Wednesday, September 06, 2006

TREB (Toronto Real Estate Board) reports August 2006 was a Strong Stable Month

August Shows Strong, Stable Results

TORONTO - Wednesday, September 6, 2006 -- TREB President Dorothy Mason announced today that the Toronto resale homeowners continued its run of healthy showings in August, with 6,976 homes changing hands through the TorontoMLS system.

"Last month was the second best August ever recorded, off moderately from the record 7,498 figure achieved in 2005. In addition, the year as a whole has seen 59,488 single-family dwelling sales, up marginally from 2005's January to August performance. As people return from their summer holidays, we are looking forward to an even more active autumn market."

Prices remain stable in August, with the Average coming in at $338,192, less than one per cent lower than the July figure of $342,034. This figure is up five per cent over the $323,255 recorded during August of 2005.

Breaking down the total, 2,627 sales were reported in TREB's 28 West districts and averaged $321,415; 1,181 sales were reported in the 14 Central districts and averaged $401,244; 1,493 sales were reported in the 23 North districts and averaged $388,674; and 1,675 sales were reported in TREB's 21 East districts and averaged $275,050.

Toronto's housing market remains steady

TORONTO, September 6, 2006 -- The August performance ever with 6,976 transactions recorded during the month, Toronto Real Estate Board President Dorothy Mason announced today.

The total number of transactions was within seven per cent of the all time record of 7,498 sales set last August. Year-to-date figures show 2006 to be marginally ahead of the record pace for annual sales also set in 2005.

Positive results like these show that the market is in good shape, Mrs. Mason said. Relative to other segments of the economy real estate is very locally driven, and the Toronto Area market has long been supported by strong economic fundamentals.

Consistent activity and steady price gains over an extended period of time have shown that housing demand in the GTA is based on real need, TREB's President added. Slight moderations in sales to more normalized levels help to keep the market from overheating, Ted Tsiakopoulos, Ontario regional economist for CMHC, noted that the good overall health of the market produces a variety of benefits.

While home sales across the GTA have been healthy, listings have also been rising, said Ted Tsiakopoulos, CMHC`s Ontario regional economist. A steady increase in new home listings is a good news story for Toronto's residential real estate market. Rising new listings provide more choice for buyers and ensures discipline among those pricing their homes for sale, added Mr. Tsiakopoulos.

Some of the most active neighbourhoods during the month were located outside the city core. In the East, the Scarborough Town Centre / Woburn area E09 showed a 27 per cent overall increase in transactions compared to last August, led by a jump in condominium sales. West of Toronto, Milton W22 showed an overall increase of 72 per cent compared to August 2005, led by strong sales of detached and semidetached homes.

It's a great time to be in this market whether starting out or making a switch, Mrs. Mason said. There is a lot of choice out there as we gear up for the busy autumn market.

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