Toronto Real Estate Board President Tim Syrianos Announced That Greater Toronto Area REALTORS Reported 5,175 Residential Transactions Through TREB's MLS System In February 2018. This Result Was Down 34.9 Per Cent Compared To The Record 7,955 Sales Reported In February 2017. The Number Of New Listings Entered Into TREB's MLS System Totaled 10,520, A 7.3 Per Cent Increase Compared To The 9,801 New Listings Entered In February 2017. However, The Level Of New Listings Remained Below The Average For The Month Of February For The Previous 10 Years.

"When TREB Released Its Outlook For 2018, The Forecast Anticipated A Slow Start To the Year Compared To The Historically High Sales Count Reported In the Winter And Early Spring  Of 2017. Prospective Homebuyers Are Still Coming  To Terms With The  Psychological Impact O The Fair Housing  Plan, And Some Have Also Had to Reevaluate Their Plans Due To The New OFSI - Mandated Mortgage Stress Test Guidelines And Generally Higher Borrowing Costs," Said Mr. Syrianos.

The MLS Home Price Index Composite Benchmark Was Up By 3.2 Per Cent On A Year-Over-Year Basis For The TREB Market Area As A Whole. This Growth Was Driven By The Apartment And Townhouse Market Segments, With Annual Benchmark Price Increases O 18.8 Per Cent And 7.5 Per Cent Respectively. Single-Family Detached And Attached Benchmark Prices Were Down Slightly  Compared To February 2017. The Overall Average Selling Price For February Sales Was Down 12.4 % Year-Over-Year To $767,818. However, Putting Aside The Price Spike Reported In the First Quarter Of 2017,  It Is Important To  Note That February's Average Price Remained 12 Per Cent Higher Than The Average Reported For February 2016, Which Represents An Annualized Increase Well Above The Rate Of Inflation For The Past Two Years.

"As We Move Further  Into The Spring And Summer Months, Growth In Sales And Selling Prices Is Expected To Pick Up Relative To Last Year. Expect Stronger Price Growth To Continue In The  Comparatively More Affordable Townhouse And Condominium Apartment Segments. This Being Said, Listings Supply Will Likely Remain Below Average In Many Neighbourhoods In The GTA, Which Over The Long-Term Could Further Hamper Affordability," Said Jason Mercer, TREB's Director Of Market Analysis.