As we enter 2020, it’s important to look back on important trends in the housing market from 2019 to see how the coming year might shape up.
Let’s take a look at the top 5 lessons learned from 2019 and the market outlook for 2020 to ensure you are best positioned to support homebuyers in the coming year.
1. Housing activity expected to recover in 2020
According to CMHC’s latest Housing Market Outlook, housing sales, starts and price growth declined in 2018 – 2019 after reaching elevated levels in 2017. We are expecting to see a recovery of housing...
BCREA 2020 First Quarter Housing Forecast Update
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2020 First Quarter Housing Forecast Update today.
Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in the province are forecast to increase 10.3 per cent to 85,290 units this year, after recording 77,349 residential sales in 2019. MLS® residential sales are forecast to increase 6.3 per cent to 90,700 units in 2021.
“The outlook for home sales in 2020 is considerably brighter than the past two years,” said Brendon Ogmundson, BCREA Chief Economist....
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 77,331 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2019, a decline of 1.5 per cent from the 78,516 units sold in 2018. The annual average MLS® residential price in BC was $700,460, a decline of 1.6 per cent from $711,564 recorded the previous year. Total sales dollar volume was $54.2 billion, a 3 per cent decline from 2018.
“Housing markets across the province staged a strong recovery in the second half of 2019,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. &...
The trend in housing starts was 212,160 units in December 2019, compared to 219,921 units in November 2019, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This trend measure is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
“The national trend in housing starts decreased in December,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC's chief economist. “The declines are primarily led by lower-trending multi-family starts in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. However, the stable starts at year-end in Vancouver and significant growth in Calgary helped...
The Metro Vancouver* housing market experienced below average sales activity and moderate price declines in 2019.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that sales of detached, attached and apartment homes reached 25,351 in 2019, a three per cent increase from the 24,619 sales recorded in 2018, and a 29.6 per cent decrease over the 35,993 residential sales in 2017.
Last year’s sales total was 20.3 per cent below the region’s 10-year sales average.
“We didn’t see typical seasonal patterns in 2019.Home buyer demand was quieter in the normally busy spring...
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