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Vancouver, BC February 27, 2018.

 

The BCREA Commercial Leading Indicator (CLI) increased for the fourth consecutive year, rising 0.4 points in the fourth quarter of 2017 to 135.7. That increase represents a 0.3 per cent rise over the second quarter and a 6.7 per cent increase from one year ago.

 

 

The BC economy continued to thrive in the fourth quarter of 2017," says BCREA Economist Brendon Ogmundson. "Increased activity in key commercial real estate sectors contributed to a fourth consecutive year of a rising CLI, mirroring the last four years of robust economic growth."

 

The underlying CLI trend, which smooths often noisy economic data, continues to push higher due to strong provincial economic and employment growth. That uptrend signals further growth in investment, leasing and other commercial real estate activity over the next two to four quarters.

 

 

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Canadian inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), slowed for a second consecutive month to 1.7 per cent year-over-year, down from 1.9 per cent in December. The Bank of Canada's three measures of trend inflation were either up or flat in January, and are all now close to 2 per cent.   In BC, provincial consumer price inflation was 2.1 per cent in the 12 months to January.
 
Although total CPI inflation has ticked lower in the past two months, core inflation continues to firm up. The Bank of Canada has a tendency to look past short-term movements in CPI inflation so the most recent downtrend probably will not prompt a shift in thinking at the Bank, at least as long as core inflation moves higher.  That means the Bank is still likely to raise its overnight rate at least one more time this year.

 


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Canadian retail sales closed the year on a down note, falling 0.8 per cent in December. That broke a string of three consecutive monthly increases. Sales fell in 6 of 11 sub-sectors representing 42 per cent of total retail trade.  For all of 2017, Canadian retail sales were up 6.7 per cent. With today's data release, we are tracking Q4 Canadian economic growth at 2.2 per cent.

In BC, retail sales declined 0.6 per cent on a monthly basis but were up 10.6 per cent compared to December 2016. For the year, BC retail sales grew at 9.6 per cent, the fastest rate of annual growth in over two decades. That jump in consumer spending was a main contributor to a robust provincial economy, which we forecast grew 3.8 per cent in 2017.

 

 

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I have sold a property at 201 707 HAMILTON ST in New Westminster.
LARGE 724 sq. ft, 1 bed, 1 bath in uptown New West. Age restriction 19+. Spacious rooms throughout. Over-sized in-suite laundry room provides extra storage. Good-sized balcony. Quiet side of the building. Excellent location, walk to everything: banks, medical offices, Moody Park, Massey Theatre, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc. Building has a rec room, small gym, sauna & workshop. Renovator/Decorator's dream as condo needs updates throughout. Maintenance fee includes heat & hot water! 1 parking and 1 locker. 1 dog or 1 cat allowed. Rentals not allowed. Quick completion preferred. Sneak peek preview: Fri. Feb 16, 5:30-6:30. Open House: Sat. Feb 17 and Sun. Feb 18, 2-4 pm.
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Canadian manufacturing sales ended 2017 on a down note, declining 0.3 per cent on a monthly basis after a nearly 4 per cent increase in November. The decline was the result of lower sales in the energy sector as well as declining sales in food manufacturing.  Sales were down in 11 of 21 manufacturing sub-sectors, representing 57 per cent of the manufacturing sector.  On a year-over-year basis, Canadian manufacturing sales were up 3.7 per cent over December 2016.

In BC, manufacturing sales dipped 0.7 per cent on a monthly basis but were up close to 9 per cent year-over-year. For all of 2017, BC manufacturing sales rose 8.1 per cent with significant contributions from a diverse array of industries, most notably the the forestry sector where sales of paper and wood products were up more than 9 per cent on an annual basis. Those gains helped drive employment and housing demand around the province as BC posted another stellar year of economic growth.

 

 

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Vancouver, BC - February 15, 2018.

 

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 5,306 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) across the province in January, an increase of 18.3 per cent from the same period last year. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $721,477, up 16.2 per cent from the previous year. Total sales dollar volume was $3.83 billion, a 37.4 per cent increase from January 2017.

