April 2014 Market Update

Spring buyers and sellers emerge in the Greater Vancouver housing market

 
Home buyers and sellers became more active in the Greater Vancouver housing market in April.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 3,050 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April 2014. This represents a 16.1 per cent increase compared to the 2,627 sales recorded in April 2013, and a 15.5 per cent increase compared to the 2,641 sales in March 2014.
Last month’s sales were 5.2 per cent below the 10-year sales average for April of 3,217.
The sales-to-active-listings ratio currently sits at 19.7 per cent in Greater Vancouver, which is the highest this measure has been since June 2011.
“We saw steady increases in home seller and buyer activity in April, which is typically the case in the spring months,” Ray Harris, REBGV president said. “People often look to buy or sell their home this time of year as the school year draws to a close and the summer holiday season is still a few months away,” Harris said.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,950 in April. This represents a 1.3 per cent increase compared to the 5,876 new listings in April 2013 and a 12.7 per cent increase from the 5,281 new listings in March. Last month’s new listing count was 1.2 per cent higher than the region’s 10-year new listing average for the month.
The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Greater Vancouver is 15,515, a 7.3 per cent decline compared to April 2013 and a 7.2 per cent increase compared to March 2014.
“Home prices in the region continue to show steady, yet modest, increases when compared to last year,” Harris said.
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April 2013 Market Update

Spring delivers greater balance to Greater Vancouver housing market

A closer relationship between home buyer demand and the supply of homes for sale has been having a stabilizing impact on home prices in the Greater Vancouver housing market over the last three months.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 2,627 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April 2013. This represents a 6.1 per cent decrease compared to the 2,799 sales recorded in April 2012, and an 11.9 per cent increase compared to the 2,347 sales in March 2013.
Last month’s sales equate to the lowest April total in the region since 2001 and 20.9 per cent below the 10-year sales average for the month.
“While the number of home sales remains below average, properties that are priced right are selling and we’re seeing greater balance between buyer demand and the number of homes listed for sale. This is having a steadying influence on home prices in the region,” says Sandra Wyant, REBGV president.
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,876 in April. This represents a three per cent decline compared to the 6,056 new listings reported in April 2012 and a 21.4 per cent increase from the 4,839 new listings in March of this year. Last month’s new listing count was 0.4 per cent above the region’s 10-year new listing average for the month.
The total number of properties listed for sale on the MLS® in Greater Vancouver is 16,730, a 1.2 per cent increase compared to April 2012 and an 8.2 per cent increase compared to March 2013.

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New GST + Transitional Tax info & deadline for $10,000 New Homebuyers grant.


There are some big changes happening this year regarding government tax and grants for home-buyers.
HST is finished April 1, 2013.  What does this mean for buying a home?  After HST has gone there will be the regular GST (5%) and a NEW Transitional Tax (2%) from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015.
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Click Here for info from The B.C Real Estate Association.
The $10,000 New Home-buyers Grant also ceases April 1, 2013.  Those of you who were hoping to apply for this grant must step up the search for your perfect home and apply as early as possible.
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Tips for Selling a Stale Listing


Have you had your property on the Market for a while with no serious interest?  Here are some tips from James to start the New Year off fresh and ready!
Re List – Re listing your property with a new MLS # will give your home a fresh start, shuffle photos (or take new ones), add a virtual tour, change up the description; all of these things can give your listing a new look to buyers just starting on the hunt for their new home.
Re Assess – Walk around you property with an objective eye and think about what you would like to see in a property ready for the Market. Do the carpets need to be steam cleaned or replaced?  Is the paint scuffed, chipped, or dull? Is there a lot of clutter (family pictures, knick-knacks, furniture, books,etc…) ? Is your furniture making it hard to navigate or easily walk through your home? The list below will allow you to check off what might need to be updated to get your property sold quick!
– Update Flooring: whether you clean your carpets or install hardwood, flooring is often the deal breaker at showings.
– Freshen up the Paint: if your paint is dirty or dull put a fresh coat on in a bright new color to make your home inviting.
De-clutter – Often great properties are over looked because clients can’t see past the stack of magazines or the 10 counter appliances.  Think like home style magazines: Less is More.  The less distractions from individual items will allow buyers to see the property as a whole and they will more easily imagine themselves living there.  Check out our blog on getting rid of unwanted items.
Showings – Bright, Welcoming, and Clean. These are 3 things to really live by when prepping your home for a showing.
– Open all the blinds
– Turn on ALL the lights (make sure they all are working and have light bulbs
– Fresh scent (if you notice the salmon you had for dinner last night is still lingering in the air, give the rooms a quick mist with air freshener. Click here for some natural quick air freshening ideas.
– Relaxing decor
– Put all small personal items ‘out of sight’ in a drawer or cupboard
– Smile! Being welcoming and friendly is the first impression the buyer will get of your property so make it a positive one!
Check out our previous blog Top Tips to Sell Your Home’ for great links to professional paint advice from Benjamin Moore, Cleaning Tips, Home Staging ideas, and more!

