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Prices at Ten Year High

TORONTO -- Friday, March 2, 2001 --

In February, the price of homes sold through the TREB MLS system rose 7 per cent over the previous month, 3 per cent over February 2000 and, at $252,072, reached its highest level in 10 years, Toronto Real Estate Board President David Pearce announced today. "Clearly we are in a seller's market," the President said. "However, our inventory of listings is over 20% higher than it was at the same time last year. More product means a moderating influence on price increases over the short and medium term."

The president went on to note that, with 4,761 home sales in February, the local real estate market seemed to be defying predictions of an economic slowdown. This figure was up about 1% from the 4,731 recorded last February.

Breaking down the total 1,752 sales were reported in TREB's 28 West districts and averaged $231,272; 772 sales were reported in the 14 Central districts and averaged $364,731; 890 sales were reported in the 23 North districts and averaged $271,451; and 1,347 sales were reported in TREB's 21 East districts and averaged $201,756.

Neighbourhood Corner
West Hill

The West Hill area of Scarborough (within areas E-8 and E-10) remained an island of affordability into the new year, with an average price of $204,929 in February, 19% less than the city-wide average of $252,072. In addition, detached homes in West Hill averaged $234,936, 25% below the Toronto average of $313,795. Not surprisingly, homes moved fast in the area, with average time-to-sell being 28 days, considerably less than the city-wide figure of 40 days.


Dwelling Type

Single Detached

Semi Detached

Condo T.H.

Condo Apt.

Link

Attached/Row

Co-op Apt.

Detached Condo

Sales

2,307

542

460

1,050

166

219

12

5

Median

$263,500

217,000

168,500

155,000

214,000

187,800

161,875

154,300


    Housing Market Indicators

    February 2000

    February 2001

    % Change

    Sales*

    4,731

    4,761

    (+1%)

    Sales (P.O.T.)

    937

    863

    (-8%)

    New Listings*

    7,465

    8,853

    (+18%)

    Active Listings**

    14,917

    18,424

    (+23%)

    * Single-Family Dwellings Only
    ** Properties All Types including Single-Family Dwellings.


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