As Canadian Home Sales rise again, GTA/GVA skews the picture

May 2019 numbers were just released (June 2019) by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) showing an increase in home sales across the Country.

An increase of 1.9% of home sales in Canada was recorded by the Canadian MLS system.

This represents (along with March and April) the highest increase since January 2018.

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Average home sales price was also up by 1.8% in May over the same month the year before. That brought the average sale price to $508,000 across Canada.

The mortgage stress-test continues to present challenges for home buyers in housing markets where they have plenty of homes to choose from but are forced by the test to save up a bigger down payment. Hopefully the stress-test can be fine tuned to enable home buyers to qualify for mortgage financing sooner without causing prices to shoot up.

Gregory Klump, CREA Chief Economist

Interestingly, the average sale price is heavily skewed by the Greater Toronto and Vancouver Areas (GTA and GVA respectively). In fact, according to figures provided by the CREA, the amount is as much as $111,000 over the national average, bringing that average from $508k to $397k.