Average Toronto Home Costs $579,834

Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 3,350 sales through the TorontoMLS system during the first 14 days of November 2014. Compared to the same period in 2013, this result represented an increase of 8.3 per cent. Over the same period, new listings were also up, but by a lesser 2.2 per cent.

“Both first-time buyers and existing homeowners who decided to change their housing situation continued to make deals on ownership housing across the GTA in the first half of November. This points to the fact that home ownership remains affordable and that buyers remain confident in ownership housing as a quality long-term investment,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for sales during the first two weeks of November was $579,834, which was up by 7.6 per cent compared to the average of $538,755 reported for the same time frame in 2013. The detached market segment led the way in terms of year-over-year price growth, both in the City of Toronto and surrounding regions.

“Sellers’ market conditions continued to be experienced for low-rise home types during the first 14 days of November. In many neighbourhoods across the GTA, there are a number of buyers competing for a constrained supply of singles, semis and townhouses. This is why, more often than not, annual average rates of price growth for these home types have been in the high single digits or low double digits this year,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

November 19, 2014 in Toronto Real Estate Board, Toronto Real Estate Market, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

Toronto Prices Up 8.9% in October

Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,552 sales through the TorontoMLS system in October 2014. This result represented an increase of 7.7 per cent compared to October 2013. New listings were also up on a year-over-year basis, but by a lesser 3.4 per cent.

“Strong growth in sales was evident across all major home types during the first full month of fall. This suggests that there are a lot of households across the Greater Toronto Area who remain upbeat about the benefits of home ownership over the long term, whether we’re talking about first-time buyers or existing home owners looking to change their housing situation,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for October 2014 transactions was $587,505 – up 8.9 per cent compared to the average of $539,286 reported for October 2013. The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price was up by 8.3 per cent over the same period. Low-rise home types, including singles, semis and town houses, continued to be the driver of year-over-year growth in the average price and the MLS® HPI composite benchmark.

“While sales growth has tracked strongly so far this fall, many would-be home buyers have continued to have difficulties finding a home due to the constrained supply of listings in some parts of the Greater Toronto Area, particularly where low-rise home types are concerned. The resulting sellers’ market conditions are forecast to drive strong price growth through the remainder of 2014 and indeed into 2015 as well,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

See the Toronto Real Estate Board's Market Watch Report for October »

November 6, 2014 in Toronto Real Estate Board, Toronto Real Estate Market, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

Average GTA Sale Price Up 8.8%

Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that residential sales reported through the TorontoMLS system during the first 14 days of October were up by 12.2 per cent compared to the same period in 2013. Over the same period, new listings entered into Toronto MLS® were up by a lesser 5.9 per cent.

“We have seen a strong hand-off from the third quarter into the fourth quarter, as sales for all major home types were up. This suggests that a great diversity of home buyers remain active in today’s market, from first-time buyers looking for affordable home ownership options through to high income households looking to purchase a luxury property,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for sales during the first two weeks of October was $583,719 – up by 8.8 per cent compared to the same period in 2013. Overall price growth continued to be driven by the low-rise market segments, including detached and semi-detached houses and townhouses.

“Strong annual rates of price growth for low-rise home types were sustained, as sales growth continued to outpace growth in new listings. Sellers’ market conditions are expected to remain in place for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015 as well. This means that high single-digit rates of price growth for singles, semis and townhouses will likely remain the norm over the next few months,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

October 17, 2014 in Toronto Real Estate Board, Toronto Real Estate Market, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

How MLS® Works

Thousands of Realtors® - Hundreds of Real Estate Companies One Common Marketing Platform - the Multiple Listing Service

The Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) is a cooperative marketing system which allows licensed Realtors® from all member real estate companies (also called brokerages), to share information about residential real estate that is for sale. Regardless of which brokerage an agent works for, he or she accesses the same database through their real estate board.

Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) is the MLS® service provider in the GTA region from Clarington, to Georgina to Orangeville to Oakville.

After a Realtor® has listed a property, they are required to enter the listing into the MLS® database for all other Realtors® to view and consider. Therefore, when you list your home with a Realtor® on the MLS® system, you have immediately employed an army of salespeople to aid in the sale of your home.

In the Toronto area, the vast majority of MLS® transactions involve two Realtors®, the listing agent and a buyer's agent. The Toronto Real Estate Board is a cooperative association representing approximately 40,000 Realtors®.

Most, but not all, home buyers are represented by a Realtor® and if you want those Realtors® to show your property, you need to give them an incentive to do so. The amount of cooperation you receive from those Realtors® will depend, in part, on the amount of buyer's agent commission you offer. The most common buyer's agent commission offered in the Toronto area 2.5% of sale price (+HST).

While this may be the most common commission offered buyer agents, you may attract Realtors® to your home by offering less. Remember, many Realtors® may be left with no other option than to show your home. Their client may be insisting on seeing the property, and rather than losing the client and earning nothing, they will show your home.

