Moderate Growth in Housing Demand Through 2012: BCREA 2011 3rd Quarter Housing Forecast Update

MLS Residential Sales BC August 2011

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Vancouver, BC – August 25, 2011. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2011 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update today. BC Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales are forecast to increase 3.8 per cent from 74,640 units in 2010 to 77,500 units this year, increasing a further 3.6 per cent to 80,300 units in 2012.

“Slower than expected employment growth is expected to keep BC home sales below their ten-year average through 2012,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “However, weaker global economic growth and recent uncertainty in the equity markets points to continued low mortgage interest rates which will help underpin housing demand.”

“Following a decade where unit sales broke all records, consumer demand over the next few years will be relatively moderate,” added Muir. The ten-year BC MLS® residential sales average is 87,600 units. A record 106,300 MLS® residential sales were recorded in 2005.