The Canadian Real Estate Association announced today that home sales over the last two months show signs of recovery. National sales were up 3.7% between December 2023 and January 2024, building on the 7.9% gain in December. The chart below shows that despite the two-month rise, sales remain 9% below their ten-year average.

According to Shaun Cathcart, CREA's Senior Economist, "Sales are up, market conditions have tightened quite a bit, and there has been anecdotal evidence of renewed competition among buyers; however, in areas where sales have shot up most over the last two months, prices are still trending lower. Taken together, these trends suggest a market that is starting to turn a corner but is still working through the weakness of the last two…

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Vancouver, BC –  February 13, 2024. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 3,979 residential unit sales were recorded in Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) systems in January 2024, an increase of 29.4 per cent from January 2023. The average MLS® residential price in BC in January 2024 was up 10.5 per cent at $957,909 compared to an average price of $866,922, the low-point for average prices over the past two years. The total sales dollar volume was $3.8 billion, an increase of 42.9 per cent from the same time in the previous year.

"Home sales are on a clear uptrend to start 2024," said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. "A sharp decline in fixed mortgage rates and expectations for future Bank of Canada rate…

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The Bank of Canada maintained its overnight rate at 5 per cent this morning.  In the statement accompanying the decision, the Bank noted that the Canadian economy has stalled since the middle of 2023 and that growth will likely remain flat until the second quarter of 2024. Slow economic growth has allowed supply to catch up to demand and the Bank now judges that the economy is operating with moderate excess supply. On inflation, the Bank expects inflation to remain close to 3 per cent in the first half of 2024 before gradually falling back to its 2 per cent target in 2025. However, the Bank cautions that while price pressure is falling across a broad number of CPI components, core inflation is not showing a sustained decline.  As such, the Bank is still…

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Today, The Bank of Canada held the overnight rate at 5% for the fourth consecutive meeting but provided an outlook suggesting that monetary easing will begin by mid-year. The Bank forecasts a soft landing for the Canadian economy, with inflation falling to 2.5% by the end of this year. While some economists predict a recession, the Bank suggests that "growth will likely remain close to zero through the first quarter of 2024" and "strengthen gradually around the middle of 2024." This would be a soft landing. 

While inflation ended 2023 at 3.4%, owing mainly to high and sticky shelter costs, "the Bank expects inflation to remain close to 3% during the first half of this year before gradually easing, returning to the 2% target in 2025. While the slowdown in…

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Canada's headline inflation number for December '23 moved up three bps to 3.4%, as expected, as gasoline prices didn't fall as fast as a year ago. These so-called base effects were also evident in the earlier US inflation data for the same month.

Additional acceleration came from airfares, fuel oil, passenger vehicles and rent. Prices for food purchased from stores rose 4.7% yearly in December, matching the increase in November (+4.7%). Moderating the acceleration in the all-items CPI were lower prices for travel tours.

On a monthly basis, the CPI fell 0.3% in December after a 0.1% gain in November. Lower month-over-month price movements for travel tours (-18.2%) and gasoline (-4.4%) contributed to the monthly decline. The CPI rose 0.3% in December…

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Vancouver, BC –  January 15, 2024. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that 73,109 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in 2023, a 9.2 per cent decline from 80,506 units sold in 2022. The annual average MLS® residential price in BC was $971,144, a 2.6 per cent decrease from $996,943 recorded the previous year. Total sales dollar volume was $71 billion, an 11.5 per cent decline from 2022.
“The highest mortgage rates in over 15 years led to the slowest sales in a decade for BC,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “With mortgage rates falling to start the year and the potential for Bank of…

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Vancouver’s West End is not just a neighborhood; it's a lifestyle. As the real estate market in the area continues to thrive, let's delve into what makes this part of Vancouver so immensely desirable for homebuyers and investors alike.

Historical Significance

The roots of the West End run deep, tracing back to its historical significance and development. From its humble beginnings, this neighborhood has evolved into a cultural and architectural gem, attracting those who appreciate its rich heritage.

Geographical Advantages

Nestled conveniently close to downtown Vancouver, the West End offers more than just proximity. Residents enjoy easy access to parks, beaches, and recreational areas, making it a haven for those seeking a perfect blend of…

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Today's StatsCanada Labour Force Survey for December was a mixed bag and far more robust than the weak headline figure suggests. Total employment in Canada barely budged, rising by a mere 100 jobs in the final month of last year. However, the labour force participation rate fell, leaving the unemployment rate at 5.8%. Most economists had been expecting considerably more robust job growth and a rising unemployment rate.

Canada has one of the world's fastest-growing populations owing to high immigration levels. However, employment growth has been slower than labour force growth in recent months.

The employment rate--the proportion of the working-age population with jobs--trended downward in 2023 among core-aged men and women (aged 25 to 54).

The…

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Welcome to the vibrant world of Vancouver's real estate, where innovation meets luxury and promises a glimpse into the future. In this article, we'll explore the upcoming marvels that are set to redefine the cityscape, providing you with a unique opportunity to be part of something extraordinary.

Vancouver's Real Estate Landscape

Current Market Trends

Before diving into the future, let's understand the present. Vancouver's real estate market is dynamic, influenced by various factors that shape demand and supply.

Factors Influencing Demand

Factors like economic growth, immigration patterns, and lifestyle preferences significantly impact the demand for properties in the city.

Upcoming Real Estate Projects

Project A: The Waterfront…

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Home sales fall for fifth straight month in the Fraser Valley

The Fraser Valley real estate market continues to cool heading into the holiday season as buyers and sellers maintain the holding pattern seen over the latter half of this year.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board recorded 891 transactions on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in November, a drop of 8 per cent from the previous month, representing the 9th slowest November in a decade. At 2,030 new listings also fell again, decreasing by 20 per cent from October and by 43 per cent since peaking in May at 3,533.

“As we head into the holiday season, buyers and sellers are busy with other priorities and will most likely continue to wait on the sidelines,” said Narinder Bains, Chair of…

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