Canadian home sales up 6.7% in May, largest year-over-year gain since 2016
The improvement in sales was driven by the Greater Toronto Area, which accounted for close to half of the overall increase. On a month-over-month basis, sales through the Multiple Listing Service were up 1.9 per cent.
The national average price for a home sold in May was close to $508,000, up 1.8 per cent from a year ago. Excluding the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto Area, two of the country’s most expensive markets, the average price was just under $397,000.
CREA is upgrading its forecast for 2019 home sales to show a slight improvement compared with last year, rather than a decline. The association says home sales are now projected to edge up 1.2 per cent from last year to 463,000 units in 2019 compared with its previous forecast for a decline of 1.6 per cent this year.
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