VANCOUVER, B.C. – April 4, 2011 – Activity in the Greater Vancouver housing market continued to strengthen in March with both the number of homes sold and added to the region’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) reaching near record levels.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales of detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver reached 4,080 in March 2011. This represents a 31.7 percent increase compared to the 3,097 sales recorded in February 2011, an increase of 30.1 percent compared to the 3,137 sales in March 2010 and an 80.1 percent increase from the 2,265 home sales in March 2009. The all-time sales record for March occurred in 2004 when 4,371 transactions were recorded.
“Our market has had a very strong start to the spring season,” Rosario Setticasi, REBGV president said. “With home sales above 4,000 and nearly 7,000 home listings added to the MLS® in March, it’s clear that home buyers and sellers view this as a good time to be active in their local housing market.”
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 6,797 in March 2011. This represents a 3 percent decline compared to March 2010 when 7,004 properties were listed for sale on the MLS®, an all-time record for March. Compared to February 2011, last month’s new listings total registered a 19.4 percent increase.
At, 13,110, the total number of residential property listings on the MLS® increased 9.9 percent in March compared to last month and declined 3 percent from this time last year.
“Conditions favour sellers at the moment, but we’re seeing differences in home-price trends and overall activity depending on the region and property type,” Setticasi said.
The MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver over the last 12 months has increased 5.4 percent to $615,810 in March 2011 from $584,435 in March 2010.
Sales of detached properties on the MLS® in March 2011 reached 1,795, an increase of 34.4 percent from the 1,336 detached sales recorded in March 2010, and a 100.1 percent increase from the 897 units sold in March 2009. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 8.3 percent from March 2010 to $866,806.
Sales of apartment properties reached 1,622 in March 2011, a 29.6 percent increase compared to the 1,252 sales in March 2010, and an increase of 66.2 percent compared to the 976 sales in March 2009. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 2.1 percent from March 2010 to $403,885.
Attached property sales in March 2011 totalled 663, a 20.8 percent increase compared to the 549 sales in March 2010, and a 69.1 percent increase from the 392 attached properties sold in March 2009. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 3.6 percent between March 2010 and 2011 to $511,039.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – September 2, 2010 – Conditions in the Greater Vancouver housingmarket continued to favour buyers in August. Since April, prices have edged down slightly as the number of sales and the number of properties coming on to the market have been declining.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that the number of residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 2,202 in August 2010. This represents a 36 per cent decline from the 3,441 sales in August 2009, the second highest selling August ever recorded, and a 2.4 per cent decline compared to July 2010.
From a wider perspective, last month’s residential sales represent a 40.4 per cent increase over the 1,568 residential sales in August 2008, a 34.9 per cent decline compared to August 2007’s3,384 sales, and a 26.6 per cent decline compared to August 2006’s 2,998 sales.
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties declined 17.5 per cent to 3,750 inAugust 2010 compared to August 2009 when 4,544 new units were listed. Total active listings inGreater Vancouver currently sit at 15,421, a 6.1 per cent decline from last month and a 29 percent increase from August 2009.
“We’re seeing moderate demand, low interest rates and a healthy but slowing stream of supply inour marketplace, all variables that favour those looking to purchase a home,” Jake Moldowan, REBGV president said. “The last few months have also shown some stability when it comes to price fluctuations in the region, which is a welcome trend after reaching record highs in April.”
Since spring, housing prices have decreased 2.8 per cent compared to the all-time high reached in April when the residential benchmark price was $593,419. Over the last 12 months, the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver increased 6.9 per cent to $576,597 in August 2010 from $539,600 in August 2009.
“Canada remains an attractive destination for foreign buyers, a fact that continues to affect activity in the Greater Vancouver housing market,” Moldowan said.
Sales of detached properties in August 2010 reached 893, a decrease of 34.7 per cent from the 1,367 detached sales recorded in August 2009 and a 66.9 per cent increase from the 535 units sold in August 2008. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 8.5 per cent from August 2009 to $795,076.