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As reported from BCREA:
Muted Impact Expected From Cancelled Investor Immigrant Program
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 4,244 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January, up 24.5 per cent from January 2013. Total sales dollar volume was $2.4 billion, an increase of 36.8 per cent compared to a year ago. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $565,036, up 9.9 per cent from the same period last year.
January 2014 BCREA Update
“Residential sales activity in the province posted the strongest January since 2010,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Consumer demand has recovered from last year’s lower levels and is now trending at the long-term average.” The ten-year average for January is 4,276 unit sales.
“Stronger economic conditions are expected to underpin a modest uptick in home sales later this year,” added Muir.
The demise of the federal Immigrant Investor Program is expected to have little impact on the Metro Vancouver housing market. “The only impact we foresee is less pressure on the inventory of detached homes in Vancouver’s West Side, Richmond and West Vancouver,” said Muir.
The number of investor immigrant landings peaked at 5,876 in 2008 before declining to just 2,644 in 2012, with a similar number expected for 2013. These numbers include spouses and dependents. The total number of added households is estimated to be between 900 and 1,000 per year since 2011.
For more information, please contact:
Cameron Muir
Chief Economist
Direct: 604.742.2780 604.742.2780
Mobile: 778.229.1884 778.229.1884
Email: cmuir@bcrea.bc.ca
or
Damian Stathonikos
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Direct: 604.742.2793 604.742.2793
Mobile: 778.990.1320 778.990.1320
Email: dstathonikos@bcrea.bc.ca

2014-02-17T03:23:40-08:00
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