October Running Strong
TORONTO, October 18, 2006 -- In the first half of October, Toronto Area
housing activity kept pace with mid-October results from a year ago, Toronto Real
Estate Board President Dorothy Mason announced today.
There were 3,007 sales reported to mid-month, essentially on par with the
3,012 sales reported during the same period in 2005, Mrs. Mason said. Adding
to this strong result is the fact that transactions are up three per cent from
the 2,913 recorded during the first part of September which is a good sign for
the stability of the autumn market.
In Northeast Scarborough (E11), the number of transactions to mid-month jumped
24 per cent compared to the same timeframe a year ago.
Rexdale (W10), in Torontos west end, saw a significant increase in condominium
activity which helped to push overall sales up 59 per cent compared to mid-October
Condominiums were also the driving force behind a 43 per cent increase in overall
mid-month sales in Torontos central downtown core (C01).
North of the city, Thornhills western half (N02) showed an overall increase
in transactions of 48 per cent compared to the midpoint of last October, with
detached homes being the most popular type.Meanwhile, the average price rose to
$353,677, up six per cent over the $335,208 recorded to the middle of September.
This figure is also three per cent higher than the $341,865 recorded during the
first part of October last year.
Inventory stands at 25,839 listings, up two per cent over mid-September. The average
number of days on the market for a home is 35.
Jason Mercer, CMHCs Senior Market Analyst for the GTA, said, Steady
demand for resale homes has kept average prices rising above inflation, albeit
at a lower annual rate, as buyers have benefited from increased choice in the
TREBs President agreed that market conditions are favourable for consumers.
Its a great combination to have solid activity, good price growth
and an increased level of inventory to choose from, Mrs. Mason said. There
has never been a better time to move up to your dream home or get in the market
for the first time.
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* Please note that TREB counts by business or sales days.
In a 30 day month, there will usually be about 20 sales days, depending on when
the weekends fall, holidays,
and so on.