Toronto Real Estate Board

Toronto Real Estate Board

April 05, 2016 07:00 ET

GTA REALTORS® Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - 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.

Summary of TorontoMLS Sales and Average Price March 1 - 31, 2016

2016 2015
Sales Average Price New Listings Sales Average Price New Listings
City of Toronto ("416") 3,627 699,745 5,528 3,178 656,022 6,092
Rest of GTA ("905") 6,699 681,919 9,336 5,709 590,320 9,343
GTA 10,326 688,181 14,864 8,887 613,815 15,435

TorontoMLS Sales & Average Price By Home Type March 1 - 31, 2016

Sales Average Price
416 905 Total 416 905 Total
Detached 1,075 3,879 4,954 1,174,358 837,217 910,375
Yr./Yr. % Change 3.2% 14.2% 11.6% 12.4% 18.2% 15.7%
Semi-Detached 319 667 986 817,611 551,903 637,867
Yr./Yr. % Change 11.5% 25.4% 20.5% 12.9% 15.7% 13.2%
Townhouse 397 1,154 1,551 623,534 498,296 530,353
Yr./Yr. % Change 21.4% 11.4% 13.8% 13.9% 13.6% 14.1%
Condo Apartment 1,808 833 2,641 416,251 330,865 389,319
Yr./Yr. % Change 20.7% 36.1% 25.2% 4.3% 6.6% 4.3%

March 2016 Year-Over-Year Per Cent Change in the MLS® HPI

Composite (All Single-Family Single-Family
Types) Detached Attached Townhouse Apartment
TREB Total 11.59% 13.05% 12.70% 11.12% 7.14%
Halton Region 10.54% 10.98% 12.39% 7.09% -
Peel Region 11.84% 12.04% 12.42% 10.75% 9.29%
City of Toronto 9.33% 11.05% 10.29% 10.52% 6.77%
York Region 15.39% 16.62% 15.66% 14.57% 7.68%
Durham Region 14.48% 14.71% 15.47% 15.01% 1.75%
Orangeville 15.16% 15.70% 13.69% - -
South Simcoe County1 16.57% 16.59% 16.13% - -
Source: Toronto Real Estate Board
1South Simcoe includes Adjala-Tosorontio, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Essa, Innisfil and New Tecumseth

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