Slow August Sees Toronto New Home Sales Fall, While The 905 Picks Up

Slow sales be damned, Greater Toronto new home buyers are still pushing prices. At least for condo apartments. Altus Group and BILD data shows sales were climbing in August. However, so was inventory – which lead to even more new homes on the market compared to sales. Even though fewer than one in ten homes are being sold, buyers continue to push some price segments higher.

Toronto Detached Prices Fall, While Condo Prices Rise

Greater Toronto continues to see new detached home prices fall, while condos rise. The Altus single-family benchmark price fell to $1,083,358 in August, down 4.1% from last year. The typical new condo apartment price reached $840,799, up 7.2% over the same period. The price divergence has been happening for nearly two years now.

Greater Toronto New Home Sales Rise, But Are Still Slow

Sales of new Greater Toronto real estate increased. There were 1,400 new home sales reported in August, up 18.84% from the same month last year. Breaking it down, condo apartments represented 961 of the sales, which is down 3.61% from last year. Single – family home sales reached 997, up 450% from last year.

Greater Toronto New Home Sales

Total August new home sales in Greater Toronto.

Source: Altus Group, Better Dwelling.

New home sales in the GTA are significantly better than last year, but that doesn’t tell us a lot. There have been 21,349 sales year-to-date (YTD) in August, up a massive 39.65% from last year. Compared to 2017 YTD, this year is down 28.50%. Sales volumes are also down 23.49% YTD compared to the 5-year median volume. If you’re hearing things are better, it’s absolutely true. Unfortunately, better than last year wasn’t exactly a high bar to clear.

Greater Toronto New Home Sales YTD

Total YTD new home sales in Greater Toronto for August.

Source: Altus Group, Better Dwelling.

New Home Sales In Toronto Are Falling

Virtually all growth in Greater Toronto home sales is coming from the 905, with the City seeing a decline. The City of Toronto saw 683 new home sales in August, down 1.30% from last year. Breaking it down, 663 of the sales were condo apartments – down 3.07% from last year. Single-family home sales were just 20, up 150% from last year’s 8 units sold in the month. The 905 isn’t just driving growth – it’s also making up for falling volumes in the City.

Greater Toronto New Home Sales

Total new home sales in Greater Toronto for August, by region.

Source: Altus Group, Better Dwelling. 

Greater Toronto New Home Inventory Rises Over 21%

New home inventory was up bigly across the region last month. There were 16,529 homes for sales in August, up 21.36% from the same month last year. Compared to August 2017, this year’s number is 94.73% higher. The massive rise in inventory from 2017’s lows should have released a lot of price pressure.

Inventory rising faster than sales dropped the sales to active listings ratio (SALR). The SALR dropped to 8.47% in August, down from the 8.65% it was during the same month last year. The market is considered a buyer’s market when this number is below 12%, and prices are expected to fall. Above 20% is considered a seller’s market, and prices are expected to rise. Between 12% and 20% is considered balanced, and the market is priced right for demand.

Greater Toronto New Home Sales To Active

The ratio of sales to active listings for new homes in Greater Toronto, for the month of June.

Source: Altus Group, Better Dwelling.

Greater Toronto new home sales continues its path to recovery last month. The poor inventory absorption should be relieving price pressure. However, only single-family homes appear to be benefiting from more inventory. Master negotiators are still pushing the price of condo apartments higher, even though only one in ten new homes are selling.

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    GTA Landlord 5 years ago

    I’ve been noticing a lot more condo incentives (everything from the developer will furnish your home to no interest for a few years), but prices aren’t coming down. Some are even guaranteeing rent, albeit at a negative cap rate.

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      Jin 5 years ago

      They can’t sell it lower, because that means lower comps. They can chose to lose on half their inventory, so no one thinks prices will ever fall. That takes a loooong time with absorption below 10% though.

      The funny thing is, try to find this inventory. Condo projects are giving two or three options, and hoping you buy regardless.

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    Pete 5 years ago

    No wonder all of the political parties are scrambling to give developers as much money as possible, as quickly as possible.

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