Increased demand steadies housing market in Greater Vancouver
A continued increase in buyer activity over the last four months has resulted in increased home sales and lessened the downward pressure on housing prices in Greater Vancouver.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that the number of residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 3,524 in May 2009, an increase of 17.4 per cent from the 3,002 sales recorded in May 2008, and an increase of 18.9 per cent compared to last month.
Since the beginning of the year, the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver has increased 4.5 per cent to $506,201 from $484,211. However, home prices compared to May 2008 levels are down 10.9 per cent.
“The increased level of buyer activity over the last few months has had a stabilizing effect on home prices across our region,” Scott Russell, REBGV president said. “MLS® data continues to show a trend toward a balanced market in the region.”
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties declined in Greater Vancouver, down 36 per cent to 4,733 in May 2009 compared to May 2008, when 7,390 new units were listed. At 13,641, the total number of property listings on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) declined 4.7 per cent compared to last month and 16 per cent compared to May 2008.
Sales of detached properties increased 16.5 per cent to 1,402 from the 1,203 detached sales recorded during the same period in 2008. The HPI benchmark price for detached properties declined 11.8 per cent from May 2008 to $680,320.
Sales of apartment properties in May 2009 increased 17.2 per cent to 1,458, compared to 1,244 sales in May 2008. The benchmark price of an apartment property declined 10.2 per cent from May 2008 to $349,987.
Attached property sales in May 2009 are up 19.6 per cent to 664, compared with the 555 sales in May 2008. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 9 per cent between May 2008 and 2009 to $435,848.
Bright spots in Greater Vancouver in May 2009 compared to May 2008:
Burnaby up 48.9 per cent (140 units sold from 94)
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows up 13.4 per cent (144 units sold from 127)
North Vancouver up 31.4 per cent (134 units sold from 102)
Port Moody/Belcarra up 52.6 per cent (29 units sold from 19)
Richmond up 14.0 per cent (170 units sold from 142)
Vancouver East up 11.1 per cent (180 units sold from 162)
Vancouver West up 59.5 per cent (193 units sold from 121)
Burnaby up 31.5 per cent (96 units sold from 73)
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows up 43.8 per cent (46 units sold from 32)
North Vancouver up 31.8 per cent (58 units sold from 44)
Vancouver West up 54.5 per cent (102 units sold from 66)
Burnaby up 32.6 per cent (187 units sold from 141)
North Vancouver up 22.6 per cent (103 units sold from 84)
Richmond up 27.4 per cent (200 units sold from 157)
Vancouver East up 28.7 per cent (139 units sold from 108)
Vancouver West up 25.4 per cent (529 units sold from 422)