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May 2019 Market Stats

07 June 2019

May 2019 sales highest in 17 months

9,989 home sales were reported through the Toronto Real Estate Board MLS in May 2019, soaring almost 19 per cent from the same month a year earlier. May sales were the highest on a seasonally adjusted basis since December 2017 - up roughly 10 per cent from April which had a 16.8 per cent jump in year-over-year sales. The average selling price for all home types combined was up by 3.6 percent over the same period. Lack of supply, however, continues to be an ongoing concern as year-over-year growth in new listings at just under 1% was significantly outpaced by sales.



March Market Stats.

06 April 2019

March 2019 activity was the softest in 10 years in the GTA but relative to February, resales increased to just under 2% m/m (on a preliminary seasonally-adjusted basis). A lack of buying options continue to be a factor holding back activity as the number of new listings fell 4.5% from a year ago. Robert Hogue, Senior Economist with RBC, says this explanation finds some support in the fact that the benchmark price rose at a faster pace in March (2.6% y/y) than February (2.3%)—suggesting that buyers had to bid more aggressively in the face of limited supply.  While market-cooling government policy continues to dampen consumer confidence, the advent of warmer weather after a particularly harsh winter in the GTA will hopefully bring a welcomed boost to spring market activity.


February Market Stats.

07 March 2019

Tighter market driving price growth

5,025 home sales were reported through the Toronto Real Estate Board MLS in February 2019, down by 2.4 per cent compared to February 2018. The average selling price for all home types combined was up by 1.6 per cent over the same period. The semi-detached segment was the best performer, with average prices rising 9.9 per cent on the year and condos continue to trend as a positive driver of year-over-year price growth. A decline of 6.2 per cent for new listings from a year earlier, however, is a concerning statistic that industry analysts suggest is being driven by the OSFI mortgage rules that are keeping buyers on the sidelines.


January 2019 Market Stats

08 February 2019

4,009 home sales were reported through the Toronto Real Estate Board MLS in January 2019, up by 0.6 per cent compared to January 2018. The average selling price was up by 1.7 per cent for the month year-over-year. The first month of this year continues to show the condo market segment leading the way in terms of price growth. This segment is one to watch closely, as data released on February 1, 2019 by Urbanation Inc., which tracks data in the preconstruction condo market in the GTA, indicate that prices of prebuild condo units rose 16 per cent in 2018 to a record of $921 a square foot in the GTA over all, and $1,117 a square foot in central Toronto. Over the past two years, new construction condos prices have climbed by 56 per cent in the GTA, far outpacing price increases for resale condos.