Rent and condo prices fall in Toronto as pandemic takes its toll

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It's a well-known fact that home sales in Toronto have been dwindling since the ongoing pandemic shut down all non-essential services, but home prices have held strong to date — no doubt a testament to just how hot the market was pre-lockdown.

The Toronto Regional Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) reveals in its latest Monthly Market Report that average selling prices were still up, year over year, in April of 2020 (albeit by just 0.1 per cent).

When broken down by home type, however, we see a different trend starting to emerge — one that fares well for prospective condo buyers and condo renters alike.

The average price of a condominium apartment within the City of Toronto actually fell by 4 per cent last month compared against April of 2019, according to TRREB, landing at $612,300.

Rents on condo apartments across the entire GTA were also down over the same period of time, by 2.7 per cent for one bedroom units (which are now renting for an average of $2,107) and 4.1 per cent for two bedroom units ($2,705).

"These are unprecedented times," said TRREB CEO John DiMichele in a news release on Tuesday of the figures.

"Past recessions and recoveries do not necessarily provide the best guide as to how the housing market will recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic."

Whether that means rent prices will rise again, as they've been doing steadily over the past five years, remains to be seen — but home sales will likely rebound at least a little bit from where they're at now.