TORONTO, ONTARIO, June 5, 2019 – Toronto Real Estate Board President Garry Bhaura announced that
Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 9,989 transactions through TREB’s MLS® System in May 2019.*
While this result represented a substantial increase of 18.9 per cent over the 15-year low in May 2018, it
should be noted that the result was still below the average for month of May sales for the previous ten years,
which stands at almost 10,300.
The year-over-year uptick in sales experienced so far in the second quarter of 2019 reflects spring polling
results from Ipsos (undertaken on behalf of TREB) suggesting that the share of likely home buyers in the
Greater Toronto Area has edged upwards since the fall.
“After a sluggish start to 2019, the second quarter appears to be reflecting a positive shift in consumer
sentiment toward ownership housing. Households continue to see ownership housing in the GTA as a quality
long-term investment as population growth from immigration remains strong and the regional economy
continues to create jobs across diversity of sectors. However, sales activity continues to be below the longerterm
norm, as potential home buyers come to terms with the OSFI mortgage stress test and the fact that
listings continue to be constrained relative to sales,” said Mr. Bhaura.
The number of new listings entered into TREB’s MLS® System in May 2019 was up only slightly compared to
May 2018, increasing by 0.8 per cent to 19,386. Year-over-year growth in new listings was far outstripped by
year-over-year growth in sales. This means that market conditions continued to tighten in favour of sellers.
The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite benchmark price was up by 3.1 per cent on a year-over-basis.
The average selling price for all home types combined was up by a similar 3.6 per cent to $838,540. Price
growth was driven by the condominium apartment and townhouse market segments.
“We are experiencing annual rates of price growth that are largely sustainable right now in the GTA – above
the rate of inflation, but in the single digits. If, however, we continue to see growth in sales outstrip growth
in new listings, price growth will accelerate. This potential outcome underpins calls from TREB and other
housing industry stakeholders to address roadblocks preventing a more sustainable and diverse supply of
housing reaching the market. Many households are not comfortable listing their homes for sale because they
feel that there are no housing options available to better meet their needs,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Chief