Balanced market seen holding this summer

 

June housing sales in Greater Vancouver were down 11.4% from May to the lowest level since January this year as the market wilted in the record-setting heat. Yet, with 3,842 transactions in the month, it remained the eighth-highest June on record in Greater Vancouver.


More telling, perhaps, is the direction of prices, which increased just 0.2 per cent from May, the lowest month-over-month increase in at least a year. As June ended, the composite price of all homes sold in Greater Vancouver was $1,175,100. The value of detached houses sold was unchanged from a month earlier at $1,801,000.

But sharp eyes will notice an anomaly: outlying markets that had been posting the highest year-over-year price increases reported the biggest month-over-month decline in detached house prices in June.

Detached house prices on Bowen Island, which had soared 34% annually as of May, posted a 0.9% price decline in June compared to May. Whistler, where prices had jumped 38% from a year earlier, had prices drop 1.8% in June from a month earlier. Ladner prices fell 0.6% from May to June, after seeing an annual acceleration of 27%.


Across the Fraser Valley, total sales fell 24% from May to June and the average detached house price dropped by 4% month-over-month.


Meanwhile on Vancouver’s West Side – the epicenter of B.C. urbanity – the benchmark price of a detached house increased 2.2 per cent in June from May, the highest increase in Greater Vancouver.

We don’t think this is surprising, or a short-term trend. September is expected to welcome in the fourth and final phase of B.C.’s post-pandemic reopening. This means international borders will open, all businesses will be back in action and thousands of workers will return to the office. The big city will look increasingly tempting as hockey games open to crowds, major concerts tune up and Vancouver’s restaurants, pubs and theatres are open for business.

Expect to see home sales and prices, not just in Vancouver but across the entire region, continue to increase. The reason is quite simply the undeniable law of supply of demand.

From 2010 to 2020, B.C.’s population increased by 737,206 while only 316,510 housing units were built. In 2020, just 39,000 housing units were completed in B.C., up just 3% from 2019.

Some catch-up is taking place. In the first five months of this year, Metro Vancouver new home registrations were up 69% compared to the same period in 2020. About 18,000 new non-rental homes were registered in Metro Vancouver so far this year.

Still, with resale home sales averaging more than 4,000 per month and 50% of new-multi-family strata projects selling out – a pace of around 2,800 per month – supply is barely keeping pace with demand. In fact, the number of active listings in June were down 1% from a month earlier and new listings down 18% compared to May.

The number of Metro Vancouver properties sold in the first six months of the year is the second highest on record, just below the first half of 2016. Without a substantial supply in homes available, that demand continues to create pressure on prices. 

The revised mortgage “stress test” rules came into place June 1, but with multiple offers still significantly occurring below $1 million, the effects of this change don’t seem to have had much effect. Demand is strong at the lower price levels and the continued lack of homes available for sale will continue to create an extremely competitive landscape.

And remember, you only have to qualify for the stress test 5.25% mortgage rate, not pay it.

Right now, it is possible to secure a five-year variable mortgage at 0.99%, perhaps the lowest rate in Canadian history.


While this summer is likely to lead to less activity in the real estate market, it will provide opportunity. Sellers should consider listing during this time as there will be less new listings compared to the last four months, and buyers that are looking will likely be serious. With the Real Estate Council of BC and the Superintendent of Real Estate consenting to open houses and in-person showings again, access to homes will be also much easier.

 

Metro Vancouver June highlights


• Highest detached house price increase from May: West Vancouver, up 3.4%

• Highest condominium price increase from May: Maple Ridge, up 3%

• Biggest decrease in detached house sales from May: Surrey, down 29.8%

• Lowest price detached houses in June: Sunshine Coast, at $838,300

• Highest price detached house in June: Vancouver’s West Side, at $3.38 million

• Top small market for investors to watch: Ladner
 
Vancouver Westside: Total West Side housing sales in June, at 616 transactions, were down 16% from May, but 51% higher than in June 2020. New Listings in June were down 13% compared to May 2021, yet up 10% compared to June 2020. The result is a 48% sales-to-new-listing ratio, and a subsequent price increase. In June the benchmark West Side detached house price, for example, was $3,458,300, up 16.3% from a year earlier and 2.2% higher – that is $76,000 – than a month earlier. The total current inventory of residential listings is steady at a four month’s supply, signaling a continued seller’s market. Condo investors should note that West Side apartment prices have not budged much in two months and are now less expensive, at $831,200, than they were three years ago, while average rents have increased.

