Posthaste: Average condominium prices in Canada’s largest housing market are down $ 65,000 and more in two months | Instant News

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Condominiums in the largest city in Canada now seem to be hit not only on sales, but also on prices on the COVID-19 market.

Not many condos are sold in Toronto, (sales fall 70% year-on-year in April), but those who seem to use lower prices.

In a study of condominium prices in April using data from the Toronto Regional Real Estate Council, online broker Zoocasa found the average price dropped by $ 65,000, or 10%, to $ 574,000 from February.

Depending on the environment, the decrease could be more.

Based on the environment with at least 10 sales in April, Zoocasa found the average price dropped by more than $ 100,000 in two neighborhoods, between $ 50,000 to $ 100,000 in four neighborhoods and up to $ 50,000 in 7 neighborhoods.

The center of Toronto received the biggest blow, with five neighborhoods in the district experiencing the biggest decline. Mount Pleasant East is at the top with condominium prices averaging $ 131,500 (-18%) to $ 617,500.

Only one neighborhood in the city, Milliken, Agincourt North, saw price increases. The average price here rose 7% or $ 34,500 to $ 506,500.

Emma Pace, Zoocasa’s agent in Toronto, said more buyers now see this as an opportunity to enter a market that could be cheaper.
But maybe not for long. Jelani Smith, another Toronto agent, said the Scarborough market is showing signs of life towards the end of April.

“Property that has been on the market for almost a month starts being sold relatively quickly, because the show has begun to increase. “In some cases, I have been involved in war deals similar to what we saw before COVID-19,” he said in the report.

One final housing nugget: About one in 10 Canadians believes that they will never own a house and will rent it forever, according to a poll by Finder. Nova Scotians (15%) most likely thought that they would rent forever, followed by residents of Manitoba (14%), Saskatchewan (13%) and Quebec (12%).

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Today’s posthaste was written by Pamela Heaven (@Pamheaven), with files from The Canadian Press, Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg.

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