Mississauga, Ontario (July 28, 2009) - In the midst of the recession, approximately twenty per cent of single-detached homes and condominiums in Greater Toronto Area neighbourhoods managed to post an increase in average price, according to RE/MAX.
The RE/MAX Return on Investment Report found that 11 (17 per cent) of the 65 Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) districts reported an upswing in the value of a single-detached home in the first six months of 2009, despite one of the worst first quarters on record. The Beach (E02) saw the greatest percentage increase year-over-year at 3.79 per cent, with average price rising to $715,422, up from $689,278 in June, 2008. Pickering (E13) placed second, with the average price of a single-detached home climbing 3.72 per cent to $389,536, up from $375,577 from one year earlier. Willowdale, Newtonbrook (C14) ranked third, with a single-detached home rising in value from $754,470 to $779,537 -- a 3.32 per cent increase. Rounding out the top five neighbourhoods are newcomers Downsview, Weston (W04) – where prices have climbed 2.25 per cent to $384,485 from $376,007, and Rouge, Malvern (E11) where a 1.99 per cent uptick has brought year-to-date housing values to $345,468 (from $338,738).
“Purchasers clearly moved to take advantage of greater affordability in the marketplace in the first half of the year,” says Michael Polzler, Executive Vice President, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada. “Prices were down in virtually every neighbourhood surveyed; supply of homes listed for sale was at an all-time high; and interest rates were at historic levels. If you’re a buyer, it doesn’t get much better than that.”
Given their more affordable price point, condominium properties fared slightly better than single-detached homes, with 13 (22 per cent) of 59 TREB districts posting an increase in average price. Condos in Cliffcrest, Guildwood (E08) in the city’s east end saw the greatest appreciation in value, with average price climbing 6.45 per cent to $175,855, up from $165,197 one year ago. North Toronto, Cricket Club (C04) ranked second with a 6.1 per cent increase in average price, bringing condominium values to $301,065 (up from $283,746). Downsview, Weston (W04) clinched third spot, with a 4.37 per cent increase in average price to $173,083 in June 2009, up from $165,834 one year earlier. Mississauga’s thriving Port Credit community (W12) experienced a 2.63 per cent increase in condominium values year-over-year – with average price hovering at $304,954. Bendale, Woburn, and West Hill comprise E09, where the average price of a condo appreciated 2.46 per cent over figures reported one year ago to $201,830.