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December 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that 2016 was a second consecutive record year for home sales.  Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 113,133 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System – up by 11.8 per cent compared to 2015.  The calendar year 2016 result included 5,338 sales in December – an annual increase of 8.6 per cent.

The strongest annual rate of sales growth in 2016 was experienced for condominium apartments followed by detached homes.

“A relatively strong regional economy, low unemployment and very low borrowing costs kept the demand for ownership housing strong in the GTA, as the region’s population continued to grow in 2016,” said Mr. Cerqua.

“It is important to point out that the strong demand that we experienced in 2016 was very much domestic in nature.  TREB recently commissioned Ipsos to survey its Members with regard to the level and type of foreign buying activity within the Greater Toronto Area.  The results of the Ipsos survey suggest that the level of foreign buying activity is low in the GTA.  Only an estimated 4.9 per cent of GTA transactions, in which TREB Members acted on behalf of a buyer, involved a foreign purchaser.  In the City of Toronto, the share of foreign buyers was five per cent,” continued Mr. Cerqua.

The methodology of the Ipsos research involved an online survey of the TREB Membership hosted on the Ipsos platform. A total of 3,518 surveys were completed between October 6 and October 21, 2016. The margin of error is ±2 percentage points 19 times out of 20. TREB will be releasing the full results of the Ipsos survey dealing with foreign buyers on January 31, 2017, in conjunction with its Market Year in Review and Outlook Report and related media event.

The annual rate of growth for the MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) in the TREB market area accelerated throughout 2016 – from 10.7 per cent in January 2016 to 21 per cent in December 2016.  The overall average selling price for calendar year 2016 was $729,922 – up 17.3 per cent compared to 2015.  The pace of the annual rate of growth for the average selling price also picked up throughout the year, including a climb of 20 per cent in December.

“Price growth accelerated throughout 2016 as the supply of listings remained very constrained.  Active listings at the end of December were at their lowest point in a decade-and-a-half.  Total new listings for 2016 were down by almost four per cent.  In 2016, we saw policy changes and policy debates pointed at the demand side of the market.  If we want to see a sustained moderation in the pace of price growth, what we really need is more policy focus on issues impacting the lack of homes available for sale,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

TREB’s Market Year in Review and Outlook Report and media event will include an expert panel and related submissions on the foundations of the housing supply issue in the GTA and possible solutions.

With continued strong rates of price growth, housing affordability is a growing concern.  Unfortunately, the City of Toronto’s Budget Committee is considering an increase to the Land Transfer Tax that could see buyers of average-priced homes pay another $750 to the City, which would represent a seven per cent increase to the $11,000 that they already pay City Hall as an upfront Land Transfer Tax closing cost.  This would be on top of the $12,000 that is also paid to the province.  First-time buyers could end up paying $475 more, or, at best, be no better off, even though the province recently doubled their first time buyer LTT rebate.

“The last thing people need is to dish out another $750, on top of the $11,000 that they already pay City Hall.  The City should be looking for ways to make housing affordability better, not worse, especially for first-time buyers who could go backwards, or at best, be no better off,” said Mr. Cerqua.  “The Budget Committee should stop this proposal in its tracks and instead enhance the rebate for first-time buyers.”

Source: The Real Estate Board

December 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 3,196 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of December 2016. This result represented an increase of almost 18 per cent compared to the first two weeks of December 2015, when 2,713 home sales were reported.

Broken down by market segment, the strongest annual growth in sales was experienced for condominium apartments – both for the City of Toronto and the surrounding regions. Double digit growth in detached home sales was also reported, but this was driven solely by sales outside of Toronto. Within the City of Toronto, sales were down for all low-rise home types – likely due to a lack of listings rather than a lack of demand.

New listings reported by REALTORS® were down by 4.7 per cent year-over-year to 3,061. With sales up strongly and listings down, market conditions were tighter compared to a year earlier. Strong competition between home buyers continued to result in double-digit price increases.

The average selling price for all home types combined was $741,515 during the first two weeks of December, representing a 19.3 per cent increase compared to a year earlier. Average annual rates of price growth generally remained strongest for low-rise home types, but the pace of condominium apartment price growth continued to accelerate.


