Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

August 13, 2014 11:53 ET

CMHC BC Housing Market Outlook

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 13, 2014) - Housing starts in British Columbia are forecast to total 27,500 homes in 2014 and 27,900 homes in 2015 according to the latest data from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Third Quarter Housing Market Outlook British Columbia Highlights.

"While housing demand will be supported by stronger economic and employment growth, total housing starts will remain relatively stable due to a well-supplied resale market and inventory of newly completed and unabsorbed units," noted Carol Frketich, CMHC's BC Regional Economist.

Resale market conditions in the province are projected to remain balanced.

  • Existing home sales through the Multiple Listings Service (MLS) are forecast to total 78,200 units in 2014 and 78,700 units in 2015.

  • The average home price is forecast at $553,300 in 2014 and $556,500 in 2015.

For more information, visit www.cmhc.ca or call 1-800-668-2642. CMHC Market Analysis standard reports are also available free for download at http://www.cmhc.ca/housingmarketinformation.

As Canada's national housing agency, CMHC draws on more than 65 years of experience to help Canadians access a variety of quality, environmentally sustainable and affordable housing solutions. CMHC also provides reliable, impartial and up-to-date housing market reports, analysis and knowledge to support and assist consumers and the housing industry in making informed decisions.

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Contact Information

  • Market Analysis Contact:
    Carol Frketich, BC Regional Economist
    Cell: 604-787-5598
    cfrketic@cmhc.ca

    Media Contact:
    Tracy Wells
    604-737-4162
    Cell: 604-999-7190
    twells@cmhc.ca