March Home Sales & New Listings Set Records In Metro Vancouver


Friday, April 02, 2021


Home buyer and seller activity reached unprecedented levels across Metro Vancouver* in March.


The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 5,708 in March 2021, a 126.1% increase from March 2020, and a 53.2% increase from February 2021.


Last month’s sales were 72.2% above the 10-year March sales average and is the highest monthly sales total ever recorded in the region.


"In March, residents bought and listed homes across our region at levels not seen before. This surge in activity is increasing upward pressure on prices. We’re beginning to see double-digit price gains for single-family homes and townhomes over the last 12 months."  Taylor Biggar, REBGV Chair.


Demand was most pronounced in rural and suburban areas. Delta – South saw a 195.8% increase in sales over 2020 – the largest increase in Metro Vancouver. This was followed by Whistler, which experienced a 194.7% increase, and Squamish, which saw a 188.6% increase in sales.


There were 8,287 detached, attached and apartment homes newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in March 2021. This represents an 86.8% increase compared March 2020 and a 64.2% increase compared to February 2021.

The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 9,145, a 4.8% decrease compared to March 2020 and a 9.4% increase compared to February 2021.


This is 18.6% below the 10-year March total listings average.


“While we did see a record number of listings enter the market last month, the demand in today’s market isn’t allowing that new supply to accumulate. As a result, the overall inventory of homes for sale decreased compared to last year,” said Biggar.


For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for March 2021 is 62.4%. By property type, the ratio is 52.9% for detached homes, 79.9% for townhomes, and 65.4% 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. 


“Today’s activity can be attributed, in part, to an economy that’s showing signs of recovery, historically low interest rates, high demand for space, and increased household savings,” Biggar said. 


The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is $1,123,300. This represents a 9.4% increase over March 2020 and a 3.6% increase compared to February 2021.

 

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DETACHED

Sales of detached homes in March 2021 reached 1,965, a 130.6% increase from March 2020. The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,700,200. This represents a 17.9% increase from March 2020 and a 4.9% increase compared to February 2021. 


APARTMENT

Sales of apartment homes reached 2,697 in March 2021, a 128.8% increase compared to March 2020. The benchmark price of an apartment is $715,800. This represents a 3.7% increase from March 2020 and a 2.6% increase compared to February 2021. 

ATTACHED

Attached home sales in March 2021 totalled 1,046, a 112.2% increase compared to March 2020. The benchmark price of an attached home is $872,200. This represents a 10.4% increase from March 2020 and a 3.9% increase compared to February 2021.


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