Source: The Toronto Real Estate Board

November 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,547 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System in November 2016. This result represented a 16.5 per cent increase compared to November 2015.

For the TREB market area as a whole, sales were up on a year-over-year basis for all major home types. The strongest annual rates of sales growth were experienced for the townhouse and condominium apartment segments.

“Home buying activity remained strong across all market segments in November.  However, many would-be home buyers continued to be frustrated by the lack of listings, as annual sales growth once again outstripped growth in new listings. Seller’s market conditions translated into robust rates of price growth,” said Mr. Cerqua.

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 20.3 per cent compared to November 2015. The average selling price at $776,684 was up by 22.7 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

“Recent policy initiatives seeking to address strong home price growth have focused on demand.  Going forward, more emphasis needs to be placed on solutions to alleviate the lack of inventory for all home types, especially in the low-rise market segments,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

In January 2017, TREB will be releasing its second annual Market Year in Review & Outlook Report.  This report will contain a more in-depth discussion on the current state and future direction of the housing market in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Detailed findings from Member and consumer surveys conducted by Ipsos will be released, including consumer intentions, buyer profiles marketwatchnov2016and foreign buying activity.  The results of a TREB-commissioned study on transportation infrastructure on housing affordability will also be presented.

Source: The Toronto Real Estate Board

November 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,051 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of November 2016. This result represented a 13 per cent increase compared to the first two weeks of November 2015, during which time 3,584 sales were reported.

Sales were up strongly for all major home types except semi-detached houses. The year-over-year dip in semi-detached transactions, both in the City of Toronto and surrounding regions, was not due to a lack of demand, but rather a lack of available listings.

TREB Members reported 5,494 new listings between November 1st and November 14th – up six per cent compared to the same period in 2015. While the annual growth in new listings was certainly welcome, the rate of growth was less than that reported for sales. This means that market conditions continued to tighten compared to last year.

The average selling price for all home types combined was $768,220 during the first two weeks of November, representing a 20.9 per cent increase compared to a year earlier. Average annual rates of price growth were strongest for low-rise home types, but average condominium apartment prices continued to increase strongly as well.

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Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

October 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported a record 9,768 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in October 2016 – up by 11.5 per cent compared to October 2015.  For the TREB market area as a whole, the largest annual rate of sales growth was in the condominium apartment market segment.  Detached home sales were up by 10 per cent year-over-year, driven predominantly by transactions in the regions surrounding Toronto.

“The record pace of GTA home sales continued in October, with strong growth observed throughout the month.  As we move through November and December, we will be watching the sales and listings trends closely, in light of the recent policy changes announced by the Federal Minister of Finance.  TREB will once again be conducting consumer survey work, in order to report on home buying intentions for 2017,” said Mr. Cerqua.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 19.7 per cent on a year-over-year basis in October 2016.  Similarly, the average selling price for all home types combined was $762,975 – up 21.1 per cent over the same time period.  Double-digit increases were experienced for all major home types for the TREB Market Area as a whole.

“New listings were up slightly in October compared to last year, but not nearly enough to offset the strong sales growth.  This meant that seller’s market conditions continued to prevail as buyers of all home types experienced intense competition in the marketplace.  Until we experience sustained relief in the supply of listings, the potential for strong annual rates of price growth will persist, especially in the low-rise market segments,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

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Source: The Real Estate Board

October 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,460 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of October 2016. This result represented a 15.5 per cent increase compared to the first two weeks of October 2015. Similar to September, the strongest annual rate of sales growth for the TREB market area as a whole was recorded for the condominium apartment segment. While the market is tight for condo apartments, there is comparatively more inventory available, which has allowed for stronger growth in sales compared to the low-rise market segments.

The number of new listings was also up on a year-over-year basis during the first two weeks of October, but by a much lesser annual rate compared to sales. This means that, on the whole, the market continued to tighten with more competition between buyers. Intense competition between buyers in many neighbourhoods throughout the GTA continued to underpin double-digit annual gains in average selling prices. Due to the persistent lack of inventory, low-rise market segments experienced the strongest rates of price growth. However, it is important to point out that the condominium apartment market, particularly in the City of Toronto, also experienced year-overyear price growth in excess of 10 per cent.

marketwatchmidmonthoct2016Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

September 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,902 sales through TREB’s MLS® System in September 2016.  This result was up by 21.5 per cent compared to September 2015.

