Stress Test Creating Pent up Demand


Stress Test Creating Pent-up Demand

Vancouver, BC – April 15, 2019.


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Stress Test Creating Pent-up Demand

Vancouver, BC – April 15, 2019. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 5,707 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in March, a decline of 23 per cent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $687,720, a decline of 5.4 per cent from March 2018. Total sales dollar volume was $3.9 billion, a 27.1 per cent decline from the same
month last year.

BC home sales continueto be adversely impacted by federal mortgagepolicy,” said BCREA ChiefEconomist Cameron Muir.  The erosion of affordability caused by the B20 stress test hascreated near recession level housing demand
despite the province boasting the lowest unemployment rates 
in a decade.”

The sharp erosion of affordability caused by the B20 stress test is now creating pent-up demand, as many would-be home buyers are forced to wait on the sidelines,” added Muir. “Unfortunately, new home construction is slowing as well, which will likely lead toanother housing supply crunch down the road.”

Total MLS® residential active listings increased 36.2 per cent to 34,295 units compared to the same month last year. The ratio of sales to active residential listings declined from 29.4 per cent to 16.6 per cent over the same period.

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