Toronto Real Estate Market – April 2015
Inventory is still low but it’s slowly improving with new listings up 5% over this time last year. The average detached home in Toronto is still holding high at $1,056,114 from $965,670 in April 2014.
Although we will see more listings coming out which will hopefully quell some of the crazy bidding wars we’ve been seeing, it’s important to remember not to get too caught up and scared off by how much properties are going over asking.
Some listings are artificially listed under value to drive this reaction and some people are just plain paying too much because they aren’t paying attention to the actual comparables.
We always review the comparable properties as we are preparing to offer and we discuss with our clients what their comfort level is BEFORE getting into the process so emotion and competition doesn’t take over.
It may mean that they don’t win that offer, but at that point we’re happy to ensure it’s not our client overpaying and potentially getting into a situation where the house doesn’t appraise out or they have compromised their financial health.
May 5, 2015 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 11,303 sales in April 2015. This was the highest sales result on record for the month of April and represented a 17 per cent increase in comparison to April 2014. While sales increased strongly on a year-over-year basis, new listings were up over the same period by a more moderate five per cent.
“The record April result clearly points to the fact that a growing number of GTA households view ownership housing as a high quality, long-term investment. This is evidenced by the strong sales growth we have experienced in Toronto and surrounding regions for all major home types. Firsttime buyers and existing homeowners remain very active in today’s market,” said Mr.Etherington.
The overall average selling price, which accounts for all homes reported sold by GTA REALTORS® in April 2015, was up by 10 per cent year-over-year to $635,932. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark, which estimates the price of a benchmark home with the same attributes from one period to the next, was up by 8.4 per cent over the same period. The fact that average price growth outpaced growth for the MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark, suggests that a greater share of higher-end homes changed hands this year compared to last.
Irrespective of the indicator used, price growth in the GTA was strongest for low-rise home types. However, the better supplied condominium apartment segment also remained healthy with price growth above the rate of inflation.
“Demand for ownership housing was very high relative to the number of homes available for sale in April. This situation is not expected to change markedly as we move through the remainder of 2015. Until we experience a sustained period in which listings grow at a faster pace than sales, annual rates of home price growth will remain strong,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.