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Toronto Homeowners Look To Cash Out In March As Detached Listings Soar

Toronto real estate saw a sharp increase of new detached homes listed in March, setting a new single month record.

Toronto Homeowners Look To Cash Out In March As Detached Listings Soar

So much for seller gridlock in Toronto. Despite concerns that existing homeowners won’t be selling due to rising prices making it more difficult to upgrade, detached listings soared in March. The latest numbers from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) showed that homeowners weren’t deterred from listing their detached units, as listings hit a new record. Despite this, sales continue to increase, and prices continue to climb across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Prices of Detached Homes Increased Across The GTA

Prices increased year over year across all TREB regions, but month-over-month was a little more varied. The GTA saw a benchmark price of $1,214,422, an increase of 33.4% from the same time last year. This is also a 0.71% increase from the month before. An increase that was pretty much in line with Vancouver’s peak frenzy last year, but this is only March so the real buying season hasn’t started yet.

Toronto Real Estate Prices

Source: TREB.

The price boom was a little stronger in some regions than other. The 905 region saw a benchmark price of $1,124,088 – a 34.3% increase from last year, and a 1.62% increase from February. The 416, aka Toronto proper, saw a more mixed number, with the benchmark price actually declining from last month by 0.75%. The benchmark fell to $1,561,780, but that’s still a whopping 32.8% increase from the same time last year. Even with the slight dip, sellers probably aren’t complaining.

Sales of Detached Homes Increased Across The GTA

Sales of detached units across the GTA showed healthy signs of growth. TREB logged 5,887 sales, an increase of 19.8% from the same time last year. The burbs had the majority, with 4,672 sales located in the 905. This is a 21.3% increase from the same month last year. To contrast, the 416 area had 1,215 sales, a 14.3% growth from the same time last year.

Sales Vs. Listings

Source: TREB.

Listings of Detached Homes Increased Across The GTA

March also saw an explosion of detached listings, which is probably the most interesting trend. The GTA saw 9,014 listings, a 28.2% increase from last year. It’s an even more impressive number when you realize that it’s an 86% increase from last month. For a little context, numbers always jump from February to March, but this is almost 3x the growth compared to last year. This may be demonstrating that homeowners are looking to realize profits, which could provide greater downward pressure on prices in the near future.

Concerns that homeowners won’t sell due to fears of being unable to upgrade appear to be unfounded. Detached listings in March hit a new record high, with the sleepy month seeing more listings than even the hottest months last year. Whether the increased supply in contrast to sales will result in lower prices remains to be seen.

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4 Comments

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    Rui 6 months ago

    Could this be due to the upcoming govt policy on cooling the housing market?
    Realize profits before policy change?

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    Greg 6 months ago

    The timing of Easter probably impacted new listing as well in 2016.

    As Easter fell in March in 2016, likely less listing.

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    Greg 6 months ago

    Also with February being the warmest on Record in the GTA – it may have contributed to an early start to the Spring selling season.

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