 

BC home sales dipped 10 per cent from December to January, on a seasonally adjusted basis," said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. "New mortgage rules requiring conventional borrowers to qualify at a higher interest rate likely contributed to the decline in home sales last month. The impact was magnified by a strong December as many households advanced their purchase decisions ahead of the policy's implementation."

 

Despite the decline in January transactions, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of home sales was 101,800 units.

Compared to January 2017, market conditions tightened in all BC board areas except Victoria, where the sales-to-active listings ratio declined from 46.3 per cent to 40.5 per cent. Despite this decline, Victoria remains in strong sellers' market territory. Total active listings in the province were down 8.6 per cent to 20,901 units, compared to the same period last year.

 

 

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I have listed a new property at 201 707 HAMILTON ST in New Westminster.
LARGE 724 sq. ft, 1 bed, 1 bath in uptown New West. Age restriction 19+. Spacious rooms throughout. Over-sized in-suite laundry room provides extra storage. Good-sized balcony. Excellent location, walk to everything: banks, medical offices, Moody Park, Massey Theatre, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc. Building has a party room, gym, sauna & workshop. Renovator/decorator's dream as condo needs updates throughout. Maintenance fee includes heat & hot water! 1 parking and 1 locker. Rentals not allowed. Quick completion preferred. Sneak peek preview: Fri. Feb 16, 5:30-6:30. Open House: Sat. Feb 17 and Sun. Feb 18, 2-4pm.
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Please visit our Open House at 201 707 HAMILTON ST in New Westminster.
Open House on Saturday, February 17, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
LARGE 724 sq. ft, 1 bed, 1 bath in uptown New West. Age restriction 19+. Spacious rooms throughout. Over-sized in-suite laundry room provides extra storage. Good-sized balcony. Excellent location, walk to everything: banks, medical offices, Moody Park, Massey Theatre, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc. Building has a party room, gym, sauna & workshop. Renovator/decorator's dream as condo needs updates throughout. Maintenance fee includes heat & hot water! 1 parking and 1 locker. Rentals not allowed. Quick completion preferred. Sneak peek preview: Fri. Feb 16, 5:30-6:30. Open House: Sat. Feb 17 and Sun. Feb 18, 2-4pm.
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Please visit our Open House at 201 707 HAMILTON ST in New Westminster.
Open House on Sunday, February 18, 2018 2:00PM - 4:00PM
LARGE 724 sq. ft, 1 bed, 1 bath in uptown New West. Age restriction 19+. Spacious rooms throughout. Over-sized in-suite laundry room provides extra storage. Good-sized balcony. Excellent location, walk to everything: banks, medical offices, Moody Park, Massey Theatre, Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, etc. Building has a party room, gym, sauna & workshop. Renovator/decorator's dream as condo needs updates throughout. Maintenance fee includes heat & hot water! 1 parking and 1 locker. Rentals not allowed. Quick completion preferred. Sneak peek preview: Fri. Feb 16, 5:30-6:30. Open House: Sat. Feb 17 and Sun. Feb 18, 2-4pm.
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Canadian housing starts began the year essentially flat on a monthly basis at 216,210 units at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR).  The six-month trend in Canadian housing starts remained elevated at 224,865 units SAAR.

BC saw total housing starts fall 16 per cent to 41,648 units SAAR in December on a monthly basis. However, total starts in BC were up 59 per cent year-over-year. Single detached starts were up 1 per cent on a monthly basis but increased 78 per cent compared to January 2017 while multiple starts were down 21 per cent month-over-month and were 54 per cent higher year-over-year.

Looking at census metropolitan areas (CMA) in BC: 

  • Total starts in the Vancouver CMA were higher across all home types, nearly doubling the pace of construction in January 2017. There were a total of 2,599 housing starts across the region compared to just 1,334 the same time last year.

  • In the Victoria CMA, housing starts slowed from the record setting pace of previous months, falling 52 per cent on a monthly basis. However, new home construction remains robust at a more than 3,000 unit annual rate in seasonally adjusted terms.

  • The Kelowna CMA saw an increase from 51 units last January to 87 total starts in January 2018. Much of the increase was the result of new rental unit projects.
  • Housing starts in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA rose 42 per cent on a monthly basis in January with balanced growth across multiple and single detached starts.  However, total housing starts were well behind the pace set in January of 2017. 