Vancouver East Side: The East Side of Vancouver continues as a hot market, with June sales up 5% from May, to 451, a 61% increase from June 2020. New listings dropped to just 1,071 homes, down 17% from a year ago. The composite benchmark home price was down 0.2% from May and the detached house price fell 0.8%,month-over-month to $1,695,500. There is now a 3-month supply of listings on the East Side market and the sales-to-listing ratio is 66%, one of the strongest levels in Metro Vancouver. With prices moderating this summer despite the healthy sales, buyers may want to take advantage.

North Vancouver: North Vancouver saw listings of homes for sale drop 21% in June from a month earlier. June sale transactions fell 10% from May, to 322, and composite benchmark prices was up just 0.6 per cent from a month earlier, to $1,123,800, with detached houses also virtually unchanged at $1,914,000. On the resale market, there is about a 2-month supply of homes for sale, and the sales to listing ratio is 70%, signalling a seller’s market. There are 33 new condo projects and 25 townhouse developments underway across North Vancouver City and District, so future supply, albeit more expensive, is coming.

West Vancouver: West Vancouver is primarily a detached house market, so city proposals that would reduce the size of new houses and at the same time allow coach houses and secondary suites are worth watching. Plans call for the floor-space ratio on large lots reduced from 0.35 to 0.30, with a maximum of 2,200 square feet of house allowed on smaller lots. However, the city is also considering allowing an 800-square foot ‘bonus’ for a separate coach house (or laneway house) and 500 square feet for a secondary suite. The bonus would also be applied on lots with homes built prior to 1976, provided that the original house is retained. The new rules, if all approved, would come in January of 2022. Meanwhile, there was little change in West Vancouver’s housing market in June: sales were down 1% from May and active listings dropped by just 7 homes from a month earlier. West Vancouver’s detached house price is now $3,152,500, up just 0.4% from May, but 21.5% higher than in June 2020.

Richmond: You may not notice because of the construction dust coming from 1,000 new multi-family homes being built at the Richmond Centre shopping centre site, but Richmond housing sales dipped 7% in June from a month earlier, to 472 transactions, and new listings were down 15%, month-over-month. The sales-to-listing ratio is a healthy 66%, however, which keeps this a seller’s market. Richmond is considered a major destination for foreign buyers and new immigrants so the expected opening of international borders by this September is reason for confidence for home sellers and developers. The June detached house price in Richmond was unchanged from May at $1,910,500, but up almost 20% from a year earlier.

Ladner: A game-changing decision is expected “shortly”, 16 months after the federal government said funding is available for either an eight-lane new tunnel or an eight-lane bridge to replace the aging Massey Tunnel. When approved the decision could have a profound effect on Ladner property values. Ladner is a small market – just 52 home sales and 100 active listings in June – but developers and the local council apparently have big plans for the waterfront community. Buyers do too. In June, Ladner’s sales-to-listing ratio was 98%. I humbly suggest that Ladner may the prime sleeper market in Metro Vancouver.

Tsawwassen: Total June housing sales in Tsawwassen reached 70, down 26% from May but up 100% from June of last year. Active Listings were 185, compared to 270 at that time in 2020, and 182 at the end of May; New listings in June were down 22% compared to May 2021 and down 14% compared to June 2020. This remains a strong seller’s market, with a sales-to-listings ratio of 70% compared to 74% in May.

Burnaby East: Burnaby East, like many areas, saw housing sales decline in June, dropping 8% from May to just 49 total sales. What is different here is that the sales-to-listing ratio is a scorching 89%, as new listings dropped nearly 30%. There is only a 2-month supply of homes for sale if the current trends continue. The benchmark house price in East Burnaby is now $1,440,000, down 2% from May, the biggest month-over-month drop and the lowest house price in Burnaby.

