December 4, 2014 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Paul Etherington announced that Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 6,519 residential transactions through the TorontoMLS system in November 2014. This result was up by 2.6 per cent compared to 6,354 sales reported in November 2013. Through the first 11 months of 2014, total sales amounted to 88,462 - up 6.6 per cent compared to the same period in 2013.
While the trend of year-over-year sales growth continued, the supply of listings remained constrained, with active listings at the end of November down in comparison to last year.
"Even with a constrained supply of homes for sale in many parts of the Greater Toronto Area, buyers continued to get deals done last month. Households remain upbeat about home ownership because monthly mortgage payments remain affordable relative to accepted lending standards. This is coupled with the fact that housing has proven to be a quality long-term investment," stated Mr. Etherington.
The average selling price for November transactions was up by 7.4 per cent year-over-year to $577,936. The year-to-date average price was up by 8.4 per cent to $567,198. The MLS(R) Home Price Index Composite Benchmark price for November was up by 7.7 per cent compared to a year earlier.
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November sales up slightly over last year
Ottawa, December 3, 2014 - Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 893 residential properties in November through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® system, compared with 888 in November 2013, an increase of 0.6 per cent. The five-year average for November sales is 935.
“Sales have been remarkably similar to last year overall, with units sold for the first eleven months of the year at 13,291, just slightly above the year-to-date sales for 2013,” says Randy Oickle, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Inventory levels are starting to dip back down, which is normal for this time of year, and average sales prices keep steady with last year. Overall, it has been a typical year so far for the real estate market in Ottawa – steady and fluctuating between a balanced and buyer’s market.”
November’s sales included 170 in the condominium property class, and 723 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.
“Properties have taken longer to sell, requiring most sellers to be more patient with the market,” explains Oickle. “Resale condos are slightly behind last year's volume, likely caused by increased competition with new condo developments. Although the market slows somewhat in December, Sellers should note that many buyers for 2015 will begin their search over the holiday period, statistically the highest property search period.”
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