Observations March 18, 2013

Suggested Readings on Foreign Investment in Vancouver Real Estate


Foreign investment in Vancouver’s real estate is a topic that often can generate more heat than light as the City faces the challenge of being the second least affordable housing market in the world.  To compliment a panel session on the issue at Simon Fraser University, BTAworks has assembled a reading list for those interested in developing a background on the topic.   If readers feel that there are some clear omissions on the subject, please feel free to contact us.  For those looking the 2009 BTAworks Empty Condo study, please click here.

In alphabetical order by author, this list assembles social histories and research papers that we think can help develop an informed dialogue on the topic of foreign investment in Vancouver real estate.  We have also included several historic and contemporary articles on the economics, immigration, globalization, housing, and real estate markets in Vancouver and its metropolitan region to provide historic, policy oriented, and academic context.  Where possible, links to the individual documents have been provided.  Some of these documents are free to access, but others may require payment or academic library access.  To assess the reading or at least, its academic web location, please click its title.

Let there be light…we hope.

Barnes, T. and Hutton, T.  May 2009. Situating the New Economy: Contingencies of Regeneration and Dislocation in Vancouver’s Inner City. May 2009 vol. 46 no. 5-6 1247-1269.

Bula., F. Oct 1, 2011. The Future of Vancouver’s Economy. Vancouver Magazine.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. 2012.  Rental Market Report: Vancouver and Abbotsford CMA.

CitySpaces Consulting with Urban Futures Inc. December 2009. Vancouver Apartment Condominium Rental Study.  Vancouver: City of Vancouver.

Goldberg, M.A. Feb 2002. Local Property Markets and Effective Flexible Market Institutions: Key Strategic Elements for Competing in the Global Urban Economy. Vancouver: UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate.

Goldberg, M.A. Heinkel, R.L., and Levi, M.D. May 2003. Foreign Direct Investment: The Human Dimension. Vancouver: UBC Centre for Urban Economics and Real Estate.

Gustein, D. 1975. Vancouver, Ltd. Vancouver: James Lorimer & Company Ltd.

Harris, D.C.  (forthcoming 2011). Condominium and the City: The Rise of Property in Vancouver.  Law & Social Inquiry

Ley, D. and Judith Tuchener. March 1999.  Immigration and Metropolitan House Prices in Canada.  Vancouver: Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis Working Paper Series.

Ley, D. 2010. Millionaire Migrants: Trans-Pacific Life Lines. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability Academic Working Group. April 30, 2012. Academic Working Group – Summary Report. Vancouver: City of Vancouver.

Mayor’s Task Force on Housing Affordability Academic Working Group. May 4, 2012. Foreign Investment Report. Vancouver; City of Vancouver.

Mitchell, K. October 1993. Multiculturalism, or the United Colors of Capitalism? Antipode. Vol 25, Issue 4, pages 263–294.

Moos, M and Skaburskis, A.  2010. The Globalization of Urban Housing Markets: Immigration and Changing Housing Demand in VancouverUrban Geography, 2010, 31, 6, pp. 724–749.

Ramirez, S and Yan, M.C.  August 2008.  Review of the Working Paper Series on Housing and Immigrants Published by Metropolis British Columbia and the Ontario Centre.  Vancouver: UBC School of Social Work.

Soules, G.  1976.  The Housing Crisis: Causes, Effects, Solutions Long-term Solutions to the Housing Crisis in the Western World.  Vancouver and Seattle: Gordon Soules Econoimc and Marketing. Research.

Vancouver Economic Commission. March 2010. Vancouver as a City Region in the Global Economy. Vancouver.

Vancouver Economic Commission. September 2011. The Vancouver Economic Action Strategy: An Economic Development Plan for the City. Vancouver.


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