Economics

BCREA Nowcast

BC Monthly Real GDP Estimate for May 2021 & Preliminary Estimate for June 2021 (Updated: August, 3 2021) The BCREA Nowcast estimate of provincial economic growth (expressed as year-over-year growth in real GDP) for May 2021 is 11.3 per cent. For comparison, year-over-year growth in the Canadian economy in May was 14.6 per cent. We

UPDATE: COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard

The dashboard was last updated on July 29, 2021. To view the COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard PDF, click here. The BCREA Economics team has created the COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard to help REALTORS® monitor BC’s economic recovery. This dashboard focuses on the sectors and activities that have been most significantly impacted by the pandemic and the province’s state

Housing Market Update – July 2021

Watch BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson discuss the June 2021 statistics. [iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vn_pp7Xukww” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen style=”position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;” ][/iframe] Click here to visit our YouTube channel. Read the news release here. For more information, please contact: Brendon Ogmundson Chief Economist Direct: 604.742.2796 Mobile: 604.505.6793 Email: [email protected] To subscribe to receive BCREA publications such as this

Housing Market Activity Normalizing After a Frenetic Year

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – July 12, 2021. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 11,070 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in June 2021, an increase of 34.7 per cent over June 2020. The average MLS® residential

Mortgage Rate Forecast

To view the Mortgage Rate Forecast PDF, click here. Highlights New stress test for Canadian borrowers Should we be worried about inflation? Bank of Canada may be eyeing a late-2022 rate hike Mortgage Rate Outlook After a sharp upturn to start the year, Canadian mortgage rates remained stable through the second quarter of 2021. That

Get to Know BCREA Economics: The Go-To Resource for Housing Trends in BC

As a new REALTOR®, getting familiar with housing trends and learning about the market sets you up for a successful career in real estate. When it comes to economics, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) Economics team is one of the most respected economics departments across Canada. The team analyzes housing markets and the

Five Questions for the Post-Pandemic Housing Market

The COVID-19 pandemic has had substantial and often counter-intuitive impacts on the BC economy and housing market. As we hopefully put the worst of the pandemic behind us and look ahead to a post-pandemic world, there remains significant uncertainty about what exactly that world is going to look like. In this Market Intelligence, we look

Strong Demand, Dwindling Supply for BC Housing Markets

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – June 14, 2021. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 12,638 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May 2021, an increase of 178.2 per cent over May 2020 when the onset of

Economic Recovery Drives CLI Higher in Q1 2021

To view the full Commercial Leading Indicator PDF, click here. The BCREA Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) rose from 144 to 150 in the first quarter of 2021, representing the third consecutive increase as the economy recovered from the COVID-19-induced recession. Compared to the same time last year, the index was up by 15 per cent.

BC Markets Calming but Sales Still on Record Pace

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – May 12, 2021. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 13,683 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April 2021, an increase of 312.3 per cent over April 2020 when the onset of

Record-Setting Month for BC Homes Sales

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – April 13, 2021. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 15,073 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in March 2021, an increase of 123.3 per cent over March 2020 and a new all-time

Supply and Demand: A Quantitative History of BC Home Prices

To view the Market Intelligence Report PDF, click here. Summary Findings: Growth in home prices is a function of many factors and those factors do not always impact prices to the same degree Shocks to housing demand and interest rates are the largest contributors to fluctuations in home prices, but provincial and municipal governments have

BC Housing Market Continues at a Record Pace

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – March 11, 2021. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 10,918 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in February 2021, an increase of 89.1 per cent over February 2020 and over a thousand

A Record-Setting Start to 2021

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – February 11, 2021. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 7,169 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January 2021, an increase of 63.3 per cent over January 2020 and over a thousand

Strong December Home Sales Close Out an Unprecedented Year

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – January 13, 2021. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 93,953 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2020, an increase of 21.5 per cent from the 77,350 units sold in 2019. The

BC Housing Market Posts Strongest November on Record

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – December 14, 2020. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 9,416 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in November 2020, an increase of 42.1 per cent from November 2019. The average MLS® residential

BC Housing Market Continues Record Pace in October

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here. Vancouver, BC – November 12, 2020. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 11,051 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in October 2020, an increase of 43.8 per cent from October 2019. The average MLS® residential

COVID-19: Population Growth and Housing Demand

To view the Market Intelligence Report PDF, click here. Summary Findings: Immigration is the most important driver of population growth in BC, with a growing share within the prime working-age and household-forming demographic. The global pandemic has resulted in a sharp drop in immigration and consequently BC reporting one of the lowest quarterly increases in