Home sales continue to rise in GTA

New sales figures released from the Toronto Real Estate Board suggest condo and house sales in the GTA are continuing to rise.

Growth in sales was strong for most home types in the Greater Toronto Area.  Sales growth was led by the single-detached market segment followed by condominium apartments.  Together, singles and condos accounted for almost three-quarters of total GTA transactions.

With National Housing Day having just passed, housing affordability is top of mind in the GTA and indeed nationally.  Despite strong price growth and an uptick in borrowing costs this year, monthly mortgage payments on the average priced home remain affordable for a household earning the average GTA income.

The average selling price for November 2013 Toronto MLS transactions was $538,881 – up by 11.3 per cent in comparison to the average of $484,208 reported for November 2012.  The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by 5.7 per cent over the same period.