. This contributed to a more modest pace of overall average price growth for the GTA as a whole,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Ann Hannah.

 “Stricter mortgage lending guidelines that precluded government backed mortgages on homes sold for over one million dollars and the City of Toronto’s additional upfront land transfer tax arguably played a role in the slower pace of luxury detached home sales,” added Ms. Hannah.

The MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark price covering all major home types eliminates fluctuations in price growth due to changes in sales mix. The Composite Benchmark price was up by more than three per cent on a year-over-year basis in February.

 “We will undoubtedly experience some volatility in price growth for some market segments in 2013. However, months of inventory in the low-rise market segment will remain low, resulting in average price growth above three per cent for the TREB market area this year. Our current average price forecast is $515,000 for all home types combined in 2013,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis

Positive Start to 2013

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

February 5, 2013 — Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,375 transactions through the TorontoMLS system in January 2013. This number represented a slight decline compared to 4,432 transactions reported in January 2012.

“The January sales figures represent a good start to 2013. While the number of transactions was down slightly compared to last year, the rate of decline was much less than what was experienced in the second half of 2012. This suggests that some buyers, who put their decision to purchase on hold last year due to stricter mortgage lending guidelines, are once again becoming active in the market,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Ann Hannah.

“It is interesting to note that sales were up for many home types in the GTA regions surrounding the City of Toronto. This is due, at least in part, to the additional upfront land transfer tax in the City of Toronto,” added Ms. Hannah.

The average selling price for January 2013 sales was $482,648 – up by 4.3 per cent compared to $462,655 in January 2012. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark price was up by 3.8 per cent over the same period.

“There will be enough competition between buyers in the marketplace to prompt continued growth in home prices in 2013. Expect annual average price growth in the three to five per cent range this year,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

 

Year Over Year Sales Summary GTA

                                              2013                             2012                 % Chg.

Sales                                      4375                                 4432                 -1.30 %

New Listings                         10624                               9598                  10.70 %

Active Listings                      14231                                12290               15.80 %

Avg. Price                             $482,648                         $462,655           4.30 %

Avg. DOM                               37                                     32                     12.90 %

 

Downtown/Midtown Sales Statistics

Month of December  2012**

                                                Dec/12                      Jan/13

Properties Listed                      1181                               1271

Property Sales                           213                                 229

Avg. Price                                   $768,642                      $694,373

Median Price                             $546,083                      $528,333

 

** area bounded by Yonge-Ossington-Lakeshore-Eglinton

 

What is Going On With Toronto Real Estate Market—A Perspective From The Trenches

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Elden Freeman, Broker of Record

Freeman Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage

 

February 3, 2013-Toronto. The media would have you believe that the sky is falling and the market is crashing. My gut told me this was not the case in Downtown and Midtown Toronto for the month of January 2013. The FreemanTeam®, over 30 professional Realtors have a significant number of qualified buyers ready to buy now. Our predicament is there is  almost no  inventory. The “shop talk”  centers  around frustration…low inventory, multiple offers and the like. I decided to validate this in 8 several  keys communities of central downtown/midtown for the month of January 2013.

Eight popular  communities were carefully examined  in January for the percentage of active homes sold, sold percentage of asking price and   Days on Market. We found a market that lacks inventory,  where  almost 33%  of active listing sold on average for full list price (see chart above: Average 8 communities 100.28% & 32.80%).  The winners were Humewood/Cedarvale, Wychwood and Little Italy. All three of these desirable communities provided a range of well priced inventory in the $600K-$1000K range. The looser was the Annex with only 15% of active listings selling in January at 98.50% of list price. In the Annex a  lack of attractive inventory has been part of the problem.  Demand from buyers exists!!!

It is also interesting to note that the average number of days required to sell a property in all eight communities was a very strong 25.25 days. This compares favorably to the heady spring days of 2012.

January 2013

So what does the spring hold for many of these communities. If inventory levels remain low it is probable that we will see multiple offer situations popping up  especially  in the popular $600-$800k range.  What we need is more inventory in the affordable range coming up which will hopefully trickle up and jump start the  more moribund +$1000k range.

If you are looking for up-to-date monthly Real Estate stats, and evaluation of your property  and the ability to search all of the GTA’s available listings at the click of the button check out the MOST USER FRIENDLY & ADVANCED Real Estate web site at www.freemanrealty.com

 

 

High Schools Inspire Desperate Measures by Parents

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

There was the mother who rented an apartment so her daughter would be in district for popular Earl Haig Secondary School near Yonge and Sheppard.

Never mind that the flat was empty and the mother had no intention of living there; she told the principal it was cheaper to pay rent to get into Earl Haig than to pay tuition for a private school.

Then there were 15 applications for Grade 9 one year all from the same apartment unit. An apartment superintendent was selling false leases, recalled Michael Smith, principal at the time. We shut that down.

At this time of year, as Grade 8 students apply for high school, families can get creative in trying to get their children into schools they believe are best. In a system that gives first dibs to children who live in the district, schools with good buzz can drive out-of-district families to desperate measures.

Is There a Prime Rate Cut in Our Future?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

“Recently the Bank of Canada (BoC) met and, as expected, left its target overnight rate unchanged.  More surprisingly though, the bank also eliminated its oft-repeated warning about near-term rate increases. Here is the exact wording from the announcement:

While some modest withdrawal of monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time, consistent with achieving a two per cent inflation target, the more muted inflation outlook and the beginnings of a more constructive evolution of the imbalances in the housing sector suggest that the timing of any such withdrawal is less imminent than previously anticipated.”

-David Larock

Remonline.com

Unsold Condos in Toronto Steadily Rising, But Market Strong

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

The percentage of unsold condominiums in Toronto™s housing market continues to rise but the market remains strong by historical standards, according to a new survey.

Urbanation Inc., one of the leading research companies in the condo industry, said overall the Toronto census metropolitan area was 79% sold in the fourth quarter of 2012, down from 80% a quarter earlier and 82% a year earlier. It is above the 10-year average of 78%.

Despite concerns over the level of unsold supply in the new condominium market, the ratio of sold to unsold units has consistently been above the long-run average in recent years, said Ben Myers, executive vice president of Urbanation, in a release. There remains confusion over unsold supply and standing inventory, to clarify, at the end of Q4-2012 there were just 613 completed and unsold new condominium apartment suites in the Toronto CMA ” some would be rented out by the developer, some used for construction offices, and others used as model suites for subsequent phases, effectively lowering this standing inventory figure even farther.

-Garry Marr

Financial Post

@DustyWallet

 

Positive Start to 2013

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

February 5, 2013 — Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,375 transactions through the TorontoMLS system in January 2013. This number represented a slight decline compared to 4,432 transactions reported in January 2012.

The January sales figures represent a good start to 2013. While the number of transactions was down slightly compared to last year, the rate of decline was much less than what was experienced in the second half of 2012. This suggests that some buyers, who put their decision to purchase on hold last year due to stricter mortgage lending guidelines, are once again becoming active in the market, said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Ann Hannah.

It is interesting to note that sales were up for many home types in the GTA regions surrounding the City of Toronto. This is due, at least in part, to the additional upfront land transfer tax in the City of Toronto, added Ms. Hannah.

The average selling price for January 2013 sales was $482,648  up by 4.3 per cent compared to $462,655 in January 2012. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark price was up by 3.8 per cent over the same period.

There will be enough competition between buyers in the marketplace to prompt continued growth in home prices in 2013. Expect annual average price growth in the three to five per cent range this year, said Jason Mercer, TREB™s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

 

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