Toronto’s luxury housing market has shot past Vancouver’s in an international ranking of top locales for wealthy homebuyers.

Ontario’s capital placed seventh on the latest annual Prime International Property Index from Knight Frank, a London-based property consultancy, one spot ahead of Vancouver — last year’s global leader — making it the highest-rated North American city.

Each year Knight Frank ranks cities based on annual changes in luxury-home values, generally looking at homes in the top 5 per cent of each of the 100 major markets included in the index.

Luxury home prices in Toronto soared 15.1 per cent in 2016, edging out gains of 14.5 per cent recorded in Vancouver over that period.

Kate Everett-Allen, an international residential researcher for Knight Frank, lays out what’s behind Toronto’s ascent from the 12th slot a year ago.

“Luxury prices in Toronto have risen on the back of basic market fundamentals,” Everett-Allen tells BuzzBuzzNews via email.

Domestic demand, a limited supply of upscale properties and low mortgage rates are all contributing to Toronto’s rise.

“Toronto is also competitively priced compared with other global cities, the city offers good transport links, high-ranking educational facilities.

The tax on non-resident homebuyers in Metro Vancouver, a measure the BC provincial government implemented in August, resulted in “a slowdown in overseas interest in the second half of 2016,” says Everett-Allen.

That contributed to the city’s tumble from the pole position last year, when home-price increases of 24.5 per cent in 2015 vaulted Vancouver above all other cities.

Ottawa, which didn’t make the cut last year, was the only other Canadian city on the index included in Knight Frank’s Wealth Report 2017, taking the 44th position.

Home prices in Ottawa’s luxury market last year rose 1.3 per cent, enough for the nation’s capital to edge out Paris.

The average price increase in 2016 across the 100 indexed cities was 1.4 per cent, down from 1.8 per cent the previous year.

Annual prices skyrocketed by more than 20 per cent in three cities.

Shanghai led with annual luxury home price gains of 27.4 per cent, besting Beijing and Guangzhou, which had percentage increases of 26.8 and 26.8, respectively.


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