Vancouver's home truths for Australia's China connection

Alongside interest rates, demographic change and the employment rate, China’s economic growth has a significant impact on Vancouver’s real estate market. Australian property watchers should take note.

Vancouver is about 14,000 kilometres from Beijing, separated by the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean. However, the health of Vancouver’s housing market is closely correlated with Chinese economic growth, according to Robin Wiebe, a research economist with the Conference Board of Canada.

At first glance, this seems a strange conclusion to draw. The vitality of the housing market is usually determined by local factors such as mortgage interest rates, changes in the employment rate and population growth.

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