B.C. Is Home To The Fastest Cooling Real Estate Markets In Canada

B.C. real estate markets are the fastest cooling in the country right now. Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) numbers show sales to new listings ratios made a mild decline across the country. Most markets made improvements on a year-over-year basis. However, B.C.’s markets are cooling so fast, it was enough to weight the national market.

Sales To New Listings Ratio (SNLR)

The sales to new listings ratio (SNLR) a common method used to determine how a market is doing. The ratio provides a relative view of how quickly inventory is added and removed from the market. It’s one of the ways those “buyer” or “seller” market labels are created.

The higher the number, the tighter the inventory and prices are more likely to rise. A ratio of 60 percent and above is a seller’s market – where prices are expected to rise. The ratio below 40 percent is a buyer’s market, and prices are expected to fall. Between 40 and 60 percent is considered balanced, and the market is priced right for the moment.

A couple of notes on length and speed to keep in mind. The ratio generally needs to stay in a range long enough for the market to notice. When it’s fast moving, it often acts like the range it’s heading towards, rather than where it’s at. That is, a fast falling ratio often sees prices drop even though it’s “balanced.” Same with a fast rising ratio, even though it may be a “buyer’s” market. These numbers are just one of the indicators you should use to determine what’s happening.

Eastern Canadian Real Estate Markets Are The Fastest Growing

The real estate markets with the fastest rising SNLRs were all in Eastern Canada. Gatineau had the fastest increase with a SNLR of 65.5% in June, an increase of 11.5% from last year. Halifax followed with the SNLR reaching 70.3%, up 8.7% from last year. Ottawa came in third at 74.4%, up 7.3% from last year. Price growth in all three of these markets has lagged the national average.

Sales To New Listings Ratio

The sales to new listings ratio in Canada’s largest residential real estate markets.

Source: CREA, Better Dwelling.

British Columbia Has The Fastest Cooling Real Estate Markets

The fastest falling real estate markets were all located in British Columbia. Fraser Valley is the fastest falling with an SNLR of 44.9% in June, down 17.4% from last year. Vancouver followed with a ratio of 38.9%, down 16.7% from last year. Victoria came in third with a ratio fo 57.7%, down 8.8% from last year. British Columbian real estate markets have been leading the way lower for a few months now.

Sales To New Listings Ratio Change

The percent change in sales to new listings ratio in Canada’s largest residential real estate markets.

Source: CREA, Better Dwelling.

Toronto Real Estate Improved, But Not Much

Toronto real estate made a small improvement, but is still cooler than previous years. The ratio reached 52.2% in June, up 3.9% from the same month last year. Even with the climb, the ratio is 17.92% lower than the same month in June 2017. This could mean some stabilization is being seen in the range. Whether it sticks around for more than a year remains to be seen.

Vancouver Real Estate Keeps Getting Worse

Vancouver real estate keeps getting colder, after an epic run for the history books. The SNLR fell to 38.9% in June, down 16.7% from the same month last year. The decline puts the ratio 39.0% below the ratio in June 2017. Vancouver’s real estate market is in buyer’s market territory. Something quite a few people doubted could ever happen again.

Montreal Real Estate Keeps Getting Tighter

Montreal real estate is heating up after years of stagnation. The SNLR reached 73.2% in June, up 6.6% from the same month one year before. The ratio is now 23.6% higher than it was a couple of years ago, in June 2017. This is a huge climb, and places the market well into a seller’s market. Despite this, price growth over the past five years is nearly a third of Vancouver.

Calgary Real Estate Improves Slightly

Calgary real estate showed a mild improvement, but it wasn’t a notable change. The SNLR reached 49.6% in June, up 1.1% from last year. Even with the tiny bump, the ratio is still 12.36% lower than June 2017. Calgary is one of the few national real estate markets to remain negative over the past 5 years. Even with the Great Canadian credit binge.

Markets seem to be doing what markets do, especially with the division of growth. British Columbia had outperformed the national market in recent years. Now it’s underperforming, as inventory starts to find a healthier balance. Eastern Canadian real estate markets have underperformed in price growth. Now they appear to be playing catch up. Everyone gets a crack at cheap credit.

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  • Richmond Dan 3 years ago

    You should hear the pathetic real estate agents in BC. “It’s the best it’s been in 12 months!”

    Who’s catching that falling knife? Ah, overhang buyers.

  • Sarcastic Willy Wonka 3 years ago

    It’s still a mil for a fixer-upper shack though. The salaries in Vancouver must be high for everyone to be able to afford million dollar shacks working honestly from 9 to 5.

    • Kurt 3 years ago

      Salaries in Vancouver must have tripled this month. lol.

      It’s funny how sleazy agents are in BC. When prices are dropping, “you have to think over decades.” When there’s a minor increase, “quick, the market shifting! It didn’t drop as much today!”

  • GodsaveCanada 3 years ago

    This is most pathetic for Canadian lawmaker to show 20% of GDP is coming from the housing market. What a muddle!!! This glorified maket will make Canada penniless in long run. Our kids will recompence the tangible price in few decades from now. All three agencies counting RCMP, Revenue Canada and News Media are down with loads of pots and beers. Sadly, there isn’t any investigative journalism in this country. After almost a decade Canadian media has no clue of what to write. They became paid media house of so called entertaining relators & developers. Why there is no arrest, no legal trials or no one behind the bar for so long. This will end up Canadian economy is real deep trouble. The level of corruption is worst then those third world countries. God save Canada.

  • Lou 3 years ago

    Any opinions on the Victoria outlook? Being transferred in October, not sure if it’s a good time to buy. Victoria seems less volatile than Vancouver area. Thanks for any input!

    • straw walker 3 years ago

      65% of North America’s GDP is selling Chinese goods at retail pricing. The GDP is really just a a reflection of buying Chinese goods wholesale and selling them at a retail price.

  • Common sense. 3 years ago

    Government needs to listen to the real estate agents.We have a housing shortage, so stop all foreign buyers of real estate.If foreign investment wants to open a buisness and provide canadians with good paying jobs who cares where money comes from.But stop
    the whole world from buying our houses ( shelters) we don’t have enough to sell.It’s-40 with windchill in the winter.

  • Western Ontario's Polka King 3 years ago

    You know what this proves to me? People have no sense of humour

  • Ken Wu 3 years ago

    RBC states that 30%+ of BC’s GDP is the housing/construction sector, not counting all the feeder industries, which take that number even higher. In the US, their crash happened when housing was 18% of GDP, which is also too high and look what it did to their economy,
    Now think long and hard what happens to a weaker, less diversified economy at 30% when it crashes.

  • Straw walker 3 years ago

    White Rock house pricing is finally hitting the rocks. Latest numbers show near capitulation

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