GTA Resale Housing Remains Steady Throughout Summer Months
September 4, 2008 -- The Greater Toronto resale housing market closed out the last full month of summer at a steady pace, Toronto Real Estate Board President Maureen O'Neill reported today.
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) average price increased one per cent, to $364,886 when compared to last August's figure of $361,890. Compared to the $338,192 figure recorded two years ago though, the average GTA has increased eight per cent.
In the City of Toronto the average price declined one per cent to $377,990 from last August's $381,681. Compared to the August 2006 figure of $344,419 however, the average price in the City of Toronto has increased 10 per cent.
In the 905 Region the average price increased two per cent to $356,657 from last August's $348,563. Compared to the August 2006 figure of $334,245 the average price in the 905 Region has increased seven per cent.
"These healthy figures substantiate that when undertaken as a long term investment, buying a home is one of the smartest financial moves you can make," said Ms. O'Neill.
With 6,318 transactions recorded last month, sales in the GTA declined 22 per cent compared to the record August 2007 figure of 8,059. Volumes were off just nine per cent however, from the 6,976 sales recorded in August 2006.
In the City of Toronto, there were 2,437 sales in August, a 25 per cent decline from the 3,243 transactions recorded a year ago.
Compared to the 2,706 sales recorded in August 2006 though, this represents a 10 per cent decline. Sales increased 20 per cent between August 2006 and August 2007.
Source: TREB - Market Watch