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GTA REALTORS(R) Release Monthly Resale Housing Figures

Mar 5 2013 12:00AM

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TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/05/13 -- Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS® reported 5,759 sales through the TorontoMLS system in February 2013 - a decline of 15 per cent in comparison to February 2012. It should be noted that 2012 was a leap year with one extra day in February. A 28 day year-over-year sales comparison resulted in a lesser decline of 10.5 per cent.

The average selling price for February 2013 was $510,580 - up two per cent in comparison to February 2012.

"The share of sales and dollar volume accounted for by luxury detached homes in the City of Toronto was lower this February compared to last. This contributed to a more modest pace of overall average price growth for the GTA as a whole," said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Ann Hannah.

"Stricter mortgage lending guidelines that precluded government backed mortgages on homes sold for over one million dollars and the City of Toronto's additional upfront land transfer tax arguably played a role in the slower pace of luxury detached home sales," added Ms. Hannah.

The MLS® HPI Composite Benchmark price covering all major home types eliminates fluctuations in price growth due to changes in sales mix. The Composite Benchmark price was up by more than three per cent on a year-over-year basis in February.

"We will undoubtedly experience some volatility in price growth for some market segments in 2013. However, months of inventory in the low-rise market segment will remain low, resulting in average price growth above three per cent for the TREB market area this year. Our current average price forecast is $515,000 for all home types combined in 2013," said Jason Mercer, TREB's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

Summary of TorontoMLS Sales and Average Price - FEBRUARY 2013---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2013 2012 ----------------------------------------------------------- Average New Average New Sales Price Listings Sales Price Listings City of Toronto ("416") 2,189 $ 552,014 4,326 2,617 $ 552,684 5,125 Rest of GTA ("905") 3,570 $ 485,174 6,726 4,192 $ 467,514 7,467 GTA 5,759 $ 510,580 11,052 6,809 $ 500,249 12,592-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TorontoMLS Sales & Average Price By Home Type - FEBRUARY 2013 Sales Average Price 416 905 Total 416 905 Total ----------------------------------------------------------- Detached 749 2,025 2,774 823,329 582,777 647,728 Yr./Yr. % Change -16.9% -15.8% -16.1% 0.1% 3.4% 2.2% Semi-Detached 234 382 616 618,777 401,981 484,335 Yr./Yr. % Change -13.3% -15.9% -14.9% 6.2% 4.4% 5.6% Townhouse 230 682 912 450,440 371,640 391,513 Yr./Yr. % Change -0.4% -5.9% -4.6% 4.9% 7.1% 6.7% Condo Apartment 953 399 1,352 352,614 281,398 331,597 Yr./Yr. % Change -20.0% -20.7% -20.2% -4.7% 4.3% -2.5%--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



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