TORONTO, July 12, 2019- Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael
Collins announced that TREB Commercial Network Members reported
5,616,171 square feet of leased space in Q2 2019 for all lease
transaction types across the industrial, commercial/retail and office
market segments. This result represented a 15.4 per cent decline
compared to Q2 of 2018.
Year-over-year changes in average per square foot net lease rates, for
transactions with pricing disclosed, were mixed in Q2 2019. The average
industrial lease rate rose 10.9 per cent, and the office lease rate rose 3.9
per cent from $15.21 in Q2 2018 to $15.81 in 2019. Average
Commercial/Retail lease rates declined 2.7 per cent year-over-year to
It is important to note that annual changes in average lease rates can be
the result of changing market conditions and changes in the mix of
properties leased from one year to the next, in terms of location, size,
mix and other related variables.
“The regional economy of the Greater Toronto Area remains strong, as
evidenced by very low unemployment from a historic perspective.
Despite some shorter-term global issues associated with trade and
tariffs, the longer-term growth prospects for the region’s economy are
solid. This certainly suggests that businesses’ investment in real estate
will continue,” said Mr. Collins.
Total commercial sales amounted to 243 in Q2 2019 – down by 69
transactions compared to Q2 2018. Year-over-year declines in
transactions were noted across all market segments.