May sees modest increase in home sales while housing supply reaches five-year high


Wednesday, June 05, 2019


Monthly Metro Vancouver home sales eclipsed 2,000 for the first time this year in May, although home buyer demand remains below historical averages.


The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,638 in May 2019, a 6.9% decrease from May 2018, and a 44.2% increase from April 2019.


Last month’s sales were 22.9% below the 10-year May sales average and was the lowest total for the month since 2000.


Regarding residential property sales in Metro Vancouver, "High home prices and mortgage qualification issues caused by the federal government’s B20 stress test remain significant factors behind the reduced demand that the market is experiencing today" Ashley Smith, REBGV president.


There were 5,861 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver last month. This represents an 8.1% decrease compared to May 2018 and a 2.1% increase compared to April 2019.

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 14,685, a 30% increase compared to May 2018 and a 2.3% increase compared to April 2019. This is the highest number of homes listed for sale since September 2014.


“Whether you’re a buyer looking to make an offer or a seller looking to list your home, getting your pricing right is the key in today’s market,” Smith said. “To be competitive, it’s important to work with your local REALTOR® to assess and understand the latest trends in your neighbourhood and property type of choice.”


For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for May 2019 is 18 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 14.2% for detached homes, 20% for townhomes, and 21.2% for apartments.


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


*The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential homes in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,006,400. This represents an 8.9% decrease over May 2018, a 3.4% decrease over the past six months, and a 0.4% decrease compared to April 2019.

 

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DETACHED

Sales of detached homes in May 2019 reached 913, a 1.4% decrease from May 2018. The benchmark price for a detached home in the region is $1,421,900. This represents an 11.5% decrease from May 2018, a 5.4% decrease over the past six months, and a 0.5% decrease compared to April 2019.


APARTMENT

Sales of apartment homes reached 1,246 in May 2019, a 12.9% decrease compared to May 2018. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $664,200. This represents a 7.3% decrease from May 2018, a two per cent decrease over the past six months, and a 0.5% decrease compared to April 2019.


ATTACHED

Attached home sales in May 2019 totalled 479, a 0.6% increase compared to May 2018. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $779,400. This represents a 7.6% decrease from May 2018, a 3.5% decrease over the past six months, and a 0.6% increase compared to April 2019.


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