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October sales exceed historical average

October sales exceed historical average

Metro Vancouver home sales exceeded typical historical levels in October with the majority concentrated in the townhouse and apartment markets.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in the region totalled 3,022 in October 2017, a 35.3 per cent increase from the 2,233 sales recorded in October 2016, and an increase of 7.1 per cent compared to September 2017 when 2,821 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 15 per cent above the 10-year October sales average.

“Conditions continue to vary significantly based on property type. The detached home market is well supplied with homes for sale, which is relieving pressure on prices,” Jill Oudil, REBGV president said. “It remains a much different story in the townhouse and apartment markets. Buyers of these properties continue to have limited supply to choose from and are seeing upward pressure on prices.”

There were 4,539 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in October 2017. This represents a 14 per cent increase compared to the 3,981 homes listed in October 2016 and a 15.6 per cent decrease compared to September 2017 when 5,375 homes were listed.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 9,137, a 0.1 per cent decrease compared to October 2016 (9,143) and a 3.5 per cent decrease compared to September 2017 (9,466).

For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for October 2017 is 33.1 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 16.8 per cent for detached homes, 44.8 per cent for townhomes, and 66 per cent for condominiums.

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

“The growth in our provincial economy and job market is contributing to today’s demand,” Oudil said. “The federal government’s announcement of plans to tighten mortgage requirements for the seventh time in the last eight years also helped spur activity in the short term. Many buyers are trying to enter the market before the changes are in place.”

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,042,300. This represents a 12.4 per cent increase over October 2016 and a 0.5 per cent increase compared to September 2017.

Sales of detached properties in October 2017 reached 940, a 44.2 per cent increase from the 652 detached sales recorded in October 2016 and a 34.6 per cent decrease from the 1,437 sales in October 2015. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,609,600. This represents a four per cent increase from October 2016 and a 0.5 per cent decrease compared to September 2017.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,532 in October 2017, a 30.1 per cent increase compared to the 1,178 sales in October 2016 and a 0.7 per cent decrease from the 1,543 sales in October 2015. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $642,000. This represents a 22.7 per cent increase from October 2016 and a one per cent increase compared to September 2017.

Attached property sales in October 2017 totalled 550, a 36.5 per cent increase compared to the 403 sales in October 2016 and a 17.4 per cent decrease from the 666 sales in October 2015. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $802,400. This represents a 17.7 per cent increase from October 2016 and a two per cent increase compared to September 2017.

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Home buyer demand continues to differ based on housing type


 Apartment and townhome activity is outpacing the
detached home market across Metro Vancouver*. This activity helped push total residential sales
above the historical average in September.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in
the region totalled 2,821 in September 2017, a 25.2 per cent increase from the 2,253 sales
recorded in September 2016, and a 7.3 per cent decrease compared to August 2017 when 3,043
homes sold.
Last month’s sales were 13.1 per cent above the 10-year September sales average.
“Our detached homes market is balanced today, while apartment and townhome sales remain in
sellers' market territory,” Jill Oudil, REBGV president said. “If you’re looking to enter the
market, as either a buyer or seller, it’s important to understand these trends and use this
information to set realistic expectations.”
There were 5,375 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the
Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in September 2017. This represents a 12
per cent increase compared to the 4,799 homes listed in September 2016 and a 26.6 per cent
increase compared to August 2017 when 4,245 homes were listed.
The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is
9,466, a 1.2 per cent increase compared to September 2016 (9,354) and a 7.5 per cent increase
compared to August 2017 (8,807).
“Detached homes made up 30 per cent of all sales in September and represented 62 per cent of
all the homes listed for sale on the MLS®,” said Oudil. “This dynamic has slowed the pace of
upward pressure that we’ve seen on detached home prices in our market over the last few years.”
For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for September 2017 is 29.8 per cent. By
property type, the ratio is 14.6 per cent for detached homes, 42.3 per cent for townhomes, and
60.4 per cent for apartments.
Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below
the 12 per cent mark 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 $1,037,300. This represents a 10.9 per cent increase over September 2016
and a 0.7 per cent increase compared to August 2017.
Sales of detached properties in September 2017 reached 852, a 27.9 per cent increase from the
sales recorded in September 2016 (666), a decrease of 33 per cent from September 2015 (1,272),
and a decrease of 32.9 per cent from September 2014 (1,270). The benchmark price for detached
properties is $1,617,300. This represents a 2.9 per cent increase from September 2016 and a 0.1
per cent increase compared to August 2017.
Sales of apartment properties reached 1,451 in September 2017, a 19.1 per cent increase
compared from the sales recorded in September 2016 (1,218), a 5.1 per cent decrease from
September 2015 (1,529), and a 22.1 per cent increase from September 2014 (1,188). The
benchmark price of an apartment property is $635,800. This represents a 21.7 per cent increase
from September 2016 and a 1.4 per cent increase compared to August 2017.
Attached property sales in September 2017 totalled 518, a 40.4 per cent increase compared to the
sales recorded in September 2016 (369), a 4.8 per cent decrease from September 2015 (544), and
an 11.6 per cent increase from September 2014 (464). The benchmark price of an attached home
is $786,600. This represents a 14.5 per cent increase from September 2016 and a 1.1 per cent
increase compared to August 2017.



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