CMHC Housing Market Outlook for British Columbia in 2012 and 2013

CMHC Canadian Mortgage and Housing CorporationVICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwire – June 14, 2012) – According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Second quarter Housing Market Outlook British Columbia Highlights Report, housing starts in British Columbia are forecast to increase in 2012 and 2013.

“Home builders are expected to gradually ramp up residential construction in response to positive signals from the resale market and economic developments,” explained Carol Frketich, CMHC’s BC Regional Economist.

Housing starts are forecast to increase to 28,600 homes in 2012 and 30,100 homes in 2013. This increase in residential construction follows a period of stable home building in 2011. Job creation and population growth will boost single-detached home starts in 2012 and 2013. Multiple-family home starts will continue their upward trend.

The resale market is forecast to maintain balanced supply and demand conditions in 2012. A slightly higher sales-to-new listings ratio, reflecting stronger demand for ownership housing, is projected for 2013 alongside an expected modest pick-up in economic growth. Sales of existing homes are forecast to increase to 79,100 MLS®1 transactions in 2012 and 82,400 in 2013. The annual average MLS® price is forecast to moderate slightly to $548,100 in 2012 and increase to $566,900 in 2013.

More detailed CMHC housing market forecasts are available for the Vancouver, Abbotsford-Mission, Victoria and Kelowna Census Metropolitan Areas in the suite of Housing Market Outlook Reports available online. Forecasts for Prince George, Kamloops and Nanaimo are available in the Housing Market Outlook British Columbia Highlights Report.

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