TORONTO, ONTARIO, March 5, 2019 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Gurcharan (Garry)
Bhaura announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,025 homes sold through
TREB’s MLS® System in February 2019. This sales total was down by 2.4 per cent on a year-overyear basis. Sales were also down compared to January 2019 following preliminary seasonal
adjustment.
“The OSFI mandated mortgage stress test has left some buyers on the sidelines who have
struggled to qualify for the type of home they want to buy. The stress test should be reviewed
and consideration should be given to bringing back 30 year amortizations for federally insured
mortgages. There is a federal budget and election on the horizon. It will be interesting to see
what policy measures are announced to help with home ownership affordability,” said Mr.
Bhaura.
Despite sales being down year-over-year, new listings actually declined by a greater annual rate.
This suggests that market conditions became tighter compared to last year. Tighter market
conditions continued to support year-over-year average price growth.. Read more