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Toronto Housing Prices Fall for a 4th Straight Month

  • Detached homes in Canada’s largest city taking it on the chin
  • Still, home values up since 12% in September from year earlier

Toronto housing prices fell for a fourth month in September as sales remained sluggish, particularly in the detached-home segment that has borne the brunt of the correction in Canada’s biggest city.

Benchmark prices fell 0.6 percent from a month earlier, bringing declines since May to 8 percent, according to data released by the Toronto Real Estate Board Wednesday. Realtors sold 6,379 homes, down 35 percent from September 2016.

Toronto’s housing market, which UBS Group AG called the world’s most overvalued, began its slump after policy makers introduced legislation in April to cool runaway prices. While the four-month decline is the biggest in records back to 2000, home values are still up 12 percent from a year earlier and have more than doubled since the 2009 recession.

“Consumer polling undertaken for TREB in the spring suggested that buying intentions over the next year remain strong,” Tim Syrianos, the board’s president, said in the statement.

The September drop was the smallest since the slump began. New listings were up 9.4 percent from a year earlier to 16,469, leaving the sales-to-new listings ratio at 39 percent, a level economists consider to be between a balanced and a buyers market.

The correction is primarily in Toronto’s detached market, where average prices exceed C$1 million ($802,000). Single family detached homes are down 0.6 percent in September and 11 percent since May. Condominium prices have fallen just 1.5 percent from their peak, and were little changed in September.

The average price for all property types rose 2.6 percent from a year earlier to C$775,546. That’s up 6 percent from the August average of C$732,292.

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