Should there be restrictions on ownership of real estate in Metro Vancouver?
Moore says almost 90 per cent of higher-end house buyers are foreign.There's the rub with an informal survey. Asian descent doesn't tell you anything about foreign money.
“They seem to find Vancouver and the Lower Mainland to be a safe place to live, in terms of worldwide, and they do like our weather, and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down since they began looking for homes in the ’80s,” says Moore. Condominiums are a different story, though, where he estimates it to be more of a 50-50 mix, although he admits 26 of the 28 units he sold at a new complex on Royal Oak recently went to those of Asian descent.
Although much of New West is high on a slope, it hasn’t seen the same pressure from foreign buyers.
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However, Goodwin has noticed many of the South Asian builders that buy land in Burnaby to construct big homes and sell them, are now targeting New Westminster’s West End for its big view lots.
Pilothouse Marketing’s Craig Anderson has been project manager for three recent new developments that went on sale in the city—Brickstone Walk, 8 West and 258, and he estimates 35 per cent of the buyers for the last two were mainland Chinese.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver doesn’t track specifically where foreign buyers are purchasing homes. However, president Rosario Setticasi says a regular informal poll of up to 400 realtors reveals only about 10 to 12 per cent of home purchases are by foreign buyers.10-12 percent is enough to boost a market. It's certainly enough to utterly juice a few select submarkets.