New single-family home sales continue to pick up in March

April 25, 2019

New single-family home sales continue to pick up in March

 Toronto, April 25, 2019 The GTA new home market continued to show some encouraging signs in March, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) announced today.

 Total new home sales, with 2,314 new homes sold, were up 20 per cent from last year, though still 36 per cent below the 10-year average, according to Altus Group*, BILD’s official source for new home market intelligence. There were 886 new single-family homes sold in March, including detached, linked and semi-detached houses and townhouses, up from last March’s low of 295, but still 38 per cent below the ten-year average. This is the fifth month in a row that new single-family home sales have increased year-over-year. Sales of new condominium apartments in low, medium and high-rise buildings, stacked townhouses and loft units, with 1,428 units sold, were down 13 per cent from March 2018 and 34 per cent below the ten-year average.

 “The desire to own a new single-family home never went away, but many would-be buyers have been taking a wait-and-see approach in the past two years,” said Patricia Arsenault, Altus Group’s Executive Vice President, Data Solutions. “While the affordability of single-family homes in general remains a challenge, the broader range of product at more favourable price points that is starting to emerge has attracted some of these buyers into the market.”

 The benchmark prices of both single-family homes and condominium apartments moderated slightly compared to the previous month. The benchmark price of new single-family homes was $1,116,640, down 7.6 per cent over the last 12 months, while the benchmark price of new condominium apartments was $780,839, up 5.1 per cent over the last 12 months.

 “Despite the recent slight moderation in new home prices, affordability is an issue for many people in the GTA, as we have learned from our Building Answers campaign, which encourages residents to ask questions about development,” said David Wilkes, BILD President & CEO. “Affordability will continue to be a challenge until structural remedies are introduced to fix the GTA’s housing supply shortage. It is clear that we all—industry, government and public—need to look for ways to build more housing faster and to mitigate unnecessary delays and costs on new housing.”

 Remaining inventory in March included 11,744 condominium apartment units and 5,054 single family homes. Remaining inventory includes units in preconstruction projects, in projects currently under construction and in completed buildings.

 

 March New Home Sales by Municipality: **

March 2019

Condominium Apartments

Single-family

Total

Region

2019

2018

2017

2019

2018

2017

2019

2018

2017

Durham

35

14

188

173

66

209

208

80

397

Halton

70

64

110

107

59

296

177

123

406

Peel

84

99

197

307

126

366

391

225

563

Toronto

953

1,081

3,628

88

5

93

1,041

1,086

3,721

York

286

382

442

211

39

372

497

421

814

GTA

1,428

1,640

4,565

886

295

1,336

2,314

1,935

5,901

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 revision.