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Metro Vancouver home sales return to historically typical levels


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Shared on December 3rd, 2019

VANCOUVER, BC – December 3, 2019 – After a quieter first half of 2019, home buyer
activity has returned to more historically typical levels in Metro Vancouver*.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the
region totalled 2,498 in November 2019, a 55.3 per cent increase from the 1,608 sales recorded
in November 2018, and a 12.6 per cent decline from the 2,858 homes sold in October 2019.
Last month’s sales were four per cent above the 10-year November sales average.
“We started to see more home buyer confidence in the summer and this trend continues
today,” says Ashley Smith, REBGV president. “It’ll be important to watch home listing levels
over the next few months to see if supply can stay in line with home buyer demand.”
There were 2,987 detached, attached and apartment homes newly listed for sale on the Multiple
Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in November 2019. This represents a 13.7 per
cent decrease compared to the 3,461 homes listed in November 2018 and a 26.7 per cent
decrease compared to October 2019 when 4,074 homes were listed.
The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is
10,770, a 12.5 per cent decrease compared to November 2018 (12,307) and a 12 per cent
decrease compared to October 2019 (12,236).
For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for November 2019 is 23.2 per cent. By
property type, the ratio is 17.2 per cent for detached homes, 24.9 per cent for townhomes, and
29.3 per cent for apartments.
Generally, analysts say downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12
per cent for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it
surpasses 20 per cent over several months.
“In today’s market, the intensity of home buyer demand depends on neighbourhood, property
type, and price point,” Smith said. “To better understand the changing trends in your
neighbourhood and property type of choice, it’s important to work with your local
REALTOR®.”
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro
Vancouver is currently $993,700. This represents a 4.6 per cent decrease from November 2018
and a 1.3 per cent decrease over the past six months.
Sales of detached homes in November 2019 reached 825, a 59.9 per cent increase from the 516
detached sales recorded in November 2018. The benchmark price for a detached home is
$1,415,400. This represents a 5.8 per cent decrease from November 2018, a 0.5 per cent decrease
over the past six months, and a 0.3 per cent increase compared to October 2019.
Sales of apartment homes reached 1,222 in November 2019, a 50.9 per cent increase compared
to the 810 sales in November 2018. The benchmark price of an apartment home is $651,500.
This represents a 3.8 per cent decrease from November 2018, a 1.9 per cent decrease over the
past six months, and a 0.2 per cent decline compared to October 2019.
Attached home sales in November 2019 totalled 451, a 59.9 per cent increase compared to the
282 sales in November 2018. The benchmark price of an attached home is $772,800. This
represents a 4.4 per cent decrease from November 2018, a 0.8 per cent decrease over the past six
months, and a 0.2 per cent increase compared to October 2019.

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