2015 was the strongest in the past few years with 102,517 MLS residential sales. Economists believe that this year will follow suit with strong consumer demand, however, with a slight 6.2% decline in sales bringing it under the 100k mark to a projected 96,100 units in 2016 and 98,000 units in 2017. A visual representation of BC's MLS Residential Sales are shown below starting from 2005 to 2017F.
BC's relatively robust economy coupled with strong net interprovincial migration has subsequently led to the strong housing demand that we have been seeing. Residential sales over the next two years are projected to remain well above the ten-year average of 83,200 units. In addition to strong housing demand, the average MLS residential price in BC is forecasted at $677,200 (6.4% increase) in 2016 and a further 4.1% to $705,300 in 2017.
"The inventory of homes for sale is now at its lowest level in almost a decade," said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. "Fewer homes for sale and strong consumer demand are expected to push home prices higher in most BC regions this year and in 2017."
In line with the strong housing demand and low inventory levels, new home construction activity is expected to be on the rise to combat the issues of not having enough inventory to supply the high demand. This issue is particularly present on the South Coast.
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Source: BCREA Economics