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B.C. Commercial Real Estate Investment Up 83% Year-over-year Real Estate Sales Over $5 Million Hit A New Dollar Volume High In 2017, Led By Institutional Buyer Demand

B.C. commercial real estate investment up 83% year-over-year Real estate sales over $5 million hit a new dollar volume high in 2017, led by institutional buyer demand

By Tanya Commisso for Western Investor

B.C.’s commercial investment value set a new record-high of $7.5 billion in 2017 – up nearly 83 per cent over 2016’s $4.1-billion value.

A new year-end investment review from Avison Young Commercial Real Estate notes commercial real estate deals and dollar volumes have continued to rise astronomically since 2015. Avison Young cites a number of reasons behind this acceleration – primarily a divergence of market opinion between vendors and purchasers that has led to more assets for sale by owners and more demand for purchase among investors.

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The report tracks B.C. office, industrial, retail and multi-family property transactions greater than $5 million. Two hundred and thirty property sales were recording in 2017, versus 147 in 2016.

2017 property sales continued to be led by redevelopment potential, regardless of asset class.

“Ongoing price appreciation in all asset classes is being driven almost exclusively by land value and redevelopment potential,” says Bob Levine, principal for Avison Young. “The acquisition of retail assets has morphed in many cases into land deals with lesser consideration or interest for the income in place or the retail asset itself.”

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