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GTA REALTORS® Report Monthly Resale Housing Figures

TORONTO, April 7th, 2015 - Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,940 sales in March 2015. This result represented an 11 per cent increase compared to March 2014. Sales were up for most major home types, both in the City of Toronto and the surrounding regions. New listings were also up, but by a lesser 5.5 per cent, indicating tighter market conditions.  

“Home sales increased compared to last year as the cost of home ownership remained affordable, with lower interest rates going a long way to mitigate the effect of rising home prices. However, a substantial amount of pent-up demand remains in place, especially as it relates to low-rise market segments. This suggests that strong competition between buyers, which has fuelled strong price growth so far this year, will continue to be experienced throughout the spring,” said Mr. Etherington.  

In March, the average selling price for all reported transactions was $613,933 - up 10 per cent year-over-year. The MLS® HPI Composite Index, which tracks benchmark homes with the same attributes from one period to the next, was up by 7.9 per cent. Average price growth was strongest for detached homes in the City of Toronto, at 15.9 per cent. Over the same period the detached MLS® HPI in the '416' area code increased 7.8 per cent.    

The MLS® HPI provides a clear indication of price growth due to market forces - the relationship between demand and supply. Comparing MLS® HPI growth to average price growth provides a sense of the changing mix of home types sold from one period to the next.    

"It is clear that seller's market conditions in many parts of the GTA are driving price growth. However, looking at the detached market segment in the City of Toronto in particular, growth in the average selling price outstripped growth in the MLS® HPI. This points to the fact that the mix of detached homes sold this year compared to last has shifted towards more expensive properties," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis.  

Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

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GTA Commercial REALTORS® Report Commercial Market Figures

TORONTO, April 7th, 2015Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that TREB Commercial Network Members reported 5,776,322 square feet of leased industrial, commercial/retail and office space during the first quarter of 2015. This result represented a substantial 28.2 per cent year-over-year increase in space leased, which was driven by a 33.4 per cent increase in leased industrial space. The industrial segment accounted for 78 per cent of total space leased.

The average first quarter industrial lease rate for properties leased on a per square foot net basis with pricing disclosed was $5.39. This result was up by 4.8 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2014. The average commercial/retail lease rate was down over the same period by 4.9 per cent to $19.46. The average office lease rate was up by 2.8 per cent to $12.64.

“The economic situation in Canada remained uncertain through the first quarter of 2015, but the consensus view is that economic growth during the past three months was subdued. However, against this backdrop, the industrial leasing news for the Greater Toronto Area was certainly a positive. The fact that industrial firms were taking on more space adds credence to the argument that Ontario, including the GTA, may be one of the key beneficiaries of the lower Canadian dollar. Many of these firms may have experienced an actual increase in sales or are anticipating increases moving forward,” said Mr. Etherington.

Total sales in the first quarter were down by 28.9 per cent year-over-year to 187 from 263 transactions reported in 2014. Declines in the number of deals were noted across all three major market segments. While the number of transactions was down, average selling prices on a per square foot basis (where pricing was disclosed) were up for industrial and office properties, and down for commercial/retail properties.

“As we move through the spring, we should have a better indication of how Canadian economic conditions will unfold and ultimately effect commercial real estate markets in the GTA. It is quite possible that we will see some period-to-period volatility in leasing and sales figures, but it would appear that the GTA economy and commercial real estate market is comparatively well-positioned within Canada,” continued Mr. Etherington.

Source: Toronto Real Estate Board

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Great News for First Time Home Buyers

December 13, 2007

ONTARIO EXPANDS LAND TRANSFER TAX REFUND PROGRAM

First-time buyers of resale homes to benefit from new tax measure

The Provincial government is giving all first-time homebuyers a break on land transfer tax by proposing to expand the Land Transfer Tax Refund Program to include purchases of resale homes, Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced today.

"Expanding this Land Transfer Tax refund is an important part of our government's commitment to helping Ontarians buying their first home," Duncan said.

Effective midnight tonight, first-time buyers of resale homes, as well as newly constructed homes, would be eligible for a refund from the provincial government of up to $2,000 of the Land Transfer Tax paid.

For more information please click here: Land Transfer Tax Refund Program


 

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