Burnaby North: The next phase of what will be 13 new residential towers at the Amazing Burnaby site in North Burnaby goes to public hearing June 29, so this area will apparently continue to see a good supply of strata product. This is welcomed because new listings of existing homes for sale fell 21% in June compared to May and there was only 519 active listings in June compared to 215 sales. The sales-to-listing ratio is 70% so there is no shortage of demand in what is a strong seller’s market.

Burnaby South: Townhouse buyers looking for value should consider South Burnaby, which borders three municipalities and has lower townhouse prices than any of them. In June, the typical South Burnaby townhouse sold for $702,200. This is $300,000 less than in East Vancouver; $223,000 less than in Richmond; and $120,000 below the benchmark price in New Westminster. Also, Burnaby South townhouse prices are up just 8% from a year ago, compared to double-digit increases in its three neighbouring municipalities. Burnaby South also has Burnaby’s lowest priced detached houses and condo apartments. This may help explain why Burnaby South total home sales posted the smallest sales decline of all Burnaby markets in June, down 6% from May.

New Westminster: The Royal City is becoming a condo market, seen in the tower construction on the Quay and the sales performance so for this year, which has seen 702 condo apartments sell, up from 340 at the same time last year. Of the 154 total residential sales in June in New Westminster, 106 were condos, which sold for a median price of less than $550,000, the second-lowest price in Greater Vancouver. A key reason is that younger buyers have embraced New West. A recent national survey ranked New Westminster as the No. 1 B.C. city for Millennial home buyers. There is only a 2-month supply of all types of homes in New Westminster, however, as 61 per cent of listings sold in June. If you want to get into the New West action, you may want to get moving.

Coquitlam: Coquitlam, where the mayor is the former president of the B.C. homebuilders association, is doing a lot of little things right and big things brilliantly. Coquitlam was an early adapter of smaller lots and laneway houses.

Its giant Burke Mountain residential community is a huge success, its multi-faceted development at SkyTrain-linked Coquitlam Centre is forging ahead with major partners and now the city has plans for a rural-type subdivision in its Hazel-Coy area along the Coquitlam River. Details to be announced later this year, but plans call for 950 new homes over 100 acres. Coquitlam home sales were 329 in June, up 52% from June 2020, even though active listings were down 12% in the same period. The sales-to-listing ratio is 72%, an indication that many buyers are eager to buy into Coquitlam’s vision.

Port Moody: Port Moody appears to have more interest in approving rental apartments than strata projects, but the condos being developed are increasingly sophisticated: one will boast a waterfall, another a day care; another with Inlet views from a rooftop patio. Most Port Moody condos are fairly new, dating to just before and after the arrival of SkyTrain. This explains the current median condo price of $680,000, the highest in the Tri-Cities. Still, 263 condos have sold in the city in the past six months, more than double the number in the first half of 2020. The entire housing market is solid, with sales of 95 units in June, up 50% from June 2020, and a sales-to-listing ratio of 62%.

Port Coquitlam: The biggest residential development planned for Port Coquitlam is social housing, but buyers can also find comfort here, with median condo prices at under $500,000 and both detached houses and townhouse prices the lowest in the Tri-Cities. Comfort is appealing: the sales to listing ratio in June was 84%, the highest in the Tri-Cities and among the top in Greater Vancouver. Port Coquitlam is in close proximity to the giant Coquitlam Centre development, but at lower cost.

Pitt Meadows: Like many more rural markets, Pitt Meadow saw a sharp drop in total residential sales in June, with transactions dropping 19% from May to just 44 units. New Listings in June were down 6% compared to May 2021. Month’s supply of total residential listings is steady at 1-month’s supply, but the strong sellers’ market is a bit muted, with 73% of new listings selling in June, down from 84% in May.

