Greater Toronto Realtors reported 4,718 transactions through the Toronto MLS system in December 2011. The December result capped off the second-best year on record under the current Toronto Real Estate Board boundaries. Total sales for 2011 amounted to 89,347 - up 4% in comparison to 2010.
"Low borrowing costs kept buyers confident in their ability to comfortably cover their mortgage payments along with other major housing costs," said TREB President Richard Silver. "If buyers had not been constrained by a shortage of listings over the past 12 months, we would have been flirting with a new sales record in the Greater Toronto area," added Silver.
The average selling price in December was $451,436 - up 4% compared to December 2010. For all of 2011 the average selling price was $465,276, an increase of 8% in comparison to the average $431,276 in 2010.
"TREB's baseline forecast for 2012 is for an average price of $485,000, representing a more moderate 4% annual rate of price growth. This baseline view is subject to a heightened degree of risk given the uncertain global economic outlook," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.