09 Aug The Toronto Housing Market 2019 2020
Toronto Housing Market Forecast/Predictions 2019 to 2020
Toronto’s August resale housing report shows home sales rose by a brisk 2% from July’s sales and 4.7% over last August. Average sales prices the GTA fell slightly by .2%. YoY, detached home prices have plummeted 27.8% in the 416 area code and 30.5% in the rest of the GTA.
The Toronto housing market is actually similar to Vancouver’s and the Vancouver housing market prediction is not rosy.
New Listings Drop: There were 12,166 new listings in August compared to July’s 13,868, a drop of 1702 listings. In August of 2017, there were 11,523 new listings.
TREB’s Director of Market Analysis Jason Mercer, said constrained housing availability is the key factor in the market. TREB has launched a new website to help educate voters on how municipal governments constrain sales and prices with their approval delays, inflexible and outdated zoning rules, and market distorting taxes like Toronto’s Land Transfer Tax.
Detached home sales were the key stat in August, with sales rising 17% and average prices in Toronto now at $1,244,275. Sales outside Toronto fell by about 4% YoY.
It’s my opinion that homeowners aren’t selling because they would have little selection to buy their new home, and they might have to commute further to work. Homeowners and seniors are reported to be staying put. There are lots of reasons why homeowners won’t sell.
Month to Month Statistics
- home sales rose 527 to 68,039 compared to last August
- average home price fell to $807,128 from $808,650
Yesterday’s sad news regarding job losses in Ontario may depress home and condo sales in the fall. Toronto’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 6.2%. The Bank of Canada slipped out a message that they may allow interest rates to rise faster which could weigh down sales this fall.
New Housing Starts Toronto
According to TD bank, new housing starts in Toronto in July dropped notably, down 16k to 40k units. In Ontario, urban new construction pulled back 35,000 to 66,000 units. Most new construction was condos. Estimates are that starts across Canada will drop to 200k, from about current 219,000. This looks to be a rosy estimate.
With new construction stopped, mortgage stress test, Ontario job losses, and Canadian economic uncertainty, demand for homes in the GTA should fall. However, in many parts of the city of Toronto, prices may not fall much.
This graphic courtesy of Teranet house price index shows Toronto home prices have just about recovered from last year’s collapse, a significant psychological event.
Jason Mercer, TREB’s Director of Market Analysis believes many prospective buyers in the GTA who were sitting on the sidelines have re-entered the market.
See the full housing stats in this detailed report of the true picture of the Toronto real estate market. Please bookmark this page for the coming end of July update.
Predictions: Housing Market Crash?
Vancouver’s housing market is in free fall right now, what might be called a slow crash. It does make sense that Toronto’s market would soon begin the same fate given the factors that control sales.
Given how strong demand in the GTA is, a Toronto housing crash is little outlandish. Despite issues related to the Federal government, the enormous unfulfilled demand for housing (i.e. affordable housing) will ensure prices can’t drop. While price growth has been mostly evident in the city of Toronto, other regions still have a long way to recover from 2017. The economic uncertainties of Ontario and Canada aren’t dampening buyer spirits.
The much prophesized US housing crash and China housing crash haven’t happened either so maybe this spirit of optimism in Toronto will conquer all of the tariff strife? (Okay, Trump does love Tariffs).
With NAFTA cancellations, US tariffs and retaliation by Canada, high consumer debt, oil flow blockages in BC, rising interest and mortgage rates, and tough lending rules it’s hard to predict price growth in the GTA.
Should you consider selling your home? Absolutely. Is this the best time to buy a house or condo? Hard to say. It’s surprising how resilient the economy is given the threat of trade issues. If you’ve saved you money and can hang onto your job, 2019 might be the year you finally buy a home.
A potential Toronto housing crash is something the IMF is concerned with too.
NAFTA Will Be Cancelled
Experts, consumers and home buyers seem to believe Canada and the US will work out a direct trade deal after NAFTA is cancelled. However, President Trump has stated his intention to revive the US auto industry and that’s why NAFTA must die. He complained about how our dairy industry is unfair too. Is our faith in a fair deal justified?
With the Ontario economy highly dependent on the strength of auto manufacturing and a stagnant housing market (governments need the taxes) there’s some valid worry about 2019. Affordability is a big issue, but so is a housing crash due to job loss and consumer bankruptcy.
Should you Call a Realtor and Sell Your Home? It’s a good time if you have a plan and somewhere to go. Try this to sell your house fast and for more.
Housing is Critical to the Ontario Economy
If Ontario’s economy should falter, a shaky GTA housing market could send it plummeting.
