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Vancouver Real Estate Prices Diverge, As Detached Homes Soar While Condos Plummet

Greater Vancouver real estate is still catching up from pent-up demand. Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) data shows record home sales in November. The increase was largely divided by segment however, sending detached prices soaring, while condo prices are dropping just as fast. 

Greater Vancouver Detached Prices Are Rising, While Condos Are Falling

The price of a typical home across Greater Vancouver is up from last year. REBGV’s composite benchmark price reached $1,044,000 in November, down 0.1% from the month before. Compared to the same month last year, this represents a 5.8% increase. Prices dropped $1,100 from the previous month, but are still higher than last year. REBGV also notes prices for the composite are still down -0.1% from three years ago. There is a highly unusual trend of divergence between segments though. Let’s break them down so you can see what’s happening. 

Greater Vancouver Composite Benchmark Price

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

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

Greater Vancouver Detached Prices Increased $15,100 Last Month

Greater Vancouver’s detached home prices represented all of the monthly gains. The detached benchmark reached $1,538,900 in November, up 1.0% from the month before.  This represents an increase of 9.4%, when compared to the same month last year. In dollar amounts, that monthly increase is a whopping $15,100 higher – huge by pretty much any standard. REBGV data shows detached prices are still down 2.8% from 3 years ago, but this is largely due to Vancouver West’s substantial declines. Generally, like other markets around Canada, the detached segment is seeing much higher than usual activity. 

Greater Vancouver Composite Benchmark Price Change

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

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

Greater Vancouver Condo Prices Fell $7,000 Last Month

Condo apartment prices on the other hand, made a sharp monthly drop lower. REBGV reported a condo benchmark of $676,500 in November, down 1.0% from the same month last year. Compared to the same month last year, this represents a 3.2% increase. In dollar amounts, the monthly decline is also massive, with prices dropping $7,000 over just a month. Over the past 3 years, condo apartment prices are up just 1.6%, but they are arcing lower. Despite high demand for detached homes, condo apartments are fairly soft.  

Greater Vancouver Real Estate Sales Jump Over 22%

Greater Vancouver real estate sales are still benefiting from the pent-up demand. REBGV reported 3,064 home sales in November, down 16.9% from a month before. This represents an increase of 22.7% from the same month last year. This is another record month, largely due to the shifted comparison period

Greater Vancouver Composite Sales Vs. Listings

The number of homes sold vs total inventory in Greater Vancouver.

Source: REBGV, Better Dwelling.

New Greater Vancouver Real Estate Sells Hit The Market

New listings for Greater Vancouver real estate are also up considerably from last year. REBGV reported 4,068 new listings in November, down 27.0% from the month before. This represents an increase of 36.2% from the same month last year. The same trend that pushed real estate buyers later into the season, is also pushing sellers later. Growth of new sellers hitting the market outpaced buyers, compared to last year. 

Total inventory made a seasonal decline, but is higher than last year as well. There were 11,118 active listings in November, down 10.5% from the month before. Compared to the same month last year, inventory is 3.2% higher. More inventory than last year, but it didn’t quite increase as much as sales did. This is resulting in a tighter market, but mostly just for detached homes. 

Greater Vancouver real estate is performing in a similar manner to the national market. Low interest rates are fueling detached home sales, applying pressure to relatively low inventory. Demand for condo apartments is falling however, as listings rise even faster than sales for the segment. This has led to rapidly rising prices for detached homes, while condo apartments are falling fast. 

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