Economics

Rising Mortgage Rates Continue to Slow Market Activity 

Posted on Jun 14, 2022 in Economics

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 8,214 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May 2022, a decrease of 35.1 per cent from May 2021. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $1 million, a 9.3 per cent increase from $915,392 recorded in May 2021. Total sales dolla...

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Canadian Inflation in April 2022

Posted on May 18, 2022 in Economics

Canadian prices, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose 6.8 per cent on a year-over-year basis in April, up from 6.7 per cent last month. This was the largest gain since January 1991 (+6.9 per cent). According to Statistics Canada, price rises were broad-based, with groceries up 9.7 per cent year over year, gasoline up 36.3 per cent, a...

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BC Home Sales Trending Toward Normal Activity

Posted on May 12, 2022 in Economics

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 8,939 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April 2022, a decrease of 34.9 per cent from a record April 2021. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $1.065 million, a 12.9 per cent increase from $943,765 recorded in April 202...

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Canadian Employment - April 2022

Posted on May 07, 2022 in Economics

BC Job Creation Employment Real EstateAfter growing in February and March to a record level, Canadian employment was little changed in April at 19,601k. The labour market is tight, with the Canadian unemployment rate declining by 0.1 to 5.2 per cent, the lowest rate on record since comparable data became available in 1976. The total hours worked fell 1.9 per cent in April while average...

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Canadian Inflation in March 2022 

Posted on Apr 21, 2022 in Economics

Canadian prices, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose 6.7% on a year-over-year basis in March, up from 5.7% in February. This was the largest gain since January 1991 (+6.7%). According to Statistics Canada, price rises were broad-based, with groceries up 8.7% year over year, gasoline up 39.8%, durable goods up 7.3%, restaurants up 5...

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Canadian March Home Sales Posted Their Biggest Decline Since June

Posted on Apr 20, 2022 in Economics

Statistics released today by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) show that rising interest rates were already dampening housing activity well before the Bank of Canada's jumbo spike in the key policy rate in mid-April. National home sales fell back by 5.4% on a month-over-month basis in March. The decline puts activity back in line with whe...

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