Foreign Buyers Represent 5% of New Condo Sales in GTA

Domestic Investor Share at 52%


TORONTO – October 27, 2016:  Urbanation Inc., the leading source of information and analysis on the Toronto condominium market since 1981, released the results of its first ever survey of new condominium foreign purchasers and investors today.

In response to the increasing need for more clarity regarding the role of foreign purchasers in the Greater Toronto Area housing market, Urbanation expanded its survey of sales activity in new condominium apartment projects to include the share of units sold to non-resident buyers as well as domestic investors.

Urbanation’s survey, which is completed by developers or brokerages representing new condominium apartment projects, found that foreign purchasers represented 5% of all sales that have occurred within projects currently in active development across the Greater Toronto Area. Furthermore, domestic investors represented 52% of sales.

Among projects indicating a presence of foreign buyers, shares of units sold to foreign purchasers ranged between 1% and 25%. Shares of sales to domestic investors ranged between 5% and 90%. The highest shares of sales to foreign purchasers and domestic investors were generally found within centrally-located projects in the Downtown Toronto area.

“The results of this very important survey show a rather limited role of foreign buyers in the GTA new condo market and a very significant overall share of investors. These estimates coincide with the percentages of new condos entering the rental market upon completion, indicating the important role investors play in the GTA housing market” said Shaun Hildebrand, Urbanation’s Senior Vice President.




Urbanation’s estimates were based on a weighted response rate representing 25% of all new condominium apartments sold within projects in development as of Q3-2016. The responses were consistent with the distribution of projects across the Greater Toronto Area.

Foreign buyers are defined as purchasers whose primary residence is outside of Canada. Domestic investors are defined as purchasers whose primary residence is located in Canada and who do not intend on self-occupying their unit(s). 

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