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Greater Toronto Housing Market Tightens Amid Surge in Home Sales: Board Report

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In January, Greater Toronto witnessed a remarkable surge in home sales, jumping 37% compared to the previous year. This surge, totaling 4,223 transactions, also marked a substantial 22.9% increase from December, according to recent data from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board. Despite a 6.1% rise in new listings, demand outpaced supply, tightening the market dynamics.

Across housing categories, sales soared, with townhouses leading at 54.5%, followed by semi-detached homes at 42.9%, and condominiums at 41%. Even detached home sales experienced a significant uptick of 27%. However, the average home price dipped slightly by one percent year-over-year to $1,026,703, and by 5.4% from December.

Market experts foresee a promising outlook, anticipating further rate cuts from the Bank of Canada, likely in the latter half of 2024. Lower rates are expected to invigorate buyer confidence, particularly among first-time buyers who are currently contending with steep rental costs. Jessica Hammell, a prominent broker specializing in Toronto properties, underscores the urgency for prospective buyers to act decisively amidst escalating demand.

Hammell advises against a wait-and-see approach, urging potential buyers to evaluate their circumstances, secure pre-approvals, and make informed decisions. Despite the Bank of Canada's cautious stance on rate cuts to prevent overheating the housing market, Hammell notes that many buyers are seizing the opportunity presented by the prospect of lower rates.

Buyers, increasingly savvy, recognize the correlation between declining rates and rising prices. As borrowing conditions improve, they are inclined to capitalize on the current market dynamics rather than delay their purchasing decisions. This proactive approach reflects a nuanced understanding of market dynamics, positioning buyers to navigate the evolving real estate landscape with confidence.


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