For the region as a whole, strong annual rates of sales growth were experienced for all major home types.  The pace of detached sales growth was slower in the City of Toronto and the number of semi-detached sales was down compared to last year.  In both cases, the year-over-year dip in new listings was likely the issue.

“We continued to see strong demand for ownership housing up against a short supply of listings in the Greater Toronto Area in September.  The sustained lack of inventory in many neighbourhoods across the GTA continued to underpin high rates of price growth for all home types,” said Mr. Cerqua.

Both the MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark and the average selling price for all home types combined were up strongly on a year-over-year basis in September.  The MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark grew by 18 per cent compared to September 2015.  The average selling price was up by 20.4 per cent to $755,755.  It is important to remember that the MLS® HPI provides a price growth measure for a benchmark home, thereby allowing for an apples-to-apples comparison from one year to the next.  The average selling price can be influenced by changes in both market conditions and the mix of homes sold.

“The Toronto Real Estate Board will be closely monitoring how the recent changes to Federal mortgage lending guidelines and capital gains tax exemption rules impact the housing market in the Greater Toronto Area.  While these changes are pointed at the demand for ownership housing, it is important to note that much of the upward pressure on home prices in the GTA has been based on the declining inventory of homes available for sale,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

marketwatchseptember2016Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

September 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 3,847 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of September 2016. This result represented a 19.1 per cent increase compared to the first two weeks of September 2015. Annual sales growth was strongest for condominium apartments, but double-digit increases were also noted for low-rise home types on a GTAwide basis.

The supply of listings, or lack thereof, continued to be an issue in the TREB Market Area. The number of new listings was down by 4.4 per cent compared to the same period last year. The decline for the TREB Market Area as a whole was entirely due to a dip in new listings in the City of Toronto. This lack of listings in the ‘416’ area code likely played a role in the slower annual rate of sales growth in the City of Toronto versus the surrounding regions.

Average selling prices were up strongly year-over-year for all major home types. This speaks to the widespread market tightness in the GTA today, with intense competition between buyers of all types of ownership housing.

The conditions underlying strong demand for ownership housing, including relatively healthy labour market conditions and the continuation of low borrowing costs, remain in place. With this in mind, the persistent lack of inventory should result in further robust price growth for the remainder of 2016.

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Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

July 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that TREB REALTOR® Members reported 9,989 home sales through TREB’s MLS® System in July 2016. At just shy of 10,000 transactions, this was the best result on record for the month of July.

While sales were up on a year-over-year basis, the number of new listings was down over the same period, representing the continuation of a troubling trend in the GTA.

“GTA REALTORS® have been working very hard on behalf of their buyer clients to help them find a home meeting their needs. Unfortunately, listings for single-detached and semi-detached houses and town houses continue to be in short supply. The result has been an increase in pent-up demand and annual rates of price increases well above the rate of inflation. Housing policy is now top of mind for all levels of government. Policy makers need to be focusing on solutions to the sustained lack of low-rise inventory throughout the GTA,” said Mr. Cerqua.

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 16.7 per cent in July 2016 compared to the same month a year earlier. Similarly, the average selling price for all home types combined was up by 16.6 per cent year-over-year to $709,825.

“Relatively strong labour market conditions, above-inflation average income growth, and record low borrowing costs have kept many households confident about purchasing a home. As long as very strong buying intentions are up against an extreme shortage of listings, expect home price growth to greatly outpace the rate of inflation,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

June 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 12,794 residential transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in June 2016. This result was 7.5 per cent higher than the 11,905 sales reported in June 2015. In line with the prevailing trend so far this year, the number of new listings was down by 3.8 per cent.

