While I hope for everyones sake that sales do reach 275 that is still down by 60% +/- over last year. Not unexpected of course but worrisome for everyone from home sellers (no one buying) to home buyers (inventory down), to builders/trades (no developers planning to build if they cant sell). All in all the immediate ramifications are obvious.
What might not be so obvious at the moment is the long term effect. We still live in the most desirable location in Canada. We still see that our population growth is skewering to an older dynamic with more readily available cash. We are still on an Island with a shortage of land.
All of the above means that the single family home may rocket in price when this all lifts as people scramble for a limited supply. The younger dynamic may be priced out of the market for SFH even more than they are now. Condos and townhouses will be their only choice but even then the inventory will be limited as it takes years to build a condo project of any size. Will prices rise dramatically in this segment as well?
As much as it is sad to say ,the people that are really suffering through this probably could not afford todays prices so the fact that they are unemployed is not as dramatic as it might seem. Remember 2008 - begat 2014. An economic recovery had taken place by then , inventory was low, interest rates were low, demand was high, and bingo !!! - A massive increase in prices that began then and has lasted until now.
All may seem doom and gloom now but it did in 2008 as well. We will come out of this changed in many ways but the market dynamics remain somewhat the same. We live in a supply and demand world.