Toronto home prices jump in October despite new mortgage rules



Toronto’s real estate sales clambered more than 11 per cent in October, 2016 compared with a year earlier, despite the introduction of new federal mortgage rules aimed at cooling the region’s overheated housing market.

The median price of all homes across the Toronto region rose 21 per cent to $762,975 last month, compared to October 2015, in agreement with the Toronto Real Estate Board( TREB) on Thursday. Real property sales clambered 11.5 per cent in October, compared to the same month in 2015.

In Toronto the average home — including all types of houses and condos — was $770,480, higher than the $758,369 median in the 905 -area communities surrounding the city.

But the average cost of a detached home in Toronto was up 22 per cent year-over-year, pushing past $1.3 million and bringing the regional median for a house with a garden beyond the important psychological celebrate of$ 1 million. A disconnected home in the 905 communities averaged $948,191.


Last month, Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced most rigorous stress testing of insured mortgages and eliminated a tax exemption for non-resident sellers.

But the new rules affect a relatively small number of mortgages in the Toronto region, mentioned Forbes. Consumers buying homes over$ 1 million got a lot of equity.

Although he doesn’t expect most stringent downpayment rules, Forbes mentions the government has other options.

“They can increase the price of mortgage insurance, or continue merely to stiffen the underwriting conditions for mortgages .”


TD Bank’s announcement Tuesday that it is raising its mortgage prime is the first indication of banks passing on the costs of Ottawa’s new mortgage rules to customers, mentioned Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper.

“We’ll should be noted that adjustment roll through the industry but the impact of that will be small relative to the impact of home prices rising by 20 per cent ,” he said.


Soper also cautioned against a Vancouver-style 15 per cent tax to foreign real estate transactions.

Vancouver’s 40 per cent drop in real estate activity last month, shows that tax dealt” a body jolt” to West Coast consumer confidence, he warned.

A gentle rise in interest rates, coupled with the continued increase in home prices, will blend to be the best mechanism for slowing world markets, mentioned Soper.

But government interference that manipulates real estate prices such as the Vancouver tax is disorient to buyers.



“Customers of all home kinds experienced intense tournament ,” mentioned TREB director of market analysis Jason Mercer.

“Until we experience sustained aid in the supplying of indices, the potential for strong annual rates of price growing will persist, especially in the low-rise market segments ,” he said.


Toronto region real estate in October

20. 8%

Increase in Halton region home prices in October year-over-year to an average of $770,600

20. 55%

Increase in Peel region home prices in October compared to the same month last year, to an average of $584,300

15. 76%

Increase in Toronto home prices year-over-year in October to an average of $705,600

24. 48%

Increase in York Region prices in October year-over-year to an average of $892,200

24. 35%

Increase in October home prices in Durham Region to an average of $505,900


Source: Toronto Real Estate Board benchmark price index, including all house and condo prices


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