Here is a look at Central Toronto real estate market statistics for April.
Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area Realtors entered 33.6 per cent more new listings into TREB’s MLS system in April 2017, at 21,630, compared to the same month in 2016. New listings were up by double-digits for all low-rise home types including detached, semi-detached and townhouses. New listings for condominium apartments were at the same level as last year.
Total sales for the TREB market area as a whole amounted to 11,630 – down 3.2 per cent year-over-year. One issue underlying this decline was the fact that Easter fell in April in 2017 versus March in 2016, which resulted in fewer working days this year compared to last and, historically, most sales are entered into TREB’s MLS system on working days.
“The fact that we experienced extremely strong growth in new listings in April means that Buyers benefitted from considerably more choice in the marketplace. It is too early to tell whether the increase in new listings was simply due to households reacting to the strong double-digit price growth reported over the past year or if some of the increase was also a reaction to the Ontario government’s recently announced Fair Housing Plan, “ said Mr.Cerqua.
“It is encouraging to see a very strong year-over-year increase in new listings. If new listings growth continues to outpace sales growth moving forward, we will start to see more balanced market conditions. It will likely take a number of months to unwind the substantial pent-up demand that has built up over the past two years. Expect annual rates of price growth to remain well-above the rate of inflation as we move through the spring and summer months,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis.