GTA new home sales remain strong in July

August 26, 2019

Toronto, August 23, 2019 It was a busy month by July standards as both condo sales and single-family sales were up year over year the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) announced today.

 

There were 566 new single-family homes, including detached, linked and semi-detached houses and townhouses, sold in July, according to Altus Group*, BILD’s official source for new home market intelligence. Although sales increased 136 per cent from last July, they were 29 per cent below the ten-year average.

 

Sales of new condominium apartments in low, medium and high-rise buildings, stacked townhouses and loft units, with 2,297 units sold, were up 22 per cent from July 2018 and 42 per cent above the ten-year average.

 

Typically, buyers take a bit of a vacation from the new condo apartment market in July. This year was no different, although the decline in sales was less pronounced than usual, resulting in the second strongest July on record,” said Patricia Arsenault, Altus Group’s Executive Vice President, Data Solutions. “While few new projects launched in July, sales at projects opened in June were brisk.”

 

The benchmark price of new condominium apartments increased from last month, to $838,824, up 8.3 per cent over the last 12 months. The benchmark price of new single-family homes decreased slightly from last month, to $1,091,727, down 4.5 per cent over the last 12 months, continuing its moderating trend in 2019.

 

Strong July sales, paired with traditional fewer summer openings, saw inventory decrease in July to 12,873 condominium apartment units and 4,409 single-family homes. Remaining inventory includes units in preconstruction projects, in projects currently under construction and in completed buildings.

 

Total new home sales in the first seven months of 2019, at 20,268 units sold, are up 45 per cent from the same period in 2018 and 9 per cent below the ten-year average.

 

“The price gap between single-family homes and condos continues to shrink, leaving new home buyers with a lack of choice,” said David Wilkes, BILD President & CEO. “We must provide more ‘missing middle’ type development that can support transit in established neighbourhoods. More ‘gentle density’ housing in the form of mid-rise buildings, condos with street level retail, and stacked townhouses is needed to give consumers more choice.”

 

 

 

July New Home Sales by Municipality: **

July 2019

Condominium Apartments

Single-family

Total

Region

2019

2018

2017

2019

2018

2017

2019

2018

2017

Durham

29

6

27

118

44

60

147

50

87

Halton

59

46

18

82

25

18

141

71

36

Peel

415

150

148

142

87

0

557

237

148

Toronto

1,522

1,557

1,118

46

8

6

1,568

1,565

1,124

York

272

120

461

178

76

34

450

196

495

GTA

2,297

1,879

1,772

566

240

118

2,863

2,119

1,890

 

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 $34 billion in investment value and employs 270,000 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 at jprovenzano@bildgta.ca or (416) 617-7994.

 

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

**Historical data are subject to revision.