GTA still a tale of two markets

TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - The GTA's tale of two markets was even more prevalent in the tally of new home sales in January 2013, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) announced today.

In the high-rise market, new home buyers are still looking for and finding quality, affordable homes across the GTA. Choice in the high-rise market is a direct result of provincial public policy which has resulted in an ever increasing emphasis on intensification, and the industry is adapting to the shift.

In January, new home buyers purchased 686 high-rise homes, most of which were sold in the City of Toronto. Buyers interested in owning a new condominium in the 905 found a variety of projects in York Region as well.

The tale of the low-rise market is illustrated by constrained land supply and a lack of product and choice. According to RealNet Canada Inc., BILD's official source of new home market intelligence, new home buyers purchased 562 single, semi-detached and townhomes in the GTA.

"People still want to purchase a detached, semi-detached or townhome in the GTA and over the last few years, we have seen a reduction in sales of ground-related housing. A typical January for the low-rise market would have seen more than 1,000 new homes sold across the GTA," said BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey. "The level of ground-related housing sales resulted in 1,248 new homes to be sold in the GTA - almost 1,000 below the long-term average. This is a direct result of reduced affordability and choice in the low-rise sector and illustrates the effect of public policy on the market."

The RealNet New Home Price Index indicated a 16 per cent increase in the low-rise sector over January 2012 ($639,588). High-rise condominiums remained the more affordable option in the GTA, with a two per cent increase in the price-per-square-foot bringing the unit price index to $435,722.

A statistical backgrounder can be found here. For additional information, contact Amy Lazar or Andrei Zaretski.

Jan '13 Low Rise High Rise Total
Region 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
Durham 179 212 129 12 4 12 191 216 141
Halton 214 178 105 46 44 21 260 222 126
Peel 294 273 192 89 24 27 383 297 219
Toronto 44 30 10 837 551 508 881 581 518
York 403 481 126 115 121 118 518 602 244
GTA 1,134 1,174 562 1,099 744 686 2,233 1,918 1,248
Jan-Jan 1,134 1,174 562 1,099 744 686 2,233 1,918 1,248

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.

PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2013/02/26/20130226_C8413_DOC_EN_24057.pdf

SOURCE: Building Industry and Land Development Association

For further information:

Amy Lazar 
Manager, Communications
416-391-3452 or 416-543-3903                  
alazar@bildgta.ca
                                                       
Andrei Zaretski
Manager, Marketing & Media Relations
416-391-3450 or 416-843-4898
azaretski@bildgta.ca