Vancouver, B.C. — Vancouver’s condo market plunged even as the city’s housing stock continued to rise and new listings climbed in the second quarter of 2018.
The benchmark condo market, which includes condos built since 2012, dropped by 5.3 per cent in the quarter, according to a Bloomberg data release.
That’s about half of a year’s growth.
A 10-year-old condominium in Vancouver’s West End lost 3.5 per cent, the biggest one-year drop in two decades.
The benchmark price index, a measure of the market’s value, rose 6.3 percent in the same period.
The index of newly-built homes rose 6 per cent last year, the highest rate since 2007.
That was the third consecutive quarter of declines.
That may be a sign that condos will continue to be scarce, said Richard Blais, chief economist at UBS in London.
“You’re not going to see this kind of growth,” he said.
“But it is a positive for investors, given that there is an appetite for new listings.”
Investors have been looking for housing in Vancouver as the housing market continues to grow.
Last year, home prices climbed 3.7 per cent on an annualized basis, which is still above the rate seen nationally.
Vancouver’s overall housing market is projected to grow by 3.4 per cent this year, according a B.A.N. report released in May.
The number of homes in the city, which has the world’s largest population, has surpassed 20 million, according the U.S. Census Bureau.
The city’s population is forecast to grow another 1.4 million over the next decade, up from 1.1 million a decade ago.
In 2017, Vancouver’s population reached 19.4million.
It’s forecast to reach 21 million by 2030.
The city’s economy has been suffering from a housing shortage, especially in the West End, which houses many of the citys wealthiest residents.
The market has been hit hard by the downturn in the oil and gas sector, which sent prices plummeting and condo sales plummeting.
That has put downward pressure on the prices of existing condos.
The housing market in Vancouver is particularly volatile because of a lack of supply.
The condo market has already fallen by nearly half since the beginning of the year, which means that the city is unlikely to regain its high growth rates anytime soon.
The Canadian Real Estate Association said it’s expecting the benchmark condo index to fall by another 2 per cent for the quarter.
The industry is still trying to figure out what caused the downturn.
“The economy and housing market are both in the midst of a housing correction,” said Andrew Zwolinski, chief executive officer of the CERAID Real Estate Research Institute.
“I think this is a significant downturn.”