Maple Ridge: Affordable, growing Maple Ridge saw 244 home sales in June, down 15% from May but 85% higher than in June 2020. The benchmark composite home price is $996,800, up 27.5% from year ago, but virtually unchanged from May at among the lowest in Greater Vancouver. Condo prices dipped 0.4% from May to $428,400 in June, the lowest in the entire region. Seller’s market conditions continue, with a sales-to-listing ratio at a startling 89% in June. With just 383 active listings on the market, prices will likely increase this summer.

Surrey: The second-largest city in the Lower Mainland saw price increases cooling in June, with average house prices, which had soared 27% from a year earlier, eking out a 0.5% increase from May to $1,511,707 in June. Sales of detached houses plunged 29.8% from May, to 421, however, an indication that the cooling may become a chill. Townhouse transactions, down 19.5% month-over-month, and condo apartment sales, down 25.3% from May, followed the downward trend. The average Surrey townhouse price in June was $747,256, while the average condo sold for $468,319, with both prices down fractionally from May.


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Potential Immigration the wild card in Metro housing market


“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Albert Einstein

 

March housing sales skyrocketed more than 126% higher than in March 2020 – the month the COVID-19 pandemic began – to the highest monthly sales pace ever recorded in Greater Vancouver.

The composite benchmark home price leaped 9.9% in March from a year earlier and detached house prices surged nearly 18% higher to all-time high of $1.7 million.

The unprecedented action of 5,843 sales in the month – more than 174 sales every day – blew past housing forecasts and eclipsed the former all-time sales record set in March of 2016, long recognized as the peak year for housing sales in the region.

Dexter agents have been running on the frontline of the current pace, and we are detecting some buyer fatigue, which is understandable. This market can’t continue at this level forever and, as we’ve seen in previous years, March can be the high point of the year for housing sales.

There could be some truth in that theory, but this year and this market is consistently shattering all the traditions.


We believe there is one wild card yet to be played and it could shift the housing market into hyperdrive later this year. This is a potential rebound of international buyers and immigration, which were credited for sparking high home sales in the mid-1980s and in 2016-18 and could do so again in 2021.


In March of 2020 foreign buyers accounted for 24 residential property transactions in Metro Vancouver, despite the provincial 20% tax on homes. But, after COVID-19 travel restrictions hit, that dropped to single-digits per month. We believe pent-up demand and a war chest is building and it could be unleashed on the Vancouver-area housing market later this year.

For instance, according to recent report from the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), $43.6 billion was transferred from troubled Hong Kong to Canada in 2020, and this, FINTRAC said, does not include transfers via cryptocurrencies, between financial institutions, or transfer under $10,000.

As well, Canada was posting the highest population growth in the developed world prior to COVID-19, according to Statistics Canada, with its 1.4% annual growth rate in 2019 more than twice as high as the U.S. and Great Britain, which tied for second place. The Canadian government has increased its annual immigration quota to 400,000 people per year. The inflow has been stalled by the pandemic but when that ends the rush into Canada will begin. Wild as the current Metro Vancouver market is right now, it may be the calm before the storm.

And with some calls to cool the market, and concern over low interest rates creating challenges when rates do eventually rise, we have to remember that Canada has one of the soundest lending practices in the world and with the current Stress Test in place, buyers are qualifying at rates much higher than we are seeing in the market place right now. So, while demand side measures are easy for governments to tinker with and implement, supply side realities need to be a focus or this rush of demand will once again be pushed into the future and create challenges yet again.

Greater Vancouver: There was a welcome uptick in new listings in March compared to a year earlier, but the new arrivals were not enough to match buyer demand. Listings for detached houses increased 122% from March 2020, but sales increased 124% Townhouse listings were up by 122%, but that was nearly matched by the 112% increase in sales. In the condominium market, 64% more apartments were added to the market compared to a year earlier, but March sales surged 128% higher.

Despite a record-high benchmark price of $1,700,200, detached houses led the March market, accounting for 34% all transactions, compared to a 46% share by the condominium sector. Townhouse buyers accounted for only 19% of the market, but this is partially due to a severe lack of inventory. As of March there was only a one-month supply of townhouses in all of Greater Vancouver. This resulted in multiple offers that drove benchmark townhouse prices in March up 10.4% from a year earlier and nearly 5% higher than in February 2021, to $872,000, a record high.

