Kitty van der Meer, REALTOR  604-760-5392  kvandermeer@sutton.com

    Sutton Group -Sutton WestCoast Realty - #102 - 403 North Road, Coquitlam, BC V3K 3V9

    Kitty van der Meer is not affiliated with developers and is not liable for any errors and omissions. Not intended to cause or induce a breach of an existing agency relationship. Kitty van der Meer's intention is to help you find the right home and to give you unbiased advise about your home purchase. 

    The information on this website is from a variety of sources which may include the developers website, advertisements, sales centre, MLS or other sources and is not guaranteed and is subject to change. You are advised to read the Developers Contract and Property Disclosure Statement carefully and have your lawyer review it.  

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      Housing Market Reacts to Mortgage Stress Test

      August 20, 2018

      Vancouver, BC – August 20, 2018. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2018 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update today.

       

      Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in the province are forecast to decline 21 per cent to 82,000 units this year, after recording 103,768 residential sales in 2017. MLS® residential sales are forecast to increase 8 per cent to 88,700 units in 2019. The 10-year average for MLS® residential sales in the province is 84,800 units.

       

      “The BC housing market is grappling with a sharp decline in affordability caused by tough B20 stress test rules for conventional mortgages,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “While these rules have had a negative effect on housing demand across the country, the impact has been especially severe in BC’s large urban centres because of already strained housing affordability.”

       

      In spite of the policy-driven downturn in housing demand, strong fundamentals continue to underpin the market. Demographics are highly favourable, especially the millennial generation who are now entering their household-forming years. In addition, low unemployment is leading to significant upward pressure on wages and, by extension, household wealth and confidence.

       

      The pullback in BC home sales is helping alleviate a chronic shortage of supply. After trending at decade lows, active listings in the province were up nearly 20 per cent in July. The combination of slower housing demand and an increase in the inventory of homes for sale has trended most markets toward balanced conditions. This means more selection for home buyers, fewer multiple offer situations and less upward pressure on home prices.

       

      For more information, please contact: 

       

      Cameron Muir

      Chief Economist

      Direct: 604.742.2780

      Mobile: 778.229.1884

      Email: cmuir@bcrea.bc.ca

       

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