Market Stats : Quick Overview - June 2022
HPI provides a price growth measure for a benchmark home with the same characteristics over time, allowing for an apples-to-apples comparison from one year to the next.
Market Summary - June 2022
Higher borrowing costs continued to impact home sales in June 2022. Sales totalled 6,474 - down by 41 per cent compared to last year9s strong result. The number of transactions was also down compared to May 2022, but this is often the case due to the seasonal nature of the market.
The average selling price, at $1,146,254, remained 5.3 per cent above the June 2021 level, but continued to trend lower on a monthly basis. The MLS® Home Price Index Composite benchmark was up by 17.9 per cent year-over-year, but also experienced a month-over-month dip compared to May. Annual price growth was driven more so by less expensive market segments, including townhouses and condominium apartments.
Home sales have been impacted by both the affordability challenge presented by mortgage rate hikes and the psychological effect wherein home buyers who can afford higher borrowing costs have put their decision on hold to see where home prices end up. Expect current market conditions to remain in place during the slower summer months. Once home prices stabilize, some buyers will re-enter the market despite higher borrowing costs.
While the number of transactions was down year-over-year, the number of new listings was little changed over the same period. This has provided for more balance in the market, resulting in a more moderate annual pace of price growth.
Listings will be an important indicator to watch over the next few months. With the unemployment rate low, the majority of households aren9t in a position where they need to sell their home. If would-be sellers decide to take a wait-and-see attitude over the next few months, it9s possible that active listings could trend lower as well. This could cause market conditions to tighten somewhat, providing some support for home prices.
Greater Toronto Area continues to grow because we attract people and businesses from all around the world. All of these people will require a place to live, whether they choose to buy or rent. Despite the shorter-term impact of higher borrowing costs, housing demand will remain strong over the long-term, as long as we can produce homes within which people can live. Policy makers at all levels need to make this their key goal.