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GTA new home sales remain strong in July

Toronto, Aug. 26, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 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 of 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 are 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.





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.

John Provenzano