the rennie landscape - Q3 2019


06. policy

Central bankers may be the most powerful people in the world right now, as governments, investors, home owners, and others try to anticipate their next move.


Much like in Q2 of this year, not much has changed from a policy perspective here in British Columbia, at least insofar as housing is concerned. Provincial elections aren’t looming, and with municipal councils locked in for the next couple of years, most elected representatives seem content to sit back and observe market goings-on along with the rest of us as our province and region adjust to changing demographic, economic, and financial conditions. With benchmark prices having adjusted by up to 10% and inventory having expanded

over the past year, Metro Vancouver’s housing market is objectively more balanced than it has been at any time in the recent past. Having said that, there is evidence that demand is beginning to re-emerge from the sidelines, that supply may be reaching its apex, and that prices have levelled-out. As the market continues to evolve, will policymakers feel compelled to intervene? Time will tell—and we may not have to wait too long to find out.


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