Toronto Real Estate Board President Michael Collins announced that TREB Commercial Network Members reported 6,295,432 square feet of leased space in Q3 2019 for all lease transactions types across the industrial, commercial/retail and office market segments. This result represented an 8.7 per cent decline compared to Q3 of 2019.
Year-over-year changes in average per square foot net lease rates, for transactions with pricing disclosed, were mixed in Q3 2019. The average commercial/retail lease rate rose to $26.75 in Q3 2019 from $25.71 in Q3 2018. The industrial lease rate was down to $7.43 from $7.80, and the office lease rate declined from $14.89 in Q3 2018 to $13.07 in Q3 2019.
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 Greater Toronto Area continues to be a key centre of economic activity in North America, as evidenced by our low unemployment rate, strong population growth and consistently high standing in global city rankings. Barring any large-scale economic shock, the GTA should continue to see strong investment in all segments of commercial real estate moving forward,” said Mr. Collins.
Total commercial sales amounted to 222 in Q3 2019, down by 73 transactions compared to 295 sales reported in Q3 2018. Year-over-year declines were noted across all market segments.