“As I start my term as TREB President, we are certainly in an interesting environment for ownership housing. There is no doubt that demand is at a record level, but would-be home buyers continue to face an uphill battle against a constrained supply of listings, which has perpetuated strong price growth. Buyers and sellers alike continue to benefit from the value a REALTOR® brings to a transaction,” said Mr. Cerqua.

“As the federal, provincial and local levels of government discuss housing policy in the coming months, issues affecting the lack of supply in the GTA should be of paramount importance. TREB will be undertaking, and making public, results of additional research in the second half of 2016, with the goal of proactively adding to the housing policy discussion,” added Mr. Cerqua.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 16 per cent on a year- over-year basis. The average selling price for all home types combined was up by a slightly higher annual rate of 16.8 per cent to $746,546. The single-detached, semi- detached and townhouse market segments led the way in terms of price growth.

“When TREB surveyed consumer intentions for 2016, we found that the majority of GTA households who were likely to purchase a home continued to be pointed towards some form of ground oriented housing. This is why we continue to see strong competition between buyers in many neighbourhoods where supply remains constrained,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

julymarketwatch2016Source: The Toronto Real Estate Board

June 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,041 sales through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of June 2016. This result represented a 7.9 per cent increase compared to 5,598 sales reported for June 2015.

Year-over-year sales growth in the TREB market area was driven by transactions in the regions surrounding the City of Toronto. Sales in the ‘905’ and ‘705’ area codes were up strongly for all major market segments. In contrast, low-rise home sales were down in the City of Toronto compared to the same period in 2015. The annual low-rise sales decline in the ‘416’ area code was not due to a lack of demand, but rather a lack of listings to satisfy the housing needs of would-be home buyers.

The average selling price for the first two weeks of June 2016 was $758,507, which represented a year-over-year increase of 16.7 per cent compared to an average price of $649,741 reported for the same time period in 2015. Double-digit annual rates of average price growth were experienced for all low-rise home types.

Seller’s market conditions certainly remained in place in June, with an annual increase in sales up against an annual decline in new listings. As a result, strong competition between home buyers continued to influence robust rates of price growth.

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May 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that there were 12,870 home sales reported through TREB’s MLS® System in May 2016. This result represented a new record for the month of May and a 10.6 per cent increase over the same period last year. In contrast, the number of new listings was down over the same time frame by 6.4 per cent. The decline in listings was experienced in both the low-rise and condominium apartment market segments.

“Whether we’re talking about existing homeowners or people looking to purchase for the first time, there is no shortage of buyers in the marketplace today. So, while the record number of home sales through the first five months of 2016 is not necessarily surprising, it does sometimes mask the larger story in the GTA: the shortage of listings, which has resulted in strong upward pressure on home prices,” said Mr. McLean.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 15 per cent year-over-year in May 2016. Similarly, the average selling price for all home types combined was up by 15.7 per cent over the same period. Low-rise home types, which remained in short supply in many GTA neighbourhoods, experienced the strongest price growth.

“Widespread competition between buyers of singles, semis and townhouses across the GTA has underpinned the robust annual rates of price growth experienced so far this year. With this said, however, it is also important to understand that tighter market conditions for condominium apartments have resulted in price growth well above the rate of inflation in this market segment as well,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

marketwatchmay2016Source: The Toronto Real Estate Board

Royal LePage Shelter Foundation’s 2015 Fundraising Results

It is my pleasure to announce that in 2015 the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation raised $2.3 million – the most we’ve ever raised in a single year – in support of 200 women’s shelters and violence prevention programs across the country. Together, we have raised more than $22 million since 1998 to become the largest public foundation in Canada dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and putting an end to domestic violence.

Let’s make 2016 even better! Royal LePage all the way!

May 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,010 sales through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of May 2016. This result represented a 7.1 per cent increase compared to 5,610 sales reported for May 2015.

For low-rise home types, year-over-year sales growth was strongest in the regions surrounding the City of Toronto. The fact that annual rates of sales growth for singles, semis and towns were lower in the ‘416’ area code speaks to the lack of listings in many Toronto neighbourhoods. There are many willing buyers in the marketplace today – the issue is that a substantial number of these households have not been able to find a home that meets their needs.

