Metro Vancouver home prices shatter another record

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WATCH: There's troubling news for anyone trying to buy into the housing market. The average price of a home hit another new record but fears of a bubble also persist - and today another big bank threw fuel on that fire. Jordan Armstrong reports – Jun 15, 2016

Stop us if you’ve heard this before — Vancouver real estate prices are at an all-time high.

The Canadian Real Estate Association’s numbers for the month of May show a 30 per cent year-over-year increase across Greater Vancouver with the benchmark price hitting $889,000.

Provincewide, the average price of a home is now more than $722,000, up 14 per cent in a year.

The overheated market has some calling for drastic measures.

“I think we should have a six-month ban on any foreign purchases of residential properties. I think we need a cooling off period,” Bill Tieleman, a political columnist with 24 Hours, said.

WATCH: Province reluctant to help cool B.C.’s red hot housing market

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Last week, the Bank of Canada warned that house prices in Vancouver and Toronto were climbing at an unsustainable pace and that they had outpaced local economic fundamentals.

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Meanwhile, the Bank of Montreal is calling for government action to cool the market down, warning that current prices are unsustainable.

BMO chief economist Douglas Porter wrote:

“We would recommend that policy action be aimed at those it can affect — foreign investment, speculation and land restrictions, in that order.”

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The B.C. government has resisted aggressive intervention. Tieleman has a theory as to why.

“I think the B.C. government is too indebted politically through contributions by the real estate and development industry,” he said.

With a record number of homes under construction in Metro Vancouver, the real estate association predicts price growth will stabilize over the next year.

– With files from Jordan Armstrong and The Canadian Press

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