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GTA REALTORS® Release Commercial Market Statistics


TORONTO, June 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Toronto Real Estate Board President Larry Cerqua announced that Greater Toronto Area REALTORS®, including TREB Commercial Network Members, reported 377,352 square feet of combined industrial, commercial/retail and office space leased through TREB's MLS® System on a per square foot net basis with pricing disclosed in May 2017.  This result was down by 17.1 per cent compared to 455,463 square feet of leased space reported during the same month in 2016.

Changes in average lease rates for transactions with pricing disclosed were mixed.  The industrial market segment, which accounted for almost two-thirds of total space leased, had an average lease rate of $5.59 per square foot net – down by 6.2 per cent compared to May 2016.  Average commercial/retail and office lease rates were up strongly.  These larger increases were chiefly driven by a larger share of smaller spaces leased this year compared to last.  Smaller spaces tend to lease for more on a per square foot net basis relative to larger spaces.

"Economic growth was very strong in the first quarter, including a robust uptick in business investment, which speaks to confidence.  If firms are confident enough in their future growth prospects to purchase new equipment and supplies, they may also have plans to invest in more space.  A resurgence in exports as we move through 2017 would also be welcome, and would likely prompt an increase in demand for commercial real estate in southern Ontario as well," said Mr. Cerqua.

The combined number of industrial, commercial/retail and office property sales in May 2017 was 74 – down slightly from 78 sales in May 2016.  Average selling prices were up strongly for all three market segments.  These increases were compositional in nature, with the geography and size of transactions influencing average prices more so than a change in market conditions.

May 2017: Per Square Foot Net Commercial Leasing Summary      
Lease Transactions Completed on a Per Square Foot Net Basis with Pricing Disclosed on TREB MLS®
Leased Square Feet   Average Lease Rate
  May 2017 May 2016 % Change     May 2017 May
Industrial 240,027 305,773 -21.5 %   Industrial $ 5.59 $ 5.96 -6.2 %
Commercial 75,955 84,383 -10.0 %   Commercial $ 22.62 $ 17.44 29.7 %
Office 61,370 65,307 -6.0 %   Office $ 15.19 $ 11.91 27.5 %
Total 377,352 455,463 -17.1 %          
May 2017: Commercial Sales Completed with Pricing Disclosed on TREB MLS®    
Sales (Price Disclosed)   Avg. Sale Price Per Sq. Ft. (Pricing Disclosed)
  May 2017 May 2016 % Change     May 2017 May
Industrial 20 27 -25.9 %   Industrial $ 140.33 $ 88.73 58.2 %
Commercial 40 35 14.3 %   Commercial $ 148.96 $ 79.16 88.2 %
Office 14 16 -12.5 %   Office $ 316.23 $ 181.33 74.4 %
Total 74 78 -5.1 %          
Source: TREB          
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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