Toronto House Prices Hit New Record
By Susan Pigg
The Toronto housing market slipped back into sellers’ territory in November, helping propel prices even higher to a record average of $481,305.
That’s a 2.1 per cent increase from October and, when adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, almost 10 per cent more than the average GTA home was worth a year ago, according to figures released Thursday by the Canadian Real Estate Association.
In fact, November sales across Canada were 7 per cent above the 10-year average for the month, resulting in the fourth highest level of sales on record for what’s typically the slow season, CREA noted.
While no one is uttering the dreaded B-word — bubble — as did Britain’s venerable magazine The Economist when it recently warned Canada’s housing market may be 25 per cent overvalued, the warning is clearly of concern among the country’s housing experts.
“With interest rates expected to remain low for longer, the housing sector will no doubt be closely watched for signs of excess,” say CREA’s chief economist Gregory Klump.
“That said, current trends for resale housing and new home construction suggest that tightened mortgage regulations are working as intended and fostering economic stability in Canada.”
A record November of sales in Halifax-Dartmouth, up a seasonally adjusted 34.7 per cent, helped offset a 10.5 per cent decline in sales in Toronto where 7,773 homes changed homes.
New listings across the GTA were down 4.4 in November while prices climbed by 9.7 per cent.
Despite economic turmoil in the rest of the world, Canadians continue to see real estate as a sure thing: A total of 432,048 homes have traded hands across Canada between January and the end of November, up 2.1 per cent from the same period last year, CREA says.