Sketching Out the Potential Impact of COVID-19 on the BC Housing Market

Mar 17, 2020

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Brendon Ogmundson
Chief Economist

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Summary Findings:

  • While it's unknown how the unfolding COVID-19 outbreak will impact the economy in the long-term, BC is facing a sudden stop in economic activity with little guidance to when things may return to normal.
  • Based on our scenario analysis, BC home sales and prices will likely face declines in the spring and early summer but should recover along with the wider economy in the second half of the year, contingent on the outbreak resolving.
  • The postponed change to the mortgage stress test rate, originally slated for April 6, 2020, will mute the impact of falling interest rates for the BC housing market.


For more information, please contact:

Brendon Ogmundson
Chief Economist
Direct: 604.742.2796
Mobile: 604.505.6793
[email protected]

Kellie Fong
Economist
Direct: 778.357.0831
Mobile: 604-366-6511
[email protected]

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