May 2018 Market Update

Here’s a summary of the significant real estate milestones for Toronto in May 2018 … influenced in a big way due to the new mortgage stress test requirements, the modest increase in mortgage rates and lower sales of higher-priced luxury homes across the GTA.

  • Lowest May sales since 2002 (7,834)
  • The ratio of sales-to-listings dropped to 37.4% in May – Now in a moderate seller market territory
  • The average sale price came in at $805,320– which was a negative 6.6% compared to May 2017 – Remember last year the new Ontario government rules came into effect on April 20th which really influenced the May market last year
  • Note that this average was still 8.9% higher than 2 years ago in May 2016
  • Overall sales in the month were down 22% from one year ago
  • The GTA real estate market overall averaged the days-on-market at 20 – a more normal level for this time of year
  • Detached home sales in May 2018 with a purchase price over $2,000,000 were down 51% from last year
  • Again, it’s becoming clear that first-time buyer aspirations are now shifting to a condominium lifestyle – CONDO sales took a ‘highest ever’ for May 38.2% of the total market
  • Downtown condo active listing numbers were lower in C01 (by 17%) and up in C08 (by 6%) from last year at this time
  • The downtown condo days-on-market average was 12-16 days – significantly faster than the overall market
  • The ratio of sales-to-listings for condos downtown ranged between 78% in C01 to 71% in C08 indicating an extremely strong seller’s market… double the GTA overall.
  • The average sale price for downtown condominium suites is up by roughly $75,000 from May 2017
  • Building on this higher demand due to better affordability, condo appreciation in the two main downtown markets averaged 10-13% year-over-year
  • Markets in York Region and other 905 neighbourhoods have suffered the most from the market slowdown – York Region is now showing that they’re in ‘buyer market’ territory
  • As inventory increases through the spring, buyers should watch for more opportunities to get the condo or house of their dreams.

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