The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) has published the sales figures for April. With 7,114 home sales reported through the local MLS, transactions were down 5.0% compared to the previous year. This marks a second straight month of cooling activity following a strong start to 2024.


A surge of new homes for sale in April offered prospective buyers increased choice as they navigate the market. The16,941 new listings are a 47.2% increase over last April, with active listings rising 74.4% to 18,088. Inventory now sits at 2.54 months.


The rise in listings worked to keep prices relatively unchanged from a year earlier.  The average selling price of $1,156,167 represents a 0.3% increase from 2023, and a 3.0% increase from March. The MLS Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark, which helps measure inflation in the market, was down 0.97% year-over-year (-1.23% in Toronto).


The average sale took place in 19 days on market at 102% of the listing price, with 70.26% of all transactions sitting between $600,000 and $1,500,000. Sales of homes over $2,000,000 accounted for 7.93% of the sales mix. This was up from 6.86% in March, suggesting an increased appetite for higher priced homes.


Turning to prices by housing type: detached homes sold for an average of $1,516,070, representing a 1.8% increase from last April and a month-over-month increase of 3.4%. The average price for semi-detached homes was $1,139,929 (+0.3% /+1.6%), townhomes sold on average for $949,839 (-3.7%/+1.0%), and the average price of condos was $728,067 (+0.6% /+4.0%).


With the spring market now well under way, buyers are benefitting from increased choice in the marketplace. For the time being, however, the rise in listings is not translating to lower prices, with homeowners holding firm in anticipation of lower borrowing costs. In the months ahead, it is expected that lower lending rates will support tighter market conditions, resulting in reduced supply and renewed price growth.


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