Vancouver Home Sales and Listing Activity Continue To Slow

  • Homes sales and listing activity across Metro Vancouver dipped below the historical average for October in part due to the changing real estate market dynamics.

    “Changing market conditions compounded by a series of government interventions this year have put home buyers and sellers in a holding pattern,” Dan Morrison, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) president said. “Potential buyers and sellers are taking a wait-and-see approach to try and better understand what these changes mean for them.”

    This wait-and-see attitude resulted in less homes on the market and fewer sales to the tune of a 38.8% decrease from October 2015’s 3,646 sales to October 2016’s 2,233. Last month’s sales even marginally declined from September 2016 by 0.9%, for an overall sales average that was 15% below the 10-year average for October.

    The detached market is taking the greatest hit in homebuyer demand, and Morrison concluded by urging those wishing to list their property to work with a pro: “It’s important to work with your local REALTOR® to help you navigate today’s changing trends.”

    October At-a-Glance:

    New Listings (detached, attached, and apartment): 3,981
    3.5% decrease from October 2015
    17% decrease from September 2016
    9.5% below 10-year average for October

    Total Active listings on MLS®: 9,143
    4.5% decrease from October 2015
    2.3% decrease from September 2016

    Sales-to-Active-Listings ratio: 24.4%

    Benchmark price for all residential properties: $919,300
    24.8% increase from October 2015
    0.8% decrease from September 2016

    Benchmark price for a detached property is $1,545,800
    28.9% increase from October 2015
    1.4% increase from September 2016

    Detached property sales totaled 652
    54.6% decrease from October 2015

    Benchmark price for an apartment property is $512,300
    20.5% increase from October 2015
    0.3% increase from September 2016

    Apartment property sales totaled 1,178
    23.7% decrease from October 2015

    Benchmark price for an attached unit is $669,200
    25.7% increase from October 2015
    1.1% decrease from September 2016

    Attached property sales totaled 403
    39.5% decrease from October 2015

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    Correction notice:

    Altus Group, provider of the national MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI), miscalculated in their September 2016 reporting which resulted in variances of between 0.1% and 5% in the benchmark prices the REBGV released last month.

    *REBGV Editor’s Note:  Areas covered by Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Whistler, Sunshine Coast, Squamish, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and South Delta.

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