As we predicted last month, strata sales are ramping up, led by condominium apartments which continue to represent the most affordable housing option. With the benchmark condo price rising an average of 3% per month since last October, it reached $715,800 in March, also an unprecedented high.

Vancouver Westside: The price of a Vancouver Westside detached house in March was $3,286,200. That is up nearly 4% , or about $131,000, from the start of this year, but benchmark detached prices are still 5% below what they were in 2018, so there appears room for further appreciation. There were 148 detached sales in March, which was up from 87 in February and 108 in March 2020. Sales of townhouses in March were very strong, with the 108 sales more than double the 56 sold in the same month last year. The townhouse price reflects this, at a median of $1,550,000 in March, it was nearly $200,000 higher than a month earlier. Wow. The real action was in the condo market, however. With 628 transactions in March – by far the highest of any Metro Vancouver community – the median price spiked to $816,700, up 7.5% , or about $61,000, from January 1 2021.

As an aside, anyone interested in Point Grey real estate should plan to attend a series of public sessions on the development of the 90-acre Jericho Lands ( bound by West 4th Avenue, Highbury Street, West 8th Avenue, and West Point Grey Park) that will run from April 10-19 and outline plans for the biggest residential development in recent Westside history. Register through shapeyourcity.ca

Vancouver East Side: Vancouver’s East Side is seeing an acute shortage of housing, and the entrenched NIMBYism in key SkyTrain-served neighbourhoods will likely keep the supply in check. In March, for instance, there were 384 listings for East Side condos but there were 313 sales, or 82% of all the listings. There is now less than a one-month supply. A major developer has issued a proposal to build 520 condos in three towers on the old Safeway site across from the Commercial-Broadway SkyTrain station but it has already been met with protests. It will be years, before supply matches demand, which points to further increases in East Side condo prices, which were already 3% higher, year-over-year, in March to $619,000.

The townhouse supply is even tighter. Only 11 new townhouses are under construction in East Vancouver and, in the first three months of this year there were just 348 listings of resale townhouses and 68% of them sold. As a result, the median townhouse price reached $1,210,000 in March, the highest level in history. Median detached house prices on the East Side in March hit $1,780,000 as sales more than doubled from a year earlier, to 244 transactions, which, incidentally, is 40% higher than on the neighbouring Westside.

North Vancouver: About 63% of all new listings for detached houses in North Vancouver in March sold, a clear seller’s market, with the benchmark price tracking 19.4% higher from a year earlier to $1,853,000, and up 8.8% from the start of the year.

Townhouse sellers were often dealing with multiple offers in March, a reflection of low supply and high demand, which drove the benchmark price of the 87 sales to $1,075,000, up nearly 10% from a year ago. North Vancouver has a total of 2,863 under construction, but reports show that the inventory of complete and unsold condos was just 25 units available as of March 1. A big new project is underway just west of the Lonsdale Quay, but it will take at least a decade for those 700 new condos to complete. Meanwhile, condo sales were up 105% in March from a year earlier, to 203 transactions, but price increases are moderate, advancing 5.2%, year-over-year to a benchmark of $615,200.

West Vancouver: Detached houses are dominant in exclusive West Vancouver, where the benchmark price for a detached house in March was $3,043,400, up a startling 19.2% from March of last year, a cash increase of more than $540,000. Detached house sales increased 139% from March 2020, to 98, which was more than townhouse and condo sales combined.

Sixteen townhouses sold in March, while 32 condo apartments transacted at a benchmark of $1,143,300, up 11% from the same month last year. This is a sustained seller’s market with the supply of total residential listings is down to 3 month’s supply in March.

Richmond: There is now only a 2-month inventory of total residential units on the Richmond market after sales surged 128% in March from the same period last year, to 786 transactions.

