Market for Vancouver apartment buildings is ‘unrelenting’

by Ryan Smith

Home prices in the Vancouver area are already Canada’s highest, with the average price for a single-family detached home hitting $1.58 million in October. But the apartment market is “unrelenting” as well, according to a veteran realtor.

There were 73 apartment sales in the first six months of 2015 – a 20% spike over the same period last year, according to the Goodman Report.

“It’s moving so fast. We’ve never witnessed this kind of deal volume and activity,” HQ Commercial principal Mark Goodman told the report.

Goodman said the rush to purchase apartments is unprecedented. “I’m getting 25, 30 people showing up over two-day periods,” he told the Report. Goodman said his team was forecasting that 155 apartment buildings would sell by the end of the calendar year -- $1 billion in volume.

Many offshore buyers, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and German investors, have been showing interest in the apartment market, Goodman said.

“They’re interested because the euro is so strong versus the Canadian dollar,” he said.

Demand is also being driven largely by nearly nonexistent rental supply. Indeed, HQ Commercial principal David Goodman has predicted that low vacancy rates and high demand may cause a “rent increase tsunami” in the Greater Vancouver area.

In the Goodman Report, David Goodman noted that rents were spiking by 10-20% whenever an apartment turned over.

“The Goodman Report forecasts that over the next few years, in the face of ever-growing demand, tenants will need to brace themselves as annual rent increases will play catch-up and far surpass inflation rates,” he wrote.

Are you looking to invest in property? If you like, we can get one of our mortgage experts to tell you exactly how much you can afford to borrow, which is the best mortgage for you or how much they could save you right now if you have an existing mortgage. Click here to get help choosing the best mortgage rate

Investment Hot Spots:
Swan Hills, Calixa-Lavallée, Teulon, Salmon River, Lake George

COMMENTS

Get help choosing the best mortgage rate

Just fill in a few details, and we'll arrange for a Mortgage adviser to help you find the best mortgage for your needs

  • How soon do you want a mortgage?
  • Name
  • Where do you live?
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address

Poll

Have your investment plans changed for 2017?