Toronto Real Estate Market Update - August 2018
Monday Sep 10th, 2018
Home sales in the GTA were up 8.5% and average selling prices were up 4.7% in August 2018 compared to August 2017. Certain asset classes and neighbourhoods continue to outperform while others do not. Buyers and sellers should seek the advice of a professional REALTOR®️ before making any decisions in the present market.
Market demand remains resilient despite government regulations, mortgage rule changes, and interest rate increases over the past year. Tight supply, rebounding demand, and buyer access to credit, particularly subprime mortgage debt, will continue to drive the market in the short term.
Condominiums across the GTA, and especially in Toronto, continue to show tremendous strength as buyers priced out of the freehold market settle for condos, millennials step up to purchase their first home, and downsizers seek smaller spaces close to amenities. A strong local economy, foreign investment, and immigration also continue to drive sales and price growth.
Many economists expect the Bank of Canada to raise interest rates in October. NAFTA negotiations will heavily impact any rate increase decision, among other factors. The Bank of Canada continues to take a cautious and data-driven approach to rate increases.
Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) Market Watch Report
Below is a market snapshot of single family and condominium apartment price growth by municipality as of August 31, 2018.
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Single Family Home Price Index
Toronto: -1.16% (1 Month), -2.10% (3 Month), +1.23% (6 Month), +0.75% (1 Year)
Mississauga: -0.08% (1 Month), -0.45% (3 Month), +1.95% (6 Month), -0.12% (1 Year)
Brampton: -1.57% (1 Month), -0.16% (3 Month), +2.52% (6 Month), +2.01% (1 Year)
Vaughan: -0.74% (1 Month), -1.92% (3 Month), -0.85% (6 Month), -4.91% (1 Year)
Richmond Hill: -1.74% (1 Month), -1.94% (3 Month), -0.17% (6 Month), -9.64% (1 Year)
Markham: -0.11% (1 Month), -0.99% (3 Month), -0.71% (6 Month), -5.55% (1 Year)
Condominium Apartment Home Price Index
Toronto: +0.58% (1 Month), +1.17% (3 Month), +5.65% (6 Month), +11.60% (1 Year)
Mississauga: +0.91% (1 Month), +0.58% (3 Month), +5.99% (6 Month), +9.36% (1 Year)
Brampton: +1.78% (1 Month), +2.36% (3 Month), +5.97% (6 Month), +3.45% (1 Year)
Vaughan: -0.13% (1 Month), +0.41% (3 Month), +1.60% (6 Month), +4.21% (1 Year)
Richmond Hill: -0.62% (1 Month), +0.98% (3 Month), +0.58% (6 Month), +1.30% (1 Year)
Markham: +5.55% (1 Month), +4.33% (3 Month), +3.54% (6 Month), +4.43% (1 Year)
*How to use these numbers: If on August 1, 2018 the price of a condo in Toronto was $500,000, it would be worth $502,900 on August 31, 2018 based on the home price index (HPI). That $500,000 condo in Toronto appreciated $2,900 in August or $93.55 per day.
Prepared by Michael De Luca, Real Estate Sales Representative at Private Service Realty (PSR), Brokerage