June 23, 2022

Commercial market begins with steady sales, higher prices

Coming off a near-record activity in 2021, the Lower Mainland’s commercial real estate market saw a steady pace of sales in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022.

There were 595 commercial real estate sales in the Lower Mainland in Q1 2022, a one per cent decrease from the 601 sales in Q1 2021, according to data from Commercial Edge, a commercial real estate system operated by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV).

The total dollar value of commercial real estate sales in the Lower Mainland was $3.718 billion in Q1 2022, a 32.9 per cent increase from $2.798 billion in Q1 2021.

“Strong economic growth and low interest rates helped keep the Lower Mainland's commercial real estate market moving briskly in 2021, and this momentum carried into the first quarter of 2022," said Daniel John, Chair, REBGV. "Raw land was the most popular and expensive commercial category driving activity to begin the year as companies look for space to expand and pursue their commercial ventures in the region.

“Going forward, we’ll need to see how the rising interest rates and inflationary pressure that we’re experiencing today will impact our commercial real estate market for the balance of 2022.”

Q1 2022 activity by category

Land: There were 206 commercial land sales in Q1 2022, which is a 63.5 per cent increase from the 126 land sales in Q1 2021. The dollar value of land sales was $2.085 billion in Q1 2022, a 177.5 per cent increase from $752 million in Q1 2021.

Office and Retail: There were 219 office and retail sales in the Lower Mainland in Q1 2022, which is down 6.8 per cent from the 235 sales in Q1 2021. The dollar value of office and retail sales was $624 million in Q1 2022, a 29.7 per cent decrease from $887 million in Q1 2021.

Industrial: There were 141 industrial land sales in the Lower Mainland in Q1 2022, which is a 28.8 per cent decrease from the 198 sales in Q1 2021. The dollar value of industrial sales was $673 million in Q1 2022, a two per cent increase from $660 million in Q1 2021.

Multi-Family: There were 29 multi-family land sales in the Lower Mainland in Q1 2022, which is down 31 per cent from 42 sales in Q1 2021. The dollar value of multi-family sales was $336 million in Q1 2022, a 32.7 per cent decrease from $499 million in Q1 2021.


Download the Q1 2022 commercial stats package

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