TORONTO, ONTARIO, June 2, 2023 – The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market continued to improve from a sales perspective in May 2023. Unfortunately, the supply of homes for sale did not keep up with the demand for ownership housing. Sales as a share of new listings were up dramatically compared to a year ago. This is a clear signal that competition between buyers increased substantially compared to last year, resulting in the average selling price reaching almost $1.2 million last month.

“Despite the fact that we have seen positive policy direction over the last couple of years, governments have been failing on the housing supply front for some time. Recent polling from Ipsos found that City of Toronto residents gave Council a failing grade on housing affordability and pointed to lack of supply as the major issue. This issue is not unique to Toronto. It persists throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe. If we don't quickly see housing supply catch up to population growth, the economic development of our region will be hampered as people and businesses look elsewhere to live and invest,” said Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President Paul Baron.

GTA REALTORS® reported 9,012 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in May 2023 – a 24.7 per cent increase compared to May 2022. Conversely, new listings were down by 18.7 per cent over the same period. On a month-over-month seasonally adjusted basis, sales were up by 5.2 per cent compared to April 2023.

“The demand for ownership housing has picked up markedly in recent months. Many homebuyers have recalibrated their housing needs in the face of higher borrowing costs and are moving back into the market. In addition, strong rent growth and record population growth on the back of immigration has also supported increased home sales. The supply of listings hasn't kept up with sales, so we have seen upward pressure on selling prices during the spring,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark was down by 6.9 per cent year-over-year in May 2023, but up by 3.2 per cent on a seasonally adjusted monthly basis compared to April 2023. The average selling price, at $1,196,101, represented a small 1.2 per cent decline relative to May 2022. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the average selling price was up by 3.5 per cent compared to April 2023.

“The high cost of housing, brought about by short supply and high borrowing costs, is part of the broader increases in the cost of living. Municipalities, including the City of Toronto, need to be mindful of this when considering their revenue generation options. TRREB believes households will have little patience for higher taxes, including unreasonable property tax hikes and increases to prohibitive upfront land transfer taxes,” said TRREB CEO John DiMichele.


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A Look Ahead: Real Estate Moving Forward

With the real estate market constantly fluctuating, it's hard to predict what the future holds. But by taking a look at some of the major trends in today’s real estate market, we can make an educated guess as to what real estate will look like moving forward. Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect in the coming years.

Climate Change
One of the biggest factors that will shape the future of real estate is climate change. Sea levels are rising, wildfires are becoming more frequent and more destructive, and extreme weather events are becoming increasingly common. These changes will have a direct impact on where people want to live (or don't want to live) and how much they're willing to pay for property in those areas. In addition, buyers may start demanding that homes be built or upgraded with features such as solar panels and wind turbines that allow them to generate their own power and conserve energy.

Another factor that will shape the future of real estate is demographics. As baby boomers continue to retire, many will be looking to downsize from their larger family homes into smaller properties that require less upkeep and maintenance. At the same time, millennials are starting families of their own and will likely be looking for larger homes with amenities such as open floor plans and modern appliances. This shift in demand could lead to an increase in new construction projects designed specifically for these two different age groups.

Finally, technology is playing a role in shaping how people buy and sell real estate —and it's only going to become more important in the future. Buyers are using apps like Zillow and Redfin to search for properties and compare prices without ever having to visit a physical office or talk directly with an agent; sellers can list their properties online without paying any commission fees; drone photography is becoming increasingly popular for giving potential buyers a better view of properties from afar; virtual reality tours are allowing buyers to virtually walk through homes before ever setting foot inside them; automated home systems allow homeowners greater control over their environment than ever before; etc., etc.. Technology has quickly become intertwined with every step of buying or selling real estate—and this trend is only going to continue as technology advances even further over the next few years.

The future looks bright for those involved in the world of real estate! From climate change impacting where people want (or don't want) to live, demographics changing what types of properties people want (or need), and technology making things easier than ever before, there's no telling how much things could change in the future - but one thing's for sure: it'll be interesting! So keep your eyes peeled over the next few years as we move towards an exciting new era in real estate!

TRREB Releases Q4 2022 Rental Market Statistics

 TORONTO, ONTARIO, January 31, 2023 - Average condominium apartment rents continued to increase by double-digit annual rates in the fourth quarter of 2022. However, while market conditions remained tight enough to support very strong rent growth, there was more balance in the rental marketplace compared to the same period a year earlier in 2021.

The number of condominium apartment rental transactions reported through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board9s (TRREB) MLS® System was down on a year-over-year basis by 19.9 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2022. The number of rental listings was also down over the same period, but by a lesser annual rate of 11.8 per cent. The fact that the number of units leased was down by more than the number of units listed suggests that would-be renters benefitted from more choice compared to a year ago. 

"Strong population growth based on record immigration and robust job creation across a diversity of economic sectors drove rental demand in 2022.  In addition, aggressive interest rate hikes by the Bank of Canada impacted affordability for many households, prompting a shift from homeownership to rental. All of these factors will continue to support strong rental demand in 2023,"  said TRREB President Paul Baron. 

The average rent for a one-bedroom condominium apartment increased by 19 per cent to $2,503 in the forth quarter of 2022.  Over the same period, the average two-bedroom rent increased by 14.1 per cent to $3,178.

"Tight rental market conditions and strong rent increased will be the norm more often than not for the foreseeable future.  On one hand, we will continue to experience strong rental demand in the GTA based on solid fundamentals. On the other hand, the persistent supply shortage will continue to result in strong competition between would-be renters, exerting upward pressure on rents.  The solution is no secret: we need to see new policies pointed on more supply to translate into shovels in the ground for many years to come," said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.


As we moved from 2022 into 2023, the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market unfolded as expected. The number of January sales and the overall average selling price were similar to December 2022. On a year-over-year basis, both sales and prices were down markedly, continuing to highlight the impact of higher borrowing costs on affordability over the last year. “Home sales and selling prices appear to have found some support in recent months. This coupled with the Bank of Canada announcement that interest rate hikes are likely on hold for the foreseeable future will prompt some buyers to move off the sidelines in the coming months. Record population growth and tight labour market conditions will continue to support housing demand moving forward,” said Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President Paul Baron. GTA REALTORS® reported 3,100 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in January 2023 – in line with the December 2022 result of 3,110, but down 44.6 per cent from January 2022. The average selling price for January 2023 at $1,038,668 was slightly lower than the December 2022 result and down by 16.4 per cent compared to the January 2022 average price reported before the onset of Bank of Canada interest rate hikes. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was in line with the December result, but down by 14.2 per cent compared to January 2022. “Home prices declined over the past year as homebuyers sought to mitigate the impact of substantially higher borrowing costs. While short-term borrowing costs increased again in January, negotiated medium-term mortgage rates, like the five-year fixed rate, have actually started to trend lower compared to the end of last year. The expectation is that this trend will continue, further helping with affordability as we move through 2023,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. “All three levels of government have announced policies to enhance housing affordability over the long term, including many initiatives focussed on increasing housing supply in the ownership and rental markets. Most recently, we were encouraged to see Toronto City Council support the Mayor’s 2023 Housing Action Plan as part of the City’s overall $2 billion commitment to housing initiatives,” said TRREB CEO John DiMichele. TRREB will release its annual Market Outlook and Year in Review report on Friday, February 10, 2023.

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