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Spring months bring balance to Greater Vancouver housing market
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

 

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While the number of home sales in Greater Vancouver continued to trend below the 10-year average in May, the balance of sales and listings meant continued market stability this spring.

 

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,882 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May 2013. This represents a one per cent increase compared to the 2,853 sales recorded in May 2012, and a 9.7 per cent increase compared to the 2,627 sales in April 2013.

Last month’s sales were 19.4 per cent below the 10-year sales average for the month, while new listings for the month were 7.4 percent below the 10-year average.

 

 

 

“We’ve seen some steadying trends over the last three months,” Sandra Wyant, REBGV president said. “The number of homes listed for sale has been keeping pace with the number of property sales, leading to a balanced sales-to-listings ratio. This is having a stabilizing influence on home price activity.”

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,656 in May. This represents an 18.3 per cent decline compared to the 6,927 new listings reported in May 2012 and a 3.7 per cent decline from the 5,876 new listings in April of this year.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® in Greater Vancouver is 17,222, a 3.4 per cent decrease compared to May 2012 and a 2.9 per cent increase compared to April 2013.

The sales-to-active-listings ratio currently sits at 17 per cent in Greater Vancouver. This is the third straight month that this ratio has been above 15 per cent. Previous to this, May 2012 was the last time this ratio was above 15 per cent.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver is currently $598,400. This represents a decline of 4.3 per cent compared to this time last year and an increase of 1.8 per cent compared to January 2013.

 

 

Sales of detached properties reached 1,212 in May 2013, an increase of 2.7 per cent from the 1,180 detached sales recorded in May 2012, and a 22.8 per cent decrease from the 1,570 units sold in May 2011. The benchmark price for detached properties decreased 5.2 per cent from May 2012 to $917,200.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,136 in May 2013, a decline of 1.7 per cent compared to the 1,156 sales in May 2012, and a decrease of 7.5 per cent compared to the 1,228 sales in May 2011. The benchmark price of an apartment property decreased 3.7 per cent from May 2012 to $365,600.

Attached property sales in May 2013 totalled 534, an increase of 3.3 per cent compared to the 517 sales in May 2012, and a 7.8 per cent decrease from the 579 attached properties sold in May 2011. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 3.2 per cent between May 2012 and 2013 to $454,900.   

Download May 2013 statistics here.

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Home sale activity improves but remains below historical averages

 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

 

Vancouver, BC - Lower levels of both supply and demand in recent months are holding home prices in check in the Greater Vancouver housing market.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,347 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in March 2013. This represents an 18.3 per cent decrease compared to the 2,874 sales recorded in March 2012, and a 30.6 per cent increase compared to the 1,797 sales in February 2013.

Last month’s sales were the second lowest March total in the region since 2001 and 30.2 per cent below the 10-year sales average for the month.

“While home sales were below what’s typical for March, we are seeing more balance between the number of sales and listings on the market in the last two months, which is having a stabilizing impact on home prices,” Sandra Wyant, REBGV president said.

The sales-to-active-listings ratio currently sits at 15.2 per cent in Greater Vancouver, a three per cent increase from last month. This is the first time this ratio has been above 15 per cent since May 2012.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 4,839 in March. This represents a 17.2 per cent decline compared to the 5,843 new listings reported in March 2012 and a 0.1 per cent increase from the 4,833 new listings in February of this year. Last month’s new listing count was 14.4 per cent below the region’s 10-year new listing average for the month.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® in Greater Vancouver is 15,460, a 1.5 per cent increase compared to March 2012 and a 4.5 per cent increase compared to February 2013.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver is currently $593,100. This represents a decline of 3.9 per cent compared to this time last year and an increase of 0.9 per cent compared to January 2013.

 

Sales of detached properties reached 933 in March 2013, a decrease of 21.1 per cent from the 1,183 detached sales recorded in March 2012, and a 48 per cent decrease from the 1,795 units sold in March 2011. The benchmark price for detached properties decreased 5 per cent from March 2012 to $906,900.

Sales of apartment properties reached 982 in March 2013, a decline of 17.5 per cent compared to the 1,191 sales in March 2012, and a decrease of 39.5 per cent compared to the 1,622 sales in March 2011. The benchmark price of an apartment property decreased 3.3 per cent from March 2012 to $362,100.

