Market Update

• 1. Most recent Vancouver real estate market update
• 2. False Creek North/Yaletown update
• 3. Monthly statistical reports of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
• 4. Publications by the BC Real Estate Association
• 5. Statistics Canada - economic statistics for BC

 

1) Statistics compiled by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

March 2019 Real Estate Stats

News Release

Prospective home buyers reamin on the sidelines in March.

Vancouver, BC - April 2, 2019 - Metro Vancouver home sales dipped to the lowest levels seen in March in more than three decades.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,727 in March 2019, a 31.4 per cent decrease from the 2,517 sales recorded in March 2018, and a 16.4 per cent increase from the 1,484 homes sold in February 2019.

Last month’s sales were 46.3 per cent below the 10-year March sales average and was the lowest total for the month since 1986.

“Housing demand today isn’t aligning with our growing economy and low unemployment rates. The market trends we’re seeing are largely policy induced,” Ashley Smith, REBGV president said. “For three years, governments at all levels have imposed new taxes and borrowing requirements on to the housing market.”

“What policymakers are failing to recognize is that demand-side measures don’t eliminate demand, they sideline potential home buyers in the short term. That demand is ultimately satisfied down the line because shelter needs don’t go away. Using public policy to delay local demand in the housing market just feeds disruptive cycles that have been so well-documented in our region.”

There were 4,949 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in March 2019. This represents an 11.2 per cent increase compared to the 4,450 homes listed in March 2018 and a 27.2 per cent increase compared to February 2019 when 3,892 homes were listed.

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 12,774, a 52.4 per cent increase compared to March 2018 (8,380) and a 10.2 per cent increase compared to February 2019 (11,590).

For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for March 2019 is 13.5 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 9.4 per cent for detached homes, 15.9 per cent for townhomes, and 17.2 per cent for apartments.

Generally, analysts say downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12 per cent for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,011,200. This represents a 7.7 per cent decrease from March 2018, and a 0.5 per cent decrease compared to February 2019.

Sales of detached homes in March 2019 reached 529, a 26.7 per cent decrease from the 722 sales in March 2018. The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,437,100. This represents a 10.5 per cent decrease from March 2018, and a 0.4 per cent decrease compared to February 2019.

Sales of apartment homes reached 873 in March 2019, a 35.3 per cent decrease compared to the 1,349 sales in March 2018. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $656,900. This represents a 5.9 per cent decrease from March 2018, and a 0.5 per cent decrease compared to February 2019.

Attached home sales in March 2019 totalled 325, a 27.1 per cent decrease compared to the 446 sales in March 2018. The benchmark price of an attached home is $783,600. This represents a six per cent decrease from March 2018, and a 0.7 per cent decrease compared to February 2019.

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 2. Yaletown/False Creek North update.  

The statististical information below has been provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and while believed to be correct, no responsibilty is taken for its accuracy.

YALETOWN/FALSE CREEK NORTH SOLDS IN MARCH 2013  

Type

# of Sales

Average/median Sale $

Avg/med days on Mkt

 Avg/median $ per sq ft

Condo

43

650,963/462,000

42/25

705/681.78

Townhome

5

1,196,600/1,175,000 

 39/16

 706.59/672.89

YALETOWN/FALSE CREEK NORTH ACTIVE LISTINGS ON 20 APRIL 2013

Type

# of Listings  

    Average asking $    

    Median asking $    

  Low/high asking $   

Condo

244

973,726

677,000

 280,000/6,900,000

Townhome

20

1,602,185

1,084,000

 625,000/4,998,000