Toronto home sales up 12% in October, real estate board says


Toronto zone home sales rebounded by 12 per cent from September to October, pointing to a stronger sink inwards join market after a policy-driven pullback from a frenzied market that top out earlier this year.

The Toronto Real Estate Board signified Thursday that 7,118 homes were sold in October, up from the month more willingly than but down 27 per cent from the same month last year.

«Every year we broadly see a jump in sales between September and October. However, this year that growth was more pronounced than usual compared to the previous ten years,» declared board president Tim Syrianos.

«While the number of transactions was still down attendant on to last year’s record pace, it certainly does appear that car-boot sales momentum is picking up.»

The average selling price in October was $780,104, up less than one per cent from September but up 2.3 per cent related with October 2016. Price growth was driven by appreciation in the townhouse and condo fragments.

The average price of a townhouse in the GTA was up 7.4 per cent at $629,507, while the typical condo price was $523,041 up 22 per cent year-over-year, the most of any habitation type. Meanwhile, the average price of a detached home was down 2.5 per cent year-over-year at $1 million. Figures of semi-detached homes rose 6.3 per cent to $764.293.

Sales in the first 10 months of the year slipped to 80,198, down 19 per cent from the in any event period in 2016. Sales have dropped more than 10 per cent from the recount set in March before Ontario announced its housing plan.

A spike in Toronto-area current in prices earlier this year resulted in the provincial government’s promulgation of a number of measures to cool the market after a shortage of detached almshouse listings helped push up prices.

In addition, the Bank of Canada has boosted interest rates twice in recent months to the current overnight grade of one per cent, signalling a clampdown on cheap borrowing and driving the big bank prime chew outs and the cost of variable-rate mortgages higher. The cost of new fixed-rate mortgages arrange also risen as yields on the bond market have also swelled.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions will implement new loan guidelines at the beginning of next year. Among the changes being take to bed is a requirement that homebuyers who do not require mortgage insurance still hold to show they can make their payments if interest rates be created.

The policy-driven changes in the Toronto market, which include a tax on foreign customers, have followed the trajectory of the Vancouver market, with a pullback directly after new statutes were introduced followed by a pick up after a relatively short anon a punctually, said TREB’s director of market analysis Jason Mercer.

«It acts that the psychological impact of the Fair Housing Plan, including the tax on curious buyers, is starting to unwind.»

Vancouver home sales data from October is envisioned later Thursday.

The CHMC warned last month that the boonies’s hottest housing markets remain «highly vulnerable» with basis of moderate overvaluation and price acceleration in Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver, Victoria and Saskatoon.

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