December TRREB Stats: The Storm Earlier than The Storm


Are you a baseball fan?

Most likely not.  There aren’t so much left anymore.

I’m what you would possibly name a “purist” in that I don’t like change.  I like the sport the way in which it all the time was, and I hate the notion of constructing adjustments to the integrity of baseball in makes an attempt to draw new (learn: younger) followers.

Baseball is a particular sport.  It’s been round for the reason that 1880’s and the sport itself hasn’t modified a lot in any respect.  Walks have been recorded as hits early on, however that modified in 1887.  We now the “rely” as 4-balls, 3-strikes immediately, however that didn’t come into impact till 1889.  And the pitcher’s mound that we all know immediately of 60-feet, 6-inches was once shorter, however it has been set this fashion since 1893.

As I stated: not a lot has modified.

However to have a sport that’s existed for nearly 150 years and the continuity, statistics, and talent to check one participant to a different, one season to a different, and even one century to a different, is a declare that solely applies to baseball.

I believe baseball is an artwork.  It’s stunning.

However to most individuals immediately, baseball is sluggish and boring in comparison with most sports activities, however in comparison with life itself, and the lives of youthful individuals who have embraced know-how prefer it’s part of their physique, baseball is borderline unwatchable.

So, we’ve seen measures to hurry up the sport, equivalent to a sign for the “intentional stroll” quite than really throwing 4 pitches, we noticed pandemic-baseball begin a runner on second base in additional innings (which is the dumbest factor I’ve ever seen), batters are apparently not allowed to step out of the field (not enforced in actuality) and pitchers are apparently on a secret pitch clock (additionally not enforced), and the baseball itself has been secretly juiced so there are extra homeruns.  Who doesn’t love homeruns?

But when baseball actually needs to compete for the eye and affection of kids and supply a product that they will relate to, then we’ll have to begin encouraging gamers who attain second base to cease, rigorously pose for an image, take eighty-nine pictures, select one, after which add it to Instagram as a spontaneous, in-the-moment pic.  Now that’s relatable!

I do know I’m going to lose this battle, however I’d be remiss if I didn’t write the previous.

Like most sports activities, baseball has a pre-season.

However baseball’s pre-season is exclusive in that the video games have the least that means of any main sport, and you may draw the fewest conclusions from the video games.

In baseball’s pre-season, you may need a star pitcher enter the sport solely to strive a brand new pitch, again and again, towards dwell batting.  If the pitch will get hammered everywhere in the park, who cares!  It’s pre-season.

What number of instances have we seen a crew go 19-4 within the pre-season, solely to go 60-102 within the common season?

The stats are meaningless!

As soon as upon a time, I argued that the December actual property statistics have been equally as meaningless.

Some are, to be honest.

The common value of a indifferent dwelling within the 416 in November was $1,807,983, and in December it was $1,698,178.  Did the worth of a indifferent dwelling drop 6.1%?  No, in fact not.  However that stat is there if you need it!

I’ve come to comprehend that there are a number of stats, primarily the bigger ones, which may be telling within the context of the general market.

After all, if we wish to examine apples to apples, and have a look at December vs. December, we will all the time draw inferences from the month of December.

I opened the TRREB stats final month to discover a determine that was each shocking and unsurprising on the identical time.

The common sale value of dwelling within the GTA clocked in at $1,157,849.

This was unsurprising as a result of it’s lower than the November determine.  There isn’t a single December within the historical past of TRREB the place the typical sale value was increased than November.

However this was shocking as a result of it’s solely 0.5% lower than November’s determine of $1,163,323.  I assumed the typical would drop a lot greater than that!

Actually, if we glance again on the previous decade, we’ll put that 0.5% drop in context:


Take 2021 out of this, since we’re utilizing it for comparability, and the typical decline from 2011 by 2020 is 3.6%.

Both manner, it’s secure to say that the 0.5% decline in common dwelling value we noticed from November to December final 12 months is one thing we’ve by no means seen earlier than, and it’s lower than one-seventh of what we’re used to seeing.

Am I reaching right here if I recommend that it is a signal of issues to come back?

At worst, let’s agree that this exhibits a market energy that we haven’t seen in earlier years.

At greatest (or worst relying on who you’re…) this could possibly be used as an indicator of a January market that’s going to utterly increase.

Personally, I believe the January market is going to increase, however it’s not due to the above knowledge; not totally.

If there’s one statistic from the December TRREB stats that blew my thoughts it’s this one:


The baseball fan in me thinks that that will seemingly put a hitter within the top-20 forever “base hits,” or a pitcher within the top-10 all time for “strikeouts.”

Nevertheless it’s really the variety of Lively Listings in December.

Lively listings isn’t as attractive a statistic as new listings, however if you wish to know what’s taking place out there, reflecting each listings and gross sales, then have a look at energetic listings quite than new listings.  Lively listings are the variety of listings left on the finish of the month and that’s necessary as a result of it tells us the speed at which they’re being absorbed.

These 3,232 energetic listings on the finish of December are the fewest of any within the month of December, ever.

That’s necessary.

However extra importantly is the truth that the common variety of energetic listings at month’s finish, in December, from 2002 by 2020, is 12,033.

