GTA new home market slow in April

May 27, 2020

Greater Toronto Area, May 27, 2020 – The GTA new home market saw record low new home sales numbers in April, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) announced today.

It was the lowest April for total new home sales, as well as single-family and condominium apartment sales, since Altus Group, BILD’s official source for new home market intelligence, started tracking in 2000.

A total of 771 new homes was sold in April, down 80 per cent from April 2019 and 78 per cent below the 10-year average. Single-family homes, including detached, linked, and semi-detached houses and townhouses (excluding stacked townhouses), accounted for 301 new home sales, down 62 per cent from last April and 79 per cent below the 10-year average.

Sales of new condominium apartments, including units in low, medium and high-rise buildings, stacked townhouses and loft units, at 470 units sold, were down 85 per cent from April 2019 and 78 per cent below the 10-year average.

“The plunge in new home sales in April came as both builders and potential buyers stepped back from the heated activity of the first quarter, adjusting to the new reality ushered in by COVID-19,” said Patricia Arsenault, Altus Group’s Executive Vice President, Data Solutions. “Most planned new project launches were put on hold, sales programs for existing projects moved to virtual or by- appointment-only models, and short-term home-buying plans were disrupted by employment uncertainty, as well as the challenges of stay-at-home routines.”

Total new home remaining inventory decreased slightly from the previous month, to 13,851 units. Remaining inventory includes units in preconstruction projects, in projects currently under construction, and in completed buildings.

The benchmark prices for both new condominium apartments and new single-family homes increased slightly in April compared to the previous month. The benchmark price for new condo apartments was $984,369, which was up 29.8 per cent over the last 12 months, and the benchmark price for new single-family homes was $1,117,955, which was down 0.2 per cent over the last 12 months.

“As we expected, the April new home sales numbers reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the GTA economy,” said David Wilkes, BILD President & CEO. “The good news is, the residential and commercial building and development industry, along with the professional renovations industry, is positioned to play a significant role in the recovery of our region and Ontario. In the coming weeks, we’ll be putting forward recommendations for all three levels of government that can accelerate the healing of our economy.”


 April New Home Sales by Municipality: **

April 2020

Condominium Apartments

Single-family

Total

Region

2020

2019

2018

2020

2019

2018

2020

2019

2018

Durham

6

40

5

73

127

80

79

167

85

Halton

28

42

58

48

88

76

76

130

134

Peel

24

760

258

53

269

138

77

1,029

396

Toronto

320

1,030

596

8

52

12

328

1,082

608

York

92

1,206

332

119

257

131

211

1,463

463

GTA

470

3,078

1,249

301

793

437

771

3,871

1,686

 

Source: Altus Group

 

With 1,500 member companies, BILD is the voice of the home building, land development and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area. The building and renovation industry provides $33 billion in investment value and employs 271,000 people in the region. BILD is proudly affiliated with the Ontario and Canadian Home Builders' Associations.

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For additional information or to schedule an interview, contact John Provenzano, BILD Communications and Marketing Manager, at JProvenzano@bildgta.ca, (416) 617-7994.

*Altus Group should be credited as BILD’s official source of new home market intelligence.

**Historical data are subject to revisions.