As the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, signaling the start of spring, the real estate market in Greater Vancouver is also showing signs of a new season of activity. This March, Metro Vancouver’s real estate landscape has demonstrated significant shifts, marked by an increase in available properties and subtle fluctuations in sales dynamics, according to the latest data from the Greater Vancouver REALTORS® (GVR).

A Surge in Listings

This spring, potential homebuyers have more options than ever before. The number of homes listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver saw a notable increase, rising nearly 23% year-over-year to a total of 10,552 listings. This increase not only provides a greater selection for buyers but also indicates a healthy replenishment of inventory that could stabilize the market dynamics. Such a boost in listings is particularly noteworthy as it surpasses the 10-year seasonal average by 6.3%, suggesting a more active market than in recent years.

Sales Trends: A Closer Look

Despite the increase in listings, residential sales have slightly declined. In March 2024, the region totaled 2,415 sales, marking a 4.7% decrease from the 2,535 sales recorded in the same month last year. This figure also sits 31.2% below the 10-year seasonal average. These statistics highlight a cooling trend, yet the market remains competitive, especially for properties that are well-priced and well-located.

Andrew Lis, GVR’s director of economics and data analytics, commented on the current market conditions, noting, “If you’re finding the weather a little chillier than last spring, you may find some comfort in knowing that the market isn’t quite as hot as it was last spring either, particularly if you’re a buyer.” Despite the welcome increase in inventory, Lis pointed out that the overall market balance continues to edge deeper into sellers’ market territory, which suggests demand remains strong for desirable properties.

Analyzing the Sales-to-Active Listings Ratio

The sales-to-active listings ratio for March 2024 stands at 23.8%, with variations across property types—18.2% for detached homes, 31.3% for attached properties, and 25.8% for apartments. Historical data suggests that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12% for a sustained period, while prices often experience upward pressure when the ratio surpasses 20% over several months.

Price Trends and Economic Insights

Even with a cooler market, modest month-over-month price gains of one to two percent are still occurring, reflecting an intriguing dynamic given that borrowing costs remain elevated. Lis also hinted at potential economic shifts, stating, “With the latest inflation numbers trending in the right direction, it remains likely that we’ll see at least one or two modest cuts to the Bank of Canada’s policy rate in 2024. However, even if these cuts come, they may not provide the boost to affordability many had been hoping for. As a result, we expect constrained borrowing power to remain a challenging headwind as we move into the summer months.”

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver currently stands at $1,196,800, which is a 4.5% increase over March 2023 and a 1.1% increase compared to February 2024.


As we step further into 2024, the Greater Vancouver real estate market presents a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges. For buyers, the increased number of listings offers more choices and potentially better bargaining power. Sellers, on the other hand, must navigate a market that, while cooling, still favors well-positioned and well-priced properties. The evolving economic landscape and potential policy changes will be crucial factors shaping the market as we move through the year. For anyone engaged in the Vancouver real estate market, staying informed and adaptable will be key to success this spring and beyond.