Home listings continue to increase across all housing categories in the Metro Vancouver housing market while home buyer activity remains below historical averages.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,103 in January 2019, a 39.3% decrease from the 1,818 sales recorded in January 2018, and a 2.9% increase from the 1,072 homes sold in December 2018.
Last month’s sales were 36.3% below the 10-year January sales average and were the lowest January-sales total since 2009.
There were 4,848 detached, attached and apartment homes newly listed for sale on the MLS® in Metro Vancouver in January 2019. This represents a 27.7% increase compared to the 3,796 homes listed in January 2018 and a 244.6% increase compared to the 1,407 homes listed in December 2018.
The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 10,808, a 55.6% increase compared to January 2018 (6,947) and a 5.2% increase compared to December 2018 (10,275).
For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for January 2019 is 10.2%. By property type, the ratio is 6.8% for detached homes, 11.9% for townhomes, and 13.6% for condominiums.
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential homes in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,019,600. This represents a 4.5% decrease over January 2018, and a 7.2% decrease over the past six months.
“Economic fundamentals underpinning our market for home buyers and sellers remain strong. Today’s market conditions are largely the result of the mortgage stress test that the federal government imposed at the beginning of last year,” REBGV President, Phil Moore said. “This measure, coupled with an increase in mortgage rates, took away as much as 25% of purchasing power from many home buyers trying to enter the market.”
Sales of detached homes in January 2019 reached 339, a 30.4% decrease from the 487 detached sales recorded in January 2018. The benchmark price for detached homes is $1,453,400. This represents a 9.1% decrease from January 2018, and an 8.3% decrease over the past six months.
Sales of apartment homes reached 559 in January 2019, a 44.8% decrease compared to the 1,012 sales in January 2018. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $658,600. This represents a 1.7% decrease from January 2018, and a 6.6% decrease over the past six months.
Attached home sales in January 2019 totalled 205, a 35.7% decrease compared to the 319 sales in January 2018. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $800,600. This represents a 0.5% decrease from January 2018, and a 6.2% decrease over the past six months.
Source: Craig Munn, Manager Communication, REBGV