Toronto's Real Estate Team
Toronto Real Estate Market Analysis
For September 2017

 
So where will the market go from here?  You’ll see my report below on the state of the market for the month of September and there’s some expected and some surprising results to find out about.
 
One of the biggest ‘market disrupters’ may be coming at the end of October and taking effect for January 1st.  That’s the ‘stress test’ requirement for EVERY buyer, not just those with less than 20% down, to have to qualify for their mortgage based on the Bank of Canada 4.84% rate instead of the rate the bank is actually offering (i.e. 2.92% for a 5-year fixed mortgage).
 
The theory behind this, which does make sense for buyers with less than 20% down, is to ensure that, if interest rates rise by up to a full 2%, they’ll still be able to afford making the payments and avoid defaulting.  I’m not so sure it makes sense for those with over 20% down who have a big cushion of equity to protect them in the event rates rise.
 
The result of this is buyers with more than 20% down will also have their buying power cut by almost 20%.  High-ratio buyers are already subject to this stress test.  For example, to qualify for a $500,000 mortgage, a borrower would have to prove they could afford to pay an additional $545 per month in mortgage payment.
 
This new regulation might cause a flurry of sales this fall as buyers try and avoid these cutbacks in mortgage qualification but also might result in a market slowdown once they’re implemented.
 
Is it time for you to sell, or maybe buy your first home or an investment property?  Our Starbucks Strategy Session is designed as a way to get all your real estate questions answered over an espresso or latte and give you the information you’re looking for to decide on your best path forward.
 
If you currently own a condo in Toronto, you can get a quick market value update by going to DowntownTorontoCondoValues.com.  If you’re a Toronto / GTA house owner, send me a text or email with your property address and I’ll do the research for you right away.
 
Enjoy this month’s September Market Report and please keep us in mind when any of your friends are talking real estate in Toronto.
 
Thomas

Is the chaotic Toronto housing market in good shape? [VIDEO]

Sales were down 35% for September compared to last year with 6,379 houses and condominiums changing hands in all the districts.  Although it’s common for the market to rebound higher once the summer months were over, this did not happen… we had the lowest sales for September since 2012.
 
Condo townhouse and high-rise suites took a bigger 36.4% share of the market with 2,325 units being sold.
 
The September average sale price for all GTA homes came in at $775,546 – a mere 2.6% higher than last year.
 
If you consider the year-to-date average compared to last year however, the market is still up 15% which shows that not all those gains in price during the insane spring have been lost.
 
The active listing inventory is one of the strongest indicators of how smooth or outrageous the market has been.  The inventory average for the month of September compared to historical numbers was just about even but up a big 69% from last year at this time.
 
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 September that ratio finished at 33.5% - compared to 87% last year and down from March’s 154%.  We’re now just in a ‘barely above neutral’ slight seller market territory so owners with their homes on the market may need to adjust their expectations if they want their home sold.
 
The days-on-market average for Toronto homes was 24 days, 1 day faster than August.

Watch the video to get the complete September 2017 Market Report details.



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October 2017...

Report On Downtown Toronto Condo Prices

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From Our Buyer University Series...

Should You Buy A Parking Space?

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For Those Of You Who Like Trivia...

Every month we post our latest World’s Most Interesting Postcard in our Team newsletter.  You might be amazed at what you’ll learn from these interesting tidbits!!

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The Harbourfront Community In Toronto

The Harbourfront is a waterfront neighbourhood at the heart of downtown Toronto. Not only do condos here boast incredible views, the area is home to a flurry of festival activity both in the summer and winter months. 
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Keep Your Ears Open For Real Estate Conversations...

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Please keep us in mind throughout this fall and into 2018 whenever you hear friends talk about real estate at any time... we're always here to advise, consult and help.

Thomas


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Toronto's Real Estate Team
Thomas Cook @ RE/MAX

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Real Estate Sales Representative @ RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd Brokerage

785 Queen Street East in Leslieville

Thomas@LivingInToronto.com  

Direct => 647-962-1650

Author || Ultimate Home Buyer’s Guide
Author || Home Buyer's Financing Guide
Author || Insider Tips For Getting The Best Price
Author || Get Free Money From The Federal Government

Experience || Thousands of homes sold since 1980

Professional Designations || ABR, SRES

Awards || RE/MAX'S 2ND highest award - Circle Of Legends

Charity Support || Over $115,000 contributed to the Toronto Sick Kids Hospital