Real Estate News

Real Estate News · 10. March 2018
BCREA released its Housing Forecast Update last week and they are continuing to forecast a slower pace in the housing market. . In it they note some competing factors and are forecasting a 10.8% drop in units sold for the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board area (Malahat northward). Prices are forecasted to increase 7.6% percent for 2018, which is more reasonable than the 2.4% forecasted in November. The major factors include: Strong economy: "The BC experienced four consecutive years of 3 per...
Real Estate News · 20. February 2018
In a news release (highlights added) with this title the BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) reported that home sales in January were 10% lower than December on a seasonally adjusted basis. If you conclude, as I did, that this headline is suggesting the markets have slowed, that is not the case. The real story here is that December was a very strong month as buyers rushed in to beat the new mortgage stress test that took effect January 1, 2018. The release notes that January sales were up 18.3%...
Real Estate News · 29. November 2017
BCREA’s 4th Quarter 2017 Housing Forecast is entitled Strong Economy Versus Housing Headwinds. They are forecasting that due to rising interest rates and the new mortgage stress test for mortgages with 20% or more down payment a return to pretty much balanced markets in 2018. This is augmented by an increase in new home construction and a pulling back of the economy from 3.8% increase in GDP projected this year to 2.8% for 2018. For the VIREB area (Malahat north) the forecast for single...
Real Estate News · 17. October 2017
October 17, 2017 the federal government announced a new stress test for home buyers seeking an uninsured mortgage with 20% or more down payment.

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