So why do homeowners often pay thousands of dollars in commission to sell their property through the MLS® System? Because it works! Without rival, the MLS® System is the most powerful and effective marketing tool available to sell homes. Now, more than ever, the MLS® System is available to all types of home sellers.

You can search the residential properties listed on the Toronto Real Estate Board's MLS® system here »

October 9, 2014 | Permalink

Toronto home sales up 10.9%

Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that there were 8,051 transactions reported through the TorontoMLS system in September 2014. This result represented a 10.9 per cent increase compared to September 2013. On a year-to-date basis through the first three quarters of the year, sales were up by 6.9% annually to 73,465.

"Despite a persistent shortage of listings in some market segments, we have experienced strong growth in sales though the first nine months of 2014. This is evidence that GTA households remain upbeat about purchasing a home. The majority of home buyers purchase a home using a mortgage. The share of the average household's income dedicated to their mortgage payment remains affordable, which is why buyer interest has remained solid," said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for September 2014 transactions was $573,676 – up by 7.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2013. Average year-over-year price growth was strongest in the City of Toronto, both for low-rise home types like detached and semi-detached houses and for condominium apartments. The average selling price year-to-date was $563,813 – up 8.5 per cent compared to the first nine months of 2013.

"If the current pace of sales growth remains in place, we could be flirting with a new record for residential sales reported by TREB Members this year. On the pricing front, the multitude of willing buyers in the marketplace coupled with the short supply of listings will continue to translate into very strong annual rates of price growth in the fourth quarter," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.

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October 4, 2014 in Toronto MLS Sales, Toronto Real Estate Market, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

Toronto home sale price up 8.5%

Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 3,297 sales through the Toronto MLS system during the first 14 days of September 2014. This result represented an 8.3 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2013. Year-to-date sales through September 14, at 68,731, were up by 6.6 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.

“The sales result for the first two weeks of September showed strong growth for most major home types, indicating that home buyers continue to find homes that meet their needs and budgets. With a lot of buyers active in the marketplace relative to the number of homes for sale, average selling prices were up strongly for most low-rise and high-rise home ownership options,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price for September mid-month sales was $555,890, which represented an increase of 8.1 per cent compared to the average price for the first two weeks of September 2013. Average price growth was strongest for single-detached and semi-detached homes.

The average year-to-date selling price was up by 8.5 per cent year-over-year to $562,244.

“Average prices in the low-rise market segments, including singles, semis and towns, continued to experience the impact of strong competition between buyers. It is also clear that while the condo apartment market segment remains comparatively better supplied, there are enough buyers relative to available condo listings to prompt very strong average price growth for this type of ownership housing as well,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis

September 18, 2014 in Toronto Real Estate Board, Toronto Real Estate Market, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

Toronto home selling price up 8.9%

Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington reported 7,600 sales through the TorontoMLS system in August 2014. This result was up by 2.8 per cent compared to 7,391 transactions reported in August 2013. Year-to-date sales through the end of August amounted to 65,454, which represented an increase of 6.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.

“The last full month of summer ended on a high note. As we look toward the fall market, I expect that demand for ownership housing will remain strong. Home buyers will continue to benefit from a diversity of affordable home ownership opportunities throughout the GTA. The fact that sales were up for all major home types in August suggests that first-time buyers and existing home owners remain very active in today’s marketplace,” said Mr. Etherington.

The average selling price in August 2014 was $546,303 – up 8.9 per cent in comparison to the average of $501,677 reported in August 2013. The year-to-date average price through August was $562,504, which represented an increase of 8.5 per cent in comparison to the same period in 2013.

“The number of listings in August was down in comparison to last year, while the number of sales increased. This means that sellers’ market conditions remained in place with a lot of competition between buyers. This is why we continued to see strong price growth last month. Looking forward, if sales growth continues to outstrip listings growth, the average selling price should continue to increase on a year-over-year basis,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis

See the Toronto Real Estate Board's Market Watch Report for August »

September 7, 2014 in Toronto Real Estate Market, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

Summer Market Stays Hot in Toronto

Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced mid-month figures for August 2014 that point to continued strength in the GTA housing market. There were 3,504 sales reported through the TorontoMLS system during the first 14 days of August. This result was up by 7.6 per cent compared to the same period in August 2013.

“Sales were up strongly for all major home types across the GTA through the first two weeks of August. This means that many different types of buyers were active in the marketplace, including first-time buyers purchasing newly listed condominium apartments and existing homeowners changing their housing situation to meet their current needs,” said Mr. Etherington.

Tight market conditions, especially for detached and semi-detached houses, drove strong price growth in the first half of August. The overall average selling price was up by 9.4 per cent year-over-year to $538,530. The strongest price growth was experienced in the detached market segment, with the average detached price up by 12.3 per cent year-over-year.

“During the first 14 days of August, the number of home sales grew at a faster pace year-over-year compared to the number of homes listed for sale. This means that competition between buyers increased relative to the same period last year, which explains the continuation of very strong average price growth in the GTA,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

August 18, 2014 in Toronto Real Estate Market, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

 

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