Toronto's Real Estate Market Is Showing Signs Of Slowing Down & Here's Why

So you're saying there's hope?

Toronto Staff Writer
The city of Toronto skyline during late spring.

The city of Toronto skyline during late spring.

Toronto's real estate market has been an unstoppable freight train recently, and home prices have skyrocketed, but buyers aren't without hope.

According to a new report by Move Smartly, an authority on Toronto real estate, the city is showing early signs of a decline due to fewer buyers viewing homes and a decline in the number of offers sellers are receiving.

"Every week, I meet with my agents to discuss the real time trends we are seeing on the ground," John Pasalis, president of Toronto real estate brokerage Realosophy, said. "By mid-February, we all started to see early signs of these trends [...] and we felt the market was likely going to cool down earlier than we originally thought."

Another encouraging trend for homebuyers is the increase in homes that fail to sell on their offer night.

The report states that sellers usually list their homes well below market value in the hopes of attracting more buyers.

This is a strategy that typically allows the seller to sell their property for 5 to 20% over the asking price, which is closer to the actual market value of their home

"When a home fails to sell on the seller's offer night, the seller will typically increase their asking price to one that they are prepared to accept (i.e. [...] closer to actual market value)," Pasalis added.

In February, roughly 5% of homes with offer nights failed to sell, forcing them to increase their asking price, according to Move Smartly.

"The combination of buyer fatigue, high prices and rising rates along with inflation and the macroeconomic risks ahead should contribute to a gradual slowdown in the market," Pasalis said.

So, while it's too early for anyone to see any real shifts in the Toronto real estate market, if these trends continue, the city could be on the way to a more manageable housing market in 2022.

Patrick John Gilson
Toronto Staff Writer
Patrick John Gilson is a Staff Writer for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Ontario gas prices and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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