TORONTO, ONTARIO, June 4, 2018 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 7,834 sales
through TREB's MLS® System in May 2018. This result was down by 22.2 per cent compared to
May 2017. While the number of sales was down year-over-year, the annual rate of decline was
less than reported in February, March and April, when sales were down by more than 30 per
cent. On a month-over-month basis, seasonally adjusted May sales were basically flat compared
Supply of homes available for sale continued to be an issue. New listings were down by 26.2 per
cent. The fact that new listings were down by more than sales in comparison to last year means
that competition increased between buyers. Recent polling conducted by Ipsos for TREB
suggests that listing intentions are down markedly since the fall.
"Home ownership remains a sound long-term investment. Unfortunately, many home buyers
are still finding it difficult find a home that meets their needs. In a recent Canadian Centre for
Economic Analysis study undertaken for the Toronto Real Estate Board, it was found that many
people are over-housed in Ontario, with over five million extra bedrooms. These people don't list
their homes for sale, because they feel there are no alternative housing types for them to move
into. Policy makers need to focus more on the 'missing middle' – home types that bridge the
gap between detached houses and condominium apartments," said Mr. Syrianos.
The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was down by 5.4 per cent year-overyear.
The average selling price for all home types combined was down by 6.6 per cent to
$805,320. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the average selling price was up by 1.1 per cent
compared to April 2018.
"Market conditions are becoming tighter in the Greater Toronto Area and this will provide
support for home prices as we move through the second half of 2018 and into 2019. There are
emerging indicators pointing toward increased competition between buyers, which generally
leads to stronger price growth. In the City of Toronto, for example, average selling prices were
at or above average listing prices for all major home types in May," said Jason Mercer, TREB's
Director of Market Analysis
Toronto Real Estate Board
Government Announces Provincial LTT Changes
November 14, 2016 -- The provincial government has announced significant changes to the Provincial Land Transfer Tax (PLTT), including a doubling of the rebate available to first-time home buyers, bringing it in line with the City of Toronto's rebate, and an increase in the PLTT paid on the portion of the price of properties over $2,000,000 to help pay for the increase in the first-time buyer rebate.
The provincial government is proposing to double the maximum rebate for first-time home buyers from $2,000 to $4,000. This change would bring the PLTT rebate in line with the City of Toronto LTT rebate. The real estate industry welcomes this change, which will help to make housing more affordable in the GTA.
The provincial government is proposing to increase the PLTT for homes priced over $2,000,000 by charging 2.5% on the portion of the value above $2,000,000 (currently this portion is charged 2%).
For non-residential properties, the provincial government is proposing to increase the PLTT on the portion of the value above $400,000 to 2% (currently this portion is charged 1.5%).
As a transitional measure, purchasers who entered into agreements of purchase and sale on or before November 14, 2016 would not be subject to the increased rates of tax.
TREB welcomes the increase to the provincial first-time buyer rebate to bring it in line with a similar rebate in the City of Toronto as long overdue. TREB, however, always has concerns with tax increases on property, and governments should be focused on measures to make property ownership in the GTA more affordable, not more expensive.
The provincial government is proposing to restrict eligibility of the first-time home buyer rebate to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, effective January 1, 2017. As a transitional measure, purchasers who entered into agreements of purchase and sale on or before November 14, 2016 would remain eligible for the refund, regardless of citizenship or residency status.
Toronto Real Estate Board
New Down Payment Requirement Starting Feb. 15, 2016
TORONTO, December 12, 2015 – Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Feb.11, 2015 announced changes to the rules for
government-backed mortgage insurance to contain risks in the housing market, reduce taxpayer exposure and
support long-term stability. Effective February 15, 2016, the minimum down payment for new insured mortgages
will increase from 5 per cent to 10 per cent for the portion of the house price above $500,000. The 5 per cent
minimum down payment for properties up to $500,000 remains unchanged.
See below my graphics on the changes and my impact assessment on the housing market.
No Ontario communities outside Toronto to have land transfer tax
TORONTO, December 1, 2015 - There will be no extension of Municipal land transfer
tax beyond Toronto. Toronto has been charging municipal land transfer tax on top
provincial land transfer tax. The Ontario Real Estate Association was arguing against
the additional land transfer tax and as a result this and other consultations by the
Municipal Affairs Minister Ted McMeekin, he has decided not to extend the municipal
land transfer tax beyond Toronto.
February 8, 2012 - Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) and five other major real estate boards
including Toronto Real Estate Board have developed a new index to measure the trend in house prices
and inflation in the housing market. There are a number of indices under MLS® HPI indices.
This is similar to Consumer Price Index (CPI) that is a measure of consumer price inflation.
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