Toronto Real Estate Board

Toronto Real Estate Board

September 03, 2010 09:30 ET

GTA REALTORS® Report Monthly Resale Housing Figures

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2010) - Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 6,232 sales through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August 2010.

This represented a 22 per cent decrease compared to the 8,035 sales recorded during the same period in 2009. New listings decreased by one per cent year-over-year to 10,488.

"The prospect of interest rate hikes and new mortgage lending rules prompted some households to purchase a home sooner than they otherwise would have this year. The result has been a larger than normal dip in sales over the summer months. With this said, it is important to recognize that sales on the year were eight per cent higher than in 2009," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Bill Johnston.

The average price for August transactions was $411,012 – up six per cent compared to the average of $387,921 reported in August 2009.

"Market conditions have remained tight enough to support higher home prices in comparison to last year. Under current mortgage lending standards, a household earning the average income in the GTA can comfortably afford the mortgage payments on an average priced home. Market conditions and the affordability picture would have to change dramatically before a sustained drop in the average selling price would take place," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

Summary Of August Sales And Average Price
 
   August 
   2010  2009
  Sales Average Price Sales Average Price
City of Toronto ("416") 2,360 $421,407 3,109 $402,246
Rest of GTA ("905") 3,872 $404,675 4,926 $378,880
GTA 6,232 $411,012 8,035 $387,921
Source: Toronto Real Estate Board
 
 
Sales & Average Price By Home Type
 
August-2010
  Sales   Average Price  
  416 905 Total 416 905 Total
 
Detached 676 2,156 2,832 588,867 482,657 508,172
  Yr./Yr. % Change -32% -22% -25% 4% 7% 6%
Semi-Detached 255 421 676 463,769 342,933 388,515
  Yr./Yr. % Change -19% -16% -17% 12% 9% 10%
Townhouse 261 720 981 354,843 305,896 318,918
  Yr./Yr. % Change -29% -19% -22% 4% 5% 4%
Condo Apartment 1,143 476 1,619 330,952 250,585 307,324
  Yr./Yr. % Change -18% -21% -19% 10% 5% 9%
Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

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