As we say goodbye to backyard BBQs, warmer weather, and Lazy days, we welcome the fall with the kids back-to-school (work), shorter days of sunlight, and a housing market still rising in sales and prices.
I’m constantly asked the question of what is driving the Toronto housing market and my answer is always the same = if the fundamental factors driving it changes, then the market will change. It really is that simple folks, because the housing market much like the stock market is driven by expectations of demand and supply and like any market, it moves in cycles.
For an in-depth look on one very specific factor ‘The Rise of the Chinese Buyers’, I am doing a 1 hour seminar next Wed. Sept. 28th at 3:30p at my office (contact me directly if you’re interested in attending email@example.com)
In the meantime, have fun reviewing the latest stats from the Toronto Real Estate Board for August,
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Strong Sales & Price Growth in August
September 7, 2016 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported a record 9,813 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in August 2016.
While this sales result was 23.5 per cent above the number of transactions reported for August 2015, it is important to note that the majority of sales are reported on working days and there were two additional working days in August 2016 compared to 2015. When the year-over-year discrepancy in working days is accounted for, the annual percentage change in sales is closer to 13 per cent.
“The conditions underlying strong demand for ownership housing remained in place, including a relatively strong regional economy, growth in average earnings and low borrowing costs. Unfortunately, we did not see any relief on the listings front, with the number of new listings down compared to last year. This situation continued to underpin very strong home price growth, irrespective of home type or area,” said Mr. Cerqua.
The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark for August 2016 was up by 17.2 per cent on a year-over-year basis. Similarly, the average selling price for all home types combined was up by 17.7 per cent on an annual basis to $710,410. Both the MLS® HPI benchmarks and average prices for low-rise home types were up by double digits percentage-wise.
“Population in the GTA continues to grow. The resulting growth in households coupled with favourable economic conditions and low borrowing costs means that we remain on track for another record year for home sales. Against this backdrop, TREB will also be releasing new third-party research, and consumer and REALTOR® survey results throughout the fall and winter, with discussions focusing on foreign buying activity and issues affecting the supply of ownership housing,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
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