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GTA REALTORS® Release Commercial Market Statistics


TORONTO, Ontario, May 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that TREB Commercial Network Members reported a combined 348,623 leased square feet of industrial, commercial/retail and office space through TREB's MLS® System in April 2017, on a per square foot net basis with pricing disclosed.  This result was up by 15.1 per cent compared to 302,971 square feet reported leased in April 2016.

Year-over-year changes in average lease rates varied based on market segment.  The average industrial lease rate was $6.83, up from $5.40 in April 2016.  The average commercial retail lease rate was down by 6.7 per cent annually to $19.63.  The average office lease rate was up by six per cent to $13.88.  As is often the case, changes in average lease rates were due to both market conditions and a year-over-year shift in the mix of properties leased.  The compositional shift was most evident in the industrial segment.

"It is certainly a positive that the amount of space leased in April was up on a year-over-year basis, and for all three major market segments.  Results from an economic perspective remain mixed.  The latest GDP figures suggest that important sectors surrounding goods production dipped slightly.  It will be important to follow these sectors' trajectories moving forward, as they are important relative to the demand for industrial space," said TREB President Larry Cerqua.

There was a total of 69 industrial, commercial/retail and office sales reported through TREB's MLS® System in April 2017, for properties with pricing disclosed.  This result was up 23.2 per cent compared to April 2016.

The average selling prices were up substantially for all market segments because of a marked shift in the location and type of properties sold this year compared to last.

April 2017: Per Square Foot Net Commercial Leasing Summary      
Lease Transactions Completed on a Per Square Foot Net Basis with Pricing Disclosed on TREB's MLS® System
Leased Square Feet   Average Lease Rate
  April 2017 April 2016 % Change       April 2017 April 2016 % Change
Industrial 222,502 210,800 5.6%    Industrial $6.83 $5.40 26.3% 
Commercial 72,486 40,900 77.2%    Commercial $19.63 $21.04 -6.7% 
Office 53,635 51,271 4.6%    Office $13.88 $13.09 6.0% 
Total 348,623 302,971 15.1%           
 April 2017: Commercial Sales Completed with Pricing Disclosed on TREB's MLS® System
Sales (Price Disclosed)   Avg. Sale Price Per Sq. Ft. (Pricing Disclosed)
  April 2017 April 2016 % Change     April 2017 April 2016 % Change
Industrial 14 16 -12.5%    Industrial $190.62 $91.00 109.5% 
Commercial 38 24 58.3%    Commercial $395.39 $270.70 46.1% 
Office 17 16 6.3%    Office $540.46 $257.34 110.0% 
Total 69 56 23.2%           
NOTE: Some table totals may differ due to conversion and rounding.   Source: TREB

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