Inquiring minds want to know if rising interest rates are having an impact on housing activity in Toronto? Frankly we are as curious as the next guy but as it stands now, we have not seen much change. Overall activity in the 416 continues to be strong as demonstrated by multiple offers and rising prices across every category of shelter. Generally, mortgage rates tend to rise when the economy is growing, the job market is healthy and wages are rising. With two months left in 2018 there is still plenty of transactions on the horizon and our research shows there are plenty of buyers waiting for the perfect home.
The freehold sector did not see much change in the number of new listings last week. Tight supply has been the ongoing story for most of the year. The number of recorded sales however was only down by 11%. Homes trading at or above the list price is at a very respectable 53%, well within the range we have seen for a strong fall market.
The condo sector is experiencing similar traits and did not see an increase in new listings last week with only 293 listed. Though sales were down by 22%, overall sales activity remains brisk with 48% of condos selling at or above the asking price. The hot spot of the week was the $400k - $700k segment in the central core where more than 50% of the units sold at or above the list price.