It’s been a busy year for the Toronto housing market, and it can be hard to keep track of how 2017 is stacking up in comparison to years past.
Toronto home prices plummeted over the summer on the heels of record growth in the first quarter of the year which culminated in the Ontario government introducing its Fair Housing Plan in April. The Bank of Canada also hiked its overnight rate for the first time in several years with some market watchers predicting more action will be taken in December. Now, the market seems to be balancing out. But how does all of this compare to 2016?
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BuzzBuzzNews has rounded up 5 charts to put 2017’s ups and downs into perspective.
What’s going on here: BMO Senior Economist Robert Kavcic compared the Bank of Canada overnight rate to the MLS Home Price Index Composite for the GTA over the last 10 years.
The takeaway: Given that we see home prices jump as interest rates plunge in 2009 and 2016, Kavcic writes that “it’s no coincidence that, after a multi-year period of well-behaved price growth, the Toronto market began to explode after the Bank of Canada cut rates twice in the first half of 2015.”
What’s going on here: Toronto-based real estate website Zoocasa compared November 2016 home sales in Toronto and the GTA to November 2017 sales.
The takeaway: Higher interest rates and Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan have led to a significant year-over-year dip in sales across all home types.
What’s going on here: RBC Senior Economist Robert Hogue tracked the MLS Home Price Index for Toronto and Vancouver over the last four years.
The takeaway: After the BC government introduced a foreign buyer tax in August 2016, prices plummeted. But now we can see them start to rise to pre-tax levels. Will Toronto’s home prices — also down after the introduction of Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan — follow a similar pattern?
What’s going on here: CIBC Senior Economist Benjamin Tal looked at the climbing cost of land value in the GTA, which has risen dramatically in the last two years.
The takeaway: Tal says that a lack of serviceable land in the GTA means prices will climb in coming years. “The main issue facing the market is a significant and worsening lack of land supply,” he writes. “Land prices in the GTA have risen strongly over the past year with the share of land in total sale price rising to a record high of more than 55 per cent.”
What’s going on here: National Bank economist Matthieu Arseneau looked at the rising rate of mortgage payments as a percentage of monthly income.
The takeaway: The Bank of Canada’s decision to hike the overnight rate by 50 basis points since July has meant higher mortgage rates and worsening affordability for Toronto home owners. “At a national level, more than 70 per cent of the deterioration in affordability was due to higher interest rates,” writes Arseneau. “In Toronto, it was 90 per cent.”