Attached property sales in March 2013 totalled 432, a decline of 13.6 per cent compared to the 500 sales in March 2012, and a 34.8 per cent decrease from the 663 attached properties sold in March 2011. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 2.5 per cent between March 2012 and 2013 to $454,300.

April 1 marked the return of the GST and PST tax structure in the province. From a real estate perspective, it’s important to remember that:
   • sales tax on a new home is reduced to 5 per cent GST plus 2 per cent BC Transition Tax (total 7 per cent) from 12 per
     cent under the HST; and
   • tax on real estate commissions has been reduced to 5 per cent from 12 per cent under the HST.

These reduced tax rates apply to transactions payable on or after April 1.

March 2013 Statistics Package
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YEAR OF THE REAL ESTATE REBOUND FOR FRASER VALLEY
 

January 5, 2010

(Surrey, BC) - Results from Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in December reflect the real estate story of 2009: recovery.
 
“In 12 months, we went from the worst January in 20 years to the third best December,” said Paul Penner, President of the Board. “Home buyers took Boxing Day shopping to new levels with some Fraser Valley REALTORS® showing multiple homes per day between Christmas and New Years.”
 
According to Penner, a significant portion of the 148 per cent increase in activity in December’s sales, 1,260 compared to 508 in December 2009, can be attributed to first-time home buyers confident with the current economic conditions and taking advantage of all-time low interest rates. “An informal poll of our members in December revealed 40 per cent of home sales were by first-time buyers when it would normally be in the 25 per cent range.”
 
The trend overall for 2009 was one of increasing sales, decreasing inventory and prices rebounding. The Board’s MLS® processed 16,721 sales in 2009, compared to 13,194 the previous year, an increase of 26 per cent. However, it received 15 per cent fewer new listings during the same time period – 30,221 in 2009 compared to 35,651 in 2008. Over the year, the number of active listings for buyers to choose from dropped by 34 per cent going from 9,960 properties in December 2008 to 6,534 in December 2009.
 
“We’re seeing the combined effect of fewer homes being listed, which is normal for this time of year, a flurry of buying activity, plus a decrease in the number of new homes being built. This has put pressure on prices in the Fraser Valley, particularly on homes in the lower to mid-range markets,” explained Penner.
 

The MLSLink Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for detached homes was $497,732 in December compared to $464,189 in December 2008, an increase of 7.2 per cent. Although prices have gradually recovered, they have not yet reached the previous benchmark high of $513,798 in May 2008.

The benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses in December 2009 was $318,174, a 7.4 per cent increase compared to $296,296 in December 2008. That price also last peaked at $335,991 in May 2008.
 
The benchmark price of apartments decreased by 0.3 per cent year-over-year going from $237,786 in December 2008 to $237,157 in December 2009. It’s previous high was in April 2008, at $260,037.
 
 
 
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BUSIER THAN NORMAL NOVEMBER FOR FRASER VALLEY REAL ESTATE MARKET
 
December 2, 2009
 
(Surrey, BC) - The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) processed 1,522 sales on its Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in November, an increase of 200 per cent compared to the 507 sales during the same month last year and only 10.7 per cent less than in October.
 

“Interest rates continue to be a strong motivator resulting in unseasonably high real estate sales for this time of year,” said Paul Penner, President of the Board.

“We typically see both sales and listing activity slow in November as people start to get ready for the holidays and we did experience that on the listing side, but not in sales. This was the second busiest November Fraser Valley REALTORS® have seen in ten years.”
 
The number of active Fraser Valley listings in November decreased 5.4 per cent from October, dropping to 8,334 listings. This represents a 29.4 per cent decrease from last year. The MLS® saw 2,093 new listings come on stream in November, 26 per cent fewer than were received in October, however, 12 per cent more than were received in November last year.
 
The benchmark price of a detached home in October was $497,697, an increase of 6.5 per cent compared to November 2008, when it was $467,497.
 
The benchmark price of townhouses increased 2.3 per cent from $308,647 in November 2008 to $315,890 last month. The benchmark price of apartments also increased year-over-year by 1.9 per cent, going from $231,498 in November of last year to $235,842 in November 2009.
 
“Although prices are edging up, buyers seeking value and lifestyle continue to find both in the Fraser Valley,” said Penner. “In November, 70 per cent of all homes and 46 per cent of single detached homes sold for under $500,000, indicative of a diverse housing stock across our six communities.”
 
