Double-digit year-over-year rent increases continued to be the norm in Q3 2022. With many would-be first-time buyers temporarily on the sidelines in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) due to higher borrowing costs, rental demand has remained strong in the face of falling supply. Competition for condo rentals has intensified as a result, and negotiated rents have increased dramatically.
Following the ownership market as a whole, Q3 2022 condominium apartment sales were off by approximately 46 per cent compared to Q3 2021. Despite there being substantially more balance in the market in the third quarter relative to a year earlier, the average selling price was up year-over-year, albeit by less than the current pace of inflation.
The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) welcomes the provincial government’s introduction of legislation to accelerate the creation of additional housing supply. This is one of the most pressing issues facing our municipalities and province, and it warrants unequivocable and decisive action. Major problems require major solutions.
It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of former Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President, Cynthia Lai.
Cynthia served TRREB as President in 2003-2004, and is fondly remembered for her dedication to the real estate industry, and passionate engagement with our REALTOR® Members, with a cheerful and optimistic demeanour. Cynthia was a trailblazer and helped open the doors for other women. She will be remembered as an accomplished REALTOR®, a fierce advocate for her community and a champion of increasing women’s participation in municipal government.
Following her service to the real estate industry as a Member of the Board of Directors for TRREB and the industry regulator, the Real Estate Council of Ontario, Cynthia went on to serve the residents of Scarborough North on Toronto City Council. She was running for re-election until her untimely death.
Cynthia championed the causes of her constituents and delivered services to residents that reflected the demographic make-up of her ward. She was a community leader and recipient of numerous awards.
Cynthia immigrated to Canada from Hong Kong in the early 1970s and was involved in numerous fundraising and volunteering efforts including Spirit of Life, Daisy of Hope, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, United Way of Greater Toronto, REALTORS Care® Foundation, Centre for Immigrant and Community Services, Toronto General Hospital, Mon Sheong Foundation for Seniors, Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of Toronto.
Her three tenets in life were: “Work Hard, Live Well and Give Back”.
Cynthia will be missed by family, friends, TRREB Members and staff. She’s survived by her husband C.K. Fung and two children, Derrick and Darren Fung.
On behalf of our Members, we extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to her family and loved ones. Her family has asked for privacy during this difficult time.
On behalf of the nearly 70,000 REALTOR® Members of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB), we unequivocally condemn the behaviour highlighted in the CBC Marketplace investigative report on mortgage fraud.
There is no place in our profession for those who act unethically. For far too long, the reputation of many hardworking REALTORS® who work tirelessly on behalf of their clients has been tarnished by the actions of a few who have no place calling themselves a REALTOR®.
As the regulator, we have called on the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) for many years to address concerns about unethical behaviour. REALTORS® have themselves advocated for higher standards with no measurable result. The time for RECO to act is now. TRREB has a professional standards process where we hold Members to account. Our regulator needs to do the same if their role as the issuer of licenses and regulator of the profession is to be effective.
As part of their investigations, RECO should also ensure brokerages are providing effective oversight as required by the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act – soon to be the Trust in Real Estate Services Act. Brokers of Record have a responsibility for the actions of their REALTOR® Members, and if pervasive abuses are evident within an organization, RECO should evaluate the fitness of the Broker of Record.
TRREB is calling for public disclosure of the names of those individuals identified by the CBC Marketplace investigation. Further, CBC should provide all of the uncensored work product of their investigation to RECO, and we hereby demand that RECO commence an investigation and take decisive action and revoke the license of any real estate agent if there is proof of fraudulent behaviour. This is a request being made by me, as a REALTOR®, on behalf of our REALTOR® Members.
Genevieve Grant, Manager, Public Affairs
With municipal elections being held on October 24, 2022, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) has launched a campaign to ensure that candidates for municipal office understand the importance of making housing affordability a priority. In support of this campaign, TRREB has released the results of new public opinion polling conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs for TRREB on various housing affordability issues and launched GiveMeOptions.ca, to help the public easily understand and voice their concerns on these issues directly to current and future municipal councils.
The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market continued its adjustment to higher borrowing costs in September 2022. Sales for the month reached 5,038, but were down by 44.1 per cent compared to September 2021. New listings were also down on a year-over-year basis by 16.7 per cent to 11,237.
Heading into a municipal election this fall, the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) will host an in-person fireside chat with Mayor John Tory on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at Parkview Manor for TRREB Members, and the media is invited.
The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) will release September 2022 market statistics on Wednesday, October 5 at 5:00 a.m. EDT. TRREB’s news release will highlight market trends.
With the fall semester underway, eight first-year students are pursuing ambitious university degrees and career paths with the help of the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s (TRREB) Past President’s Scholarship. New this year, TRREB and our Members are handing out even more scholarships to students with a future calling that can impact the real estate industry.
There were 5,627 home sales reported through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board’s (TRREB) MLS® System in August 2022, representing a yearover-year dip of 34.2 per cent – a lesser annual rate of decline compared to the previous four months. The August sales result also represented a month-over-month increase compared to July.
The Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) will release the August 2022 market statistics on Friday, September 2, at 5:00 a.m. EDT. This is one business day earlier than normal, in order to make the data and analysis available prior to the Labour Day long weekend.
There were 4,912 home sales reported through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) MLS® System in July 2022 – down by 47 per cent compared to July 2021. Following the regular seasonal trend, sales were also down compared to June. New listings also declined on a year-over-year basis in July, albeit down by a more moderate four per cent. The expectation is that the trend for new listings will continue to follow the trend for sales, as we move through the second half of 2022 and into 2023.