With 6,424 homes changing hands last month, activity in the GTA declined six per cent compared to the 6,866 sales that took place in September 2007 and declined three per cent compared to the 6,622 transactions that were recorded two years ago.
In the City of Toronto sales were less robust. The 2,546 transactions recorded last month declined 11 per cent from the 2,854 sales in September 2007 and declined five per cent from the 2,680 sales recorded in September 2006. Sales increased six per cent between September 2006 and September 2007.
"We remain concerned about the Land Transfer Tax in the City of Toronto," said Ms. O'Neill.
In the 905 Region, the 3,878 sales recorded last month were within three per cent of September 2007's 4,012 transactions, and within two per cent of September 2006's 3,942 sales. Sales in this region increased two per cent between September 2006 and September 2007.
From a year-to-date perspective, the GTA resale housing market has declined 14 per cent from the 73,827 transactions recorded a year ago. To date, there have been 63,595 sales through the TorontoMLS system this year. In the City of Toronto year-to-date sales have declined 16 per cent from last year's figure of 30,059 to 25,257 transactions this year. In the 905 Region year-todate sales have declined 12 per cent. So far this year there have been 38,338 sales in the 905
Region compared to 43,768 last year. Prices throughout the GTA however, have remained fairly stable. At $368,549, the average price of a GTA home in September has declined three per cent from $380,132 recorded a year ago.
In the City of Toronto, the current average price of $393,647 declined six per cent from the September 2007 average of $420,182. Compared to the September 2006 average of $371,682 though, prices in Toronto for September 2008 have increased six per cent.
In the 905 Region, the average price of $352,071, increased marginally from the $351,641 recorded in September 2007, and was up five per cent from 2006 September average of $333,818.
"Although the market is not as robust as it was a year ago, homeowners are continuing to see strong returns on their investment," said Ms. O'Neill. "On average, Sellers are achieving 97 per cent of their asking price.
With the average number of days on market increasing to 36 days from to 31 days a year ago, it is taking slightly longer for homeowners to achieve a sale.
"Even with respect to sales activity, each month we continue to see a handful of neighbourhoods reporting increases compared to a year ago."
In Scarborough East (E08) transactions increased 22 per cent compared to September 2007 based on strong sales of all housing types.
Streetsville (W19) saw an 11 per cent sales increase due primarily to strong detached home sales.
In Newmarket (N07) transactions increased 11 per cent compared to a year ago, driven mainly by strong condominium townhouse sales.
"Given that these are trying times for the world economy, in context, the Greater Toronto Area resale housing market continues to fare quite well," said Ms. O'Neill. "From a long-term perspective, buying a home remains a sound financial decision."
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