Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

October 30, 2014 08:15 ET

High Rise Starts to Dominate GTA Housing Construction in 2015 & 2016

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 30, 2014) - Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its Fall Housing Market Outlook report for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) today. New home starts are set to increase by almost eight per cent to 36,000 units in 2015 before moderating to 34,750 units in 2016. The majority of starts will consist of high rise units in both years but single-detached homes will also see higher growth in 2015. Existing home sales will top 96,000 units in 2015 and 92,000 in 2016. Marginally rising supply of new listings will keep the resale housing market balanced over the next two years.

"Due to stronger sales of pre-construction condominium apartment units, which began trending up from mid-2013 onwards, high rise starts will increase over the next couple of years," explained Dana Senagama, CMHC's Senior Market Analyst for the GTA. "Lower price points and an increased appetite among millennials wanting to live an urban lifestyle continue to fuel higher condominium apartment sales and in turn apartment construction."

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making informed decisions.

For more information, visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642. CMHC Market Analysis standard reports are also available free for download at CMHC Housing Market Information.

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