The average selling price for the first two weeks of May 2016 was $758,626, which represented a year-over-year increase of 16.1 per cent compared to an average price of $653,274 reported for the same time period in 2015. Double-digit annual rates of average price growth were experienced for all major home types.

The annual pace of average price growth for condominium apartments, while lower than that recorded for low-rise home types, was above 10 per cent for both the City of Toronto and surrounding regions. Even with strong new unit completions over the last few years, this market segment has become tighter as well.

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Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

April 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

TORONTO, May 4, 2016 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced that there were 12,085 sales reported through TREB’s MLS® System in April 2016. This result, which represented a record for the month of April, was up by 7.4 per cent in comparison to April 2015.

For the TREB market area as a whole, annual sales growth was experienced for all major home types except semi-detached houses. In the City of Toronto, sales were down for detached and semi-detached houses as well as townhouses on a year-over-year basis. This dip in sales in the ‘416’ area code was due to a lack of low-rise listings. Many would-be buyers were not able to find a home that met their needs.

“Demand remained strong for all types of ownership housing. This suggests that Canadians continue to see the value in investing in homeownership, and on May 17, I encourage all homeowners to celebrate with us on National Real Estate Day,” said Mr. McLean.

“While April’s sales result represented a new record for sales, that number could have been even higher if we had benefitted from more supply. In the City of Toronto in particular, some households have chosen not to list their home for sale because of the second substantial Land Transfer Tax and associated administration fee. The lack of available inventory, coupled with record sales, continued to translate into robust annual rates of price growth,” continued Mr. McLean.

Home selling prices continued to trend upward in April. The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 12.6 per cent year-over-year. The average selling price was up by 16.2 per cent. The higher growth rate reported for the average home price, as compared to the MLS® HPI, points to a greater share of high-end home sales this year compared to last.

“As we move into the busiest time of the year, in terms of sales volume, strong competition between buyers will continue to push home prices higher. A greater supply of listings would certainly be welcome, but we would need to see a number of consecutive months in which listings growth outpaced sales growth before market conditions become more balanced,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

marketwatchapril2016Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

March 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures

March 17, 2016 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,569 sales through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of March 2016. The number of transactions was up by 20.3 per cent compared to 3,797 transactions reported during the same period in 2015. For the TREB market area as a whole, double-digit annual rates of sales growth were experienced for all major market segments, with semi-detached house sales up by the greatest rate compared to last year.

The number of new listings reported by TREB Members during the first two weeks of March amounted to 6,689 – a 1.2 per cent decrease, which had its roots in the City of Toronto.
With market conditions tightening compared to last year, strong competition between buyers resulted in the average selling price for March mid-month transactions increasing by 12 per cent year-over-year. Low-rise market segments continued to drive price growth, but the condominium apartment market segment also continued to experience an annual rate of price growth more than double the rate of inflation.

In the City of Toronto, detached and semi-detached house price growth was not as strong compared to the surrounding region. This was due to the fact that fewer higher end homes were sold during the first 14 days of March compared to the same period in 2015.

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GO Bus Terminal Opens at Mississauga’s Square One

GO riders who use the second busiest bus hub in the regional transit system, now have a sheltered station in which to wait for their ride at the Square One terminal.

The new $6.5 million facility means “customers travelling through the bus terminal will have a more convenient, comfortable and efficient experience getting to where they need to be,” said Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca on Thursday.

The terminal near Station Gate Rd. and Centre View Dr. will serve about 20,000 daily GO bus riders and include staffed ticket windows, fare vending machines, washrooms, a waiting area and monitors displaying bus routes and platforms.

There’s also a new public address system along the bus platforms outside.

The new terminal will connect with the Hurontario LRT. The province announced it would fully fund that $1.6 billion project exactly a year ago, noted Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.

“More people come to work in Mississauga daily than leave and, over the next two decades, Peel Region will need to accommodate approximately 150,000 jobs and over 300,000 people, many of which will locate right here in downtown Mississauga. Nearly a quarter of that growth is expected to live and work in the area immediately surrounding the Hurontario LRT corridor,” she said.

