January 20 - 2011 – Year of the Condo as GTA market shifts

January 20, 2012

2011 - Year of the Condo as GTA market shifts

Greater Toronto, January 20, 2012 - More than 28,000 new condominium units were sold in the Greater Toronto Area in 2011, setting a new record for the market's high-rise sector while demonstrating a shift in today's new home purchasing decisions, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) revealed today.

According to RealNet Canada Inc., BILD's official source of new home market intelligence, there were 45,926 new homes sold in the GTA last year, resulting in the second-best year ever for total sales. Not surprisingly, the high-rise sector played a considerable role in the market's success, closing the year with a 62 per cent market share. This is in direct contrast to the year 2000 when high-rise sales held a mere 25 per cent share.

"What we are seeing today is a shift towards higher-density housing as more new home purchasers seek the most affordable homes to match their lifestyle," explained BILD Chair Paul Golini Jr. "They are attracted by the premium location, design quality and amenities that are associated with condo living, along with the affordability they find in the high-rise market."

The price gap between new high-rise ($434,322) and low-rise ($545,372) homes currently sits at a record-high $111,000 spread.

There were over 130 new condo openings in the GTA in 2011, backed by a strong performance in the 905 markets, particularly York Region which saw high-rise sales more than double over last year.

The active supply for all new housing options are at near-record lows for new home purchasers, particularly in the low-rise sector where supply is down 73 per cent to 10 years ago.  According to RealNet the active supply available in the low-rise sector is at a record setting low of only four-months of housing inventory.

"The record low supply numbers demonstrate the need for government partners to participate in providing a full range of affordable housing options for new home buyers," said BILD's Acting President Joe Vaccaro.  "All governments should focus on streamlining and expediting the approvals process and reviewing the fees and charges faced by the GTA's new home sector to support complete communities and intensification.  Unnecessary process delays and government-imposed costs are barriers to providing future homeowners with a full range of affordable housing options."

December '11

Low Rise

High Rise

Total

Region

2010

2011

% Change

2010

2011

% Change

2010

2011

%Change

Durham

124

109

-12.1%

6

5

-16.7%

130

114

-12.3%

Halton

223

121

-45.7%

24

27

12.5%

247

148

-40.1%

Peel

281

182

-35.2%

148

37

-75.0%

429

219

-49.0%

Toronto

37

38

2.7%

659

547

-17.0%

696

585

-15.9%

York

283

324

14.5%

81

233

187.7%

364

557

53.0%

GTA

948

774

-18.4%

918

849

-7.5%

1,866

1,623

-13.0%

Jan-Dec

16,359

17,460

6.7%

21,019

28,466

35.4%

37,378

45,926

22.9%

Source: RealNet Canada Inc.

With more than 1,350 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.
-30-