The Canadian government hasn’t come up with a plan to stop investment money fleeing to “low tax” United States. The US economy and the US stock market and USD have all soared with Trump’s strategy. With the border blocked, there will be no reason to invest in Canada. Trudeau has refused to look at tax reductions. That has severe implications for the financial markets here.
If not for the Toronto Condo market, the Toronto housing market would be very stressed?
Toronto Home Prices
|Average Price – Detached Homes in GTA TREB – July 2018|
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August running stats courtesy of TREB Market Watch Report
A Look at Detached House Prices in Toronto’s MLS Districts
|City of Toronto House Prices — MLS City Districts Home Price Comparison|
|TREB District City of Toronto||Avg Price August 2018||Avg Price July 2018||Avg Price November 2017||Avg Price October 2017||Avg Price Sept 2017||Average Price April 2016||Price Change Since March 2017|
Toronto Home Prices History
You’ve seen the same discouraging Toronto housing stats for many months now. Nothing new. York Region and Mississauga have been hit hard while the condo market is selling its last available units.
City of Toronto’s Insatiable Appetite for Money
Recent reports have it that the City of Toronto could face a $1.4 billion deficit, due to the loss of the lucrative land transfer taxes. Toronto’s starry eyed spending may have to be reeled in thus adding to a cascading recession threat.
TREB has reiterated its belief that it’s the responsibility of government to foster a healthy housing market. Thus far, neither the Toronto or Ontario administration have solved the affordability or economic issues.
Is this the best time to buy a house in Toronto? The answer to that may be yes. Prices keep rising despite governments attempt to throttle it. On June 7th, Ontarians will get their chance to speak.
Selling your home in 2018? Should you sell your home and upgrade to a roomier one? Or perhaps you’ll be downsizing to a condo? Condo sales boomed in 2017 and you’ll be competing hard for anything under $600k. Your Realtor will likely have to work a sophisticated marketing strategy to help you get your house sold and get you moved into a better one.
Is it a good time to buy a condo apartment in Toronto? Which are the best neighborhoods to buy one? Check the Toronto condo market page for insight.
If you’re looking solely for home prices, then see the detailed running home price stats for each town and district. This post has a collection of videos, opinion, stats, charts, of historic sales/prices and current stats to help you with the decision of whether to buy or sell.
The most meaningful Toronto housing market prediction: After a short depressed period this spring, there will be a fast growing increase lead by optimism with the new incoming Ontario government in July. The prediction is that the optimism of the new government will keep buyers and sellers optimistic until July.
With immigration high (300k new Canadians each year), migrants from other parts of Canada increasing, birth rates up, and Ontarian’s expectations optimistic, 2018, 2019 and 2020 will see strong demand for most properties. As you can see in the Toronto market stats below, some towns and districts in the GTA have seen very strong price growth.
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Teranet Home Prices
Condo Prices Rose 23%
And the danger in the condo market might be the depressing effect of rental controls on new condo builds. As supply dwindles, prices and rents will rise which is positive for condo investors. The average rental price for a 3 bedroom condo in Toronto is now $3461 per month. See more on the ManageCasa Toronto condo/apartment market report.
1 Million New Immigrants Will Affect Toronto’s Housing Market Demand
Demand is never ending, in fact PM Justin Trudeau just announced a program to being in 1 million new immigrants over the next 3 years along with a new national housing program to help with the housing availability crisis which will heat up demand and prices for Toronto apartment rentals.
So while the Ontario and Federal governments play a dangerous game of economic Russian roulette and await their political fate, homebuyers may be finding their homownership dream more distant than ever. It’s certainly not a good time for the homeless in Toronto.
Will it be crash and burn in Toronto this year? Even the slightest economic slide in Canada could send nasty shockwaves through the housing market. Crashes normally happen after the euphoria period. Despite the government’s negativity toward home development and supply, the market should be good for 2018.
You can view the prices for each city and MLS district below.
TD Bank senior economist Michael Dolega is quoted last month as saying the market looks good “after some near-term weakness, likely to last into mid-2018, activity should begin to rebound thereafter given the fundamentally supported demand related to strong job growth and strengthening wage dynamics.”
The upcoming mortgage changes in January means buyers are putting rush orders in now. Condos below $500k are selling well and will continue to do in 2018. The key for Realtors is helping buyers find an affordable condo, or a house with rental income potential.
Rental Income Investment Property
Some smart buyers are looking at financing solutions that give them a shot at rental income. Real estate investors in Toronto, Vancouver and even Calgary are focused on rental income investment properties. Find out more about the Toronto rental market.
