July 29, 2016
BC government passes foreign buyer tax; ignores calls to exempt accepted agreements
The BC legislature passed legislation last night that institutes the foreign buyer tax. Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver President Dan Morrison issued the following statement on this development:
"Hundreds of British Columbians head into the BC Day long weekend facing stress and uncertainty concerning the largest financial transaction of their lives because of the provincial government's abrupt intervention into the Metro Vancouver housing market this week.
“The Premier’s decision not to exempt transactions where home sellers have an accepted contract in place, with a non-Canadian...
July 26, 2016
Foreign buyers bought $885M of Metro Vancouver real estate in five weeks, data shows
VICTORIA – Foreign buyers purchased more than $1 billion in real estate in B.C. in five weeks, new government figures show.
The amount, $1.024 billion, represents 7.9 per cent of the total $12.89 billion of real estate sold in the province between June 10 and July 14.
Most of those foreign buyers — 73.3 per cent — were in Metro Vancouver, according to provincial data.
In the Metro region, foreign citizens bought $885 million in real estate out of a total $8.8 billion during the time period, representing 10 per cent of purchases.
The number of foreign...
July 26, 2016
Canada watchdog tells banks to test resilience to sharp home price falls
Canada's banking regulator said on Tuesday it will require the country's banks to test how they would withstand a 50 percent drop in property prices in Vancouver and a 40 percent decline in Toronto.
The move, which builds on an existing requirement that banks test their resilience to a 30 percent decline in home prices across all regions, is the latest in a series of measures by Canadian authorities to counter a risk posed by soaring house prices in the two Canadian cities.
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) said earlier this month it was tightening oversight of mortgage...
July 26, 2016
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July 26, 2016
JUST SOLD: 417 9339 University Cr., Burnaby, SFU
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July 25, 2016
B.C. to target foreign real estate buyers with new tax
The B.C. government plans to tax foreigners who buy residential property in the Vancouver area – an announcement that follows months of pressure to address foreign speculation that many have blamed for the region’s superheated housing market.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the 15 per cent tax, which takes effect Aug. 2, will apply to the sale of all residential properties within Metro Vancouver, excluding treaty lands in the Tsawwassen First Nation. The tax will apply to buyers who are not Canadian citizens or permenant residents, as well as corporations that are either not registered...
July 15, 2016
Canadian home sales decline further in June
“While national sales activity remains strong, there are still significant differences in housing market trends across Canada,” said CREA President Cliff Iverson. “While home sales activity and price growth are running strong in B.C. and Ontario, they remain subdued in other markets where homebuyers are cautious and uncertain about the outlook for their local economy,” he added. “All real estate is local, and REALTORS® remain your best source for information about sales and listings where you live or might like to in the future.”
“June sales extended...
July 14, 2016
Bank of Canada again keeps interest rates on hold
The Bank of Canada announced on July 13th, 2016 that it was keeping its trend-setting target overnight lending rate at 0.5 per cent.
The announcement repeated many of the themes from its announcements and Monetary Policy Reports (MPRs) published in late 2015 and early 2016. Chief among these themes is how the Bank is still counting on the continuation of low interest rates and stronger U.S. economic growth to buoy Canadian exporters amid ongoing weakness in Canadian business investment.
However, the Bank again reduced its annual forecast for Canadian economic growth in light “a weaker outlook...
July 14, 2016
Tight Market Conditions Prevail Around the Province
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a record 12,906 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in June, up 14.3 per cent from the same month last year. Total sales dollar volume was $8.97 billion in June, up 25.7 per cent compared to the previous year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was up 10 per cent year-over-year, to $694,925.
“Robust housing demand in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan drove sales growth in June,” said Brendon Ogmundson, BCREA Economist. “At the...
July 11, 2016
Canadian Housing Starts Trend Increases in June
The trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 197,918 units in June compared to 190,302 in May, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). The trend is a six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates (SAAR) of housing starts.
“Overall, June saw housing starts pick up pace in Canada, bolstered by apartment construction in Ontario – especially new condo construction in Toronto’s downtown core,” said Bob Dugan, CMHC Chief Economist. “However, elsewhere in the country, construction activity slowed as apartment construction...
July 5, 2016
Home buyers remain active across Metro Vancouver
Home buyers continue to compete for homes listed for sale across the Metro Vancouver housing market.
Residential property sales in the region totalled 4,400 in June 2016, an increase of 0.6 per cent from the 4,375 sales recorded in June 2015 and a decrease of 7.7 per cent compared to May 2016 when 4,769 homes sold.
Last month’s sales were 28.1 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month and rank as the highest selling June on record.
"While we're starting to see more properties coming onto the market in recent months, the imbalance between supply and demand...