Vancouver Real Estate Sees Detached Benchmark Drop $27k

Vancouver real estate got some more bad news from the REBGV. December stats show single-family homes dropped in prices, sales, and listings.

Vancouver Real Estate Sees Detached Benchmark Drop $27k - Ruth Hartnup-min

You have to be quite the optimist these days to be in Vancouver real estate. First BCREA predicts the benchmark will drop 8.7%, then the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) releases this months report. According to the latest numbers from the REBGV, the benchmark price for detached homes dropped, sales plummeted, and listings are disappearing.

Prices Dropped

The benchmark price of a detached home took a hit in December. According to REBGV, in the Greater Vancouver Region the price dropped 1.8% from the month prior to $1,483,500. Detached homes across Lower Mainland dropped 1.3% to $1,198,700. Even with the price drop, affordability isn’t high on the list of attributes for detached units.

All but three areas in the REBGV territory fell, with the trend being more pronounced in the suburbs. Ladner had the biggest drop, with benchmark prices falling 3.3% to $980,600. Benchmark price drops in December are seasonal in most markets, but it’s been a trend Vancouver has been bucked in the past.

Vancouver Detached Prices

Vancouver Real Estate Sees Detached Benchmark Drop $27k - Detached Prices
Vancouver Real Estate Sees Detached Benchmark Drop $27k – Detached Prices

Sales Plummeted

Bubble talk seems to be impacting buying decisions in Vancouver, as sales plummeted. REBGV cited 541 sales in the notes, but only 537 in the detached statistics. Either way, that’s at least a drop of 15% from the month before, and a whopping 52.4% from the same time last year. Higher prices generally reduce the number of sales, but that’s a pretty big drop in my opinion. Prices will have a hard time moving forward if buyers aren’t showing up.

Listings Are Down

Adding more mystery to the market is the limited number of single-family detached homes actually listed for sale. Listings plummeted 57.4% from the month before to 513, which is also a 38% decline from the same time last year. Theoretically, less inventory usually results in upward pressure on prices – not this time apparently.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it many more times in the future –  one report isn’t a trend. This could theoretically be a seasonal adjustment, but it’s getting harder to follow that narrative when even BCREA is saying to expect a decline.

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    Al 4 years ago

    Following Rob Chapman’s daily sales stats. Jan is off to a slow start relative to last Jan. Sales should land at a 30-35% yoy reduction in number of sales maybe more if we have a few more bad days. Sales that have closed in the gvrd have been at about a 5% discount to list on average – suggesting further reduction in prices. Listings are way up and tracking at 5.7k for Jan for the gvrd + fraser valley real estate boards. Hard to argue that we wont see double digits reductions if these trends continue. Smart money is taking the wait and see approach.

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      Carolyn 4 years ago

      Well 4% only works out to $27k. Vancouver’s real estate needs to come down way lower for locals to actually be able to purchase it.

      As for the wait and see approach, I think *everyone* is taking a wait and see approach right now.

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    Find Your Worth . com 4 years ago

    I have been waiting to see since 2004. Finally bought in 2010 and sold in June 2016. Still waiting to see.

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    Smokie The Real Estate Bear 4 years ago

    Great, $27k down. They just need to drop $800k for them to make sense.

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