Thursday, June 05, 2008

June Report - Sales in May were moderate again and prices stable - sign of things to come?

June Report - Sales last month were moderate again and prices stable - sign of things to come?

TORONTO - Wednesday, June 4, 2008 -- TREB Members saw 9,411 sales of single family dwellings in May, TREB President Maureen O’Neill announced today. “While off last year’s pace, a 9,000 plus sales month is certainly indicative of a healthy market,” said the President.

Prices trended upward on a year-over-year basis, with the overall average going to $398,148, up four per cent over the May 2007 figure of $382,787.

The City of Toronto experienced a three per cent increase, to $434,271 over last May’s $422,163. The 905 suburbs averaged $374,629, up five per cent over the same time last year, when the corresponding figure was $355,341.

“Furthermore, inventory has increased 15 per cent to 27,267 listings over May of 2007. This is good news for potential homebuyers as it should keep year-over-year price increases to the low single digits.”

Sales GTA-wide declined 16 per cent from May of 2007, which saw 11,146 sales, a record month. However, this overall decline masked significant regional variations.

Within the City of Toronto, sales fell 19 per cent to 3,711 from last May’s figure of 4,578. Within the 905 suburbs, on the other hand, the decline was a less pronounced 13 per cent, to 5,700 sales from last May’s figure of 6,568.

Breaking down the total, 3,626 sales were reported in TREB’s 28 West districts and averaged $377,098; 1,606 sales were reported in the 14 Central districts and averaged $528,938; 1,938 sales were reported in the 23 North districts and averaged $430,240; and 2,241 sales were reported in TREB’s 21 East districts and averaged $310,724.

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