Record year for home sales in the GTA

The second best sales result on record for December capped off a record year for TREB MLS® home sales in the GTA. Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that there were 4,945 sales reported in December bringing the 2015 calendar year total to 101,299 – a substantial 9.2 per cent increase compared to 2014 as a whole. Strong annual sales increases were experienced for all major home types last year.

"Home ownership is a quality long-term investment that families can live in while the value increases over time. A relatively strong regional economy in the GTA coupled with low borrowing costs kept a record number of households – first-time buyers and existing homeowners alike – confident in their ability to purchase and pay for a home over the long term," said Mr. McLean.

"If the market had benefitted from more listings, the 2015 sales total would have been greater. As it stands, we begin 2016 with a substantial amount of pent-up demand," continued Mr. McLean.

The average selling price for 2015 as a whole was $622,217 – up 9.8 per cent compared to $566,624 in 2014. The MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark Price was up by a similar annual rate of 10 per cent in December. GTA home price growth was driven by the low-rise segments of the market, but condominium apartment price growth was generally well-above the rate of inflation as well through 2015.

"TREB will release its official 2016 outlook later in January, but suffice to say that the demand for ownership housing is expected to remain very strong in 2016. Despite stricter mortgage lending guidelines and the possibility of slightly higher borrowing costs, on average, there will be many buyers who remain upbeat on the purchase of ownership housing," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.

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January 6, 2016 | Permalink

RECO's definition of ‘advertising’

Because advertising is not defined in either REBBA 2002 or the Code of Ethics, RECO adopted an advertising definition, which as been expended to include references to electronic media, web sites, and social media.

The revised definition reads:

“Advertising” means any notice, announcement or representation directed at the public that is authorized, made by or on behalf of a registrant and that is intended to promote a registrant or the business, services or real estate trades of a registrant in any medium including, but not limited to, print, radio, television, electronic media or publication on the internet (including websites and social media sites). Business cards, letterhead or fax cover sheets that contain promotional statements may be considered as “advertising.”

November 18, 2015 | Permalink

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September 15, 2015 in Selling Toronto Real Estate, Toronto Real Estate Board, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

Average GTA house price up 10%

Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,998 residential transactions through the TREB MLS® System in August 2015. This result represented a 5.7% increase compared to 7,568 sales reported in August 2014. On a GTA-wide basis, sales were up for all major home types.

The annual growth rate in new listings was greater than the annual growth rate in sales, but active listings at the end of August were still down compared to last year. This suggests that sellers’ market conditions remained in place, especially where low-rise home types like singles, semis and townhouses were concerned.

“Buyers in the GTA remain confident in their ability to purchase and pay for a home over the long term. They see ownership housing as a quality investment that has historically produced positive returns while at the same time providing owners with a place to live in their chosen community,” said Mr. McLean.

Both the MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark and the average selling price for all home types combined were up substantially in August compared to the same period in 2014, with both increasing by approximately 10 per cent year-over-year.

“A record year for home sales continued to unfold in August as competition between buyers exerted upward pressure on selling prices. It was encouraging to see annual growth in new listings outstrip annual growth in sales, but we will need to see this for a number of months before market conditions become more balanced," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.

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September 7, 2015 in Toronto Real Estate Board, Toronto Real Estate Market, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

Just Listed & Just Sold Reports Online

Late each evening we go live on our exclusive new members-only site with links to all residential properties in the GTA listed and sold on that day. The reports includes all listings in the Greater Toronto Area published on the Toronto Real Estate Board's MLS® system.

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August 30, 2015 | Permalink

Toronto average home price up 11.7%

Greater Toronto Area Rrealtors reported 3,729 home sales through the TREB MLS® System during the first 14 days of August. This result represented an eight per cent increase compared to 3,453 sales reported for the same period in 2014.

For the TREB market area as a whole, sales were up on a year-over-year basis for all major home types. Detached and semi-detached home sales were down in the City of Toronto.

While the demand for ownership housing remained strong in the first half of August, the supply of listings continued to be an issue for many would-be home buyers. The number of new listings entered into TREB's MLS® System was up, but by a lesser annual rate compared to sales. This suggests that market conditions were tighter compared to 2014, with more competition between buyers.

With sellers’ market conditions prevalent throughout much of the Greater Toronto Area, August mid-month average selling prices were up for all major home types compared to 2014. The average selling price for all home types combined was up by 11.7 per cent year-over-year to $601,996.

It is important to note that average price growth can be driven by different factors. Over the past year, tight market conditions, with strong demand and constrained supply, have certainly underpinned much of the price growth we have experienced. However, in some market segments, including detached homes in the City of Toronto, average price growth has also been influenced by a greater share of high-end home sales this year compared to last.

At month-end, a comparison of growth in the MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) versus growth in the average price will help to differentiate between price growth based purely on market conditions and growth resulting from changes in the types of homes sold.

August 19, 2015 in Toronto Real Estate Board, Toronto Real Estate Market, Toronto Real Estate Update | Permalink

Record Toronto home sales continue

Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced record home sales for the month of July. Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,880 sales through TREB's MLS® System, representing an eight per cent increase compared to July 2014. The number of transactions were up for all major home types, including a double-digit year-over-year increase in condominium apartment sales.

"As we move towards a new record for home sales this year, it is important to point out that home ownership demand has been driven not only by low borrowing costs, but also by the fact that the GTA economy has been performing quite well, with the unemployment rate lower compared to last year. Home buyers remain confident in the long-term benefits of owning a home," said Mr. McLean.

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark, which accounts for benchmark home prices in communities throughout the TREB market area, was up by 9.4 per cent year-over-year in July 2015. Over the same period, the average selling price was up by a slightly greater amount, growing by 10.6 per cent annually to $609,236.

Detached homes continued to lead the way in terms of price increases, with annual growth in the average selling price outstripping growth in the MLS® HPI detached benchmark. This suggests that there continued to be a greater share of high-end homes sold this year compared to last.

"With the level of inventory in the GTA trending below two months, many listings continued to generate a lot of interest from buyers. Not surprisingly, this supported further price increases well-above the rate of inflation. Assuming similar interest rate and economic environments over the next five months, strong price growth will remain the norm for the rest of 2015," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.

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August 6, 2015 | Permalink

Just Listed : Just Sold : Just Facts

For those of you that would like to be able to easily and quickly reference the new MLS® listings for a geographic area here's a solution. Select/Plan Real Estate has introduced a Just Listed report as an online subscription service. The New Listings are reported early each morning with links to all of the listing published the previous day on the Toronto Real Estate Board's MLS® system. See detais on subscribing here →

There is a monthly subscription fee of $1.00 (paid $3.00 quarterly).

This is an online service with the reports appearing on the Sold.Watch website behind a login -- it does not currently include email distribution.

The greatest advantage of the Just Listed report, in my opinion, is that you can stay fully informed on the local real estate market without ever having to contact an agent. You have assurance that you will never, ever, be contacted by a salesperson or marketer because of you participation in this service.

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July 16, 2015 in Buying Toronto Real Estate, Toronto MLS Listings, Toronto Real Estate Board, Toronto Real Estate Market | Permalink

 

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