Bosley Real Estate Market Insight - June 5th, 2020 - Bosley Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage - Homes and houses for sale in Toronto including Cabbagetown, The Annex, Danforth Village, Lawrence Park and Riverdale

Home sales are showing signs of improvement in the Toronto real estate market, but economists say it's far too early to feel optimistic about the possibility of recovery from the devastating effects of COVID-19. Activity in the region improved in May compared with April, according to figures the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board released Wednesday. But it remained less than half of what we saw a year ago. “The pandemic knocked the wind out of what was expected to be among the strongest spring seasons in home-sales history, said Sherry Cooper, chief economist at Dominion Lending.”

There were 4,606 sales in the Greater Toronto Area through the board's MLS system in May. That's down 53.7 per cent compared with a year earlier. However, sales in May were up 55.2 per cent compared with April. The number of new listings totalled 9,104 - down 53.1 per cent compared with May 2019, but up 47.5 per cent from this past April. The average selling price for the GTA rose three per cent from May 2019 to $863,599 and the average sale price for The City of Toronto also rose almost two per cent to $955,273.

The buyers are back out and the sellers are getting their asking prices, in some cases, more. Deal hunters may have been hoping to take advantage of a down market, but there is enough demand to keep prices up. It looks like there will be a prolonged spring market and possibly a busier summer. Low interest rates may be drawing people into the market. Last week we saw a 30% increase in freehold listings come to market. The largest increase since February and sales doubled week-over-week, with more than half selling over the asking price. The condo market also saw a 30% increase in new listings and a 28% increase in sales last week. It seems home buyers and sellers are adapting and becoming more comfortable with the physical distancing requirements.

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