As we enter the fourth quarter of 2015, the Toronto real estate market continues its seemingly unstoppable pace. 8,200 transactions took place in September, making it the highest sales-volume-September on record. The Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) expects a total of 100,000 sales to take place in 2015. If that number is achieved, it too will be a record.
We still do not have a balanced market. Sellers are few and Buyers are many. The City of Toronto has only 2.2 months of inventory currently listed. This supply represents about half the number of listings needed for a balanced market, and is down 7.3% from last year. Buyers still find themselves in competition for the homes they want.
The average sale price for any dwelling in the Greater Toronto Area is $627,395, up 9% from September 2014. Benchmark prices – the sale price of a home deemed most typical of its area – are also up in several key neighbourhoods. For detached houses in TREB’s C04 district of Lawrence Park and Forest Hill North September’s benchmark price was over $1.3 million. That represents an 11% gain year over year. C03, North Toronto and Forest Hill South, rose 7% to over $1.2 million. C02, Casa Loma, Deer Park and The Annex, gained slightly at 2% with a benchmark of close to $1.4 million. C09, Rosedale-Moore Park, had a benchmark price of nearly $1.7 million – another 2% gain.
As long as interest rates remain low, Buyers will be able to borrow money inexpensively. As long as demand for houses or condominiums is greater than supply, prices will be strong. It is hard to imagine a savings program or financial instrument that will give a better rate of return than real estate. A house or condominium in Toronto remains one of the best financial ventures one can make – and you get to live in your investment.
134 Stibbard Avenue is a graceful family home in the Blythwood Junior School district. Built in 1915, the house retains such period details as a wood-burning fireplace in the living room and a beamed ceiling in the dining room.
In 2013-14, the house was given an extensive renovation, including new quarter cut oak floors on the second and third floors, new wiring, a new heating system, new windows on the third floor and fresh paint throughout. On the top floor, one bedroom has been enlarged and the other given an ensuite bathroom. The basement received a new bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. The backyard was treated to a new deck and a sound-insulating fence.
The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Two skylights keep the room bright and cheerful.
With five plus one bedrooms, there is ample space for family and visitors. Six bathrooms, including a master ensuite, ensure privacy.