Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has published a Vancouver Housing Market Outlook report, which indicates that due to the steady job market and growing population, the demand for new and resale homes will be steady throughout 2012. The transaction of resale homes on MLS is expected to reach 33,000, an increase of 6 percent, and total sales in 2012 is expected to increase 9 percent, reaching 36,000 sales.
According to Robyn Adamache, Senior Market Analyst with CMHC, the real estate market’s demand and supply is going to remain balanced until late 2012, and thus home buyers and sellers will face less pressure regarding home prices after that. However, the average price of Greater Vancouver will be pulled up by some single detached resale homes in 2011, increasing the annual average MLS price to $788,000, a 17% increase. An average home prices is expected to increase 2 percent in 2012, reaching $805,000
The number of housing starts are expected to increase 12%, reaching 17,000 units in 2011, and 18,000 units in 2012, an increase of 6 %. According to Adamache, condominium construction is the key focus for builders, which will be an cost effective solution for home buyers and investors, compared to detached homes, and it would offset the lower volume of detached starts.
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