Category Archives: B.C. Real Estate News

Hottest April for Home Sales in a Decade, BCREA

Vancouver, BC – May 14, 2015. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 9,952 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May, up 28.7 per cent from the same month last year. Total sales dollar volume was $6.3 billion, a 45.5 per cent increase in comparison to the previous year. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $634,744, a 13 per cent increase since last May.

“Last month was the strongest April for home sales in a decade,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “The elevated level of buying activity this spring is now expected to push 2015 home sales to their highest level since 2007.”

MLS Residential Sales May 2015

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“Consumers are taking full advantage of rock bottom interest rates and are demonstrating significant confidence in the housing market,” added Muir. “However, dwindling inventories combined with competition for detached homes in the province`s large urban markets is pushing home prices higher.”

During the first four months of 2015, BC residential sales dollar volume rose 37.1 per cent to $19 billion, when compared with the same period in 2014. Residential unit sales increased by 24.5 per cent to 30,091 units, while the average MLS® residential price rose 10.1 per cent to $631,860.

BC Home Sales Post Strongest March in Eight Years, BCREA

Vancouver, BC – April 16, 2015. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 9,101 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in March, up 37.6 per cent from the same month last year. Total sales dollar volume was $5.8 billion, an increase of 57.1 per cent compared to a year ago. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $641,799, up 14.1 per cent from the same month last year.

MLS Residential Sales April 2015

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“BC home sales climbed significantly in March,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “More homes traded hands last month than any March since 2007. On a seasonally adjusted basis, March posted the most home sales of any month since December of 2009.”

“Rock bottom interest rates and rising consumer confidence have strengthened housing markets in most regions of the province, added Muir. “Many board areas are now exhibiting sellers’ market conditions with home prices advancing well above the overall rate of inflation.”

During the first quarter, BC residential sales dollar volume was up 33.2 per cent to $12.7 billion, compared to the same period last year. Residential unit sales were up 22.5 per cent to 20,139 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 8.7 per cent at $630,435.

BC Home Sales Start 2015 in Positive Territory, BCREA

Vancouver, BC – February 13, 2015. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 4,377 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January, up 3.1 per cent from the same month last year. Total sales dollar volume was $2.6 billion, an increase of 8.3 per cent compared to a year ago. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $593,155, up 5.0 per cent from the same month last year.

MLS Residential Sales 3 Month Moving Average Feb 2015

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“Last month was the strongest January for BC home sales in five years,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “However, consumer demand did edge down from December on a seasonally adjusted basis.”

Low mortgage interest rates, strong population growth and improving labour market conditions are underpinning housing demand in the province. However, weakening economic conditions in Alberta are limiting home sales in the Okanagan, Kootenay and BC Northern market areas.

MLS® residential sales in British Columbia are forecast to rise 2.4 per cent to 86,050 units this year and a further 3.9 per cent to 89,400 units in 2016. The ten-year average is 82,100 unit sales. A record 106,300 MLS® residential sales were recorded in 2005.

BC Home Sales Forecast to Rise Through 2016, BCREA 2015 First Quarter Housing Forecast Update

Vancouver, BC – February 11, 2015. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2015 First Quarter Housing Forecast Update today.

MLS Residential Sales February 2015

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“Stronger economic conditions both at home and abroad combined with favourable interest rates and population growth are expected to bolster housing demand over the next two years,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “After a year in which housing demand ratcheted higher across the province, the retrenchment of oil prices is expected to attenuate housing demand in some regions while bolstering it in others.”

Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in British Columbia are forecast to rise 2.4 per cent to 86,050 units this year and a further 3.9 per cent to 89,400 units in 2016. The ten-year average is 82,100 unit sales. A record 106,300 MLS® residential sales were recorded in 2005.

The average MLS® residential sales price is forecast to rise 4.5 per cent to $594,000 this year, with most of the upward pressure being exhibited on the South Coast. Elevated consumer demand is expected to be partially offset by resale inventories and additions to the housing stock in 2016. As a result, the average MLS® residential sales price is forecast to increase by 2.4 per cent to $608,500 next year.

To view the full BCREA Housing Forecast Update, click here.

Modest Home Price Gains Predicted in B.C. Over Next Four Years, BC Local News

This article appeared on the BC Local News Website on January 21, 2015 and was written by Jeff Nagel.

BC Market Forecast, Landcor Data Corp 2015

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Housing prices in B.C. should rise modestly this year after stronger gains in 2014, according to a new forecast by Central 1 Credit Union.

The association of B.C. credit unions predicts a 2.5 per cent increase in resale home prices in 2015 and similar increases of between two and three per cent out as far as 2018.

Bryan Yu, senior economist with Central 1, sees continued strength in urban real estate markets.

“I think sky-high prices in Greater Vancouver have more room to grow with little risk of a significant downturn,” Yu said.

One trend he expects to continue is the divergence in price growth between detached houses and multi-family units.

“While condo markets have been soft, with median home values flat since 2010, detached values have surged,” Yu said. “Single-family housing is increasingly a luxury good detached from income drivers.”

His Report predicts home prices in Metro Vancouver will continue to be underpinned by the scarcity of developable land, the growing population and international demand.

It says the collapse in the price of oil will be generally positive for real estate markets, because it leaves more discretionary money in consumers’ pockets.

But crude’s plunge is painful for Albertans and will restrain their demand for B.C. recreational property in the Interior and Vancouver Island.

The lower Canadian dollar, however, has made real estate here more affordable relative to the rising prices of U.S. homes, the report notes.

Central 1 expects no increase in interest rates until early 2016 but expects five-year rates will average 6.5 per cent in 2018.

“Record-low mortgage rates will not last indefinitely, but will remain low enough to underpin housing market demand this year and next.”

 

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