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February 2020 Real Estate Update

March 16th, 2020|

The Business Council of British Columbia has downgraded its 2020 forecast for BC amid economic turbulence and COVID-19 fears. The initial forecast had predicted economic growth of about two per cent for the year, but with the rapid spread of COVID-19 the Council is now forecasting growth of around 1.4% - 1.5% under an optimistic scenario, and growth of under one per cent or even the possibility of a recession should the spread of the virus accelerate. The brunt of the economic impact will likely be felt in air transportation, tourism and hospitality however BC will likely also feel a hit relating cancelled conferences and public events

January 2020 Real Estate Update

February 25th, 2020|

The BC Real Estate Association predicts strong growth in the real estate market, both in terms of sale prices and numbers of sales. However, numerous stakeholders are warning that the government will need to implement more supply-side policies, rather than continuing the concentration on demand-side policies like the mortgage stress test, in order to create a more balanced market capable of meeting the increased housing demand of a quickly growing population. Finally, there is some concern that the recent dramatic increase in insurance premiums could lead to the collapse of BC’s condominium market as hundreds of condo complexes in the Lower Mainland risk losing their strata insurance, rendering lenders unwilling to advance mortgages in the affected properties.

December 2019 Real Estate Update

February 5th, 2020|

The Canadian job market reversed some of its losses from November, gaining 35,200 jobs in December. Overall, the Canadian economy added 320,000 jobs in 2019, including 282,800 full time jobs and 37,500 part time jobs. Experts say this confirms the Bank of Canada’s current policy stance that the economy remains resilient making further interest rate cuts unnecessary, and they predict the Bank of Canada will hold its interest rate steady at 1.75%. Assessment BC has released its 2020 property assessments, with many houses across Metro Vancouver seeing double-digit drops in value.

August 2019 Real Estate Update

September 22nd, 2019|

Fort St. John is experiencing a rise in commercial and residential real estate values after approval of the TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline. While prices in the Vancouver area continue to decline, sales have risen, and the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver believes this is a sign of a normalizing market. While some developers have had to cancel or delay real estate development in Metro Vancouver, others are experiencing some success by shifting their focus to purpose-build rental housing. Although observers have warned that the recent downturn in B.C.’s real estate market could result in catastrophic wealth destruction, the B.C. government believes the market is returning to normal conditions.