Mid Month – November Market Watch

TORONTO, November 19, 2012 – Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 2,687 transactions through the TorontoMLS system during the first two weeks of November.  This result represented a 17.5 per cent decline compared to the same period in 2011.

“The reduction of the maximum amortization period to 25 years translated into higher mortgage payments. Some households will have to save more money for a down payment before purchasing a home, in order to offset these higher mortgage costs. This is more difficult in the City of Toronto, where households must pay an additional land transfer tax up front. The abolishment of this tax would allow buyers to have a larger down payment,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Ann Hannah.

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