Condominium apartment sales remained strong historically in Q1 2022. Seller’s market conditions remained in place with the average selling price increasing by more than 20 per cent year-over-year. Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS® reported 7,932 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in Q1 2022 – a decrease of 15.6 per cent compared to the record Q1 2021 result of 9,399 sales.
“Condominium apartments represent a key market segment in the GTA, providing housing for an array of households. Many first-time buyers see condos as an affordable entry point into homeownership. At the other end of the spectrum, condos provide a luxury alternative for many households. It is also important to note that investor-owned condominium apartments have been an important source of rental supply over the past decade,” said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.
While first quarter sales were down year-over-year, new listings of condominium apartments were basically flat, meaning condo buyers had some relief in terms of market conditions. However, market conditions remained tight enough to support double-digit annual average price gains, with the average condominium apartment selling price increasing by 22.5 per cent to $790,398.
“The GTA population will grow at or near record levels over the next few years, supported by a strong regional economy. The condominium apartment segment will be an important source of housing, both for people looking to purchase a home and also those looking to rent. This will continue to support price growth, but the pace of price appreciation may moderate as the market becomes more balanced over the next year,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. (Read full report)
Q4 2021 Condo Market Statistics
TORONTO, ONTARIO, January 27, 2022 – A record fourth quarter capped off a record year for condominium apartment sales in 2021. While condo listings were high from a historic perspective, it was not a record year on the supply side of the market. In fact, condo buyers experienced some of the tightest market conditions in 20 years. Strong competition between buyers led to an acceleration in price growth to a new record, including double-digit annual growth reported in Q4 2021.
A summary of the Q4 2021 condo market is as follows:
• Q4 2021 condo apartment transactions amounted to a record 7,815 in the GTA – up almost 21 per cent compared to 6,462 in Q4 2020.
• On the supply side, the number of new listings entered into TRREB’s MLS® System in Q4 2021 was down almost 29 per cent to 8,758.
• With condo sales up substantially year-over-year in Q4 and new listings down substantially, standing inventory (active listings) at the end of December 2021 was down by almost two-thirds compared to the end of 2021.
• Very tight market conditions, with strong competition between buyers, resulted in an acceleration in price growth in the fourth quarter, pushing the average selling price up by 16.4 per cent to $710,087.
“The resurgence in the condo market was a key real estate story for 2021. First-time buyers, who arguably remained on the sidelines longer than existing home buyers during the earlier stages of the pandemic, reentered the market with vigour last year. Condo demand will be robust in 2022 as well, with the expected increases in immigration and temporary migration into the GTA,” said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.
“In the early days of the pandemic, we saw a spike in condominium apartment listings and a brief lull in condo price growth. The situation reversed dramatically in 2021, with the number of available units dropping in the face of strong demand. The resulting double-digit price growth will carry forward into 2022,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. Read Full Report
Q3 2021 Condo Market Statistics
Toronto, Ontario October 29, 2021 - The condominium apartment market has experienced strong growth in 2021 and this continued in the third quarter. Sales in Q3 were up substantially compared to the same period last year. In addition, the condo inventory that built up during the initial phases of COVID has been more than absorbed with listings down significantly compared to last year. The result has been the resumption of seller's market conditions, and above-inflation price increases relative to 2020.
Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS® reported 7,810 condominium apartment sales through the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board's (TRREB) MLS® System in Q3 2021. This result was up by 10.6 per cent compared to Q3 2020. Over the same period, new listings were down by 31 per cent. This means that market conditions tightened markedly over the last year, increasing competition between buyers.
"The condo market has seen a dramatic resurgence compared to a year ago. In 2020, first-time buyers sat on the sidelines due to economic uncertainty. This year, however, improving economic prospects have seen many of these buyers accelerate their search for a property. This trend will only continue as population growth resumes next year, and limited changes to supply are expected," said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.
