Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® report Mid Month Resale figures…

Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 2,169 transactions through the TorontoMLS system during the first 14 days of December
2012. This number of sales was down by 16 per cent in comparison to the same period
in December 2011.
“Stricter mortgage lending guidelines, including a reduced maximum amortization period
and a one million dollar purchase price ceiling for government-backed insured
mortgages, appear to have had the effect desired by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.
Some home buyers have put their home purchase decision on hold,” said Toronto Real
Estate Board (TREB) President Ann Hannah.
“In the City of Toronto, sales declines have been more pronounced as the effect of
stricter mortgage lending guidelines has been compounded by the City’s additional upfront
Land Transfer Tax,” added Hannah.
The average selling price in the first two weeks of December was $471,862,
representing a three per cent annual rate of price growth.
“Even with the dip in sales since the spring, tight market conditions in the low-rise
segment of the market have driven year-over-year average price growth,” said Jason
Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.
“While the average price for detached homes in the City of Toronto was down for the
first two weeks of December compared to last year, this dip was due to a different mix of
homes sold this year compared to last. There were fewer high-end detached homes
sold compared to last year,” continued Mercer.