2012 Year End Stats and 2013 Predictions


The Market noticeably slowed in the Fall of 2012, and Sales were down 33% compared to Nov & Dec of 2011.  The 2012 year in all decreased in Sales by 22.7%.
December 2012 Market Stats from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
 

Nov 2012 Market Update

Greater Vancouver residential property sale and listing activity below 10-year averages in November

Over the past six months, the Greater Vancouver housing market has seen a reduction in the number of homes listed for sale, a gradual moderation in home prices and a decrease in property sales compared to historical averages.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales of detached, attached and apartment properties reached 1,686 on the region’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in November, a 28.6 per cent decline compared to the 2,360 sales in November 2011 and a 12.7 per cent decline compared to the 1,931 home sales in October 2012.
November sales were 30.3 per cent below the 10-year November sales average of 2,420…
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Conditions continue to favour buyers in the Greater Vancouver housing market

VANCOUVER, BC – The summer of 2012 drew to a close in September with home sale activity well below historical averages in the Greater Vancouver housing market.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales of detached, attached and apartment properties reached 1,516 in September, a 32.5 per cent decline compared to the 2,246 sales in September 2011 and an 8.1 per cent decline compared to the 1,649 sales in August 2012.
September sales were 41.6 per cent below the 10-year September sales average of 2,597.
“There’s been a clear reduction in buyer demand in the three months since the federal government eliminated the availability of a 30-year amortization on government-insured mortgages,” Eugen Klein, REBGV president said. “This makes homes less affordable for the people of the region.”
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,321 in September. This represents a 6.3 per cent decline compared to September 2011 when 5,680 properties were listed for sale on the MLS® and a 31.6 per cent increase compared to the 4,044 new listings in August 2012.
At 18,350, the total number of residential property listings on the MLS® increased 14.1 per cent from this time last year and increased 4.5 per cent compared to August 2012.
“Today, our sales-to-active-listings ratio sits at 8 per cent, which puts us in a buyer’s market. This ratio has been declining in our market since March when it was 19 per cent,” Klein said.
The MLS HPI® composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver is $606,100. This represents a decline of 0.8 per cent compared to this time last year and a decline of 2.3 per cent over last three months.
“Prices in the region remain relatively stable overall, although we do see some reductions in the areas that have had some of the largest price increases over the last year or two,” Klein said.
Sales of detached properties on the MLS® in September 2012 reached 594, a decrease of 37.9 per cent from the 957 detached sales recorded in September 2011, and a 31.4 per cent decrease from the 866 units sold in September 2010. The benchmark price for detached properties decreased 0.5 per cent from September 2011 to $935,600.
Sales of apartment properties reached 676 in September 2012, a 26.7 per cent decrease compared to the 922 sales in September 2011, and a decrease of 30.4 per cent compared to the 971 sales in September 2010. The benchmark price of an apartment property decreased 0.7 per cent from September 2011 to $368,600.
Attached property sales in September 2012 totalled 246, a 33 per cent decrease compared to the 367 sales in September 2011, and a 35.8 per cent decrease from the 383 attached properties sold in September 2010. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 2.7 per cent between September 2011 and 2012 to $458,600.
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Home sellers continue to outnumber buyers in Greater Vancouver’s summer housing market

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
VANCOUVER, BC – Home sale activity remained below long-term averages in the Greater Vancouver housing market in August.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales of detached, attached and apartment properties reached 1,649 in August, a 30.7 per cent decline compared to the 2,378 sales in August 2011 and a 21.4 per cent decline compared to the 2,098 sales in July 2012.
August sales were the second lowest total for the month in the region since 1998 and 39.2 per cent below the 10-year August sales average of 2,711.
“Home sales this summer have been lower than we’ve seen for most of the past ten years, yet we continue to see relative stability when it comes to prices,” Eugen Klein, REBGV president said.
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 4,044 in August. This represents a 13.7 per cent decline compared to August 2011 when 4,685 properties were listed for sale on the MLS® and a 15.8 per cent decline compared to the 4,802 new listings in July 2012.
“For sellers it’s critical to work with your REALTOR® to understand today’s market and to develop the best strategy for selling your home,” Klein said. “On average it’s taking about two months for a home to sell on the MLS® in Greater Vancouver today.”
At 17,567, the total number of residential property listings on the MLS® increased 13.8 per cent from this time last year and declined 2.8 per cent compared to July 2012.
“Today, our sales-to-active-listings ratio sits at 9 per cent, which puts us in a buyer’s market. This ratio has been declining in our market since March when it was 19 per cent,” Klein said.
The MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver is $609,500. This represents a decline of 0.5% compared to this time last year and a decline of 1.1% compared to last month.
Sales of detached properties on the MLS® in August 2012 reached 624, a decrease of 38.8 per cent from the 1,020 detached sales recorded in August 2011, and a 30.1 per cent decrease from the 893 units sold in August 2010. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 0.2 per cent from August 2011 to $942,100.
Sales of apartment properties reached 725 in August 2012, a 24.1 per cent decrease compared to the 955 sales in August 2011, and a decrease of 22.5 per cent compared to the 935 sales in August 2010. The benchmark price of an apartment property decreased 0.9 per cent from August 2011 to $370,100.
Attached property sales in August 2012 totalled 300, a 25.6 per cent decrease compared to the 403 sales in August 2011, and a 19.8 per cent decrease from the 374 attached properties sold in August 2010. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 1.9 per cent between August 2011 and 2012 to $462,300.
The real estate industry is a key economic driver in British Columbia. In 2011, 32,390 homes changed ownership in the Board’s area, generating $1.36 billion in spin-off activity and 9,069 jobs. The total dollar value of residential sales transacted through the MLS® system in Greater Vancouver totalled $25 billion in 2011. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is an association representing more than 11,000 REALTORS® and their companies. The Board provides a variety of member services, including the Multiple Listing Service®. For more information on real estate, statistics, and buying or selling a home, contact a local REALTOR® or visit www.rebgv.org.
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