So, the battle is over and the Toronto Real Estate Board's request to appeal a dispute with the Competition Bureau has been declined by the Supreme Court of Canada. TREB has maintained that releasing the previous sold prices violates client privacy and its own copyright over the information. TREB will have 60 days to conform. TREB believes personal information of home buyers and sellers must continue to be safely used and disclosed in a manner that respects privacy interests and will be studying the required next steps. "By removing TREB's anticompetitive restrictions, home buyers and sellers in the GTA will now have greater access to information and innovative real estate services when making one of the most significant financial decisions of their lives." Commissioner Matthew Boswell
The Toronto real estate market is a little sleepy these days. With only two weekends left before its back to school, buyers are taking a time-out to enjoy what's left of summer. Agents say many homeowners are gearing up to list in September. Lots of potential sellers were discouraged from listing in the spring as buyers struggled with tighter mortgage rules and rising interest rates.
Last week in the freehold sector the number of new listings saw no change from the previous week, but there was a 33% increase in sold properties, and of those 41% sold at or above the asking price.
The resale condo market sector is following the same trends. New listings were the same as the previous week, but sales have climbed by nearly 45% and the number of condos sold at or above asking was still at still at a healthy 41%.