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September 4, 2018

Richmond B.C. sees more homes being built but fewer being sold


The number of new homes being built in Richmond is on the rise, while the number of existing ones being sold is declining.

Construction started on 1,413 new houses, townhouses and apartment units in the first six months of 2018, according to a quarterly report from Business in Richmond. That’s 60 per cent more homes starting the building process than in the same time period last year.

“We’ve seen a very steady high rate of development for last number of years,” Ted Townsend, director of communications with the City of Richmond, told the Richmond News.

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He said the numbers don’t surprise him, since Richmond’s official community plans take into account high projected growth and allow for high density development.

“The uptick has been a little quicker than we maybe would have anticipated,” he said. “But it is certainly within what is projected for City Centre.”

Richmond had the biggest growth in new home builds in the region. Other Lower Mainland a slowdown in the number of new homes starting construction.

All of that building translates into a massive construction industry in the city. Business in Richmond pegged the construction activity’s value at $485 million in the first half of 2018. If things continue like this for the rest of the year, the value of construction activity could smash records set in 2016.

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