27 Feb How is the Fair Housing Plan affecting the Ontario housing market in 2018? Experts weigh in.
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As Toronto housing prices reached record highs last April, the Ontario government introduced its Fair Housing Plan in an effort to cool things down. But nine months on, how is the policy affecting the market today?
“The Ontario government’s introduction of the Fair Housing Plan in April 2017 precipitated the squeezing out of speculative demand which had previously been driving exorbitant price gains in Toronto and surrounding markets,” write TD economist Michael Dolega and Rishi Sondhi, in a recent note.
The pair note that the new policy helped to soften the market, leading to a 11 per cent decline in average home prices, concentrated in the single-family home market.