Catherine To

Broker

Outstanding Achievement 2018,

President's Award 2016-2017

C: 647-700-0043

E: catherineto@live.com

 

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Market Watch Reports

March 5, 2019 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Gurcharan (Garry) Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,025 homes sold through TREB's MLS® System in February 2019. This sales total was down by -2.4% on a year-over-year basis. Sales were also down compared to January 2019 following preliminary seasonal adjustment.

"The OSFI mandated mortgage stress test has left some buyers on the sidelines who have struggled to qualify for the type of home they want to buy. The stress test should be reviewed and consideration should be given to bringing back 30 year amortizations for federally insured mortgages. There is a federal budget and election on the horizon. It will be interesting to see what policy measures are announced to help with home ownership affordability," said Mr. Bhaura.

Despite sales being down year-over-year, new listings actually declined by a greater annual rate. This suggests that market conditions became tighter compared to last year. Tighter market conditions continued to support year-over-year average price growth.

Both the MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark and the average selling price were up modestly on a year-over-year basis in February 2019. The MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark was up by +2.4% year-over-year. The average selling price for all home types combined was up by 1.6 per cent over the same period. Price growth was driven by the condominium apartment segment and higher density low-rise home types. On a preliminary seasonally adjusted basis the average selling price was down compared to January 2019.

"Home sales reported through TREB's MLS® System have a substantial impact on the Canadian economy. A study conducted by Altus for TREB found that, on average, each home sale reported through TREB resulted in $68,000 in spin-off expenditures accruing to the economy. With sales substantially lower than the 2016 record peak over the last two years, we have experienced a hit to the economy in the billions of dollars, in the GTA alone. This hit has also translated into lower government revenues and, if sustained, could impact the employment picture as well," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director of Market Analysis and Service Channels.

 

Identify Grow-operation 

As a realtor, it is our fiduciary duty to protect the interests of my clients. One of which that I often do is to find out the possible grow-op history of the house that my clients are interested to purchase. This is by far one of the biggest concerns that most home buyers have. I want to share the below links with you to help you to identify a grow-op and the locations of those published grow-op online. If you like the info., please share with your friends and families.

 

 

1. RCMP Grow-op Tips

2. Scarborought Grow-op

3. 12 Signs That Your Home Was a Grow-op

Identify Stigmatized Properties 

As a realtor, we may refuse to answer this question because it is difficult to fulfill the answers for different buyers. But we must be fair, honest and maintain our intergrity if we choose to answer the concern from buyers. Click here to find out how we can help to address your concerns.