July 16, 2015 Article
Across the GTA, 4,332 sales reported through TREB’s MLS® system by REALTORS® during the first 14 days of July, 2015. It was up by 11.9 per cent reported during the same timeframe in 2014.
Over the same period, the new inventory listings are down by 5.4 per cent to 6,831.
“There are many reasons why demand for ownership housing remains strong in the GTA. The fact that we benefit from steady population growth and a strong regional economy, compared to many other parts of Canada, is clearly important. On top of this, of course, home buyers continue to benefit from historic or near-historic lows in terms of borrowing costs, which is key from an affordability perspective,” said Mr. McLean, TREB President. The average selling price for July 2015 mid-month transactions was $610,724 – up by 11.5 per cent compared to the average price of $547,777 for sales reported in the first 14 days July 2014. Year-over-year price growth was reported for all major market segments. “The persistent lack of listings in many segments of the GTA housing market has been a key story this year. We have seen strong demand from all buyer groups – from firsttime buyers through to those seeking to purchase a luxury home. The problem is that many of these would-be home buyers have not been able to strike a deal on a home that meets their needs. The lack of supply has led to increased competition between buyers and strong upward pressure on home prices,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.
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