Home sales down 53% in Mississauga, dropping to the lowest level since 1994


Published November 3, 2022 at 2:44 pm

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Home sales have dropped to near-record levels in Mississauga.

Only 446 homes were sold through the MLS System of the Mississauga Real Estate Board in October 2022. This was a large decline of 53.5 per cent from October 2021, the Mississauga Real Estate Board said in a press release.

On a year-to-date basis, home sales totalled 6,214 units over the first 10 months of the year. This was a substantial reduction of 37.8 per cent from the same period in 2021.

“The recent downward trend continued in October, with sales during the period recording the lowest level for the month since 1994,” said Nelson Goulart, president of the Mississauga Real Estate Board. “After the last few years of monthly record after monthly record, we have seen market activity grind to a halt.”

The number of homes sold is only about half of what the board would expect for the month of October in any given year.

The number of new listings also decreased by 7.9 per cent from October 2021. There were 938 new residential listings in October 2022. This was the lowest number of new listings added in the month of October in more than two decades.

The Bank of Canada’s “aggressive” attempts to tame inflation through higher interest rates seems to be working, Goulart said.

The interest rates are significantly impacting potential buyer’s ability to qualify for a mortgage and bid up the price of listed properties, he said. This has made it more difficult for younger and lower income earners to buy a home.

“Which as a consequence is shrinking the pool of potential buyers,” Goulart said. “Millennial and Gen Z buyers that have been hoping to buy their first home or trade up were already struggling with issues of affordability, and some are now being pushed out of the market all together due to rising rates and an unnecessarily stringent stress test.”

Those looking to buy a house in Mississauga have seen prices go down.

The benchmark price for single-family homes was $1,368,100 in October, falling by 6.1 per cent on a year-over-year basis.

But condo and town home prices are increased slightly.

The benchmark price for townhouse/row units was $801,300, up only 0.1 per cent compared to a year earlier, while the benchmark apartment price was $642,600, up by 4.4 per cent from year-ago levels.

The overall benchmark price was $1,086,700 in October 2022, a moderate decrease of 4.6 per cent compared to October 2021.

A benchmark price is an estimate of the value of a “typical” home in a community, based on the most popular combination of features. The MLS Home Price Index tracks price trends more accurately than average or median price measures.

The average price of homes sold in October 2022 was $987,356, a modest decline of one per cent from October 2021. But the more comprehensive year-to-date average price was $1,131,085, up by 12 per cent from the first 10 months of 2021.

The dollar value of all home sales in October 2022 was $440.4 million, a substantial decline of 54 per cent from the same month in 2021.

Goulart said the downward trend doesn’t show signs of ending yet.

“Only time will tell how the remainder of the year will play out, but there is currently no indication that the trend our local market is experiencing is going to reverse any time soon,” he said.

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