Vancouver Real Estate: Sales Down But Prices Still On The Rise

Posted by Matt and Kerri on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 3:10pm.

sunshine_coast_330In contrast to the near record pace witnessed at the beginning of this year, the Vancouver real estate market seems to be normalizing. With increased inflation and rising interest rates, sales are slowing particularitly in the entry level condo market; however prices are still on the rise and the market continues to be very active.

Along with a decline in the number of new listings, the frenzy of last month’s activity brought a greater balance to supply and demand. The Greater Vancouver area saw a 23.5% drop in new listings compared to last April, and a 14% decline compared to last month. The year over year drop can be attributed to a less active condo market as there were slightly more detached and townhouse sales this April compared to last.

Competitively priced homes continue to sell quickly and occasionally end up in multiple offers, while prices continue to climb. Compared to April 2010, the Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark for single family homes increased 7.4%, attached homes increased 2.4% and condos increased 2.9%

Simply broken out, Vancouver home sales look like this:

Greater Vancouver Area April 2011 April 2010 March 2011
Detached Units Sold 1,402 1,370 1795
Attached Units Sold 622
616
663
Apartment Condo Units Sold 1,201
1,526
1,622

Over the past 12 months, the benchmark price for all residential properties (detached, attached and condos) in Greater Vancouver increased by 5% from $539,410 to $622,991.

While our seller’s market continues, there are still significant differences in home-price trends and activity depending on your area and community. North Vancouver and West Vancouver home sales are no exception, showing steady price increases and solid inventory levels in most sub-divisions.

While attached and apartment condo price increases are modest, detached values are of particular note on the North Shore. North Vancouver’s benchmark price in April is $979,949, up from $922,764 in March 2011. West Vancouver’s benchmark price is $1,637,312 up from $1,526,596 respectively.

MLSLINK HPI - April 2011


Property Type Area Benchmark Price Price Range 3 Month Avg Benchmark Price 1 Year Change 3 Year Change 5 Year Change
Detached Greater Vancouver $879,039

+1.1%

$864,830 +7.4% +14.0% +41.6%
Detached North Vancouver $979,949 +2.2% $941,992 +4.4% +7.3% +33.6%
Detached Vancouver West $1,970,056 +2.0% $1,911,589 +17.6% +36.2% +76.8%
Detached West Vancouver $1,637,312 +3.6% $1,558,962 +16.9% +2.9% +36.4%
Property Type Area Benchmark Price Price Range 3 Month Avg Benchmark Price 1 Year Change 3 Year Change 5 Year Change
Attached Greater Vancouver $514.670

+0.7%

$510,942 +2.4% +7.7% +35.4%
Attached North Vancouver $633,455 +2.3% $626,357 +0.8% 5.1% +32.1%
Attached Vancouver West $820,316 +2.5% $802.815 +5.7% +12.4% +52.1%
Attached West Vancouver n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Property Type Area Benchmark Price Price Range 3 Month Avg Benchmark Price 1 Year Change 3 Year Change 5 Year Change
Condo Greater Vancouver $409,242

+0.6%

$404,174 +2.9% +5.2% +32.2%
Condo North Vancouver $392,283 +2.3% $390,148 +0.5% +0.2% +21.8%
Condo Vancouver West $527,089 +1.0% $519,516 +2.9% +6.7% +33.0%
Condo West Vancouver $680,192 +6.7% $672,634 -6.5 +1.0% +25.7%

Stats are provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver; feel free to view the complete REBGV Stats Package for April 2011.

Attention Google Chrome users: if you are having problems viewing the stats package, right click on the link to 'save link as' a PDF file while Google and Adobe continue to work things out ;)

Attached Greater Vancouver $511,039 +0.7% $504,432 +3.6% +7.9% +35.9%
Attached North Vancouver $637,633 +2.4% $612,752 +4.6% +2.5% +31.2%
Attached Vancouver West $782,842 +2.5% $771,100 +1.6% +10.0% +41.5%
Attached West Vancouver n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

2 Responses to "Vancouver Real Estate: Sales Down But Prices Still On The Rise"

Crystal Tost wrote:
Thanks for the update. We are seeing a similar trend here in Calgary, sales were also down in April but averages still had a rise. The bad economy is definitively behind us and now is the time to get into the real estate market.

Posted on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 6:03pm.

Kerri Demski wrote:
I absolutely agree Crystal - thanks for your comment!

Posted on Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 6:42pm.



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