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Media Release: State of the Market Q4 2016

February 20, 2017

Multi-Family Housing shortage still a major issue

AFFORDABILITY IS NOT EXPECTED TO IMPROVE

Feb. 20, 2017

 

VANCOUVER, BC —Only eight new townhome units were completed and available for purchase across the entire lower mainland region at the end of December, according to UDI’s latest fourth quarter State of the Market 2016 Research Report on population growth, new home sales and supply.
“The report confirms that doing nothing, blaming foreign buyers, or introducing new, punitive taxes have not made housing more plentiful or affordable for home-seekers,” says UDI President & CEO Anne McMullin.
“We need more houses for more people, especially along rapid transit corridors,” she added.  We have plenty of available land, but 85% of it is locked up as restrictive, single family zoning, meaning no multi-family condos, townhomes, rowhomes, duplexes or even sales of laneway homes are permitted. Coupled with years of delays in multi-family building approvals, rising land costs and lack of available land to build on, aside from industrial, agricultural and park land reserves, home-seekers can count on prices to keep rising,” she added. “We all have to share in the solutions and consider the greater good and community health.”

She cautioned that when interpreting this report, the best measurement is what new housing is currently “available”, not just how many “housing starts” exist; they’re often pre-sold before they’re even built.

 

Report Highlights:

Media contact for scheduling interviews:

Cheryl Ziola
C: 604-719-2909 E: cziola@udi.org https://udi.bc.ca/ @udibc

The Urban Development Institute is an association of the real estate development industry which supports more than 220,000 BC jobs plus billions in economic activity.  Through municipal fees and contributions, the industry funds the construction of daycares, social housing, parks, public art, museums, schools and community centers throughout BC.

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