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The Ontario housing market remains dynamic, presenting opportunities and challenges for potential homebuyers and investors. To help you stay informed about the latest trends and developments, we provide valuable insights for anyone considering entering the Ontario real estate market.

According to Sagen‘s report, the Ontario housing market experienced notable changes in July 2023. Here are some key highlights:

Sales are on the Rise

Ontario saw a 13% year-over-year increase in residential sales, with a total of 14,021 transactions. This surge in sales activity indicates a robust demand for housing in the province, driven by various factors such as population growth, low interest rates, and changing housing preferences.


New Listings

New listings in Ontario were up by 4% compared to the previous year, although they remained 1% below the 10-year average. This suggests that while there is an influx of properties hitting the market, demand is still outpacing supply, contributing to a competitive market environment.


Inventory Levels

Active listings, or inventory, were 3% higher than the previous year. However, it’s worth noting that inventory levels increased from the previous month, leading to a 2.5-month supply of homes. This increase in supply could potentially provide some relief to buyers and lead to a more balanced market.


Average Home Prices

Despite the increase in supply, the average home price in Ontario rose by 3.2% year-over-year, reaching $895,140. This suggests that while the market may show signs of moderation, home values continue to appreciate steadily.


Regional Variations

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) experienced a slight dip in average prices (5% lower than the previous month) but remained 4% higher than last year. The sales-to-listings ratio in the GTA dropped to 44%, indicating a shift towards a more balanced market. Notably, the townhouse segment led the market in July, with prices up 6% year-over-year.


Regional Market Conditions

London and Hamilton shifted to balanced market conditions, while Ottawa continued to hold in the seller’s market range. St. Catharines emerged from a buyer’s market to join Windsor in a balanced market. The average prices in these regions showed some leveling off compared to the previous year.


Employment Impact

One factor influencing the housing market was the decrease in employment in Ontario in July, which raised the unemployment rate to 5.6%. This shift marked the end of a trend of positive job growth dating back to September 2022, primarily driven by losses in the services-producing sector.

The Ontario housing market in July 2023 is characterized by increased sales, a diverse range of regional conditions, and the impact of employment fluctuations. Despite the challenges posed by employment losses in July, the overall housing market remains robust, with rising home prices and competitive demand.

For potential buyers and investors, it’s essential to carefully assess the specific region within Ontario that aligns with your goals and budget. Different areas exhibit varying levels of activity and price appreciation, so conducting thorough research and working with a knowledgeable mortgage broker is crucial to making informed decisions in this dynamic real estate landscape. 

Whether you’re looking for your dream home or seeking investment opportunities, understanding the nuances of the Ontario housing market will be key to your success.