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How Much You Need to Earn to Buy a Home in the Greater Toronto Area

Hyder Owainati

Over the last year alone, the average price of a home in Canada’s largest metropolis increased by $95,865—a near six-figure jump that adds even greater pressure on the wallets of Toronto house hunters.

New figures from TheRedPin brokerage suggests that even when factoring in a record low mortgage rate of 2.49%, the household income needed to afford an average home in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is $124,153.

The salary range is significant: Richmond Hill buyers require a total salary of $179,551 in order to afford a property in the popular York Region city, while in Brampton, required incomes hover around $108,246.

The one persistent theme however is that a six-figure household income is almost a must when buying an average house across the GTA, with the only exceptions being a couple areas in the east.

The brokerage broke down affordability by looking at average selling prices for all home types (houses and condos combined) on a per-city basis.

More reflective of needed incomes for repeat buyers who’ve already built up equity from a previous property, a 20% down payment was assumed. Property taxes and utility costs were factored in as well.

While the numbers may prove disconcerting to first-time buyers, the study found there are still affordable avenues for those looking to make their way into the market. For example, the average GTA condo apartment requires a household salary of $74,827, while in Oshawa, homebuyers would need to earn $87,801 to buy a house.

“A lot of the statistics and the reports tend to steer towards the detached home and semi-detached home markets,” said Luke Sheehan, TheRedPin’s marketing director in a CTV News interview. “A young person living in the downtown core of Toronto, still, we believe, has a pretty good and affordable chance of being able to own their own [condo].”

Income needed to buy a home in the GTA

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Average price$1,208,094
Household income required$205,525

Richmond Hill

Average price$1,066,569
Household income required$179,551


Average price$995,666
Household income required$168,871


Average price$960,118
Household income required$161,662


Average price$941,068
Household income required$162,741


Average price$921,714
Household income required$156,731


Average price$920,463
Household income required$157,688


Average price$768,988
Household income required$136,641


Average price$761,080
Household income required$134,605

East Gwillimbury

Average price$753,054
Household income required$132,365


Average price$736,932
Household income required$124,126


Average price$729,755
Household income required$134,712


Average price$678,401
Household income required$118,893


Average price$629,536
Household income required$108,246


Average price$620,606
Household income required$109,560


Average price$599,267
Household income required$113,595


Average price$574,506
Household income required$109,671


Average price$570,380
Household income required$105,743


Average price$568,342
Household income required$108,207


Average price$459,464
Household income required$90,141


Average price$427,790
Household income required$87,801


Average price$373,269
Household income required$76,057

Source: TheRedPin (based on average year-to-date selling prices for all home types) is a full-service real estate brokerage that carries the largest database of residential listings in the Greater Toronto Area. Sign up for its newsletter simply by clicking here.

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