Price increases have been dramatic. The median price of a detached house sold in March was $1,850,000, up nearly $100,000 from a month earlier and $250,000 higher than in March of last year. History has shown that Richmond attracts more buyers from abroad than nearly any other market in Metro Vancouver, so we expect detached prices will continue to accelerate when borders open up, because the 106% year-over-year March surge in new listings is not enough to meet demand. Condominiums, which dominated the Richmond market with 384 sales in March, have seen relative price stability with median prices advancing 6.7% year-over-year to $588,000. But, with a sales-to-new-listing ratio of 74% in March, condos are in a strong seller’s market with multiple offers being seen.

Burnaby East: One of the more affordable markets in Greater Vancouver is seeing intense buyer demand, with total sales up 159% in March compared to a year earlier, the highest increase in Burnaby. Even with a 58% increase in new listings in March, there were just 100 total homes for sale in the community, or about a 1-month supply as of month’s end. The sales-to-listing ratio is running at 69%, which means the supply is dwindling in a seller’s market and prices are rising. If you are a detached-house owner in Burnaby East and have considered listing, now may be a prime time to come to market. The benchmark price of a house was $1,380,700 million in March, up nearly 5% or about $65,000, from a month earlier.

Burnaby North: The final major-brand retailers are moving into the recently completed Brentwood shopping centre development, where thousands of new condominiums have already been built. The massive mixed-use project has spurred demand for all types of homes in the area, with total sales up 158% in March from a year earlier and 74% higher than in February. The large inventory of condominiums – 237 new listings in March – has kept price increases restrained. The benchmark condo price is now $637,600 – about $50,000 below the Lower Mainland average - but with 84% of listings selling in March and most of the new Brentwood condo towers complete, condo values are forecast to increase.

Burnaby South: If you have driven through Metrotown recently you have seen the incredible construction pace that now defines the future of Burnaby’s official downtown. The blast radius of the development is apparent in the sale prices of both detached houses – which have been rising by 7.4% month-over-month this year and reached $1,696,200 in March – and townhouses, where the benchmark price is up 6.6% from a year ago to $819,000. Burnaby South is also as one of the hottest condo sales markets in the Lower Mainland, yet condo price increases are relatively stable, still 6.1% below the 2018 peak at $682,700 as of the end of March. This may represent an opportunity for condo investors.

New Westminster: Condominium investors, I hate to say, will want to keep an eye on condo rentals in the Royal City. On March 30, the city won a BC Supreme Court ruling that cements B.C.’s first bylaw that allows retroactive rezoning of condos to rental units in six specific rental buildings. So far about 270 units are affected, but there is no guarantee the bylaw won’t be extended. This may explain a 54% increase in condo listings in the first three months of this year compared to the same period in 2020, including 209 new listing in March. We expect condo listings to increase, which should keep the current median price of $547,200 from increasing dramatically. Detached house prices in New Westminster, meanwhile, were up 14.4% in March from a year earlier to $1,230,000, with the sales-to-listing ratio at 51%, reflecting a modest seller’s market.

Coquitlam: There is a plan that owners of older stratas and detached houses in Coquitlam should be aware of as the vaccine rollout brings an end to the pandemic. This is the developer demand for property that can be developed into higher density residential, either aging strata projects on large lots or houses that can be drawn together into land assemblies. Demand waned during the pandemic but is now coming back to life, due primarily to an aggressive City of Coquitlam development strategy that covers 1,789 acres radiating from the Coquitlam Town Centre near Lougheed Highway and Pinetree Way. Any potential buyers should get up to speed on the master plan by visiting the city’s web site. (There is even a virtual-reality tour available.)

Total Coquitlam housing sales soared 129% in March compared to a year earlier, and detached houses led the price increase, up a startling 20% to $1,433,800. Townhouse prices advanced 11.2% to $757,000 and condo prices were up 6% year-over-year to $560,700.

Port Moody: Savvy owners of older townhouses in the Woodland Park area are likely watching closely as a new 23-acre planned development inches through Port Moody’s approval process.

