In 2007: ‘Real Estate Market To Rise 16.8% By 2010’


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January 15, 2010

What a great find!

Here is an article written on January 3rd, 2007 that predicts the real estate market will rise 16.8% by 2010.

Let’s read the article and then compare predictions with reality…



February 03, 2007
Theresa Boyle

The average resale condominium in Toronto is projected to cost $280,175 by the year 2010, up from $239,816 in 2006, according to a new report on the Canadian condo market.

With an expected 16.8 per cent jump in price, Toronto is forecast to be the fifth strongest market in Canada in condo price growth over the next three years, following Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal, states the Metropolitan Condo Outlook report by Genworth Financial Canada.

“People drive along the Gardiner and see all these new condominiums,” says Peter Vukanovich, president of Genworth Financial Canada.

“They say, ‘Wow, this can’t last.  Who’s buying all thee things?  Why are people buying all these things?’  “The answer is, it’s a balanced market.”

“It’s a balanced market because more and more people are wanting the condominium lifestyle.  I call that more of a lock-and-go type of approach.  It’s maintenance free, there’s security, you’re close to good restaurants, social activities, theatres, etc.,” he adds.

The report described Toronto’s condo market as “red hot,” noting prices jumped almost 75 per cent between 1994 and 2005.

Sales more than doubled to 17,700 units in 2005 up from 7,100 units in 1995.

“The feverish activity has been the result of pent-up demand that built up during the housing (price) correction of the early 1990s, as well as low mortgage rates, steady employment and wage gains, and brisk population growth,” states the report.

Because active listings have been increasing at an even faster rate than sales, price growth has been more modest as of late, according to Genworth.  For 2006 as a whole, resale condominium price growth is projected to come in at 5 per cent, the report states.  New condo starts are expected to fall by 6.3 per cent to 14,500 units in 2007.

Demographic changes bode well for the Toronto’s condo market over the medium term, Genworth says. Toronto’s population is forecast to increase by an average of 1.9 per cent a year from 2007 to 2011, the report notes.

And the share of the 55 to 74 age cohort is projected to rise from 15 per cent in 1987 to 18 per cent in 2011.

“At the same time, the city’s population is aging; and as people age, it becomes natural for them to consider downsizing, allowing them to enjoy maintenance-free living as well as increased security,” it reads.


Hindsight is such a lovely thing!

This article didn’t predict that in 2008, the market would drop 10-15% before regaining that decrease, and MORE during 2009!

The one prediction that really jumps out at me is this one: “The average resale condominium in Toronto is projected to cost $280,175 by the year 2010, up from $239,816 in 2006.”  So were they right?

Well the average price of a ‘condominium apartment’ in Toronto during December was $274,500, but when you take a weighted average for both ‘condominium townhouses’ and ‘condominium apartments,’ that number dips to $271,322.

Let’s go ahead and use the $274,500 number, which would mean that there was only a 12.6% increase in the average condominium price over the same in 2006, and that increase is significantly shy of the predicted 16.8% increase in the article.

BUT…let’s consider that using comparable data from December, 2009 might be unfair,  since the article did speak of 2010.  Perhaps January will help bring about that predicted 16.8% increase?

I know what you’re thinking – “Using December’s stats is also unfair because it’s a slow month.”  But the average price of a condominium apartment in November was only $270,000; actually less than the $274,500 in December!  October saw an average of $270,000 as well, with September showing $267,000.

So how far away is that prediction of an average condominium price of $280,175?  I don’t think it’s that far off.  We’d be looking at a mere 2.1% increase over the December average, and I could definitely see that happening as we move through what has been an incredibly fast January, and into the busier months of March, April, and May.

It’s amazing to consider that the average CONDO price is $274,500 in December of 2009 while the average HOUSE (“home” including both freehold and condominium) price was $275,000 in December of 2001.

Written By David Fleming

David Fleming is the author of Toronto Realty Blog, founded in 2007. He combined his passion for writing and real estate to create a space for honest information and two-way communication in a complex and dynamic market. David is a licensed Broker and the Broker of Record for Bosley – Toronto Realty Group

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  1. Chris Smith

    at 6:02 pm

    Well put. The data you present paints a convincing picture of the future of realty in Canada. I think that it should also be mentioned that urban planning might have an effect of the future value of property. For example, ImagineCalgary,will likely have a positive impact on the Calgary real estate market, so it might be worth while to look into planned urban improvements in ones own area.

  2. Toronto Condos

    at 12:02 pm

    Nice to know this old article!
    Well, I am predicting that the condo market in Toronto will continue to be hot in 2010, so the average price of $280,175 can probably be reached in the third or fourth quarter of 2010.

    What do you guys think?

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