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Robust high-rise market buoys GTA new home sales

Greater Toronto, December 19, 2012 – The industry has sold 31,766 new homes in the first 11 months of the year and is poised to finish the year strong, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) reported today.

"The demographic reality of the GTA is that 100,000 people move here every year and new residents need a home. Our industry will continue to meet the challenge of providing high quality high-rise and low-rise homes and neighbourhoods for our growing population," said BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey.

According to RealNet Canada Inc., BILD’s official source of new home market intelligence, 2,516 new homes were sold in November and it was a strong month for high-rise sales. Still holding a prominent share of the market, there were 1,556 new high-rise home sold across the GTA in November. On the low-rise side, there were 960 new homes sold in November.

The GTA continues to be a robust high-rise market but the lack of affordability and choice in the ground-related market is a direct result of provincial policy that encourages intensification and constrains land supply.

In addition, the industry has been monitoring consumer confidence since the federal government made changes to the mortgage rules in July and notes that first-time home buyers are those most affected under the new rules, which have taken a considerable portion of potential purchasers out of the market.

The RealNet New Home Price Index for a low-rise home rose 16 per cent over November 2011 to $625,473 while pricing for high-rise homes increased 2 per cent to $437,264.

For a statistical backgrounder contact Amy Lazar at alazar@bildgta.ca.

Nov '12

Low Rise

High Rise

Total

Region

2010

2011

2012

2010

2011

2012

2010

2011

2012

Durham

182

190

193

6

10

16

188

200

209

Halton

687

266

297

67

262

108

754

528

405

Peel

371

440

221

208

176

69

579

616

290

Toronto

104

78

14

2,124

2,982

1,183

2,228

3,060

1,197

York

456

566

235

133

422

180

589

988

415

GTA

1,800

1,540

960

2,538

3,852

1,556

4,338

5,392

2,516

Jan-Nov

15,449

16,734

13,663

20,014

27,659

18,103

35,463

44,393

31,766


Source: RealNet Canada Inc.

With more than 1,400 members, BILD, formed through the merger of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' Association and Urban Development Institute/Ontario, is the voice of the land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.

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