Toronto Homeowners Scramble To Cash Out In April, New Listings Soar 33%

Toronto Homeowners Scramble To Cash Out In April, New Listings Soar 33%

Sellers are suddenly looking to realize their windfall, as new listings reached a multi-year record. According to the latest numbers from the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), sellers are flooding the market, while the number of buyers are declining. Despite the increase in supply and lack of demand, buyer mentality has sent prices to a new all-time high.

Toronto Real Estate Prices Climbed 24%

The cost of buying a home inched up again, setting another record. The average sale price in April was $920,791 – a 24% increase from the same month last year. The composite benchmark price, the price of a typical home sold, was $811,300 across the whole TREB region, a 31.7% increase from last year. In the City of Toronto proper, the benchmark was slightly higher at $817,000, a 27.66% increase. Prices are definitely still climbing, regardless of how you measured it.

Toronto Real Estate Sales Declined 3.7%

Sales have declined, although that’s expected at these levels. TREB logged 12,085 sales, a decline of 3.7% from the same time last year. Toronto proper saw 4,164 of those sales, a 1.9% decline from the same time last year. The higher the prices, the more buyers are priced out – so this shouldn’t be a big surprise.

New Listings In Toronto Climbed 33%

Listings was the curveball in this report. Typically new listings shrink as prices grow, due to buyer gridlock – where are people going to move after they sell? That didn’t seem to impact sellers, as 21,630 new listings hit the market – a massive 33% jump from the same time last year. Concerns of buyers gridlock seem unfounded, but it does give another data point to add to Toronto’s speculation problem.

This is the first month that inventory had such a significant increase, so it’s way too early to call it a trend. Although markets like Vancouver didn’t see inventory climb until prices started to show weaknesses, which isn’t the case here. This is either an anomaly, or the start of a very rapidly changing environment in my opinion.

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    Greg 7 years ago

    Yes, in Central Toronto 1,408 Condos were sold — and Active Listing are only 1,363 == average days on market 10 ! and we are talking Condos not Houses.

    as for Detached Houses in Central Toronto – 433 were sold in April, and Active inventory is only 582….

    with only 1 month of Inventory… NEW LISTING Need to Keep Rising, up 33% is start, but a balanced market is 6 months, something Toronto hasn’t had in years.

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    Ira 7 years ago

    Paul, you can’t compare the USA to Canada. Our population centres and financial system are so different than in the USA. Interesting Al that sellers are not acting as if there is a change to the marketplace due to recent press coverage and the Ontario government recent amendments, but buyers are acting as if the Toronto Star has reported that the real estate market is now different.

    If this imbalance continues, it can only lead to softer pricing, but IMO, there won’t be any huge drop.

    We recently wrote a blog on the topic -

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    Thomas 7 years ago

    Great post! Have nice day ! 🙂 beibn

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