What is the most notable change? It would have to be Toronto condos. Sales dropped by 15% yet condo prices rose by 23% across the GTA. When the selection of lower priced condos are gone, we’ll see a renewed surge in prices as buyers hunt the luxury market to see what they can get.
Rental prices are skyrocketing as rental apartments dry up because of the rental price controls. Rents were up 12% more in the 3rd quarter. How much further will Toronto condos climb in price and how long will voters, many of whom are home buying millennials with nowhere to go?
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Buyers and sellers are wondering if the Toronto housing picture will mirror the Vancouver real estate forecast where Vancouver condos are king. Vancouver seems to have held its own which means the Toronto market might be safe too. Let’s not kid ourselves. A crash or a housing slide in Toronto remains a possibility (government).
Consider this your most up to date report on the Toronto Real Estate Market – lots of food for thought below. Enjoy the monthly price charts below which may help you decide whether it’s time to sell your house. Also see the Mississauga real estate forecast if you’re out in Mississauga, Milton, Oakville or Brampton.
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New Fed mortgage rules and a higher mortgage rate means buyers will need more money down and be forced to pay higher mortgage payments. The OECD and the World Bank are constantly nattering about Canada’s housing issues. What are they seeing that we don’t?
Most experts are calling for flat prices right through 2018, however there is still a lot of unsold new home inventory and governments are clear in their intent to suppress the housing market. Those considering putting up their houses for sale might be acting much sooner.
When Will You Put up your House for Sale?
Before it was all about finding a house for sale, and now there’s lots of houses for sale. It’s almost certain you’re going to get a much lower price for your GTA house in the next 4 months. As mentioned, the PCs will reconsider how the Liberal’s botched the housing crisis and how they might fix it.
That will change the market psychology. As soon as you and other buyers have somehwere to go, you’ll be putting your home up for sale. If you get prepared this winter and spring, you might hit it right before your neighbors sell theirs.
The Toronto situation seems to mirror the US housing forecast only with troublesome government meddling in TO. Experts suggest it is government action that causes the markets to suddenly slide out of control.
Toronto Housing Market Predictions from the Experts
Let’s start off with the Swiss Banks review.
Is BNN’s “end of the housing boom” story valid? Does real estate drive employment in Canada?
CMHC keeps the red flag hoisted on real estate
Trump and squashed Canadian exports represent a big worry.
New MLS stats from TREB show sales in August dropped 34.8% year over year and the number of new listings on TREB’s MLS® System, at 11,523 which is 6.7 % lower than last year at his time. This is the fewest listings since 2010. Prices did decline yet are still higher than August of 2016, and did not decrease evenly in all TREB districts.
While some areas such as the 905 have seen big drops, (houses are sitting and have to be rented now) areas in Toronto have maintained prices. These neighbourhoods offer a more reliable bet for sustainable property investment value. Many property investors have discovered the hard way, what the word sustainable means in bottom line dollar terms. Because of demand, two hot areas right now are rental property investment and student housing investment.
Adding to the story this month is a higher loonie, higher mortgage rates, foreign buyer withdrawal, new tax on vacant homes, and homebuyers losing interest. And in response, homeowners make a desperate attempt to sell at lower home prices.
Condos were the Hot Story in Summer 2017
- condo average price up over half a million dollars
- condo prices have risen 28% from second quarter of 2016
- average condo price in Toronto rose to $566,000
- condo sales volume dropped 8%
- number of new listings grew only 1%
- condos in C09 district rose to an average selling price of $1.345 million
- Condos in C08 and C01 have the highest volume of unit sales and an average price of $603,000 and $627,000 respectively — high volume translates to more availability and lower prices
The Best Toronto Neighbouhoods are Sound for Investment
TREB stats show specific districts or neighbourhoods in Toronto have not seen a price decline and these ones below have seen price increases:
w10 – Rexdale Kipling, West Humber Claireville, Kingsview Village, Vaughan Grove
w09 – Willowridge Martingrove Richview, Humber Heights
w02 – High Park North, Junction Area, Kingsway South
c02 – Annex, University, Yonge St Clair
c04 – Bedford Park, Nortown, Lawrence Park North, Forest Hill North, Lawrence Park South
c12 – Lawrence Park North, St. Andrew Windfields
c13 – Banbury Don Mills, Parkwoods Donalda, Victoria Village
c15 – Bayview Village, Hillcrest Village, Bayview Woods Steeles, Pleasant View
e01 – South Riverdale, North Riverdale, Danforth, Woodbine Corridor
e06 – Oakride, Clarilea Birchmount, Birchcliffe, Cliffside
Many of these Toronto neighbourhoods are in such strategic locations for employment, that given the housing shortage, urban intensification, poor transit and roadways, that the condos and homes in them will never see a significant price drop. The events of the last 3 months with the Liberal’s fair housing act was an acid test. These Toronto neighbourhoods look to be the best neighbourhoods for safe real estate investment.
