Condos & Rental Unit performance over 2nd Quarter of 2013

ImageGreater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,984 condominium apartment transactions through the TorontoMLS system in the second quarter of 2013. This result was down by approximately six per cent in comparison to the second quarter of 2012. The number of active listings at the end of the second quarter was up year-over-year by less than 2.5 per cent, while new listings were down by slightly more than four per cent.

“The GTA condominium apartment market has been the subject of much discussion recently, due in large part to the number of new units completed over the past two years and the number of units that remain under construction. With this in mind, it is important to point out that the condo market has fared quite well. Even with sales down and the number of active listings up, the average selling price has found support at current levels,” said Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) President Dianne Usher.

The average selling price for condominium apartments in the second quarter was $347,896 – up by 1.7 per cent compared to the average of $342,148 in the second quarter of 2012. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) apartment benchmark price was also up by approximately one per cent over the same period.

“While active listings were up year-over-year in the second quarter, it is interesting to note that new listings were down over the same period. If the number of new listings continues to drop in the second half of 2013 and the sales situation improves, we could see the pace of condo price growth accelerate as market conditions tighten,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

Looking at the rental market of Apartments, Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,853 condominium apartments rented through the Toronto MLS system in the second quarter of 2013.  This result was up by approximately 23 per cent in comparison to the second quarter of 2012.  The number of condominium apartments listed for rent was up by over 15 per cent to 10,284.

“Condominium apartments rented out by investors have become an increasingly important part of the overall rental stock in the GTA, given that very few purpose-built rental properties have been completed over the last decade,” said Toronto Real Estate Board President Dianne Usher.

“Strong demand for condo rentals has come from households who want to live in up-to-date units but who are not ready to buy.  These renter households include would-be first-time buyers who are waiting to save a down payment and/or benefit from increased incomes and new comers to Canada who often choose to rent before entering into the home ownership market,” continued Ms. Usher.

Average rents for one-bedroom and two-bedroom condominium apartments increased well-above the rate of inflation on a year-over-year basis in the second quarter, reaching $1,611 per month and $2,174 per month respectively.

“The fact that annual growth in rental transactions outstripped growth in the number of units listed for rent suggests that conditions in the GTA tightened over the past year and that the vacancy rate has remained very low.  Strong competition between renters for available units has prompted continued upward pressure in average rents,” said Jason Mercer, TREB’s Senior Manager of Market Analysis.

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