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Low-rise prices hit record high while sales remain weak

Greater Toronto, August 20, 2013 - Sales of new homes and condominiums in the GTA remained low as prices continued to climb at a record pace in the ground-related sector, the Building Industry and Land Development Association announced today.

According to RealNet Canada Inc., BILD's official source for new home market intelligence, new home sales in July totalled the lowest in 10 years while year-to-date sales added to the second-lowest in a decade.

While high-rise sales fell 34 per cent below the 10-year average in July, condominium construction across the GTA is at a record high. As of July 31, there are 256 high-rise developments - representing 66,126 new homes - currently under construction. More than 17,000 are expected to be completed by year's end.

Part of the sales decline is reduced new inventory as a result of self-discipline by the industry. GTA developers introduced just two new projects into the market in July.

"It's important to understand that while we are experiencing record-high construction, these homes have been sold two to three years ago and are not an accurate representation of today's new homes market," explained BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey. "Sales activity in 2013 has been low and we will start to see the effect of that in two to three years."

Tuckey also stressed the importance of differentiating between the new homes market, which consists of new developments sold in pre-construction, and the resale market, which represents existing properties sold by homeowners.

Sales of ground-related housing continued to slide as a result of limited supply and reduced affordability. At 783 sales in July, the low-rise market has fallen 45 per cent below the 10-year average.

Meanwhile, the RealNet New Home Price Index reached a new record in the low-rise sector, bringing the average price of a low-rise home in the GTA to $645,854. The high-rise price index decreased slightly to $430,930 with the price gap hitting a record high of $214,924.

statistical video analysis of July new home sales is available for viewing. For additional information, contact Amy Lazar or Andrei Zaretski.

July '13

Low Rise

High Rise

Total

Region

2011

2012

2013

2011

2012

2013

2011

2012

2013

Durham

176

124

211

4

20

4

180

144

215

Halton

213

112

63

66

38

78

279

150

141

Peel

263

354

223

61

271

68

324

625

291

Toronto

73

42

21

1,070

889

731

1,143

931

752

York

477

209

265

421

186

114

898

395

379

GTA

1,202

841

783

1,622

1,404

995

2,824

2,245

1,778

Jan-July

10,823

9,976

6,851

16,077

12,713

8,451

26,900

22,689

15,302

Source: RealNet Canada Inc.

With more than 1,400 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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For more information, contact:

Amy Lazar
Manager, Communications
416-391-3452 or 416-543-3903
alazar@bildgta.ca

or

Andrei Zaretski
Manager, Marketing & Media Relations
416-391-3450 or 416-843-4898
azaretski@bildgta.ca