VANCOUVER, B.C. – November 2, 2010 – Greater Vancouver home sales have remained steady over the past four
months, indicating stability in the residential housing market. With the MLS® sales to active listing inventory ratio
indicating a buyers’ market, properties appropriately priced are selling.
According to the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI), the benchmark price for all residential properties in
Greater Vancouver over the last 12 months has increased 4.6 per cent to $579,349 in October 2010 from $553,702
in October 2009. Since June, however, residential home prices in Greater Vancouver have remained relatively unchanged,
declining 0.2 per cent.
“We’ve seen a lot more consistency and less volatility in recent months when it comes to both number of sales and
pricing, although it’s important to remember that conditions often vary between communities and neighbourhoods,”
Jake Moldowan, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) president said.
Looking at transactions, the number of residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 2,337 in October
2010. This represents a 5.3 per cent increase compared to September 2010 and a 36.9 per cent decline from the 3,704
sales in October 2009.
More broadly, last month’s residential sales represent a 71.3 per cent increase over the 1,364 residential sales in
October 2008, a 22.8 per cent decline compared to October 2007’s 3,028 sales, and a 14.1 per cent decline compared
to the 2,722 sales in October 2006.
“As we enter the final two months of the year, buyer demand is in closer alignment with supply than we’ve seen for
most of 2010,” Moldowan said. “Those buying today recognize that they still have a chance to enter the market with
near-record low interest rates, while gradual reductions in inventory have eased downward pressure on prices.”
Total active listings on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Greater Vancouver currently sit at 14,075, an 8.6
per cent decline from last month and a 16.4 per cent increase from October 2009. New listings for detached, attached
and apartment properties declined 25.7 per cent to 3,698 in October 2010 compared to October 2009 when 4,977 new
units were listed.
Sales of detached properties in October 2010 reached 976, a decrease of 34.4 per cent from the 1,487 detached sales
recorded in October 2009, and a 98 per cent increase from the 493 units sold in October 2008. The benchmark price
for detached properties increased 6.3 per cent from October 2009 to $796,883.
Sales of apartment properties reached 984 in October 2010, a decline of 38.8 per cent compared to the 1,607 sales in
October 2009, and an increase of 52.1 per cent compared to the 647 sales in October 2008.The benchmark price of an
apartment property increased 2.4 per cent from October 2009 to $390,074.
Attached property sales in October 2010 totaled 377, a decline of 38.2 per cent compared to the 610 sales in October
2009, and a 68.3 per cent increase from the 224 attached properties sold in October 2008. The benchmark price of
an attached unit increased 4 per cent between October 2009 and 2010 to $487,530.