Transition Year Expected for BC Housing Market
BCREA 2013 Second Quarter Housing Forecast
Vancouver, BC – May 9, 2013. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its
2013 Second Quarter Housing Forecast today.
BC Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales
are forecast to edge up 1.9 per cent to 68,900 units
this year, before increasing a further 6.5 per cent to
73,400 units in 2014. The five-year average is 74,600
unit sales, while the ten-year average is 86,800 unit
sales. A record 106,300 MLS® residential sales were
recorded in 2005.
"Stricter mortgage credit regulation combined with
slower economic growth has kept BC home sales at a
cyclical low over the past three quarters," said
Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. "However, a faster growing economy is expected during
the second half of the year and through 2014 which will support a growth trend in provincial
"The BC average home price forecast is revised upward for 2013, from a decline of 1 per cent to
remaining unchanged, as a result of stronger than expected market conditions in Vancouver,"
added Muir. The average MLS® residential price in BC is forecast at $515,800 this year, before
rising 1.7 per cent to $524,500 in 2014.
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To view the full BCREA Housing Forecast, click here.
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Director of Communications and Public Affairs
BCREA represents 11 member real estate boards and their approximately 18,000 REALTORS® on all provincial issues, providing an extensive communications network, standard forms, economic research and analysis, government relations, applied practice courses and continuing professional education (cpe).
To demonstrate the profession’s commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.
For detailed statistical information, contact your local real estate board. MLS® is a cooperative marketing system used only by Canada’s real estate boards to ensure maximum exposure of properties listed for sale.
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