(MARKETWIRED) — Toronto Real Estate Board president Larry Cerqua announced that condominium apartment sales reported through TREB’’s MLS System in the third quarter of 2016 were up by 22.1 per cent on a year-over-year basis to 8,014. Over the same period, new listings for condominium apartments were down by 13.3 per cent.
“While the lowrise market has been top-of-mind in the supply discussion, it is very important to note that supply pressures have also been experienced in the condominium apartment market segment over the past year,” Cerqua said. “The completion of new units was down substantially during the first three quarters of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. This arguably played a role in the decline in new condominium apartment listings on TREB’s MLS system/”
The average price of a condominium apartment in the third quarter of 2016 was $415,643, up 9.6 per cent compared to Q3 2015. The MLS Home Price Index (HPI) apartment benchmark price was up by a similar amount on an annual basis throughout the third quarter.
“The annual rate of condominium apartment price growth has accelerated over the past year as the supply of units available for sale became more constrained while demand remained strong,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s director of market analysis. “With this said, however, annual rates of price growth remain well below those for lowrise home types. Condo apartments continue to be an affordable entry point into home ownership for first-time buyers.”