The average selling price for Q3 2021 condominium apartment sales was $689,831 - up 8.9 per cent compared to Q3 2020.
"The condo market is catching up to the low-rise market segments in terms of market conditions. If demand continues to increase relative to supply, which is a distinct possibility assuming an acceleration in population growth over the next year, the annual rate of price growth could increase as we move into 2022," said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. (Read full report)
TORONTO, ONTARIO, August, 2021 - Second quarter 2021 GTA condominium apartment sales were up substantially compared to Q2 2020, but ebbed slightly compared to Q1 2021, following the broader market trend. Competition between buyers continued to accelerate compared to last year, which led to year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter average price increases.
Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 8,793 condominium apartment sales in the GTA in Q2 2021 – up by 155 per cent compared to Q2 2020, but down by approximately six per cent compared to Q1 2021, following the broad-based slowdown in home sales since March.
“There is no doubt that the condominium apartment segment has improved markedly over the past six months, after lagging the low-rise market segments in the second half of 2020. Consumer polling conducted by Ipsos for TRREB suggested that about 40 per cent of buyers in 2021 would be first-time buyers. For many first-time buyers, their entry point into homeownership is the condo market so we expect further upward movement this year with accelerated migration back to cities and heightened immigration,” said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.
The average condo apartment selling price was up by 10.8 per cent year-over-year in Q2 2021 to $686,312. This also represented more than a six per cent increase compared to Q1 2021. In the City of Toronto, which accounted for close to 70 per cent of Q2 condo transactions, the average selling price was $721,109 – up by nine per cent compared to Q2 2020.
“The second quarter marked a turnaround for the condo market in terms of price growth. Whereas other market segments experienced a resurgence in price growth in the latter half of 2020, the condo market took longer to recover. Looking forward to 2022, condo demand could very well strengthen as immigration picks up and younger people, more impacted by COVID-19, look to purchase a home,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. (Read full report)
Q1 2021 GTA CONDO SALES RISE SUBSTANTIALLY
TORONTO, ONTARIO, April 22, 2021 – Year-over-year growth in first quarter 2021 condominium apartment sales well outstripped growth in listings over the same period in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). With market conditions tightening, average condo prices for Q1 2021 were above the averages for Q1 2020 for the regions surrounding the City of Toronto. The average condo selling price in Toronto remained below last year’s level. First quarter 2021 condominium apartment sales reported by GTA REALTORS® totalled 9,398 – up 79.8 per cent compared to 5,226 in Q1 2020. The number of new listings in Q1 2021 amounted to 11,373 – a 42.8 per cent increase over Q1 2020. Active listings totalled 2,811 at the end of Q1, an increase of 23.6 per cent compared to the end of Q1 2020.
“While the condo market was slower to recover compared to low-rise market segments, many Realtors have noted a marked increase in condo interest since the beginning of 2021. This interest will likely continue to increase as the economy improves and vaccine take-up accelerates, resulting in more confidence for first-time buyers,” said TRREB President Lisa Patel.
The overall GTA average condominium apartment selling price was down by 1.4 per cent year over year in Q1 2021 to $645,219. The decline in the overall GTA average selling price was entirely driven by a 4.6 per cent decline in the average selling price in Toronto to $675,844 over the same period.
“Consumer polling conducted by Ipsos in the late fall last year suggested that there was a substantial number of people intending on buying their first home in 2021. Whether we’re talking about Toronto or the surrounding suburbs, the condominium apartment is the logical entry point into the ownership market for many households,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. (Read Full Report)
TREB Releases Q4 2020 Condo Market Statistics
Toronto, Ontario January 27, 2021 Fourth quarter 2020 condominium apartment sales reported by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® totalled 6,469 – up 20.7 per cent compared to 5,358 in Q4 2019. The number of new listings in Q4 2020 amounted to 12,298 – a 91.9 per cent increase over Q4 2019. Active listings totalling 4,294 at the end of Q4 were more than double that reported at the end of Q4 2019.
