Number crunchers at Royal LePage predict Vancouver’s surging house market is marking its “final hurrah.”
Royal LePage CEO Phil Soper says home prices in Vancouver will slow or even reverse over the coming months, despite growing nearly 31-per cent year-over-year in the third quarter.
He says it can take about six months for prices to catch up with a change in demand, and points to last month’s 32-per cent plunge in home sales in Greater Vancouver.
Soper isn’t blaming B-C’s new 15-per cent tax on foreign home buyers for the decline, saying sales were already softening when the tax took effect in August, but he believes it may have been the change that finally tipped the scales.
More to come.
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