From the CMHC press release regarding vacancy rates in St. John’s.
According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Fall Rental Market Survey, the vacancy rate in the St. John’s Census metropolitan area (CMA) was 1.3 per cent, compared to 1.1 per cent in 2010.
“With record employment and income growth attracting people to the region, population growth continued to create rental demand as new immigrants have a high tendency to rent,” said Chris Janes, senior market analyst with CMHC in Newfoundland and Labrador. “An increase in home prices and a solid economy also supported demand for rental units in 2011. These factors, coupled with limited new rental supply, continued to keep the local vacancy rate low,” added Janes.
Provincially, vacancy rates in percentage terms were 1.3 in the Corner Brook area, 1.2 per cent in Gander and 0.9 per cent in the Grand Falls-Windsor area. The combined provincial vacancy rate for all centres surveyed increased from 1.0 per cent to 1.3 per cent.
Overall, the average two bedroom rent was $701 across the five urban centres surveyed, with increases recorded in every centre. The highest average two bedroom rent recorded was $771 in the St. John’s CMA, while Bay Roberts posted the lowest average rent of $561. The remaining average two bedroom rents were $584 in Corner Brook; $567 in Gander and $646 in Grand Falls-Windsor.
Results of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)’s Spring 2011 Rental Market Survey released today indicate that the overall vacancy rate was up in provincial urban centres in April 2011. The overall vacancy rate was 2.1 per cent, an increase of one per cent from last April’s rate of 1.1 per cent.
The St. John’s area rental market posted a vacancy rate of two per cent in April 2011 compared to 1.1 per cent last April. “With an active labour market, population growth will continue to create rental demand and keep vacancy rates low within the region,” said Chris Janes, senior market analyst with CMHC in Newfoundland and Labrador. “High home prices and a strong economy are supporting demand for rental units. These factors, coupled with limited new rental supply being added to the market, continue to keep the vacancy rate low,” added Janes.
The Corner Brook area posted the lowest vacancy rate in the province at 1.7 per cent compared to 0.8 per cent a year ago. Other centres surveyed recorded the following vacancy rates: the Gander area increased to 2.3 per cent from 0.6 per cent last year and the Grand Falls-Windsor area came in at 2.7 per cent, a vacancy rate comparable to last year.