Greater Toronto home sales fall amid affordability challenges but relief forecasted

A new report by TD Economics predicts Canadian home sales and average prices will fall in the final quarter of the year and into 2024 but then pick up by the second quarter of 2024. A for sale sign is displayed in front of a house in the Riverdale area of Toronto on Wednesday, September 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler. EEB

TORONTO — Greater Toronto home sales fell six per cent last month compared with November 2022 despite an influx in new listings, as high borrowing costs and uncertain economic conditions persisted.

The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board says last month’s 4,236 home sales were also down 8.7 per cent from the 4,640 sales in October.

The board says a lack of affordability has taken its toll on the market, which remains sensitive to the current environment of high interest rates, but that relief seems to be on the horizon.

TRREB president Paul Baron says that with an increasing number of forecasters anticipating Bank of Canada rate cuts in the first half of 2024, this would “help alleviate affordability issues for existing homeowners and those looking to enter the market.”

The average home price reached $1,082,179, which was essentially flat compared with November 2022 as the market saw more supply come online.

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New listings rose 16.5 per cent to 10,545 in November compared with 9,053 during the same month last year.

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