Home, condo owners rack up healthy gains |
The Toronto Star - 12/24/2002
Average prices increase 8.5-9% in last 12 months Downsview houses lead the way
with 22.8% hike
Home and condo owners in Toronto have another reason to rejoice this holiday
season: Their properties are worth considerably more.
Prices are up more than 20 per cent in some neighbourhoods, while average prices
have climbed between 8.5 and 9 per cent in the last 12 months, according to a
Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. survey.
"We're having a pretty hot market," Gino Romanese, a Royal LePage
vice-president, said yesterday. "What's driving it is low mortgage interest
As prices spiral, first-time buyers are increasingly being priced out of houses,
sending them into the condo market, putting upward pressure on prices, the
The affordability concerns also led to a slight slowing in the pace of home
sales in the last few months, Royal LePage said.
The fastest-rising prices were in condos, with average values jumping 9 per cent
to $192,310. Two-storey homes were next, rising 8.6 per cent to $342,825.
Detached bungalows were up 8.5 per cent to $322,840.
Another factor pushing prices higher was a shortage of supply, particularly in
the Beach, where real estate agents have waiting lists of potential purchasers —
many of them area residents looking for bigger houses.
The average price of a two-storey house in the Beach was up 9.3 per cent to
However, Romanese said price increases should moderate as more houses come on
the market early in the new year throughout the Toronto area as sellers look to
take advantage of the busy spring season.
The survey found two-storey houses in Downsview to be the biggest gainers among
standard two-storeys over the last 12 months, with the average price rising 22.8
per cent to $285,000.
Other large gains included an 18.7 per cent rise to an average of $330,000 for
two-storey homes in Markham and a 17.1 per cent increase to $410,000 in
The only area of Toronto to see two-storey house prices drop was north Etobicoke,
where the average value fell 0.4 per cent to $253,000. South Etobicoke
two-storey homes gained an average of 12.2 per cent to $286,000.