By Altus Group | April 30, 2018

Greater Toronto Area Office and Residential Land Lead the Way in the First Quarter of 2018

The first quarter of 2018 saw a total of 565 investment property sales transactions over $1 million, representing a total investment value of $5.7 billion

TORONTO – Altus Group, a leading provider of independent advisory services, software and data solutions to the global commercial real estate industry, today announced the first quarter of 2018 results for commercial real estate investment in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).  Total investment reached $5.7 billion, an increase of 29% from the same period last year.

Graph showing Toronto property transaction dollar volume and number of transactions for all sectors by quarter.

Source:  Altus Group

Of each of the asset classes, the office market had the strongest start to 2018, recording its second best quarter ever; $1.7 billion in total investment.  Three downtown/downtown periphery properties were the primary drivers, totaling $1.2 billion, and include 55 University Avenue, Dundas Edward Centre and a 50% interest in Bay Adelaide Centre.  The Altus Group Investment Trends Survey indicates that investor intentions remain strong with cap rates remaining at low levels with continued cap rate compression in the downtown AA office product.

Investment in residential land in Q1 2018 was up 10% from Q1 2017, and is the third highest quarter on record. The top transactions occurred in Mississauga (Lakeview Lands, $274.8 million, 177 acres) and Pickering (Seaton Lands, $156.6 million, 397 acres), representing a long-game investment strategy by developers and their confidence in the residential market going forward.

Concert Properties acquired a 1.17 acre property at Sherbourne Street and Howard Street in Midtown Toronto for $102.4 million, a site that is approved to accommodate a 50 storey, 470 unit residential tower.

Retail, industrial, and apartment asset classes all recorded increases in overall investment from Q1 2017, with the majority of the transactions involving purchasers, at all price levels, best described as local private investors. Institutional investor activity was limited to select, high quality, office sector transactions during the first quarter of 2018.


Pie chart showing total dollar volume of Q1 2018 property transactions by sector


“Despite the decrease in overall investment in the first quarter, investor confidence in the Greater Toronto commercial and development markets remain strong. Cap rates continue to compress and quality assets continue to attract the attention of well funded investors,” noted Paul Richter, Director, Data Solutions at Altus Group.  “Infrastructure investment initiatives will further ensure that the market continues to thrive, allowing for intensification around future transit nodes.”


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Elizabeth Lambe
Manager, Communications
Altus Group
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