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The new year is underway, and some people are already looking for a crystal ball to shed some light on 2020 housing market trends. Instead of looking to fortune-tellers, keep reading. We’ve shared our insights below into what you can expect in both the Canadian housing market and the Victoria real estate market specifically. 

 

Limited Choices Creating a Seller’s Market

 

Expect bidding wars this year as the limited supply of available homes is creating high-demand for those looking to get into the market. In the Victoria real estate market, there’s been a 23% increase in home sales. As we see more generations looking to buy into the market, we also see fewer boomers and retirees downsizing and more current homeowners renovating instead of upsizing. This all creates a perfect storm of a limited supply of available homes and a high supply of interested buyers. 

 

Foreign Homebuyers Tax in Vancouver

 

The foreign homebuyers tax lead to some decrease in sales in Vancouver, but it’s not showing much of an effect on the Victoria market yet. In other areas of the country, immigrant buyers are only one of the factors creating a seller’s market. 

 

Increase in Price

 

The average home price is projected to rise by 3.7% in 2020, but we’re seeing slower growth in some sectors, like single-family homes. This increase in price could be an issue for those already struggling to pass the mortgage stress test. However, for many, the stress test isn’t proving to be too much of a problem towards homeownership. 

 

A Demand for Multi-Use Developments

 

The lack of access to single-family homes has been paired with a need and trend towards larger condos and multi-use developments. Many young families are balancing their professional careers with raising children, and this is forcing them to consider a way of staying close to work. They’re able to cut some homeownership costs while still having the services and amenities they need nearby for their children. Multi-use condo developments mean having large enough spaces for young families with daycares and community centres close by. 

 

Rental Specific Construction

 

The Victoria real estate market is in dire need of more rentals. With a vacancy rate of 1.6 percent projected for late 2020, Victoria has seen some improvement, up from 1.5% in 2019. This is in large part due to the construction of multiple buildings marked as rental homes. The vacancy rate appears to be falling across Canada, showcasing an immediate need for more rental-specific development in the Canadian housing market. 

 

Demand for Commercial Spaces to Accommodate Tech-Based Businesses

 

In Victoria and other tech cities, demand for office space is on the rise. Online businesses such as Amazon are also creating a need for more storage and warehouse space for the delivery of online purchases. These dedicated staging spaces for online-based delivery companies require cold storage in some cases, creating a demand for purpose-built commercial construction. 

We’re not seeing any signs of the Victoria housing market slowing down in 2020. There are a few shifts in requirements within the housing market to be aware of for investors and potential property owners. Still, overall, we can expect to see growth this year. 

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