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New home sales in Toronto are now the strongest they've been in almost 15 years

The housing market in the Toronto area somehow continues to defy the downturn that virtually every other industry has faced during the health crisis, with new home sales the strongest they've been since 2007, according to a new housing report from the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD).

Following a very brief lull earlier in the year, the numbers from last month are startling, with 3,544 real estate transactions for new homes taking place in the GTA, which is 36 per cent higher than the same time last year and a whopping 40 per cent higher than the 10-year average.

Unfortunately for anyone hoping to buy in and around the city at some point, prices also continue to rise, hitting a benchmark of $993,811 for newly-built condos — up 18.5 per cent year-over-year — and $1,182,199 for new single-family homes, up 8.3 per cent.

Other recent reports have shown that the average condo apartment purchase price from Q2 2020 in Toronto was equal to about two decades worth of rent, while the average purchase price for any type of home in Toronto hit $943,710 in July.

Sales were predominantly single-family homes such as detached and semi-detached homes and townhomes, which surged 187 per cent from July 2019 and were 78 per cent higher than the 10-year average.

This is thanks in part to a rush to finish construction projects that were delayed or otherwise impacted by the pandemic, but finally got the green light to proceed as lockdown measures and on-site restrictions eased.

With more industries rebounding and more people returning to work, many residents are also enjoying more economic security than earlier in the year, enabling them to comfortably make big financial decisions once more and act on what experts call "pent-up demand."

Numbers were overall highest in York Region (855 sales of condos and single-family homes in July), followed by Peel (809) and Toronto proper (783).

BILD's CEO said in a release that these high numbers and the demand they indicate “is heartening but not surprising," adding that "even as our region makes its way through recovery, it continues to be a very desirable place to live and work."

Would-be buyers have long known that home ownership in the GTA has been and will continue to be out of reach for most for a slew of reasons, regardless of any economic recession or global health crisis that should realistically threaten it.

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