There are four main reasons for this assessment.
The first of these is that British Columbia is enjoying period of unprecedented growth and prosperity. This period of economic prosperity forms the bedrock upon which the Vancouver housing market can consolidate its position.
In the February 20,2007 Budget and Fiscal Plan for 2007/08-2009/10 which was released by the Ministry of Finance , the outlook for the BC economy in general and the Real Estate Market in particular, is exceptionally bright.
The second item to consider is the influx of immigration that is expected to flood into British Columbia the years leading up to the BC Olympic Games. The Council projected that "total net migration" to British Columbia would continue to rise to unprecedented levels. In 2007 alone, projections averaged from a "low of 35,423 people to a high of 55,000 people". The general expectation is that this trend will continue in to increase in the coming years with the anticipation that "total net migration to average about 47,000 people in 2008, rising to over 50,000 through the 2009 to 2011 period".
The third area of consideration is the inflation of the Canadian Dollar and its effects on interest rates and the Real Estate Market. The expectation is that Bank of Canada will raise interest rates an average of "4.08 per cent" in 2007. Over the long term the rates should hold fairly steady or even come down slightly. The "Council's forecasts for the Bank of Canada's overnight target rate averaged 4.13 per cent in 2008, falling to 4.01 per cent over the 2009 to 2011 period".
The last piece of information needed to navigate in the complex Real Estate Market, is the forecast for Real Estate Market movement in British Columbia and its implications for you as a home-buyer. The news is good, according to the bi-annual press release published by The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA). In the Housing Forecast Report, Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist gives us this insight, "The market has shifted away from strong sellers' conditions and is expected to operate in a band between a strong balanced and weak sellers' market over the forecast horizon.