May 2019 TREB

Home Sales Up by Almost 20% During May: TREB

For the second month in a row, the Greater Toronto Area experienced double-digit growth in home sales. A total of 9,989 homes were bought, which was an increase of 18.9% from the same time in 2018. Further, sales increased by approximately 10% from the previous month.

While the increase in sales looks promising for Toronto’s real estate market, it is important to note that sales are still below the 10-year trend for the month, which is usually over 10,000 homes sold.
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OFHP Scholarhood

2 Years Later, York Region Hardest Hit by Fair Housing Plan

By: Zoocasa

York Region was hit hardest by the Ontario Fair Housing Plan introduced two years ago, reports Zoocasa, while Windsor and London home prices have grown substantially.

Those are just a few of the findings the online brokerage discovered when they examined how the 16 measures introduced by the former Liberal provincial government affected the province’s housing market.

The measures included a 15-per-cent foreign buyer tax for non-residents, rent controls for new builds and incentives for developers.
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Income to Afford a House Across Canada

The Income Required to Purchase a Home in Toronto

By: Zoocasa

Are you interested in buying a home in Toronto? If so, you’ll need to be among the top bracket of income earners, according to a recent report by Zoocasa.

The report states that only the top 10% of income earners can afford to purchase a house in Toronto, at a benchmark price of $873,100. This means that someone would have to obtain an income of $124,554 in order to afford a home of this price.

Toronto is one of the most expensive places to live in all of Canada, second only to Vancouver. To buy a house there, residents are required to have an income of $205,475, which is among the top 2.5% of income earners. Homes are out of reach for nearly everyone residing in this coastal seaport city. These dramatic real estate prices can be attributed to the ever-increasing population densities in both Vancouver and Toronto.
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April TREB numbers

Real Estate Sales Heating Up for Spring – April TREB Report

By: Zoocasa

After a prolonged dip in real estate sales, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) is happy to report that sales are beginning to increase within the Greater Toronto Area. Houses for sale in Toronto jumped by 11.3% since March, while year-over-year home sales have increased by 16.8%. Toronto’s real estate market conditions have slightly increased towards a ratio of 56%, remaining on the edge of a seller oriented market. The overall sales-to-new-listings ratio for all TREB markets has also increased from 47% in April 2018, to 52% in April 2019. The growth of these new MLS listings is much lower than the growth reported for sales. Although this is still within a balanced range, it is something that may tighten market conditions as the months progress.
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GO Train

Here’s What You’ll Pay to Live Close to a GO Train Stop

By: Zoocasa

Living walking distance to your office isn’t an option for most who work in the downtown core anymore. It’s a question of affordability: the average property in Toronto central now goes for about $1.3 million, while condos are almost $600,000.

Many residents are now choosing instead to live within commuting distance to the city. Not only are they likely to get a bigger house on more land, but if they live close to the GO Transit line, they can skip the congestion and traffic and enjoy an easy ride to work.
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Toronto condos in March

Toronto Experiences Slower Condo Market in March

By: Zoocasa

Condo sales posted unusually weak price gains this March, rising only 2 per cent year over year, says a recently released report by the Toronto Real Estate Board.

It’s surprising because since new mortgage regulations came into effect on January 1, 2018, condo prices have been the darling of the Toronto real estate market, rising between 5- 10 per cent year over year every month, even as detached houses softened. But this March, condo prices only grew slightly.

Units in the 416 rose 2.3 per cent to $603,969, while units in the 905 grew 3.3 per cent to $463,774. Condos for sale in downtown Toronto were still the most expensive units across the TREB region, going for $673,220, but are only $20,000 more expensive than in March 2018.
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TREB February Report

TREB Calls For Longer Amortizations to Ease Stress Test: February Report

By: Zoocasa

The Toronto Real Estate Board is blaming a soft housing market on tighter mortgage lending rules — and wants 30-year amortizations back to fire up sales.

Sales declined 2.5 per cent to 5,025 transactions, while property prices edged down 1.5 per cent to $780,400 this February year over year.

“The OSFI-mandated mortgage stress test has left some buyers on the sidelines who have struggled to qualify for the type of home they want to buy. The stress test should be reviewed and consideration should be given to bringing back 30-year amortizations for federally insured mortgages. There is a federal budget and election on the horizon. It will be interesting to see what policy measures are announced to help with home ownership affordability,” said TREB President Garry Bhaura.
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Toronto Luxury Condos

Which Condos are Toronto’s Most Expensive?

By: Zoocasa

While the weight of the Ontario Fair Housing Plan and the mortgage stress test resulted in 2018 being one of the worst years in recent record for the Toronto real estate market, condos saw a boost in popularity among home buyers.

While the average home price fell 4.3% to $787,300 over the year, the average condo saw the most price growth among all property types. With an overall increase of 8.7%, condo prices averaged at $593,366 for 2018.

At the other end of the spectrum, detached home prices offset the increase with a price decline of 7.1%. Semi-detached and townhouses had a slight uptick for price growth at 1% and 2.7%, respectively.
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Buying a Home on One Income

Ontario Cities Mostly Out of Budget for Single Income Buyers

By: Zoocasa

With the rise of real estate prices across Ontario, buying a home in the province, even with dual incomes, is no easy feat. For the significant portion of Canadians who are buying a home on a single income, you can expect that affordable cities are even fewer and far between.

Results from a Zoocasa study, which looks at the affordability of single home buyers in 20 cities across Canada, reveals that four of the five Ontario cities are out of budget for all age groups. Save for the capital, where a couple of age groups can afford homes on a single income, Ontario cities remain mostly unaffordable for singles looking to buy a home.
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