Although Fraser Valley’s MLS® received 7 per cent more new listings in October than it did in September, the strength in October’s sales reduced overall inventory. In October 2009, Fraser Valley property hunters had 8,807 listings to choose from, compared to 11,715 in October last year – a decrease of 25 per cent.
 
Penner says the average days on market in the Fraser Valley remains competitive: 56 days on average for single detached homes; 46 days on average for townhomes; and, 58 days on average for apartments.
 
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OCTOBER HOME SALES BRISK IN THE FRASER VALLEY

November 3, 2009

(Surrey, BC) - The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) processed 1,704 sales on its Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in October, an increase of 122 per cent compared to the 768 sales during the same month last year.

“We’ve had a reversal. Last October was unseasonably slow and now this past month was one of the strongest real estate markets we’ve had in the Fraser Valley in the last decade,” said FVREB President, Paul Penner.

“We continued to see resale buyers from Greater Vancouver and first-time buyers from all over the Lower Mainland taking advantage of competitive interest rates and lower prices in the Fraser Valley.”

Although the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price of all three residential property types combined has increased by 7.4 per cent in the last six months in the Fraser Valley, prices for each property type remain at or below what they were one year ago.

The benchmark price of a detached home in October was $491,128, an increase of 0.4 per cent compared to October 2008, when it was $488,983.

The benchmark price of townhouses decreased 2.1 per cent from $319,160 in October 2008 to $312,339 last month. The benchmark price of apartments also decreased year-over-year by 2.3 per cent, going from $245,635 in October of last year to $240,048 in October 2009.

“We expect to see prices remain competitive in the Fraser Valley,” added Penner. “Even during our unusually busy summer, prices were sensitive to location and property type.”

Although Fraser Valley’s MLS® received 7 per cent more new listings in October than it did in September, the strength in October’s sales reduced overall inventory. In October 2009, Fraser Valley property hunters had 8,807 listings to choose from, compared to 11,715 in October last year – a decrease of 25 per cent.
 

 

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DEMAND FOR HOUSING REMAINS STEADY IN THE FRASER VALLEY
October 2, 2009
 

(Surrey, BC) - Low interest rates continue to fuel a strong housing market in the Fraser Valley according to Paul Penner, President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

The Board processed 1,590 sales on its Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in September, an increase of 62 per cent compared to the 980 sales during the same month last year, however, 11 per cent fewer sales compared to August’s 1,786 sales.

“Summer months are historically stronger for home sales in the Valley compared to the beginning of fall,” Penner explained. “However, as far as Septembers go, this one was solid, in fact the third strongest in the last decade.

“That pent-up demand we saw in the spring has carried forward, buoyed by low interest rates and housing prices that, despite inching up in some areas, remain more economical than they were a year ago.”

The MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price of a detached home in September was $491,404 a decrease of 1.5 per cent compared to September 2008, when it was $498,822. In the last three months, the HPI benchmark price of a detached home has increased by 4.2 per cent.

The HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses decreased 4.2 per cent from $325,898 in September 2008 to $312,143 in September 2009, and in the last three months has increased by 3.7 per cent. The benchmark price of apartments also decreased year-over-year by 5.2 per cent, going from $253,489 in September of last year to $240,378 in September 2009, and has increased by 4.1 per cent in the last three months.

In September, the average number of days on market for a detached home in the Fraser Valley was 55 days, a decrease from the average of 60 days where it’s hovered for five months. Townhomes sold on average in 46 days in September and apartments, 54 days.

The HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses decreased 4.7 per cent from $325,833 in August 2008 to $310,389 in August 2009, and in the last three months has increased by 4 per cent. The benchmark price of apartments also decreased year-over-year by 5.9 per cent, going from $250,888 in August of last year to $236,146 in August 2009, and has increased by 1.7 per cent in the last three months.

The number of active Fraser Valley listings in September decreased 2 per cent from August, dropping to 8,799 listings. This represents a 29 per cent decrease from last year’s all-time high for actives, 12,379. The MLS® received 2,640 new listings in September, an increase of 7 per cent compared to August, yet 14 per cent fewer than September of last year.
 