“People travel from this location not just within Mississauga but as far as Waterloo and Kitchener and to McMaster University, along the 407 corridor across the top and through the eastern parts of the region so this is a really important facility,” said Metrolinx CEO Bruce McCuaig.

“Having the right facilities and services in place for our customers is critical for this very important transit link,” he said.

The new GO station sits north of the Mississauga MiWay bus terminal and the new transitway bus route that won’t be complete until next year.

“We’ve been planning all the different pieces so they all connect together and ultimately provide the best possible service for the customers,” said McCuaig.

Metrolinx has suffered some political heat in Mississauga recently for the construction of a washroom overlooking residential back yards on the new transitway.

The busiest bus terminal in the GO system is at Union Station which sees about 55,000 riders a day.

Source: The Toronto Star

Home In Peel – Affordable Ownership Program Is Back!

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What is the Home in Peel Affordable Ownership Program?

The Home in Peel Affordable Ownership Program is designed to provide moderate income income residents who are currently renting a unit in the Region of Peel (Brampton, Caledon or Mississauga) the opportunity to qualify for down payment loan assistance to buy a home in Peel Region.

This program will assist eligible applicants who have a total gross (pre-tax) household income of $88,900 or less to purchase a resale home in the Region of Peel that does not exceed a purchase price of $330,000.

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March 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

TORONTO, April 5, 2016 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced record TREB MLS® home sales for the first quarter of 2016 following a strong result for March transactions.  There were 10,326 sales in March and 22,575 sales in the first quarter.  The year-over-year growth rate for sales was 15.8 per cent for Q1 2016 and 16.2 per cent for March 2016.  For the TREB market area as a whole, double-digit year-over-year rates of sales growth were experienced for all major home types during the first quarter.

The positive annual growth in sales was not mirrored on the listings front. The number of new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System during March and the first quarter were down compared to the same periods in 2015.

“At the beginning of 2016, TREB’s outlook for the year pointed to a strong possibility of a second consecutive record year for home sales.  This outlook was based, in part, on upbeat consumer survey results pointing to robust home buying intentions.  It is clear that these upbeat intentions have translated into record first quarter results,” said Mr. McLean.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark for March 2016 was up by 11.6 per cent compared to March 2015.  The average selling price for all home types combined was up 12.1 per cent year-over-year in March and 13.6 per cent in the first quarter.

“Demand was clearly not an issue in the first three months of 2016, regardless of the housing market segment being considered.  The supply of listings, however, continued to aggravate many would-be home buyers.  We could have experienced even stronger sales growth were it not for the constrained supply of listings, especially in the low-rise market segments.  The resulting strong competition between buyers has underpinned the double-digit rates of price growth experienced so far this year,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

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Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

Bank of Canada Maintains Overnight Rate Target At 1/2 Per Cent

The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1/2 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 3/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 1/4 per cent.

The global economy is progressing largely as the Bank anticipated in its January Monetary Policy Report (MPR). Financial market volatility, reflecting heightened concerns about economic momentum, appears to be abating. Although downside risks remain, the Bank still expects global growth to strengthen this year and next. Recent data indicate that the U.S. expansion remains broadly on track. At the same time, the low level of oil prices will continue to dampen growth in Canada and other energy-producing countries.

Prices of oil and other commodities have rebounded in recent weeks. In this context, and in light of shifting expectations for monetary policy in Canada and the United States, the Canadian dollar has appreciated from its recent lows. With these movements, both the price of oil and the exchange rate have averaged close to levels assumed in the January MPR.

Canada’s GDP growth in the fourth quarter was not as weak as expected, but the near-term outlook for the economy remains broadly the same as in January. National employment has held up despite job losses in resource-intensive regions, and household spending continues to underpin domestic demand. Non-energy exports are gathering momentum, particularly in sectors that are sensitive to exchange rate movements. However, overall business investment remains very weak due to retrenchment in the resource sector.

Inflation in Canada is evolving broadly as anticipated. The factors that pushed total CPI inflation up to 2 per cent will likely unwind in the months ahead. Measures of core inflation are at or just below 2 per cent, boosted by the temporary effects of past exchange rate depreciation. Material excess capacity in the Canadian economy will continue to dampen inflation.

