Listing inventory up 250% while average sale price drops 12.4%

By: Thomas Cook

Listing inventory up 250% while average sale price drops 12.4%

Sales were down 35% for February compared to last year with 5,175 houses and condominiums changing hands in all the districts.  This was the lowest number of sales for the month since February 2009.
Condo townhouse and high-rise suites took a highest-ever for February 38.6% share of the market with 1,995 units being sold.
The February average sale price for all GTA homes came in at $767,818 – this was a 12.4% decline from one year ago.  Considering that February 2017 was an over-the-top crazy market, if instead you compare 2018 with 2016 (with an average of $685,738), this year was still up 12% in that 2-year period.
The active listing inventory is one of the strongest indicators of how slow or fast the market has been moving.  The inventory average for the month of February compared to historical numbers was up 4.4% but increased by a big 147% from last year at this time.
However, this is occurring selectively with the ‘central core’ Toronto neighbourhoods still doing very well while the outer regions (Peel, York & Durham) may not be seeing the same level of activity.
The sales-to-listings OR percent-chance-of-selling ratio is how we determine what type of market we’re actually in.  24-28% is a neutral market, below 24% is a buyer’s market and above 28% is a seller’s market. 
In February that ratio finished at 38.7% compared to an insane 147% last year.  The GTA is now into a very ‘lite’ seller market territory so sellers may need to adjust their expectations if they want to make a move.
The days-on-market average for Toronto homes was 25 days, 7 days faster than January.

Here’s a summary of the significant real estate milestones for February 2018… with significant changes due to the new mortgage stress test requirements and perhaps even the modest increase in mortgage rates.

Watch the video to get the complete February 2018 Market Report details.

Here's the complete text version of the February 2018 Toronto Real Estate Market Report to read.

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