BCREA: Vancouver Real Estate Expected To Lose $1,730 A Week In 2017

BCREA - Vancouver Real Estate Expected To Lose $1,730 A Week In 2017

The latest report from the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is out, and they’re already less than optimistic about 2017. The usually bullish industry organization said BC housing is anticipated to moderate, as affordability and government policy “limit the number of eligible buyers.” This is expected to bring down both prices and sales in Vancouver, and generally across the province.

Vancouver Real Estate Prices

The worst area in the projections was the Greater Vancouver Area (GVA), where prices are expected to decline. Economists from the BCREA project the average benchmark price will drop 8.7% by the end of next year. This would bring the average home in the GVA down to $940,000. Great if you’re a buyer, a total nightmare if you’re a homeowner looking to sell next year. The drop works out to around $90,000, which is around $1730 a week. This is in contrast to the 14% increase we saw in the previous 12 months to November.

GVA Sales Decline

An interesting mixed indicator is the number of sales in the GVA, which are expected to decline. BCREA is expecting an 18.5% drop in sales to 34,000. This indicator is a bit of a wildcard since a decline in sales could be a sign of a drop in inventory. A drop in inventory is a large part of why price in BC real estate rose so quickly.

BC Real Estate

BCREA economists aren’t projecting a stellar 2017 for B.C. as a whole. The average price across the province is expected to drop 6.5% to $654,200. These Falling prices are expected to bring the number of sales down by 15.4%. All areas won’t be impacted equally, with Chilliwack, Vancouver, and Victoria expected to show moderate growth of 3.6%, 2.6%, and 2.1% respectively. The average is mostly weighed down by the significant drop expected in the GVA.

Keep in mind that the BCREA and the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) are different organizations, with different outlooks. REBGV is generally more bullish, while BCREA is often more conservative with their numbers. It’ll be interesting to read if conservative with numbers means the same thing on the way down as it did in the way up.



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    Smoking Man 8 years ago

    What goes up, must come down. Kids needed to learn you can’t make money on every transaction.

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    Tom Ikonomou 8 years ago

    What goes up must go down. This has happened repeatedly since 2001. If you really want to see the trends, I have a blog that shows up to date trends for every neighbourhood in Vancouver. http://enjoyvancouverblog.com

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      Bay Street Guy 8 years ago

      Just a heads up to anyone that’s thinking of clicking through, it’s just real estate agent spam. There’s no information, all of his posts end with “call me for more information!”

      Which is ironically one of the biggest problems in the industry, that you need to contact an agent for information.

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    Vancouver's real estate is declining in almost every measure - Independent news and blog 8 years ago

    […] in indicators might provide major swings in opinion. This report comes just a few days after BCREA released their projection for a significant decline for home values in the GVR. We’ll break down the different segments of the market in separate reports. Like us on Facebook […]

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    James Hott 8 years ago

    Wait till the Avg Debt Burden goes out of control. Foreclosures will crash the market.

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