October was another STRONG month in the GTA.
- HOME SALES WERE UP YEAR OVER YEAR FOR THE FOURTH MONTH IN A ROW.
- MONTHS OF AVAILABLE INVENTORY LOW IN MANY COMMUNITIES.
- AVERAGE SELLING PRICE UP 13.7% YEAR OVER YEAR.
Demand for low rise housing continues in the GTA with. Experts predict “Expect record or near-record home sales for the remainder of 2020”.
There is an opportunity for individuals considering a move from a detached, semi-detached or townhouse into a condominium. New condo listings were double compared to 2019 but sales were only up about 2.2% in this segment.
If you have a house to sell, it is still a VERY good time to list! Please reach out if you need any information.
Here is a look at the information released by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board for the month of October 2020:
TRREB Releases October Resale Housing Report
Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) were up again year-over-year for the fourth month in a row. Our Members made 10,563 sales as reported through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s MLS® System in October 2020. This was up by 25.1 per cent compared to 8,445 transactions in October 2019.
Sales and new listings reached record levels for the month of October. However, year-over-year growth rates for sales and new listings diverged in some market segments. In the detached market segment, the pace of annual sales growth far outstripped growth in new listings. Conversely, the condominium apartment market segment experienced more than double the new listings compared to October 2019, whereas sales were only up by 2.2 per cent over the same period.
“Competition between buyers of single-family homes, and particularly detached houses, remained strong last month and continued to support double-digit annual rates of price growth in many GTA neighbourhoods. In contrast, condo buyers have benefitted from much more choice compared to last year. Pre-COVID polling had already pointed to an increase in investor selling in 2020. The pandemic only added to this trend with a stall in economic growth and a halt to tourism impacting cashflows for many investors,” said Lisa Patel, TRREB’s President.
The MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark was up by 10.8 per cent on a year-over-year basis in October 2020. The average selling price for all home types combined was $968,318 – up by 13.7 per cent compared to $851,877 in October 2019.
“Year-to-date home sales through October were above last year’s level. The economic recovery in some sectors coupled with low borrowing costs has kept home purchases top-of-mind for many GTA residents. With this being said, we have not accounted for all of the pent-up demand that resulted from the spring downturn. Expect record or near-record home sales for the remainder of 2020,” said Jason Mercer, TRREB’s Chief Market Analyst.
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