An assessment of the impact of the upcoming federal budget’s fiscal measures will be incorporated into the Bank’s April projection. All things considered, the risks to the profile for inflation are roughly balanced. Meanwhile, financial vulnerabilities continue to edge higher, in part due to regional shifts in activity associated with the structural adjustment underway in Canada’s economy. The Bank’s Governing Council judges that the overall balance of risks remains within the zone for which the current stance of monetary policy is appropriate, and the target for the overnight rate remains at 1/2 per cent.

Information note

The next scheduled date for announcing the overnight rate target is 13 April 2016. The next full update of the Bank’s outlook for the economy and inflation, including risks to the projection, will be published in the MPR at that time.

Source: Bank of Canada.ca

February 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

TORONTO, March 3, 2016 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported a record number of home sales through TREB’s MLS® System in February 2016. There were 7,621 transactions reported this past February – up 21.1 per cent compared to February 2015.

The number of new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System was also up on a year-over-year basis, but by a lesser 8.2 per cent. The fact that the annual rate of sales growth outstripped the annual rate of new listings growth shows a tightening of market conditions compared to last year.

“Even after accounting for the leap year day, sales were above the previous record for February set back in 2010.  Sales were up strongly from the 15th day of the month onward as well, despite the new federal mortgage lending guidelines coming into effect that require at least a 10 per cent down payment on the portion of purchase prices between $500,000 and $1,000,000,” said Mr. McLean.

Seller’s market conditions continued throughout the GTA in February.  Strong competition between buyers resulted in a healthy growth in selling prices. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 11.3 per cent year-over-year. The average selling price was up by 14.9 per cent annually to $685,278.

“Recent polling conducted for TREB by Ipsos suggested that GTA households will remain upbeat about purchasing a home in 2016. Early sales results for January and February certainly support this view.  With strong sales up against a constrained supply of listings, home prices continued to trend strongly upward,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

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Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

 

February 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Mid-Month Resale Housing Figures

February 19, 2016 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 3,500 sales through TREB’s MLS® System during the first 14 days of February 2016. This result represented a 13.5 per cent increase compared to 3,083 sales reported during the same time frame in 2015. For the TREB market area as a whole, annual rates of sales growth were strongest for condominium apartments, followed by semi-detached and detached houses.

Market conditions appeared to have tightened compared to last year, with annual growth in sales well outstripping annual growth in new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System.
The average selling price for the first two weeks of February 2016 was $677,380, which represented a year-over-year increase of 12.5 per cent compared to an average price of $601,943 reported for the same time period in 2015. Annual rates of average price growth were quite uniform when broken down by home type, with similar rates of growth for condominium apartments and detached and semi-detached houses.

The strongest annual rate of price growth was for semi-detached houses in the City of Toronto. On top of this, in the ‘416’ area code, the average price of condominium apartments was up by more than 16 per cent year-over-year.

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Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

January 2016 GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

TORONTO, February 3, 2016 — Toronto Real Estate Board President Mark McLean announced Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 4,672 residential transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in January 2016.  This result represented an 8.2 per cent increase compared to January 2015.

“It is clear that the handoff from 2015 to 2016 was a strong one.  This is not surprising given that recent polling conducted for TREB by Ipsos suggested 12 per cent of GTA households were seriously considering the purchase of a home in 2016.  Buying intentions are strong for this year as households continue to see home ownership as an affordable long-term investment,” said McLean.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark Price for January 2015 was up by 11.2 per cent on a year-over-year basis.  The average selling price over the same period was up by 14.1 per cent.

The difference in the annual growth rates for the MLS® HPI and average price was largely due to a greater share of high-end detached homes sold in the regions surrounding the City of Toronto this year compared to last.  The MLS® HPI removes the impact of shifts in the share of different property types sold from one year to the next.

“Market conditions in January were tighter compared to a year earlier, with an annual increase in sales up against a decline in listings.  This is why growth in the MLS® HPI benchmarks continued to be strong, especially for singles, semis and townhouses, where there has been a persistent lack of inventory,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.

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Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

Royal LePage Infographic – December 2015 By The Numbers

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