QTR3 2020 Commercial Market Update

October 16, 2020

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GTA Property Transactions: The COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact the GTA investment market in QTR3 2020, with transaction volumes -23% lower than QTR3 2019.

Property Transactions by Quarter and Sector: Compared to the previous quarter the Office, Retail, Apartment, ICI Land and Residential Land sectors saw growth in Q3 2020.

Office Transactions: Office markets struggles continued in Q3 2020, with its third consecutive quarter with transaction volumes below $500Mil as work from home initiatives continued in many offices.

Retail Transactions: While retail investments rebounded in Q3 2020 relative to their low second quarter of 2020, investment activity was still -5% below Q3 2019.

Industrial Transactions: The industrial market pulled back in the third quarter of 2020, after a record setting performance in Q2 2020, however a demand for industrial space, particularly warehouse and distribution remains strong.

Apartment Transactions: The apartment market saw consecutive quarter-over-quarter decline after setting a record high in Q4 2019, however, demand for multi-family investments remains relatively strong.

Hotel Investment: Hotel investments have been inconsistent over the past two years, though Q3 2020 did register one transaction worth $10,000,000.

ICI Land Transactions: While ICI Land investment activity was down -50% year-over-year in Q3 2020, the recent trend in declining volumes was reversed.

Residential Land Transactions: Residential Land activity was up relative to both the previous quarter and Q3 2019, however investment volumes are still well below the peak in 2017.

Residential Lots Transactions: After a strong performance in the previous quarter, investments in residential lots declined to more typical volumes in Q3 2020.

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