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January 2009 - 2,670 sales in JanuaryTREB Members reported 2,670 sales in January from the 5,075 sales reported in the first month of 2008. Of these, 1,106 transactions took place in the City of Toronto compared to 2,128 in January 2008. In the surrounding "905" area, 1,564 sales were recorded, from 2,947 last year.
The GTA housing market has not been immune to the economic slowdown in Canada. Some potential home buyers were less-certain about their positioning in the economy over the past year. Until the economy rebounds, and along with it consumer confidence, the number of existing home sales will be more moderate in comparison to the average over the last ten years.
Home prices also moderated in January. The average MLS selling price dipped to $343,632. The average price was $364,415 in the City of Toronto, from $404,202 in 2008. In the surrounding regions ("905" area code), the average price was $328,935 from $352,965 last year. Buyers have experienced more choice in the existing home marketplace. Lower selling prices have resulted.
It should be noted that the GTA housing market has followed the broader economic slowdown, but was not a cause of the downturn. Home prices remained affordable throughout the new millennium. The average family can still qualify for a mortgage on the average priced home. This remains the case today. Given that we are not facing an early-1990s-style affordability crisis, the rebound in the housing market will likely be quick once economic recovery takes hold.
February 2009 - 4,120 sales in February 2009 compared to 6,015 sales recorded in February 2008. The average home price was $361,305 last month compared to $382,048 during the same month last year.
"A considerable number of transactions continued to take place in February 2009. Motivated buyers and sellers, who were aware that market conditions changed over the past few months, were able to negotiate transactions acceptable to both parties," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O'Neill.
On a month-over-month basis, sales and average price were above January levels of 2,670 and $343,632 respectively. The ousing market is seasonal. Traditionally, in the first half of every year, sales and average price climb to their highest levels in late spring before trending lower from July onward.
"While the economic downturn has had an impact, the GTA housing market is resting on a solid foundation. Current home prices and mortgage rates suggest that GTA homes have become more affordable on average," according to Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis. "A greater number of home buyers could take advantage of this affordability once their positioning in the economy becomes more certain."
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