Toronto Real Estate Market and COVID-19

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TORONTO, ONTARIO, April 3, 2020 – Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,012 home sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in March 2020 – up by 12.3 per cent compared to 7,132 sales reported in March 2019.

The Effect of COVID-19


However, despite a strong increase in sales for March 2020 as a whole, there was a clear break in market activity between the pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 periods. In surveying the real estate market numbers, the start of the post-COVID-19 period was the week beginning Sunday, March 15. • The overall March sales result was clearly driven by the first two weeks of the month. There were 4,643 sales reported in the pre-COVID-19 period, accounting for 58 per cent of total transactions and representing a 49 per cent increase compared to the first 14 days of March 2019.

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There were 3,369 sales reported during the post-COVID-period – down by 15.9 per cent compared to the same period in March 2019. For March as a whole, new listings were up by three per cent year-over-year to 14,424. However, similar to sales, new listings dropped on a year-over-year basis during the second half of the month (beginning March 15) by 18.4 per cent. The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark price was up by 11.1 per cent year-over-year in March The average selling price for March 2020 as a whole was $902,680 – up 14.5 per cent compared to March 2019. The average selling price for sales reported between March 15 and March 31, was $862,563 – down from the first half of March 2020, but still up by 10.5 per cent compared to the same period last year.

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It appears that the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound effect on the local Toronto real estate market, and time will tell how long this will last. Currently, while stay-at-home protocols are in effect, it seems likely that sales activity will remain slow in the near future.

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Real Estate 2017 – what to expect – PODCAST

Real Estate 2017

This article contains a podcast which takes a look at real estate 2017 in Mississauga and surroundings. There is a  review of sales activity and prices in 2016, plus a look forward to what to expect in 2017.

Update: the Toronto Real Estate Board reported 5,188 residential transactions through the MLS system in January 2017. This  was an increase of 11.8% per cent compared to the 4,640 sales that were reported in January 2016. Condos showed a higher sales growth than low-rise homes.

January 2017 was basically an extension of 2016. Sales increased on a year-over-year basis while new listings was down dramatically for most major home types.

It’s pretty clear that owning a home continues to be a great investment and remains very important to many households in Canada. As we move forward through 2017, we expect the demand for ownership housing to remain strong, including demand from first-time buyers who, according to recent surveys, could account for more than half of transactions this year. Many of these potential buyers will have problems finding a home that meets their needs in a market with an extreme shortage of inventory for sale. Prices are at record highs. In the last twelve months, the average selling price of all housing types was up by 22.3 per cent to $770,745, with dramatic increases in the average prices for all major home types.

Biggest problem for the industry – the number of active listings on the MLS system at the end of January was essentially half of what was reported as available at the same time last year. That statistic, on its own, tells us that there is a serious demand and supply imbalance in the Greater Toronto area: a problem that we expect will continue throughout in 2017. The end result will be strong price increases for all home types again this year.

So can we expect the great boom in Canadian real estate to continue? Find out here:

Questions: with prices up a staggering 22.3% per cent in 2016, can the bull market continue? How much higher can house prices go in Toronto, where the average price for a detached home is now over $1 million dollars? Will interest rates rise? What about world politics – will they affect the local Canadian market? What about condos? Just a few questions to consider.

portions of this report first appeared in the Toronto Real Estate Board  Market Watch publication