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May 6, 2014 -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher announced that during April – the first full month of spring – Greater Toronto REALTORS® reported a 1.8 per cent year-over-year increase in sales through the TorontoMLS system. Total April 2014 sales amounted to 9,706, compared to 9,535 transactions in April 2013.
“April marked the beginning of the spring market, during which time we generally see the highest monthly sales totals in a given year. Despite the persistent shortage of listings, a substantial number of GTA residents were able to come to terms on a home that met their needs. However, sales levels would have been higher, but for the lack of supply,” said Ms. Usher.
“A number of factors underlie the constrained supply of listings. Studies and polling suggest that the additional upfront land transfer tax in the City of Toronto has prompted some households to stay put and renovate rather than list their home and move. In the broader GTA context, abovetrend home sales in the years leading up to the recession have meant that many households who purchased during this period simply aren’t ready to move again,” continued Ms. Usher.
The average selling price for April 2014 sales was $577,898 – up by 10.1 per cent compared to the April 2013 average of $524,868. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite Benchmark was up by seven per cent year-over-year. The MLS® HPI strips away price fluctuations resulting from a change in the mix of home types sold from one period to the next.
“Price growth for the GTA as a whole was driven by the single-detached, semi-detached and townhouse market segments in the City of Toronto. So far this year, there has been no relief on the listings front for these home types in many neighbourhoods in Toronto and surrounding regions. Until we see a marked and sustained increase in listings, we should expect to see the annual rate of price growth above the long-term norm,” said Jason Mercer, the Toronto Real Estate Board’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.
Toronto home sales expected to be ‘brisk’ this summer
Canada’s housing market may be gradually cooling, but Toronto home sales are expected to remain so “brisk” over the coming months, prices could jump seven or eight per cent by the end of this year, says a new report from real estate giant ReMax.
That’s largely because buyers have emerged from winter hibernation to find that listings of homes for sale remain at record lows: In February, for instance, there were just 14,000 active listings on the Multiple Listings Service across the GTA, compared to 17,000 back in 1999 when the region had far fewer residents and, as such, less demand for housing, notes ReMax in its annual assessment of the spring market.
There has been some pickup in new listings since the March Break. But demand, especially in the City of Toronto, continues to so dramatically outstrip supply, realtors say it’s increasingly common to see houses close to transit going for $150,000 to $200,000 over the asking price — and far beyond traditional neighbourhood values — in frantic bidding wars.
That fierce competition helped push the average price of a GTA home to $557,684 in March, up almost 8 per cent over a year earlier, notes ReMax.
“Despite record-setting low temperatures and snow storms, housing market activity in Canada during the first quarter of 2014 showed year-over-year resilience in most regions,” the survey says.
The exceptions were especially hard-hit parts of Atlantic Canada, Manitoba and parts of Ontario, such as Windsor, which endured its snowiest winter since 1908. It saw sales plummet by 15 per cent, year over year, in the first quarter of 2014.
“Looking ahead, spring sales in these regions are expected to make up for the lack of activity seen during the first two months of the year as new listings help satisfy pent-up buyer demand.”
Toronto, on the other hand, “emerged from a brutal winter in strong shape with sellers in control of what will be a brisk summer market,” notes ReMax.
The report echoes last week’s Royal LePage House Price Survey which said average house price growth ranged from 2.5 to 5.4 per cent in the first quarter across much of the country, despite “a remarkably drab winter” for sales. In fact, the spring market seemed “on the verge of underperforming” and only turned a corner recently thanks to warmer weather, it said.
Teranet-National Bank house price data released Monday points to a national housing market that appears to be coming in for a soft, rather than hard, landing: Canadian house prices across 11 cities remained unchanged last month, the first time in 15 years there hasn’t been any increase between February and March.
The strongest gains in index house prices, year over year, were in Calgary (up 9.7 per cent), Vancouver (up 7.6 per cent) and Toronto (5.8 per cent.)
The biggest year-over-year declines were in Halifax (down 4.2 per cent), Quebec city (-2.4 per cent), Ottawa-Gatineau (-1.2 per cent) and Montreal (-0.7 per cent.)
The index came in lower than expected, according to TD Economics, as “soft housing demand during the winter months has taken some steam out of home price growth.
“A bounce back in activity is expected in the short run as the spring season gets underway and mortgage rates have recently hit new lows.
Capital Economics, on the other hand, says once the Teranet-National Bank data is adjusted for “seasonal effects,” Canadian house prices actually fell 0.1 per cent from February to March, the first monthly decline since October 2010.
It expects Canadian home sales to decline through 2014, “eventually prompting an outright decline in prices.”
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Tips to choose tiles according to function
For the common room, you can choose a tile that has a smooth texture and has a motive to support the aesthetic. For example, for the living room and family room, you can choose the type of mosaic tiles.
For a more personal space like a bedroom, you can more freely choose the type of ceramic tile. However, you should make sure that the tiles you will use have a color matching and theme carried in the outdoors to bring comfort.
Tiles with monochromatic colors, for example, the most appropriate if placed in a room that is not so large to cause a feeling of space. For a large room, you can more freely decide what type of tile with a variety of colors and motifs.
For the kitchen, for example. Because the room is easy to get dirty, you’ll want to select a tile that has a smooth surface for easy cleaning. We recommend that you do not choose a quarry tile, because tiles are not suitable for the kitchen because of easy to absorb dirt and stains.
Specifically in the bathroom, you can choose a non-slip rough glazed tiles. These tiles can help reduce the risk of accidents in the bathroom because the floor is slippery. Meanwhile, in the area outside the home, such as the terrace, you can choose a tile that is relatively resistant to weathering.
One 13 ounce jar of Nutella
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350 and line an 8 inch square baking pan with non-stick foil. Use two pieces so that you have a little overhang of foil on both sides.
2. Mix the Nutella with the eggs until well combined, then stir in the flour, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir in the nuts.
3. Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
4. Cool completely on a wire rack (after the foil has cooled down you can gently lift the brownies out using the edges of the foil - this will cool it a little faster).
5. When cool, cut into squares and enjoy!