“While the prominent storyline has been the strong increase in condo listings over the last 12 months, it is important to point out that the demand for condominium apartments has remained very strong, with sales up substantially compared to 2019. The increase in supply, largely attributed to investor selling as both the traditional and short-term rental markets softened along with the looming possibility of a City of Toronto vacancy tax, resulted in much more choice and bargaining power for buyers and a moderate decline in average selling prices,” said Lisa Patel, Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President.
The overall GTA average condominium apartment selling price was down by 1.1 per cent year over year in the fourth quarter to $610,044. The average selling price in Toronto, at $644,516, was down by 2.4 per cent over the same period. Year-over-year price declines were especially evident for smaller units in the City, where investor-driven supply increases were strong.
“TRREB will be releasing its Market Year in Review and 2021 Outlook report at the beginning of February. With this said, we expect the demand for condo apartments to remain strong this year. Once global vaccine uptake is substantial, the exact timing for which remains uncertain, expect a resurgence in immigration and non-permanent migration into the GTA. This will provide continued support for both ownership and rental demand beyond 2021,” said Jason Mercer, TRREB’s Chief Market Analyst. Read full report
TORONTO, ONTARIO, October 23, 2020 - Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Lisa Patel announced that third quarter 2020 condominium apartment sales reported by Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® totalled 7,072 – up 10.5 per cent from Q3 2019. The number of new listings in Q3 2020 amounted to 17,613 – an 84.6 per cent increase over Q3 2019. Active listings at the end of Q3 were more than double that reported the same time last year. “The condominium apartment segment experienced the second best third quarter on record in terms of sales and the best third quarter on record in terms of the average selling price. However, while the pace of year-over-year condo sales and price growth remained strong, it was lower than that reported for low-rise home types. The condo market became much better supplied as many investors moved to sell their units, due in part to softer rental market conditions and a short-term rental market that was impacted by stricter regulations and the COVID-19-related drop in tourism,” said Ms. Patel. The overall average condominium apartment selling price was up by 8.3 per cent year-overyear in the third quarter to $633,484. The average selling price in the City of Toronto, at $680,963, was up by a similar rate over the same period. “While condo buyers certainly benefitted from more choice in the third quarter compared to the past few years, there was still enough competition between buyers to support average selling prices substantially above last year’s levels. It is important to note that one quarter does not make a trend, either on the demand or supply sides of the market. How the relationship unfolds between condo sales and listings over the next three to six months will dictate the longer-term direction for selling prices,” said Jason Mercer, TRREB’s Chief Market Analyst. (Read Full Report)
TREB Releases Q2 2020 Condo Market Statistics
TORONTO, ONTARIO, July 31, 2020 - Toronto Regional Real Estate Board President Lisa Patel announced that second quarter 2020 condominium apartment sales amounted to 3,459 – down 50.8 per cent compared to 7,024 sales in Q2 2019.
The number of new condominium apartment listings amounted to 8,717 in Q2 2020 – down 21.6 per cent compared to 11,114 new listings entered in Q2 2019.
“The condominium apartment market experienced a dip in sales and new listings in the second quarter of 2020, as many potential buyers moved to the sidelines as a result of public health measures taken to combat COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn. With the overall housing market trending toward recovery in June, condo apartment sales will likely improve in the third quarter,” said Ms. Patel.
Despite market conditions becoming more balanced in Q2 2020, the average selling price for condo apartments was up 5.1 per cent compared to Q2 2019 to $619,707.
“It will be important to watch the relationship between condominium apartment sales and new listings as we move through the second half of 2020. If economic recovery is sustained, the demand for condo apartments will improve. However, the prospect of stricter regulations on short-term rentals and softer rental market conditions could fuel increased listings of investor-held units. If we see more balanced market conditions, condo price growth could be more moderate compared to low-rise home types,” said Jason Mercer, TRREB’s Chief Market Analyst. (Read Full Report)