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The total value of Canadian building permits increased 5 per cent on a monthly basis in December.  The increase was primarily the result of higher construction intentions in the residential sector. For all of 2017, the value of building permits across Canada rose 10.4 per cent.  

The total value of permits issued in BC broke a string of consecutive down months, rising 27 per cent on a monthly basis and 55.5 per cent year-over-year to 1.5 billion.  Residential permits accounted for all of the increase, rising 51 per cent on a monthly basis and 60 per cent over December last year. Non-residential permits declined 17.5 per cent on a monthly basis but were 42 per cent higher year-over-year. Building permits were up 22.9 per cent for all of 2017, the largest increase of all the provinces.

Construction intentions in December were higher in only three of BC's four census metropolitan areas (CMA):

  • Permits in the Abbotsford-Mission CMA  rose 167.1 per cent on a monthly basis to just under $80 million. Year-over-year, permit values were more than triple the value from December 2016.
  • In the Victoria CMA, total construction intentions increased 69.2 per cent to $81.5 million and were up 13.7 per cent year-over-year.
  • In the Kelowna CMA, permits were down 31.6 per cent monthly basis to $52 million, a 16.1 per cent decline from  December 2016.
  • The Vancouver CMA recorded permit activity valued at $976.3 million, an increase of 39 per cent over November and up 71 per cent over the last year.  For the year as a whole, Vancouver permits rose 14.2 per cent to $9.4 billion with all components except single detached dwellings posting increasing permit values.


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A slow start to the year as Canadian employment fell by 88,000 jobs in January. On the bright side, the losses were entirely due to declining part-time work while full-time jobs actually grew by 49,000 and total hours worked were up 2.8 per cent. The national unemployment rate ticked up 0.1 points to 5.9 per cent.

In BC, employment was down by 5,100 jobs although full-time employment was up by 4,100 while part-time work declined.   Despite those losses, the level of employment was still 2.5 per cent higher than January last year. The provincial unemployment edged up by 0.2 points in January to 4.8 per cent.


 

 

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Attached and apartment homes are in demand across Metro Vancouver while detached home buyers are facing less competition today.


The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,818 in January 2018, a 19.4 per cent increase from the 1,523 sales recorded in January 2017, and a 9.8 per cent decrease compared to December 2017 when 2,016 homes sold.


Last month’s sales were 7.1 per cent above the 10-year January sales average. By property type, detached sales were down 24.8 per cent from the 10-year January average, attached sales increased 14.3 per cent and apartment sales were up 31.6 per cent over the same period.


“Demand remains elevated and listings scarce in the attached and apartment markets across Metro Vancouver,” Jill Oudil, REBGV president said. “Buyers in the detached market are facing less competition and have much more selection to choose. For detached home sellers to be successful, it’s important to set prices that reflect today’s market trends.”


There were 3,796 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in January 2018. This represents an 8.3 per cent decrease compared to the 4,140 homes listed in January 2017 and a 100.7 per cent increase compared to December 2017 when 1,891 homes were listed.


The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 6,947, a four per cent decrease compared to January 2017 (7,238) and a 0.2 per cent decrease compared to December 2017 (6,958).


For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for January 2018 is 26.2 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 11.6 per cent for detached homes, 32.8 per cent for townhomes, and 57.2 per cent for condominiums. Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 per cent mark for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.


The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential homes in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,056,500. This represents a 16.6 per cent increase over January 2017 and a 0.6 per cent increase compared to December 2017.


Detached home sales in January 2018 reached 487, a 9.7 per cent increase from the 444 detached sales recorded in January 2017. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,601,500. This represents an 8.3 per cent increase from January 2017 and a 0.3 per cent decrease compared to December 2017.


Apartment home sales reached 1,012 in January 2018, a 22.7 per cent increase compared to the 825 sales in January 2017. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $665,400. This represents a 27.4 per cent increase from January 2017 and a 1.5 per cent increase compared to December 2017.


Attached home sales in January 2018 totalled 319, a 25.6 per cent increase compared to the 254 sales in January 2017. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $803,700. This represents a 17.5 per cent increase from January 2017 and unchanged compared to December 2017.



Areas covered by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and South Delta.



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