Luxury condo market soars, while single-detached luxury home sales fall short

Luxury condo market soars, while single-detached luxury home sales fall short (CNW Group/RE/MAX INTEGRA)

TORONTO and KELOWNA, BC, Oct. 23, 2018 /CNW/ РSales of single-detached homes priced $1-2 million have declined in Toronto and Vancouver, down 35 per cent year-over-year, according to the 2018 RE/MAX Spotlight on Luxury Report. In contrast, condominiums in the $1-2 million range remain popular, particularly in larger urban centres. Toronto experienced a two per cent increase in luxury condo sales, while Vancouver sales were up six per cent and Victoria luxury condo sales increased 19 per cent. These trends have been largely driven by Baby Boomers and Millennials.

“Many Canadian¬†Baby Boomers¬†saw the strength of the real estate market over the past two years as an opportunity to cash-in, downsize and upgrade into the luxury market for retirement,” says¬†Christopher Alexander, Executive Vice President and Regional Director, RE/MAX INTEGRA Ontario-Atlantic Canada Region. “We’re also seeing an emerging trend of Millennials entering the lower end of the luxury condo market, as they tap into their inheritance to invest in this popular property segment.”

While luxury condo sales soar, single-detached activity in¬†Toronto¬†and¬†Vancouver¬†continues to be impacted by the foreign buyer’s tax. Year-over-year single-detached sales in the¬†$1-3 million range were down 37 per cent in¬†Toronto¬†and 31 per cent in¬†Vancouver.

“The foreign buyers tax has impacted overseas activity, opening more opportunities for local buyers to enter the luxury market,” says¬†Elton Ash, Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of¬†Western Canada. “As a result, local buyers are driving demand for luxury condos going into 2019, which is welcome news for developers in major city centres looking to build more properties.”

Canada’s¬†condo hot spots of¬†Toronto¬†and¬†Vancouver¬†saw year-over-year increases in most expensive condo units on the market. In¬†Toronto, the priciest condo sold for¬†$11.5 million¬†in 2018, up from¬†$8 million¬†in 2017 (+44 per cent). Meanwhile in¬†Vancouver, the most expensive condo sold for¬†$11.7 million, up from¬†$8.7 million¬†in 2017 (+34 per cent). In comparison, year-over-year declines in highest selling price of a condo were seen in¬†Calgary¬†(-53 per cent),¬†Victoria¬†(-47 per cent) and¬†Oakville¬†(-18 per cent).

Other Key Findings:

  • In¬†Vancouver, single-detached homes and condos in the $3+ million range decreased year-over year by 45 per cent year and 13 per cent.
  • In¬†Toronto, single-detached homes in the $3+ million range decreased year-over-year by 44 per cent, while condo sales remain unchanged.
  • In¬†Oakville, both luxury home and condo sales in the¬†$1-2 million price range decreased by 30 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively, thanks in part to lower inventory levels.
  • In¬†Victoria, condos in the¬†$1-2 million range experienced a 19 per cent increase year-over-year and condos in the¬†$2-3 million range experienced a 67 per cent increase year-over-year. However, condos priced $3 million+ experienced a decline of 40 per cent.

2018 RE/MAX Spotlight on Luxury Report

The 2018 RE/MAX Spotlight on Luxury Report includes data from local boards and brokerages. Brokers and agents are surveyed on trends, local development and features. Please note, “condos” refers to “apartment condos” and does not include townhomes. It should be noted that the threshold for ‘luxury’ homes can vary by market, with higher prices typically seen in¬†Vancouver¬†and¬†Toronto.

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