Greater Vancouver Detached Real Estate Sales Rise, But Prices Fall Further

Greater Vancouver Detached Real Estate Sales Rise, But Prices Fall Further

Vancouver’s detached real estate market made improvements, but it isn’t back to normal. Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) numbers show sales made a huge climb in July. However, the double digit rise in sales still fell short of typical volumes for the month. As a result, the price of a typical detached home continued to fall, and is now the lowest it’s been in over 3 years.

Greater Vancouver Detached Real Estate Prices Fall Over 10%

Greater Vancouver detached prices are still falling, according to the benchmark price. REBGV reported the detached benchmark fell to $1,417,000 in July, down 10.5% from the year before. In the City of Vancouver, Vancouver East’s benchmark fell to $1,352,800, down 11.3% from last year. Vancouver West is seeing the biggest drop with a benchmark of $2,894,400, down 13.6% from last year. The typical Greater Vancouver detached home is down $168,100 from last year.

Greater Vancouver Detached Benchmark Price

The price of a typical detached home across the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board, in Canadian dollars.

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

Prices declined on a monthly basis, but the annual decline did get smaller. The REBGV detached benchmark dropped $6,500 in July, when compared to the month before. However, the annual decline at 10.5% from last year, was a little smaller than we observed in June. The benchmark price is down 12.33% from the peak, and has rolled to the lowest it has been since March 2016. These are substantial discounts, but the biggest gains were made in 2015. Those haven’t been touched as of yet.

Greater Vancouver Detached Benchmark Percent Change

The 12 month percent change of a typical detached home across the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board.

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

Detached Real Estate Sales Rise Over 30%, Fall Short of Typical

Detached real estate sales made a big leap higher from last year, but is not yet at typical volumes. REBGV reported 841 sales in July, down 10.5% from the month before. This represents an increase of 32% when compared to the same month last year. For context, last year was one of the slowest Julys in decades. This past July saw the third fewest sales for the month, over the past 10 years. Also worth a mention, last month was a rare July that came in bigger than June.

Greater Vancouver Detached July Sales

The number of detached homes sold in the month of July, across Greater Vancouver.

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

Greater Vancouver’s Detached Inventory Is Falling

The number of new listings for detached homes across Greater Vancouver made a sharp drop. REBGV reported 1,583 new listings in July, down 8.8% from the month before. Compared to the same month last year, this represents a decline of 8.1%. The monthly decline is seasonal, but the annual decline is not. The drop helped to push total inventory down even further.

Greater Vancouver Detached Sales Vs. New Listings

The total number of detached sales, compared to the number of new detached listings per month.

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

The total number of active listings for detached homes fell across the board. REBGV reported 6,218 active listings for detached homes in July, down 4.6% from the month before. This represents a decline of 3.22% compared to the same month last year. For context, detached inventory for last month is 10.5% higher than the median value over the past 5 months. Inventory is lower, but still higher than Vancouver is used to seeing these past few years.

Higher sales and lower inventory helped to improve the sales to active listings ratio (SALR). The SALR for detached homes fell to 13.5% in July, compared to 9.9% during the same month last year. When the ratio is above 20, the market is a seller’s market – where prices are expected to move higher. Below 12, and the market is a buyer’s market – where prices are expected to drop. Between 12 and 20 and the market is balanced. The ratio does have to stay in place for a bit, for it to mean anything.

Vancouver’s detached market improved, but it’s a stretch to say things are back to normal. Sales made a big jump compared to last year, but still fell short of typical volumes. Even with the improved demand, prices continued to fall. Things are looking a little more balanced these days, but these are still large price drops.

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    george 4 years ago

    LY was the lowest in 20 years…comparing against it makes it like a ‘huge’ jump…yeah right….when August data will be available against the lowest Aug LY, RE BS narrative will be….”Things are back to normal”

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    Derek Brassard 4 years ago

    In the abstract, no matter how much they fall or have fallen, or have yet to fall even further, you still have to purchase houses at their absolute peak price anywhere in Vancouver. Now the market may have corrected leaving some close to negative equity or negative leverage and those poor folks are forced to sell so they incur less capital loss on their investments, but what about all those who are leveraged positive or neutral?? They don’t have to sell at all unless the taxes become awful.

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