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BC Resale Housing Outlook : Sales Forecasts A 13% Increase, Prices Could Up by 3.8% in 2020


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December 2nd, 2019

A new report from Central 1 Credit Union suggests Metro Vancouver’s housing market could be bouncing back faster than anticipated.

The institution’s 2019-2021 BC Resale Market Housing Outlook said demand is picking up once again after the 2018 real estate slowdown, amid lower mortgage rates and continued population growth.

“Home sales have returned to more normal levels following over a year of policy-induced declines but BC’s sales recovery has lagged the rest of Canada,” according to Central 1 deputy chief economist Bryan Yu.

Yu said a decline in prices, particularly in the Lower Mainland, has also helped attract buyers back to the market.

“A growing number of buyers in the region have idled on the sidelines waiting for improvements in affordability following mortgage stress tests,” according to the report.

“Significant price declines over the past year and lower borrowing costs have buyers returning to the market among all housing types, particularly in the lower priced condominium sector.”

Province-wide, Yu said he anticipates 2019 to finish with a 7% drop in residential resale transactions, but forecasts a 13% increase in 2020, followed by another 4% hike in 2021.

Along with an increase in sales activity, Central 1 is forecasting a return to climbing prices.

The institution said prices could increase by 3.8% next year and a further 4% in 2021.

“Metro Vancouver will lead this increase which will undoubtedly bring affordability challenges back into the spotlight,” said Yu.

Yu said despite the slowdown, housing starts in BC were not seriously affected by the real estate downturn, with about 44,000 anticipated by year’s end.

However, it said many of the projects were pre-sold during the stronger market, and that new starts were expected to trend downward in 2020 amid slower pre-sale activity.

The report also predicted ongoing tightness in the rental market.

The Central 1 report reflects a growing consensus that the province’s housing market is rebounding after a slump that hit the Lower Mainland particularly hard.

Last month, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released a report predicting sales and prices in BC would begin to stabilize in 2020 and accelerate in 2021.

The CMHC forecast suggested BC’s real estate market would out-perform the rest of Canada.

“British Columbia will see modest recovery in price growth in 2020 from a decline in 2019, but rise to the second-highest rate of price growth after Ontario in 2021,” stated the report.

Earlier in November, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reported an uptick in regional sales for the fourth consecutive month.

The organization said October sales activity had climbed to nearly 10% above the 10-year sales average for the month.

It also found that while prices in the region were still down year-over-year, they had held steady month-to-month after more than a year of regular monthly declines.

The benchmark price for a detached home across the Lower Mainland was $1,410,500, down 7.5% from October 2018, but up 0.3% from September, according the board.

The benchmark price of an apartment across the region was $652,500, down 5.9% from October 2018, but up 0.2% from September.

Central 1 : Metro Vancouver Real Estate Sales, Prices to Climb in 2021 by Simon Little | Global News

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