According to the CMHC. Canada’s housing market is not in bubble territory and faces “very little risk” of a downturn. Below are 8 statistics that help paint an accurate picture of Toronto’s burgeoning condo market.
The average rent per sq. ft. has risen 14.8% over the past 3 years in Toronto.
The average rent for condominium units is $550 more than purpose-built rental units.
Vacancy rates dropped to 1.6% despite rents rising more than 2.9%.
80% of immigrants moving to Ontario will decide to live in Toronto.
50% of all new immigrants are between the prime ages of 25-44.
91% of immigrants choose to live downtown and in major urban centres.
20,000 condo units are under construction per year.
Last week we saw vacancy rates in Toronto rise (ever so slightly!), which might mean that rental rates will likely level off (and perhaps even come down… ever so slightly). Hamilton makes headlines again as we see the city becoming more of a metropolitan area with new condos that are very popular for young individuals and first-time buyers looking for low-cost city living when compared to Toronto. And we have great news for variable mortgage holders with Bank of Canada maintaining its interest rate!
You may have heard some of the recent reports stating that a good chunk of Toronto Condos have a negative carry; meaning the inward cash flow on a property—the money received from rent—does not cover the cost of mortgage and condo fees at the end of each month.
If you know what you’re doing, negative carry is hardly a concern.