US investors should continue to follow the Toronto real estate market as the low Canadian dollar continues to create better real estate investment value.
The Toronto Condo market in July on the other hand is active likely due to affordability. Condos are selling well at 2% to 6% over asking price and comprised 91% of all sales. New apartment and stacked townhouse sales grew 89% year over year, compared to a 72% drop in house sales.
I suspect 2018 will bring moderation given the rhetoric around the NAFTA deal, tighter lending rules, higher loonie, and very high home prices.
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A Look Back at 6 Months ago: TREB June 2017 Real Estate Report
Highlights from the June TREB market report at the end of the bubble:
- Sales dropped 37% year over year, on top of May’s whopping 50% dive
- residential listings were up 16%
- Prices rose 6.3%
- The MLS® HPI composite benchmark price up by 25.3% on a year-over-year basis in June
- Home prices are down 1.1% month to month
- apartment prices rose 1% month to month (higher rents)
What’s Compelling about the Toronto Housing Market?
Toronto is a high value housing market similar to New York City or the Bay Area of California, and TO is a city destined to be a super city. It’s unlikely that a property purchase in Toronto will be a disappointment over the long run. If you see the Toronto home price charts, you’ll notice that prices have climbed in the last 18 months. So buyers have not lost their equity.
And detached house prices will rise much further due to a severe housing shortage, improving economy, and rising population.
Despite the Ontario government’s new foreign buyers tax threat, demand for housing won’t fall. As the loonie falls in value, Toronto home prices turn out to be reasonable internationally, and may be a worthy investment for rising wealthy Americans. Canadian real estate is still a good alternative to US Real Estate in 2018.
While many buyers would like to live in Central Toronto, Oakville and Milton the prices in these cities is prohibitive. Instead, buyers are looking north to Vaughan, Newmarket, Aurora, Bradford, Barrie, Innisfil, and East Gwillimbury.
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Will 2017 Sales in Toronto be a New Record?
TREB forecasted another strong year for home sales via the MLS®. Their outlook for the Toronto region was 100,000+ home sales for the third consecutive year. Between 104,500 and 115,500 home sales are expected in 2017, with a point forecast of 110,000. TREB’s districts include Mississauga, Oakville, Vaughan, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham Bradford, Scarborough, Brampton, Oshawa and Milton.
But what drives the Toronto housing market? Will it succumb to the same fate as Vancouver or worse? If you’re a buyer, you’re wondering which neighbourhoods and towns to focus on and whether this market will tank. If you’re a seller, you’re wondering if you’re going to miss the biggest payday of your life by not selling. If you’re close to retirement, you may want to carefully review your choice not to sell. 2017 is a grand time for you to sell and move onto a better life.
The 15 Key Factors Driving Toronto Housing Market:
- severe shortage of housing stock in the GTA region
- rising demand from buyers who have been renting
- restrictions on development land for housing
- Trump and NAFTA free trade deal and implications for Toronto’s automakers
- will the low dollar continue?
- will oil prices stay at current levels?
- rising numbers of millennials hunting for an affordable home or condo
- bank of mom and dad continues funding kid’s home dream
- rising interest/mortgage rates
- Toronto and Ontario land transfer taxes inhibiting purchasing
- rates of employment and income
- business investment in Ontario continues falling – NAFTA cancelled and Canada suddenly alone
- consumer debt loads and credit ratings
- further federal restrictions on first time buyers/downpayments
- commuting distances and new construction in York region and Vaughan
- looming Canadian recession
A look Back at Toronto Home Prices for June 2017
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The Toronto real estate market is in a precarious state. Help your friends and contacts who may be wondering if now is the right time to sell, before the housing crash. You can get your price in 2018.
And from this telling graphic above, the shocking rise and fall of detached home prices tells us something is wrong with the Toronto real estate market. Could a Toronto housing crash occur? The renegotiation of the NAFTA deal may be the factor that starts the slide. President Trump’s goal is US jobs and economic health and he’s already stated he wants a better deal with Canada. It makes sense that he would want auto makers and parts manufacturing to be done in the US. The Canadian dairy and lumber industries are just a distraction.
If there was ever a time to sell your home, this is it. Some have sold $1 Million over Asking.
Investment Rentals are Big Money — How About Rental Income Property?
