Tight Market Conditions Result in High Price Growth

Toronto Real Estate News
Average Resale Home Price by TREB
Average Resale Home Price

The newest figures of Greater Toronto REALTORS® recorded a total of 7,032 home sales in February 2012. This represents a 16 per cent increase in the number of sales compared to February 2011. The number of new listings went up by 11 per cent, reaching 12,684. However, we should take into consideration the fact that 2012 is a leap year, with one extra day in February. If we don’t count the 29th day of February, there was a 10 per cent increase in sales and a 6 per cent increase in new listings.

The first two months of 2012 have shown that strongly growing competition between buyers is pushing the average selling price higher. Toronto Real Estate Board president Richard Silver pointed out that this trend won’t change until the market becomes better supplied.

“It is important to note that both buyers and sellers are aware of current market conditions. This is evidenced by the fact that homes sold, on average, for 99 per cent of the asking price in February,” continued Silver.

The average selling price through the Toronto MLS® in February 2012 recorded an eleven per cent year-over-year increase, settling at $502,508. Moreover, the Composite MLS® Home Price Index for TREB, which provides a more stable measure of price growth compared to the average price, showed a 7.3 per cent increase compared to February of last year.

If these tight market conditions continue to push prices even higher than expected as we move into the spring, expectations for 2012 as a whole will have to be revised upwards. Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis, adds that “while price growth remains strong, the average selling price remains affordable from a mortgage lending perspective for a household earning the average income in the GTA.“

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