Ontario housing plan’s impact remains muted—BILD

The Greater Toronto Area’s housing segment is showing little signs of moderating despite the implementation of measures aimed at improving affordability and slowing down the market, according to the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

The recent Ontario Housing Plan appeared to have made a negligible dent upon property prices and sales activity among multi-family homes, condo apartments, and stacked townhomes.

Around 86 per cent of the 3,902 new homes sold last month were multi-family condo apartments in high- and mid-rises as well as stacked townhomes, while only 14 percent were low-rise single-family homes. Meanwhile, 3,357 new condos were sold in May, 61 per cent above the 10-year average for that housing type. Only 545 new single-family low-rise homes were sold last month, representing a 76 per cent year-over-year drop (and 68 per cent off the 10-year average).

The average asking price for available detached homes in the GTA was $1,942,316, while the average price for available semi-detached was $919,231 and for townhomes was $1,002,220. The average condo price stood at $604,683, increasing by 33 per cent annually. New low-rise single-family homes went for an average of $1,222,699, with a 40 per cent year-over-year increase.

“For the new homes market, the Province's fair housing plan has had little real effect,” BILD President and CEO Bryan Tuckey said.

“Prices continue to increase and supply, especially for single-family low-rise homes, continues to be low. The price acceleration in the condo portion of the market is especially worrisome since it not only represents the lion’s share of new housing in the GTA, it's also making it difficult for condos to remain the affordable option.”

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