Hot Fall Market Continues

Condominium apartments once again led the way in October, with prices at yet another all-time high, up 10% over last October and 4% higher than last month.   Prices for freehold properties were flat versus last month, but still well above last year – the breakout that started last month seems to be holding. Freehold… Read More

IMF Says More Supply Is The Key To Improved Housing Affordability

In a recent blog post, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) took aim at Canada’s housing affordability crisis and suggested that the solution lies in building more houses. Actually, this is pretty obvious when you think about it. If we focus on making it easier for buyers to afford to purchase a home (e.g., the government’s… Read More

Toronto Real Estate Second Highest Bubble Risk Globally – UBS

Each year, UBS, a large global firm offering wealth management, asset management and investment bank services, publishes a report called the “UBS Global Real Estate Bubble Index”. UBS says that: “Price bubbles are a recurring phenomenon in property markets. The term “bubble” refers to a substantial and sustained mispricing of an asset, the existence of… Read More

Toronto Prices Surge Upward in September

Prices in the Toronto area were almost 6% higher in September than in August, and slightly higher than the peak reached in the spring. This was nothing new for condominium prices, which have been hitting new all-time highs with great regularity over the past two years, and printed yet another one last month. What was… Read More

Toronto Market Getting Steadily Stronger

Prices for all property types continued the typical summer pattern in August, with prices for both freehold homes and condominiums lower than in July. Compared with last year, there are some definite positive signs: Prices were higher than last August for both freehold and condo properties. In fact, for the first time this year, prices… Read More

GTA Market for Rental Properties Growing Stronger

A recent report conducted by Ryerson University’s Centre for Urban Research and Land Development found that Toronto is the fastest-growing city in Canada and the U.S. by a huge margin. Immigrants are being attracted in droves by employment opportunities – for example, in the first half of 2019 alone, 81,600 new jobs were added and, on a… Read More

GTA Summer Market Showing Signs Of Strength

Toronto area prices were lower in July than in June for all property types, which is completely normal for the summer months. Sales in July were 3% lower than in June, while the total number active listing was 9% lower, and so the inventory of homes for sale dropped to just above 2 months’ supply,… Read More

Summer Slowdown Has Begun In Toronto

Following the normal seasonal trend, prices and sales in June were lower than in May, beginning the slowdown that typically begins in mid June and continues until late August. Because of our short summer season, many buyers and sellers decide to take a break until after labour day, and the market therefore tends to ‘thin… Read More

Toronto Market Continues To Build Momentum In May

Toronto area prices rose again in May, for the fourth month in a row, and were also higher than last May. Freehold prices in particular were significantly higher than the previous month, and have now pulled even with last year after being lower for the first four month of the year. Condominium apartment prices also… Read More

Home Sellers: The Curse Of The First Offer

Sometimes when everything goes right we have trouble accepting that fact. Perhaps nowhere is this phenomenon more clearly illustrated than in the case where a seller receives a good offer right away. The annals of real estate are well stocked with stories of sellers who refused to take a good, but not perfect, first offer,… Read More