Toronto Real Estate Board

Toronto Real Estate Board

January 05, 2017 07:00 ET

GTA REALTORS® Release Commercial Market Statistics

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 5, 2017) - Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that the total amount of leased space reported through TREB's MLS® System by TREB Commercial Network Members in the fourth quarter of 2016 was down on a year-over-year basis. There was a combined 5,849,174 square feet of industrial, commercial/retail and office space leased - down by 5.1 per cent compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

Industrial space accounted for the great majority of leasing activity reported through TREB's MLS® System, with more than three-quarters of total space leased accounted for by the industrial segment. The average industrial lease rate on a per square foot net basis, for transactions with pricing disclosed, was up by 2.1 per cent to $6.23 compared to $6.10 in Q4 2015. The average commercial/retail lease rate was up on a year-over-year basis, while the office lease rate was down compared to last year.

"The demand for commercial real estate has a lot to do with businesses' outlooks on the future of the economy, in general, and the direction of their particular economic sector. Growth in the economy was somewhat volatile in 2016. On top of this, there may remain some uncertainty with regard to the impact of the US elections going forward. It is likely that many GTA firms have taken a wait and see attitude towards property investment until the trajectory of the Canadian economy becomes more certain," said Mr. Cerqua.

The number of combined industrial, commercial/retail and office property transactions was down in Q4 2016 compared to a year earlier, with 253 properties changing hands versus 337 properties in Q4 2015.

Average selling prices on a per square foot basis, for transactions where pricing was disclosed, were up for the industrial and commercial/retail market segments. The large increase in the average commercial/retail selling price had more to do with a greater number of large properties trading in more expensive locations in Q4 2016 compared to Q4 2015. The average selling price for office properties was down on a year-over-year basis. While market factors may have played a role, this dip was more related to a compositional shift in the type and location of properties sold this year versus last.

Fourth Quarter 2016: All Commercial Lease Transactions
Total Leased Space for All Lease Transaction Types on TorontoMLS
Total Leased Square Feet
Q4 2016 Q4 2015 % Change
Industrial 4,555,526 4,803,438 -5.2%
Commercial 588,980 635,570 -7.3%
Office 704,668 724,403 -2.7%
Total 5,849,174 6,163,411 -5.1%
Fourth Quarter 2016: Per Square Foot Net Commercial Leasing Summary
Lease Transactions Completed on a Per Square Foot Net Basis with Pricing Disclosed on TorontoMLS
Average Lease Rate
Q4 2016 Q4 2015 % Change
Industrial $6.23 $6.10 2.1%
Commercial $20.65 $16.88 22.3%
Office $12.86 $14.21 -9.5%
Fourth Quarter 2016: All Commercial Sale Transactions
Total Number of Sales on TorontoMLS
Total Sales
Q4 2016 Q4 2015 % Change
Industrial 91 121 -24.8%
Commercial 98 133 -26.3%
Office 64 83 -22.9%
Total 253 337 -24.9%
Fourth Quarter 2016: Commercial Sales Completed with Pricing Disclosed on TorontoMLS
Avg. Sale Price Per Sq. Ft. (Pricing Disclosed)
Q4 2016 Q4 2015 % Change
Industrial $108.68 $94.79 14.7%
Commercial $253.04 $175.59 44.1%
Office $180.70 $272.86 -33.8%

NOTE: Some table totals may differ due to conversion and rounding.

Greater Toronto REALTORS® are passionate about their work. They are governed by a strict Code of Ethics and share a state- of-the-art Multiple Listing Service. Over 46,000 residential and commercial TREB Members serve consumers in the Greater Toronto Area. TREB is Canada's largest real estate board.

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