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GTA REALTORS(R) Release Monthly Market Figures

(February 03, 2012)

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/03/12 -- Greater Toronto REALTORS?? reported 4,567 sales through the TorontoMLS?? system in January 2012. This number was 8.8 per cent higher than the 4,199 sales reported in January 2011. Sales growth was strongest for low-rise home types in the regions surrounding the City of Toronto.

"A favourable affordability picture bolstered by very low posted fixed mortgage rates has kept home buyers confident in their ability to achieve the Canadian goal of home ownership," said Toronto Real Estate Board President Richard Silver. "The buyer pool remains diverse in the GTA with strong interest in home types across the pricing spectrum," continued Silver.

The average selling price for January 2012 transactions was $463,534 - up by almost nine per cent compared to January 2011.

"Low inventory levels have kept competition between buyers strong, resulting in robust annual rates of price growth over the last year. Strong price growth is expected to attract more listings. A better supplied market should result in a slower rate of price growth, especially in the second half of 2012," said Jason Mercer, the Toronto Real Estate Board's Senior Manager of Market Analysis.


Summary of TorontoMLS?? Sales and Average Price ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- January 1 - 31 2012 2011 ----------------------------------------------- Sales Average Price Sales Average Price City of Toronto ("416") 1,705 $499,045 1,677 $446,458 Rest of GTA ("905") 2,862 $442,380 2,522 $412,000 GTA 4,567 $463,534 4,199 $425,762 ------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------- TorontoMLS?? Sales & Average Price By Home Type -------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------- January 1 - 31, 2012 Sales Average Price 416 905 Total 416 905 Total -------------------------------------------------------- Detached 559 1,577 2,136 743,993 530,129 586,098 Yr./Yr. % Change 9% 15% 13% 15% 5% 8% Semi-Detached 157 336 493 526,599 377,456 424,952 Yr./Yr. % Change -5% 16% 8% 6% 11% 7% Townhouse 194 531 725 410,129 340,957 359,467 Yr./Yr. % Change 10% 19% 16% 7% 10% 9% Condo Apartment 775 351 1,126 343,835 272,103 321,475 Yr./Yr. % Change -2% 1% -1% 5% 7% 5% ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Greater Toronto REALTORS?? are passionate about their work. They are governed by a strict Code of Ethics and share a state-of-the-art Multiple Listing Service. Over 32,000 TREB Members serve consumers in the Greater Toronto Area. The Toronto Real Estate Board is Canada's largest real estate board.

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