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March Resale Housing Results Bring Positive News


TORONTO, April 6, 2009 - In March 2009, Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported 6,171 sales
– down seven per cent from March 2008, representing the smallest year-over-year decline in the
last five months. The average price for March transactions was $362,052 – down less than five
per cent from the same month last year.

“The Greater Toronto housing market has stood up very well given the challenging economic
times the world has experienced in recent months,” commented TREB President Maureen
O’Neill.

“In fact, over the past two months, the situation in the housing market has improved.”

The seasonally-adjusted annual rate of sales increased to 65,600 in March – up 36 per cent
from the ten-year low reached in January.1

“Sales in March increased at a rate over and above what would be expected from the normal
spring-time bump,” said Jason Mercer TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis. “A greater
number of households have taken advantage of increased affordability in the housing
marketplace.”

1Seasonally adjusting TREB MLS® data removes recurring seasonal trends observed each year. For example,
MLS® sales are highest in late spring each year and lowest in the winter months. Removing the recurring
seasonality, allows for the analysis of a meaningful trend reflecting actual changes in market conditions. By
multiplying the monthly seasonally-adjusted figure by 12, creating an annual rate, we can compare how the current month relates to historical annual figures.

Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 02:42PM by Registered CommenterElaine in | CommentsPost a Comment

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