Metro Vancouver’s rental apartment market – last six months and looking ahead

On October 28, 2020, Goodman Commercial, participated as an expert panelist in an Urban Development Institute (UDI) webinar discussing commercial real estate activity over the last six months and looking ahead.

The important themes covered included:

Government announcements and impact on the rental sector

  • Results of the eviction moratorium being lifted
  • BC Temporary Rental Supplement (BC-TRS) program completed: What was the effect?
  • What will a rent increase freeze mean for the market?

What we’ve been hearing

  • 90% of company resources going back to basics: Rent collection, sanitation, security
  • Landlord calls their 10,000 tenants in Canada to check-in during the pandemic
  • Rent collection has been good for rental
  • Vacancy rates up; rental rates softening in some areas
  • Expenses up, especially insurance

Investment market

  • Latest stats: Building sales, dollar volumes and pricing
  • Some new builds skewing the numbers
  • ”Avalanche of listings” – actually a normal number (just a truncated timeframe)
  • Deal structure: Update on due diligence and closing times

Goodman Commercial’s sales activity – a busy market!

  • $116 million in first 3 months of 2020
  • 8 firm deals since COVID totalling $90 million
  • $41 million under contract
  • $394 million in listings

Changes in buyer investment criteria

  • Increasing portfolio size
  • Starting to invest in different neighbourhoods/cities
  • Diversifying – in some cases, moving out of retail and office assets and into rental
  • Moving money out of stock market into hard assets
  • Some realizing they can’t actively move around the world and purchase in other countries, therefore focusing on acquiring back home

Advice for moving forward

  • Hope for further relief for rental housing providers as expenses continue to rise
  • Continue to work together and staying optimistic for a vaccine
  • NDP majority: Watch new rental construction numbers and amendments to RTA
  • Be careful about drawing long-term conclusions from current environment
  • Vancouver fundamentals are good medium to long-term
  • Make your voice heard: Send letters, make calls and educate yourself on local and regional policy

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