High demand for condos and low supply driving up prices says analyst

Condos are the dominant feature in many Vancouver neighbourhoods but now a firm that analyses real estate data suggests there needs to be even more in the city.

More condo construction needed to meet market demand according to research

Vancouver's Coal Harbour is condo central. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

Condos are the dominant feature of many Vancouver neighbourhoods but now a firm that analyses real estate data suggests there needs to be even more in the city.

Urban Analytics says demand for condos is outstripping supply, and that is in part to blame for rising prices. 

"Based on who we see buying, and the demand that continues to appear to flow into the market, unless there's some severe economic shock, we don't really see much drop in the amount of demand in the marketplace," said Michael Ferreira, with Urban Analytics.

In a report called "Soaking Up the Supply" the company compared the total number of newly-built, multi-family units sold each quarter since 2012, with the number of units left unsold.

Graph shows research around the number of sold units in high rise condominium projects that have launched and those that are scheduled to complete construction in the next three years. (Urban Analytics)

"From the middle of 2012, there was a spread of about 7500 units between those two metrics," said Ferreira. "Now it's now just over 1200 units."

Ferreira thinks the real estate industry and municipalities need to figure out a way to increase the speed at which new developments are approved in order to keep the supply up and prices down. 

With files from Stephanie Mercier

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