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January 2009 Report - 2,500 GTA Housing Resales in December, 74,000 in 2008
TREB just reported the January sales figures
Average sales prices dropped to 343,632 compared to 361,415 down about 5% compared to previous month
Number of transactions in January were 2670 compared to 5075 for January of 2008, down about 53%
This is the complete press release from TREB today
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GTA REALTORS® Report 2,670 Resale Housing Transactions in January
TORONTO - February 5, 2009 -- TREB Members reported 2,670 sales in January from the 5,075 sales reported in the first month of 2008. Of these, 1,106 transactions took place in the City of Toronto compared to 2,128 in January 2008. In the surrounding “905” area, 1,564 sales were recorded, from 2,947 last year.
The GTA housing market has not been immune to the economic slowdown in Canada. Some potential home buyers were less-certain about their positioning in the economy over the past year. Until the economy rebounds, and along with it consumer confidence, the number of existing home sales will be more moderate in comparison to the average over the last ten years.
Home prices also moderated in January. The average MLS selling price dipped to $343,632. The average price was $364,415 in the City of Toronto, from $404,202 in 2008. In the surrounding regions (“905” area code), the average price was $328,935 from $352,965 last year. Buyers have experienced more choice in the existing home marketplace. Lower selling prices have resulted.
It should be noted that the GTA housing market has followed the broader economic slowdown, but was not a cause of the downturn. Home prices remained affordable throughout the new millennium. The average family can still qualify for a mortgage on the average priced home. This remains the case today. Given that we are not facing an early-1990s-style affordability crisis, the rebound in the housing market will likely be quick once economic recovery takes hold.
The median price in January was $303,000 from the $319,000 recorded during January of 2008.
December report, Over 3,600 Greater Toronto Area Resale Housing Sales in November
TORONTO, December 04, 2008 -- Greater Toronto REALTORS® recorded 3,640 transactions last month, from 7,313 sales in November 2007, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O’Neill announced today.
Year-to-date sales figures for the Greater Toronto Area show 72,086 transactions in 2008, from 88,695 sales recorded in the same January to November period a year ago. By contrast, the 2008 year-to-date average price in the GTA is $379,489, from $375,445 in 2007.
“Its important for the public to understand that while sales activity has moderated in 2008, due to current economic conditions, the average price of homes has increased from 2006 still making real estate a solid long term investment,” said O’Neill.
In the 416 area, 1,523 transactions took place last month, from 3,426 sales recorded in November 2007. From a year-to-date perspective, there have been 28,806 sales in the 416 area this year, from 36,804 transactions a year ago.
In the 905 Region 2,117 homes changed hands last month, from November 2007’s 3,887 sales. The 905 Region’s year-to-date figures show 43,280 transactions this year, from 51,891 sales recorded during the same period in 2007.
“Homeownership in the Greater Toronto Area continues to be an affordable, stable and secure investment,” said Ms. O’Neill. “Home buyers and sellers should be confident about their bricks and mortar investment which provides shelter and a place to raise a family.”
“Home prices are affordable, interest rates are at historical low levels and the supply of homes for sale is good providing additional reasons for buyers thinking of entering the market,” added O’Neill.
The average price of a home in the GTA last month was $368,582, from $393,747 noted in November 2007. In November 2006 the average price was recorded at $355,727.
In the 416 area, last month’s average price was $390,225, from $433,859 noted in November 2007. The average price recorded in November 2006 was $381,188. From a year-to-date perspective the 2008 average price in the 416 area is $411,155, from last year’s $411,640.
In the 905 Region, the average price recorded last month was $353,012, from $358,391 recorded in November of 2007. In November 2006 the average price was $335,522. The year-to-date average price in the 905 Region this year is $359,245, from $349,774 in 2007.
The average number of days a home currently remains on the market in the GTA is 41, from an average of 32 days last November. There are currently 27,037 homes listed on the TorontoMLS system compared to 18,309 available properties in November 2007.
“While homeownership offers immediate benefits and long term value by way of equity, it also provides tax benefits over time,” said Ms. O’Neill. “If you bought a house five years ago, it would be worth more than 20 per cent more today.”
You may wish to read about the Power of Sale section at my website that will show you the pitfalls to avoid and the clauses to put into your offer when you buy a Power of Sale property in Ontario. This new section will also explain Power of Sale and Foreclosure in detail. Read more here.
Listing inventories are low, so if you are thinking of selling, this is a good time to list your home. The market has been 'very good' for the past month or so and new listings are need. Would you like a Complimentary & Quick Over-The-Net Home Evaluation of your property?
Average single family residential prices were UP compared to the previous month. This is typical for this time of year. Price trends over the past 12 years indicate that prices will likely increase over the next month or so.
Last month was another very solid month to add to another banner year in real estate in the GTA. See graphs of the sales figures, read more
My blog is moving along. I enjoy posting to it and keeping you current on the real estate market. I will update the blog throughout each month to keep you current with the real estate market. This newsletter will continue to be published monthly. Read my Mississauga Real Estate Blog
The Bank of Canada prime rate as of February 8th, 2009 was 1.00%
Bank Prime Rate means "best" and this is the rate that banks charge their absolute best customers for loans.
Changes in the Bank of Canada prime rate influence changes in other interest rates, including variable interest rate mortgages. This "bank rate" rate fluctuates based on economic conditions.
Some mortgage companies offer interest rates starting at Prime less .75% as an incentive to borrow from them! These are known as "SUB PRIME" Mortgages and we know what happened in the US when too many sub-prime mortgages were given out in the mid 2000's Read more about Sub-Prime Mortgages
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