Vancouver Condo Sales Jump, But Prices Fall Back To September 2017 Levels

Greater Vancouver condo sales are up, but prices fell even further last month. Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) numbers show a big jump in sales in July. However, the double digit jump in volume wasn’t quite enough to bring prices higher. The price of a typical condo continued to slide, falling to a nearly two year low.

Greater Vancouver Condo Prices Drop Over 8%

Greater Vancouver condo prices are still dropping, according to the board’s benchmark price. REBGV reported the typical condo apartment dropped to $653,200 in July, down 8.8% from last year. In the City, East Vancouver’s benchmark dropped to $550,600, down 8.0% from last year. West Vancouver’s benchmark reached $752,300, down 9.9% from last year. The losses are a broad market weakness, with detached home prices making a similar move.

Greater Vancouver Condo Apartment Benchmark Price

The price of a typical condo apartment across Greater Vancouver, in Canadian dollars.

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

The rate of growth is still trending lower, but walked higher last month. The 8.8% 12-month price decline in July is a slight improvement from the month before. However, a single month of improvement after 18 months of deceleration is far from a new trend. The price of a typical condo apartment is now down 9.15% from peak, and is the lowest it has been since September 2017.

Greater Vancouver Condo Benchmark Price Change

The annual percent change of a typical condo across Greater Vancouver.

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

Crunching some numbers in the City of Vancouver, we can see a big gap in the decline of median sale prices. Vancouver East condos had a median sale price of $564,850 in July, down 7.17% from last year. Vancouver West condos came in at a median sale price of $750,000, down 3.22% from last year.

The average sale price of a condo apartment is making a steep decline in Greater Vancouver. REBGV reported a board average of $654,692 in July, down 8.06% from the same month last year. This represents a decline of 12.86% compared to the peak average price hit January 2018. Worth a note is the average sale price for a condo has never dropped this much from peak.

Greater Vancouver Condo Sales Rise Over 15%, But Still Weak

Greater Vancouver condo sales are up, but fall short of typical volumes for the segment. REBGV reported 1,243 condo sales in July, up 32.09% from the month before. This represents an increase of 15.19% compared to last year. The month-over-month increase is unusual, with volumes typically falling from June to July. However, Toronto also made the same move last month.

Greater Vancouver Condo Sales Vs. New Listings

The number of condo apartments sold vs new inventory in Greater Vancouver.

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

Even with the significant increase in volume, condo sales were weak for the month. The 1,243 sales in July, is 15.32% lower than the 5-year median for the month. Big improvement in sales, with an unusual monthly climb, but not back to normal.

Greater Vancouver Condo Inventory Rises Over 42%

New listings for condo apartments in Greater Vancouver dropped. REBGV reported 2,181 new listings in July, up 3.80% from the month before. This represents a 2.76% decline compared to the same month last year. The drop had a minimal impact on the total number of units for sale – which surged higher.

The total number of condos for sale made a huge jump, despite the drop in new listings. REBGV reported 5,653 active listings in July, down 5.46% from the month before. The monthly decline wasn’t enough to make a big dent, with active listings still 42.78% higher than last year. Inventory for the month is the highest since 2015.

Improved sales led to an improvement in the sales to active listings ratio (SALR). REBGV reported SALR reached 22% in July, up from 19% during the same month last year. Generally speaking, the board considers a SALR of 20% and higher to be a seller’s market, where prices rise. When it’s below 12%, the market is said to be a buyer’s market, where prices fall. Anything in between 12% and 20% is balanced, whatever that means. Prices fell with the market moving from balanced to seller’s over the past year. So as you can see, it’s far from a perfect read on where prices are heading – especially in fast moving markets.

Greater Vancouver Condo Sales To Active Listings Ratio

The ratio of sales to active listings in Greater Vancouver. Higher ratios mean more pressure on prices to rise.

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

Vancouver condo sales are higher, but the prices are still falling. Sales may have improved from last year, but the market is still seeing far from typical volumes. Meanwhile, prices rolled back to 2017 levels, falling to a near technical correction.

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    Grumpy Cat 5 years ago


    Condo owners are not welcoming of pets anyways. Let the prices fall baby! Meow!

    Grumpy Cat

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    Jupiter 5 years ago

    Hey if skinny Asian kids have the balls to protest high housing cost in Hong Kong.
    What is your excuse??? Time to fight back against this robbery of young families!

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    William 5 years ago

    Toronto and Vancouver has been the priciest cities in Canada. With Toronto, ON being the most priciest one with one-bedroom rent increasing 0.4% to $2,260, and two bedrooms remaining close to last month at $2,850.—april-2019

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