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Housing Data & Statistics: Cheat Sheet

March 14, 2017

BC Assessment, Property Information & Trends

Province-wide property assessment information, as well as regional assessment information. See also for Quarterly Market Trends reports.

BC Building Permits, Housing Starts, and Sales

BC Real Estate Association

Year-to-date information on the pace of MLS® home sales for the province as well as in each of the BCREA member board regions and a comparison of current year sales with the previous year.  Housing starts and forecasts with year over year comparison.

Canadian Homebuilders Association

General information and statistics on economic impacts, jobs, and home ownership across Canada, organized regionally and by municipality.

CMHC

  • Housing Now Tables (Vancouver and Abbotsford CMAs), (Feb 2017):
    • Provides a summary of housing statistics, including starts, completions, dwellings under construction, absorptions, real estate sales and home prices
  • Rental Market Report (Vancouver CMA), 2016

Construction Forecast

Construction forecast from 2017 to 2021, for residential, industrial, and commercial sectors.

Exceeds: Market Intel Updates

Lower Mainland developers’ market intelligence, complied monthly by Exceeds.

The Future of B.C. Housing, Resonance Consulting Study

A deep survey of B.C. owners, buyers, sellers, and renters, providing expert insight and recommendations on trends and buying habits of British Columbians.

The Housing Choice and Environmental Impacts Calculator

A new tool that communicates the trade-offs of different housing choices in the lower mainland of British Columbia, specifically Metro Vancouver.

The calculator provides a comparative analysis of all the major environmental impacts and benefits associated with housing choice, such as greenhouse gas emissions, water and electricity consumption and acres of land taken, for high density archetypes versus low density (single family or townhouse).

Job Creation per Housing Start

A 2014 study out of the US calculated the economic impact of residential construction on the U.S. economy.

Metro Vancouver

All are available as excel files at the Metro website (http://www.metrovancouver.org/services/regional-planning/data-statistics/Pages/default.aspx).

Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy

Contains numbers of housing unit targets to be reached in future years, broken down by municipality. 

MLA Advisory Intel Report 2017 

Contains major economic and housing market trends, pre-sales data and amounts sold before construction.

MLS Home Price Index

A tool to measure home price trends; measures the rate of price change of housing features.

Property Transfer Tax Data

Property transfer tax data relating to market transactions within the province, including foreign buyers. The data is drawn from new forms implemented June 10, asking tax filers for additional information, like citizenship, they weren’t previously required to provide.

Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

Detailed monthly statistical reports and summaries of transactions and trends throughout the region.

Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) home prices

StatsCan: Population and Demography

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