June 15, 2018 8:44 am
Updated: June 15, 2018 10:33 pm

Mortgage rules starting to hurt housing affordability: BC Real Estate Association

Feb. 5: New and tighter rules for qualifying for a mortgage are driving an increasing number of would-be homeowners to alternative sources of financing. Kylie Stanton has more.

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It may not seem like it in Metro Vancouver, but the housing market across British Columbia is cooling down considerably, according to the latest numbers from the B.C. Real Estate Association.

Unit sales in May were down 38 per cent compared to the same month a year ago; the average price of $739,783 was down 1.7 per cent, and sales dollar volume fell 30 per cent.

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Association Chief Economist Cameron Muir says home sales continued to slow in May because of the more stringent mortgage rules.

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He says the changes are taking their toll on housing demand, not only in B.C., but across the country by reducing household purchasing power and housing affordability.

He says while the decline in consumer demand has increased the inventory of homes for sale, active listings across the province are still relatively low by historical comparison.

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