Resale Market Demand for Existing Homes Slows
Greater Toronto area (GTA) resale home purchase activity slowed considerably in 2009. During the first quarter of 2009, a total of 12,957 sales transactions were recorded through the Toronto Real Estate Board, down 27 per cent from the same period a year ago.
Despite reduced average selling prices, record low borrowing costs and continued income growth, households were hesitant in their home buying decisions. Increased choice in the market, along with a rising rate of unemployment and a less positive outlook for job and wage growth is leading to much less aggressive home buying activity.
The level of new listings, an indicator of resale market supply, edged lower by eight per cent in the first three months of 2009. More sellers have arguably realized that they could not get the anticipated values for their properties and were challenged by the larger number of competitors
on the market.
Despite a moderation in the pace of new home listings, the GTA resale market remained well supplied. New listings are coming off record-high levels in 2008 – a time when many homeowners capitalized on strong home equity gains accumulated over the previous years.
The relationship between demand and supply (measured by the sales to new listings ratio) dictates movements in price and measures the level of choice in the market. A Sales to New Listings Ratio (SNLR) below 40 per cent typically signifies a buyer’s market, where properties take longer to sell and the purchaser has the upper hand in terms of
negotiating terms and price.
In the first quarter of 2009, the SNLR moved down to 38 per cent while average resale prices in the GTA
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