Are you going to buy rental income property as an investment in 2018? Check out cities in the US where there is a much better upside in profit. The US economy and housing market will be the top performer in 2017/18.
What do your realtor and local politicians say is happening in your local market in Toronto, Mississauga, Vaughan, Oakville, and York Region? What’s their forecast? I’d like to know.
As we progress to 2018, emotions are going to run high as the critical factors you can read about below become intense. Could the Toronto economy collapse if home prices fall 20% (loss of taxes for governments among other fallout).
Below is an updated look at the March real estate market in the GTA. Recent trends show home prices are rising faster than any experts predicted. Will this be the excuse the government is looking for to upend the market? Or is demand for single detached homes simply too strong?
Government Values at Odds with the People and their Pocketbooks
Are the all too predictable actions of governments in Vancouver and Toronto foretelling what may happen in US markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and San Francisco? Is the battle over and treatment of land in all major urban areas simply an artificial means of inflating real estate prices or is there actually a land crisis?
If the Ontario government decreases available land for development, drives prices way up causing public furor thereby requiring draconian measures, will it end in a crash in late 2017? Will someone create a crisis to force a crash? We should be asking these questions if we’re investing or buying.
Scarcity of land is the primary driver of high prices in the Toronto real estate market. The biggest threat is unwise government manipulation.
BMO’s senior economist Benjamin Tal said in a Toronto Star report on October 14th, the Ontario Government’s Places to Grow program was primarily responsible for the fast rising prices in the GTA market. He also suggests other red tape factors worsened the situation. Prices in Newmarket, Markham, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Bradford East Gwillimbury and Aurora have definitly crashed.
If land scarcity is driving prices up, then even a 15% foreign buyers tax and new mortgage rules for millennial buyers may not be enough to cool demand for housing or condos. The real factor may be the next recession, fueled by housing market mismanagement.
What are the Causes of High Home Prices in Toronto?
The major factors that drive housing demand growth to Toronto: immigrant investors, better economy, low interest rates, increasing numbers of buyers in their home home buying years (millennials), and optimism all look on the upswing. As mentioned in the Los Angeles Real Estate and US housing crash post, orecast post, here are the key factors that affect home prices:
Housing Demand – High overall demand – “all cash bidding wars” in some cases
Housing Supply – Throttled, supply is far from what’s needed
Developable Land – Throttled by government which is the single biggest factor
Builder Red Tape – Builders can’t build even if they have funding – high exposure to financial loss
Mortgage Rates – Continuing Low, especially in light of global economic slackening and with recent tightened lending rules
Down Payment and mortgage rules – these are being tightened this taking some pressure off of the purchase market and re-routing it to the rental market (people have to live somewhere)
Toronto Region Employment – moderate and remaining moderate despite Federal infrastructure
Taxes – rising quickly due to Ontario government and federal government spending
Buyer Income – moderate and not rising much
Home or Condo Prices – High and rising fast – out of reach for most buyers
Demographics – Millennials coming into family and home buying years and must begin to acquire their own living space
Number of Renters – increasing fast because of tight mortgage lending rules
New Home Construction: limited because of Green Spaces Act, but is a source of supply
Economic-Foreign Trade – Canada struggling and Free Trade agreements now being scrutinized because they don’t see to be working like they used to
Taxes on Sale of Home – huge tax burden for those selling in the city of Toronto
Some point to the Ontario government’s Places to Grow intensification plan as the major culprit in skyrocketing single detached home prices. Toronto condo prices haven’t risen like house prices have, yet condo demand is usually not spoken much about. It does look like a growing population want house to live in. A growing millennial family would certainly find it tough to live in highrise condos designed for adult living.
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They Said Toronto’s High Home Prices were Driven by Chinese Buyers?
Looking back on 2017 is worthwhile. We get to see what politicians told us what the problem was and what the solution was. They failed (lied?) and now we know it was people in the GTA who just wanted to own their own home and have a roof over their head. Hardly the evil the government suggested. Can we ever trust what is said to us?
Fully 10% of new condominiums built in central Toronto were going to foreign buyers, according to a survey released by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). They stated the vast majority were mainland Chinese investors.
TREB’s own survey found that foreign buyers actually had little effect on the market, and it was the chilling effect of the fair housing act that destroyed what was a healthy Toronto real estate market. Although Doug Ford originally promised to free up land, lower prices, and cut red tape, he quickly recanted. He has announced a new buck a beer program.
A quick look at the US housing forecast and predictions for Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Seattle, and Florida, tell you the US is hot. Check out forecasts for Boston, New York, Miami, and San Diego.
What are your predictions for the fall housing market and economy in Toronto?
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