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Strong start for 2007

TORONTO, February 6, 2007 -- The January resale housing market was the best January ever, registering 13 per cent more transactions than a year ago, Toronto Real Estate Board President Dorothy Mason announced today. The 5,173 sales in the month were six per cent above the previous record set in January 2002.

“Sales have been very solid to start the year,” Mrs. Mason said. “It's a very good sign for the market to see a healthy level of activity carrying over from last year's strong finish.”

Scarborough's Birchmount Park / Cliffside area (E06) saw 55 per cent more overall sales compared to last January, with detached homes accounting for nearly all transactions.
In the Islington / Kingsway area of Etobicoke, a jump in condominium transactions helped to push overall sales 42 per cent higher than January 2006.

An increase in sales of condominiums and semi-detached homes helped lift Forest Hill to an overall increase of 56 per cent over January of last year.

North of the city, in Markham West / Langstaff (N01), 50 per cent more homes changed hands in January than during the same month a year ago.

Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC's Ontario regional economist, noted that Toronto's housing market has been a very stable sector of the economy.

“The market remains resilient despite slower job growth, high energy prices, and a loss of migrants to western Canada,” Mr. Tsiakopoulos said. “Historically low interest rates, strong income growth and healthy consumer confidence are important factors keeping January home sales buoyant across the GTA.”

TREB's President added that while the results are preliminary, they should instill confidence in consumers.

“The housing market is healthy and continues to be well supported by strong economic fundamentals,” Mrs. Mason said. “These are ideal conditions, and consumers can feel confident making a switch to another home or realizing their dream of home ownership for the first time.”

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