Toronto's high-end real estate performed remarkably well given the number of significant changes affecting the local real estate market in 2012. In spite of new CMHC regulations and a newly added Toronto Land Transfer Tax, top-tier housing continued to see stable demand. Real estate in high-end neighborhoods like Rosedale and Bridle Path remained particularly sought after. In the latter half of 2012 sales transactions topped 1,787 million dollar plus properties, compared to 1,921 in the same period in 2011. Outperforming the rest of the country for homes sold over asking, Toronto saw 11 per cent of homes over one-million dollars sell for over asking in the latter half of 2012. Meanwhile, the inventory of listings rose 18 per cent year-over-year for the same six-month period to 6,065 homes. The average number of days on market for homes over one-million dollars remained at 40 days, unchanged from the same period in 2011. Overall Toronto's top-tier housing in 2012 showed healthy gains from a year ago with listings of homes over one-million dollars increasing by 25 per cent and sales of homes in the same category increasing by a healthy 13 per cent to 4,900 homes in 2012.
In spite of uncertainty introduced by a balancing real estate market and the possibility of Quebec's Federation of Real Estate Boards (QFREB) leaving the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the second half of 2012 saw listings of homes over one-million dollars increase by 19 per cent over the same period in 2011 to 473 homes. In the second half of 2012, Montreal reported a 9 per cent sales decrease with 165 sales exceeding a million dollars compared to 182 in the same period in 2011. Homes over one million dollars spent an average 127 days on the market with 3 per cent selling over the asking price. Demand for appropriate listings in top-tier neighborhoods like Westmount remained strong. Comparing the full year of 2012 to 2011, the inventory of homes listed in the million-dollar plus segment of the city increased by 14 per cent to 1,129 listings, while the number of homes sold in the same category increased close to four per cent over the same 12 month period to 392.
According to Sotheby's International Realty Canada CEO, Ross McCredie, "Our findings for 2012 point to the stability of Canada's high-end real estate market. Even when faced with tighter lending controls and struggling international economies like Europe, the value, stability and momentum of luxury real estate in Canada is still seen globally as one of our strongest assets."
For more information and details on Sotheby's International Realty Canada and the Top-Tier Real Estate Report visit http://www.sothebysrealty.ca/blog/2013/01/08/real-estate-report.
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(i)The information contained in this report references market data from MLS boards across Canada. Sotheby's International Realty Canada cautions that MLS market data can be useful in establishing trends over time, but does not indicate actual prices in widely divergent neighborhoods or account for price differentials within local markets. This report is published for general information only and not to be relied upon in any way. Although high standards have been used in the preparation of the information and analysis presented in this report, no responsibility or liability whatsoever can be accepted by Sotheby's International Realty Canada or Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates for any loss or damage resultant from any use of, reliance on, or reference to the contents of this document.
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