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New home sales slip in August

GREATER TORONTO, Sept. 24, 2012 - Sales of new homes and condominiums in the GTA have declined in August, however, new home buyers have purchased 24,301 new homes so far in 2012, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) reported today.

According to RealNet Canada Inc., BILD's official source of new home market intelligence, the 1,242 homes sold in August 2012 add up to the lowest monthly sales since 2009 and the lowest August on record. Year-to-date sales have remained on par with 2010 but below its record-breaking 2011 predecessor.

"The federal government has been working on reducing household debt levels and recently adjusted mortgage lending rules. August was the first full month with the new rules in place and it appears these regulations have affected consumer confidence, resulting in significantly reduced sales of new homes," explained BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey. "BILD will be carefully monitoring new home sales during the next three months to see if this decline becomes a trend."

"Confidence in the new homes market is crucial to a healthy economy in the GTA," added BILD Chair Paul Golini Jr. "This industry employs more than 193,000 people, making it one of the largest contributors to economic growth in Ontario."

Additional factors include lack of housing supply and choice for consumers as a result of the Province of Ontario's emphasis on intensification. The new homes industry has seen pricing for low-rise homes limit choice in housing options and affordability for many homebuyers.

The RealNet New Home Price Index currently sits at $609,369 and $436,460 for a low-rise and high-rise home, respectively.

A statistical backgrounder on new home sales in July 2012 can be found here. Contact Andrei Zaretski at azaretski@bildgta.ca or Amy Lazar at alazar@bildgta.ca for more information.

August '12

Low Rise

High Rise

Total

Region

2010

2011

2012

2010

2011

2012

2010

2011

2012

Durham

182

206

119

7

7

12

189

213

131

Halton

241

610

75

24

283

15

265

893

90

Peel

202

281

267

89

63

66

291

344

333

Toronto

18

47

22

751

1,027

469

769

1,074

491

York

356

385

114

108

587

83

464

972

197

GTA

999

1,529

597

979

1,967

645

1,978

3,496

1,242

Jan-Aug

11,212

12,357

10,710

12,347

18,055

13,591

23,559

30,412

24,301

Source: RealNet Canada Inc.

With more than 1,375 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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