Factors that Affect Vancouver’s Real Estate Market

Monday, March 3, 2014

If you’re a buyer or seller of real estate in Vancouver, or anywhere else in Canada for that matter, it’s very important for you to keep in touch with current events. The real estate market can be quite volatile and dynamic, and prices of residential and commercial properties can be influenced by a variety of factors. 

One of these is population growth. Obviously, the demand for housing and amenities in a local area increases exponentially with the locality’s population growth. Economic growth is also a significant factor because this influences the availability of jobs that entices people to take up residence in an area. Likewise, a healthy economy can also mean bigger incomes for the workforce, giving them the means to purchase real estate. 

 However, economic growth can also result in a shortage of properties for sale, causing property prices to skyrocket. On the other hand, low economic growth would lead to fewer people buying, which means a larger inventory of properties going unsold, and the falling of real estate prices. 

Laws and regulations also play a significant role in the real estate market. For example, stricter immigration laws may reduce foreign investments in Canadian real estate, but could free up competition for domestic investors.


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