TORONTO, ONTARIO, October 3, 2018 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura
announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 6,455 sales through TREB's MLS®
System in September 2018 – up 1.9 per cent compared to September 2017. The average selling
price for September 2018 sales was up by 2.9 per cent over the same period to $796,786. The
MLS® HPI composite benchmark price was up by two per cent year-over-year.
New listings entered into TREB's MLS® System in September 2018 amounted to 15,920 – down by
3.1 per cent compared to September 2017. With sales up year-over-year and new listings down,
market conditions became tighter. Many buyers may have found it more difficult to find a home
meeting their needs.
"It is healthy to see sales and prices in many areas across the Greater Toronto Area up a bit,
compared to last year's lows. At the same, however, it is important to remember that TREB's
market area is made up of over 500 communities. Market conditions have obviously unfolded
differently across these communities. This is why it's important to work with a REALTOR® who is
familiar with local market conditions in your areas of interest," said Mr. Bhaura.
"While higher borrowing costs and tougher mortgage qualification rules have kept sales levels off
the record pace set in 2016, many households remain positive about home ownership as a quality
long-term investment. As the GTA population continues to grow, the real challenge in the housing
market will be supply rather than demand. The Toronto Real Estate Board is especially concerned
with issues affecting housing supply as we move towards municipal elections across the region,"
added Mr. Bhaura.
On a monthly basis, after preliminary seasonal adjustment, sales edged up by 0.2 per cent in
September 2018 compared to August 2018. The average selling price, after preliminary seasonal
adjustment, edged lower by 0.5 per cent month-over-month.
"Generally speaking, annual rates of price growth have been stronger for higher density home
types in 2018, including condominium apartments, townhouses and semi-detached houses. In
many neighbourhoods, these home types provide more affordable home ownership options. This
is why a policy focus on increasing mid-density housing options throughout the GTA is important,"
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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