So the variety of energetic listings final month is a bit more than a quarter of what the earlier twenty years has proven.

Huh.  How about that?

And what was the earlier file for futility?

4,746 energetic listings in December of 2016, which can also be effectively beneath the 12,033 common, however can additionally train us one thing, if we’re keen to pay attention.

The sales-to-new-listing ratio in December of 2016 is the all-time excessive for the month of December at 127.0%.  That seemingly had a hand within the depressed 4,746 energetic listings, in comparison with the 12 months earlier than in 2015 when December produced 9,137 energetic listings, only for context.

Now, what occurred after December of 2016?

Effectively, clearly January of 2017.

And what occurred in that month, and the months after?  Effectively, we noticed the best four-month bull run within the historical past of Toronto.

If the depressed variety of energetic listings in December is any indication, it may appear that January of this 12 months goes to increase, and that can absolutely arrange for value escalations all through the spring.

Returning again to the November-to-December comparisons for a second, I wished to have a look at every particular person TRREB district, since each common is made up of different averages!

That 0.5% drop from November to December absolutely has highs and lows among the many 5 TRREB districts, however it would possibly shock you to see simply how excessive and how low…

We’ll begin with the 416-Toronto:



A 6.7% drop is a lot extra important than the general 0.5% drop, though it’s the second-lowest since 2016.

The common drop from 2012 by 2020 is 6.9%, so we appear to be on tempo.

It’s simply actually, actually exhausting to see “energy” within the 416 after we have a look at the opposite 4 TRREB districts.  Don’t get me unsuitable, I do see energy within the 416.  Herculean energy, and a depressing marketplace for patrons within the subsequent few months, it’s simply that this determine above may not present it!

The following lowest after that 6.7% drop?

Which space, and the way a lot?

Halton, and never by a lot in any respect, in reality…



A modest 1.0% drop, which is double the 0.5% common, however a pittance in comparison with the 416-Toronto determine.

The following three areas defy logic, people.

All three areas noticed increased costs in December than November which I merely can’t clarify.  I don’t know how that is doable, though whereas historic knowledge for 416-Toronto exhibits each value drops from November to December, all of Halton, York, Durham, and Peel noticed months the place costs elevated.

Right here’s York Area:


That’s loopy, in my thoughts.

I actually don’t see it.  This isn’t an element of a cheaper price threshold, since York Area’s common dwelling value is definitely the best of all 5 TRREB districts!

Let’s have a look at Durham Area, which has been on hearth prior to now twenty-four months:



The rise is much more pronounced right here, with a 3.5% month-over-month appreciation, though we will word that the typical dwelling value had elevated from November to December in every of the earlier two years.

Isn’t that one thing?

The saying, “You study one thing new day-after-day” doesn’t match for many people in the true property market, however it’s instances like this when the saying rings true.  I by no means thought, for a second, that I’d see this type of knowledge.  Wanting on the Metropolis of Toronto, the place a drop in common dwelling value from November to December is as computerized yearly because the Toronto Maple Leafs failing to win the Stanley Cup, I by no means would have that we’d see a rise in different areas.

Having stated that, nothing may have ready me for what we noticed in Peel Area:



It’s not a typo.

I checked thrice.

The common dwelling value skyrocketed in Peel Area in December and that’s not as a result of a scarcity of stock, since new listings have been the third-highest in a decade.

Extra to the purpose, the 1,236 gross sales recorded in December was the second-highest in a decade’s price of gross sales exercise as effectively.

Whereas I might warning a reader to use a 6.8% premium on their dwelling after one month, I additionally couldn’t supply the “low pattern measurement” argument to discourage them from doing so.

The underside line is that this: December is all the time an odd month and it’s powerful to attract conclusions, very like it’s powerful to study something a couple of baseball crew’s prospects for the upcoming season based mostly on a meaningless pre-season.  Nevertheless, this sales-to-new-listing ratio insanity in December will undoubtedly result in an identical dearth of stock in January, and thru a mere one week within the 2022 market, I’m already seeing this.

The anecdotes I may share with you already, my goodness.  You wouldn’t imagine it.

How a couple of $5M home, in the marketplace for 2 months main as much as Christmas – unsold, getting 5 affords on January tenth within the “new” market of 2022?

I’m certain we’ll focus on this extra subsequent week and thereafter because the market rounds into type.

However none of us, and I imply not a single certainly one of us, ought to have been caught off guard by this!  I’ve been predicting these early-2022 market circumstances for weeks, if not months, and I learn my crew the riot act all all through December.  Now, they see 28 affords on a bungalow at Eglinton and Victoria Park, and to ask, “What’s this about?” suggests they didn’t take my old-man ramblings about the true property apocalypse at face worth…

January of 2021 noticed 9,430 new listings.

January of 2020 noticed 7,836 new listings.

January of 2019 noticed 9,456 new listings.

I’ll make a prediction that, though 2020 supplied a depressed variety of new listings in January, we see manner fewer than that 7,836 determine.

Actually, I’ll make a prediction that we see new listings within the 6,000’s.

Let’s choose this up once more subsequent month.

Within the meantime, for these of you out there proper now, good luck and God pace!

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