New home market off to an encouraging start in January

February 26, 2019

Toronto, Feb. 26, 2019 In January, sales of new homes in the Greater Toronto Area showed a moderate increase from last year, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) announced today.

A total of 1,362 new homes were sold in January 2019, which was 14 per cent more than the number sold in January of last year, according to Altus Group*, BILD’s official source for new home market intelligence.

January’s sales of new single-family homes, including detached, linked, and semi-detached houses and townhouses (excluding stacked townhouses), with 420 single-family homes sold, were still low from a historical perspective, down 53 per cent from the 10-year average. Sales of new condominium apartments, including units in low, medium and high-rise buildings, stacked townhouses and loft units, were only five per cent lower than the 10-year average, with 942 units sold.

“This year is starting off on a positive note,” said Patricia Arsenault, Altus Group’s Executive Vice President, Data Solutions. “The improvement in new home sales over last January is consistent with our outlook for somewhat higher annual sales in the GTA this year, following the drop in 2018.”

Benchmark prices of new homes continued recent trends, with the benchmark price of single-family homes moderating slightly from last month to $1,130,046, down 8.1 per cent over the last 12 months, and the condo apartment benchmark price increasing from last month to $803,638, up 12.5 per cent over the last 12 months.

With little new product coming into the housing market in January, remaining inventory decreased slightly from last month, to 15,530 units comprised of 10,364 condo apartment units and 5,166 single-family homes. Remaining inventory includes units in preconstruction projects, in projects currently under construction, and in completed buildings.

“It looks like the market is starting to return to typical levels after a particularly difficult year,” said David Wilkes, BILD President & CEO. “With the spring budget coming up, we are calling on the federal government to take steps to make it easier for first-time home buyers to get into the housing market.”

January New Home Sales by Municipality: **

January 2019

Condominium Apartments

Single-family

Total

Region

2019

2018

2017

2019

2018

2017

2019

2018

2017

Durham

30

13

28

46

82

190

76

95

218

Halton

29

38

112

231

172

154

260

210

266

Peel

105

86

203

77

30

211

182

116

414

Toronto

724

605

982

5

8

36

729

613

1018

York

54

83

319

61

81

170

115

164

489

GTA

942

825

1,644

420

373

761

1,362

1,198

2,405

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 Media Relations 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.