August 2017 GTA Market Update

14 September 2017
Life and the City

Last month in August, we saw a slight decrease in the average sale price for all property types, yet the number of sales increased by 7.4%. The average sales price for a detached home also dipped below the $1mill mark again.

Here is a summary of other significant real estate milestones and notable stats for August 2017:

  • Lowest number of overall sales for the month of August since 2010 (6,357) although they were up from July
  • The ratio of sales-to-listings bumped up from July’s 31.6% to 38.7% in August – a very moderate seller’s market
  • The average sale price dropped back to $732,292 – still up 17% YTD compared to 2016 – because of higher sales of lower priced condos
  • 3.0% average sale price increase from August 2016 (traditionally we’ve seen an average annual appreciation of 6.8% over the last 20 years)
  • Sales in the month were down 35% from one year ago
  • The GTA real estate market overall averaged the days-on-market at 25 – still quick compared to many markets
  • First-time buyer aspirations now shifting to a condominium lifestyle – CONDO sales took a ‘highest ever’ 39.4% of the total market in August… about 3% more than average
  • Downtown condo listings were lower by 15-26% from last year at this time
  • The days-on-market average was 22 days
  • The ratio of sales-to-listings for condos downtown ranged between 74% in C01 to 91% in C08 indicating a strong seller’s market… well ahead of the rest of the GTA
  • The average sale price for downtown condominium suites is up by roughly $120,000 from 2016
  • Building on this higher demand due to better affordability, condo appreciation in the two main downtown markets averaged 25% year-over-year
  • Markets in York Region and other 905 neighbourhoods have suffered the most from the market slowdown – every district is now showing that they’re in ‘buyer market’ territory
  • Overall, it’s a perfect opportunity now, with the increased inventory, for a buyer to find a home they fall in love with AND negotiate with the seller one-on-one in many cases to come to a mutual agreement.


Have a look at our August Market Update Infographic to better understand the numbers:


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