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JULY SALES REACH RECORD LEVELS IN FRASER VALLEY
 
August 5, 2009 SURREY, BCFraser Valley saw the highest number of real estate transactions ever recorded for the month of July. There were 2,089 sales processed on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board's Multiple Listings Service® (MLS®), an increase of 62.3 per cent compared to 1,284 sales in July of last year. The previous highest July was in 2005, with 2,051 sales.

"The factors contributing to last month's sales are completely different than they were in 2005," explained Board President Paul Penner. "Low interest rates, home prices that are lower than last year by about 6 per cent, and a surge of first-time home buyers that came back to the market in late spring have created the right conditions for a 'move-up' market.

"In July, 37 per cent of Fraser Valley buyers were first-timers. In June, it was one third. That volume creates a significant ripple effect, as the sellers of those homes buy up."

Penner said that despite seeing an increase in new listings over the last few months, current demand has led to a shortage of inventory in certain markets. "Whether you're buying or selling, it's important to tap into local housing market expertise. Your REALTOR® will be able to explain why some properties are attracting multiple offers, while others aren't moving."

The Fraser Valley Board's MLS® showed 9,510 active listings at the end of July, a decrease of 22.7 per cent compared to the record high of 12,299 listings available in July of last year. It received 14.3 per cent fewer new listings in July; 3,207 compared to the 3,742 new listings received during the same month last year.

The benchmark price measures the value of a 'typical' Fraser Valley home as determined by the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI). The HPI benchmark price of a detached home in July was $477,420, a decrease of 5.6 per cent compared to July 2008. In the last three months, the HPI benchmark price of a detached home has increased by 3.7 per cent.

The HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses decreased 6.9 per cent from $327,604 in July 2008 to $304,940 in July 2009, and in the last three months has increased by 3.3 per cent. The benchmark price of apartments also decreased year-over-year by 8 per cent, going from $254,510 in July of last year to $234,178 in July 2009, and has increased by 1.7 per cent in the last three months.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board is an association of 2,923 real estate professionals who live and work in the communities of North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford, and Mission.

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FRASER VALLEY HOME BUYERS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF GREATER AFFORDABILITY
 
July 3, 2009

SURREY, BC – Crediting low interest rates and reductions in house prices, Fraser Valley REALTORS® had their fourth busiest June on record.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 1,982 sales in June, an increase of 40 per cent compared to the 1,418 sales in June 2008 and 32 per cent higher than sales in May 2009. June’s numbers were comparable to sales achieved during the same month in 2006 and 2007 during the strongest real estate cycle in the Lower Mainland’s history.

“The combination of historically low interest rates and sellers reducing their asking prices has created greater affordability,” Board President Paul Penner said.

“Buyers are looking at monthly mortgage costs that are 20 to 25 per cent less than they were a year ago. For a home in Fraser Valley, that translates into hundreds of dollars a month in savings.”

A recent market poll conducted by the Board confirms that first-time homebuyers and people ‘buying-up’ are taking advantage of the current market conditions. The survey, looking at buying trends, was issued to Fraser Valley REALTORS® who completed a sale during the first two weeks of June. Results show that 32 per cent of buyers were first-time homebuyers and 22 per cent were buyers moving from an apartment or townhouse to a detached house.

Penner observed, “We’re essentially seeing two markets right now. Sellers have the advantage when it comes to more affordable homes, but buyers hold more sway with higher-end properties.”

The benchmark price measures the value of a ‘typical’ Fraser Valley home as determined by the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI). The HPI benchmark price of a detached home in June was $471,788, a decrease of 8 per cent compared to June 2008 when it was $512,850 and a 1.3 per cent increase compared to May 2009 when it was $465,939.

The HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses decreased 10.1 per cent from $335,090 in June 2008 to $301,103 in June 2009, and increased 0.9 per cent compared to May 2009 when it was $298,308. The benchmark price of apartments also decreased year-over-year by 9.6 per cent, going from $255,670 in June of last year to $231,014 in June 2009, and decreased 0.5 per cent compared to $232,170 in May 2009.

The Fraser Valley Board’s MLS® showed 9,300 active listings at the end of June, a decrease of 17.7 per cent compared to the 11,295 listings available in June of last year. It received 11.5 per cent fewer new listings in June, 2,863 compared to the 3,236 new listings received during the same month last year.

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