House prices shot up 10 per cent in March over a year ago driven largely by fierce competition, more demand for higher-end homes and a stunning 15.9 per cent jump in the price of detached homes in the City of Toronto.
There is no relief in sight for beleaguered buyers as Toronto heads into what’s looking to be a brisk spring market: While new listings were up some 5.5 per cent in March compared to a year ago, sales were up a whopping 11 per cent, according to figures released Tuesday by the Toronto Real Estate Board.
The average sale price of houses and condos combined across the GTA hit $613,933, up 10 year cent from the average of $557,684 in March of 2014, according to TREB sales and price statistics.
Townhome sales were up 8.3 per cent in the 416 region, year over year, and 9.1 per cent in the 905 regions and the average sale price hit $546,993 and $438,503 respectively.
Semi-detached sales dropped in March over a year earlier, which may reflect a lack of supply as they are among the most highly sought-after housing type now that detached home prices have climbed out of sight.
Sales for those attached homes were down 5.3 per cent in the City of Toronto and 2.5 per cent in the 905 regions. Prices, however, were up 9.8 per cent in the City of Toronto, to an average transaction price in March of $723,167 while prices climbed 9.2 per cent in the 905 regions to an average of $476,566.