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History of Vancouver's Property Market

Here at featureweb we like to reminisce about the market because we have just enjoyed wave after wave of fortunes coming into our city. We have what the world wants, and after all, we live here! So here is a little history to relive again...

vancouver then and nowIn 1981, there was a significant real estate market bubble. In those days, home buyers were confronted with skyrocketing interest rates nearing 20%, and an annualized swelling rate of 12.5%. The unemployment rate was at 13%. This was the person born after WW2 period that saw a rise famous for real estate. 

The housing prices around then were of course almost 1/tenth of what they are today, yet the child of post-war America swell that stampeded into the housing market was also confronted with increased closing costs. Take a look at our well documented vancouver residential blog for more info. More than 20% of the homes purchased were sold inside of six weeks, showing some investors attempting to realize a benefit, however, a fast flip. Benefit they wouldn't see for quite a long time to come. The demographic shift prompted prices being pushed up, and we know afterward from 1981 the market chilling or the air pocket bursting. The market had softened for around seven years before it saw another significant spike. 

In 2015-2016 the market is now in full blown mode

With Asian money abound, the market is in full swing once again with multiple offers. Some agencies are forecasting a wild 2016 with price increases and runaway inflation.


This year saw a drop in sales going from 20-25%. Those who invested in those days could just now realize a valuation for their asset up to 5.3%. Interest rates in 1990 were also exceptionally unfavorable, beating somewhere close to 14-15% for 1 and five-year contract types. The standard cost for a house was about $220,000-230,000. At the point when the housing bubble burst, there was a national default rate of 0.28%. 

1990 was also the start of an increasingly dynamic real estate market. Vancouver's populace, as shown on the chart, begun to rise. It is estimated that around 14% of the properties purchased around then were sold inside of six weeks, showing another furor of flipped properties and increased prices. The list of reasonableness was close to 65%. There was a less sensational hop in average prices contrasted with 1981 and a more modest leveling off until mid-1990's. 


The housing market around this period was confronted with some issues. The cracked townhouse crisis and the Asian Contagion both assumed a significant part in Vancouver's real estate market. MLS records have shown the quantity of sales just added up to 16,000. Albeit 1998 was the start of a steadily increasing upswing, we will examine what brought the market into a slump. 

Real estate prices crested in 1995, and the market saw a rectification in the accompanying four years. The market action was exacerbated by the world monetary environment. The 'Asian Contagion' started in Japan when loaning institutions were stuck with terrible loans. They were slow to respond and couldn't make the decisive move. 

An expansion bubble happened, and they went into the profound recession that also hurt overseas investors who held investment securities, and their economy lost everything. The Asian monetary crisis set off the Russian money-related crisis, and this domino impact brought overall financial inconvenience. We can see on the chart that around that time, real estate prices had bottomed out. 

The broken condominium crisis also brought request down for confined homes, as households couldn't sell their condos and bear to make such a move. The world economy crisis drove developers to gain by the market taking a jump, which thus prompted the decreased nature of housing structure. 

They didn't develop to code which caused water to ingress through the rooftop, on top of an unsuitable installation of membranes around the building envelope. This issue cost millions of dollars, driving owners to shell out almost $70,000 which they couldn't manage. Even condo inspections by qualified home inspectors could not uncover this latent defect.


Instead of isolating a specific year between this period, it would be more utilitarian to break down every one of the events that prompted a massive increase in home prices that we now confront today. After the events surrounding 1998, there was a ton of repressed interest for housing that started a chain response with homebuyers. 

Sales of disconnected/joined homes, and apartments increased 16% inside of a year, prompting a robust recuperation in the resale housing market. The interprovincial relocation was also a calculate increased market movement; a net stream BC hasn't seen for two years. In 2001, the Federal Government decreased capital gains taxes from 75%-half to advance investing and increase sales volumes. 

In 2004, Greater Vancouver's real estate market was affected by record-breaking movement.


The proceeding with a repressed request, low-interest rates, and word that Vancouver won the offer for the 2010 Olympics put the GVRD in the guide as one of the hottest real estate markets to invest in, especially in Canada. Every one of this movement prompted a burst of new home construction, seeing a 33% increase over the same period the previous year, or all the more significantly, a 137% spike from five years prior. 

In fall of 2007, real estate prices were at its crest. The benchmark cost for a disengaged home was at an incomprehensible $771,250 as indicated by MLS Link Housing Price Index. Sales in 2007 were upwards of 38,000. As we can see on the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver's diagram, the standard home cost for 2008 was $825,206. 

Vancouver's developing economy, rising incomes, increased movement, and the higher job had the market in a substantial position, yet it started to chill off in the next months. The GVRD is still bound by its constrained land base, surrounded by mountains, water, and agrarian land reserve. The recession is also a deciding element as to why the prices are starting to level off, and reasonableness is barely enhancing as we enter a purchaser's market.




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