A developer’s plan for construction of about 1,840 homes over the next decade received first reading March 24 after more than a year of discussion. Today, 19 buildings with 200 townhouses, all of built more than 40 years ago, are on the site. The land is in the 1000-1100 block of Cecile Drive near Clark Road. Owners in the surrounding area should be aware that developers could be scouting for strata windups and land assemblies, but should also be cognizant of Port Moody’s lengthy and fickle approval process. Meanwhile, total home sales in

Port Moody increased 148% in March compared to a year earlier. The median price of a detached house is now $1,193,000, up 22.5% from March 2020, while townhouse values increased 7% to $694,700, but still remain less expensive that condo apartments, which were selling for a benchmark of $697,800 in March. This reflects the many newer condos on the market, and the aging stock of existing townhouses.

Port Coquitlam: Port Coquitlam offers the lowest house prices in the Tri-City area, with a detached house benchmark price of $1,226,400 in March, up 17.2% from a year earlier. Townhouses were up by similar amount, to $753,600, while condo prices saw a more modest increase of 8% to $501,500, or about $60,000 less than in neighbouring Coquitlam. However, with a lack of new construction recently and total sales up 114% year-over-year, there is only a 1-month supply of all type of homes in Port Coquitlam and the sales-to-listing ratio is 65%, an indication of a seller’s market and potential price increases.

Pitt Meadows: The sales bloom faded slightly in Pitt Meadows in March, with total homes transactions of 53, down 5% from February and up a relatively modest 51% from March of 2020 – a reflection on the amount of total stock available with there being half a month to 1 month’s supply of homes available. Detached house prices increased markedly, however, leaping 27.4% year-over-year to a record high of $1,143,000. The sales-to-listings ratio dipped to 67% in March, down from 85% in February, as new listing increased 65% from February to 53 units. Pitt Meadows is catching a trend towards people relocating from the city to smaller, more affordable towns. In March, buyers could find townhouses for around $640,000 and condo apartments for less than $400,000. However, with an extreme seller’s market, the lower-priced units are seeing multiple offers this spring.

Maple Ridge: Even with a 157% surge in total March sales compared to March of last year and detached house prices increasing 20.7% year-over-year, Maple Ridge remains a relative bargain. Its benchmark detached house price was $1,043,900 in March, nearly $500,000 below the Lower Mainland benchmark and $700,000 less than in Greater Vancouver. Yet, multiple offers are common as the sales-to-listing ratio has been north of 80% since the start of the year. New townhouse projects are selling out fairly quickly and the resale townhouse price has spiked 18.6% from last year to $634,400. The typical condo apartment sells for $403,900, up 12.3%, year-over-year.

Ladner: The small town of Ladner in South Delta posted a 225% increase in total sales in March, to 101, compared to March of 2020, the biggest increase in the Lower Mainland. Its 23.2% increase in prices for detached houses was also one of the highest, with March ending with house prices at $1,205,800, which is about $500,000 less than Richmond, the next biggest city. There has been a lot of new strata units built in Ladner over the past year, and more to come. The supply has kept townhouse prices at a benchmark of $702,000, still 3.2% below the 2018 peak, and condo apartment values at $548,400 in March, up about 9% from a year ago but 1.4% below the price three years ago. A total sales-to-listing ratio at 74% in March, however, portends increasing prices across the board.

Tsawwassen: Tsawwassen has been largely a no-go community for developers for many years. The long-delayed Southland community for about 850 homes is slowly taking place, but no large housing projects have been built in a decade. In the 16 months to the first of March 2021 only nine homes were started, all of them rental apartments. This is reflected in the current reality, with multiple offers on the mere 166 active listings available and a sales-to-listing of 77% in March in an extreme seller’s market. The benchmark detached house price soared 21.3% year-over-year to $1,312,100 in March, and is now 112% higher than 10 years ago. Many people want to buy in Tsawwassen, which has driven townhouse prices up nearly 8% from March 2020 and condo prices up 10.8%, year-over-year, to $588,800. For investors, this sunny community is one of the hottest market for potential price appreciation in Greater Vancouver because virtually no new homes are being built.

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February 2021: Watch for the rise of the strata market

 

February is traditionally a ho-hum period in residential real estate but this year, as with so much of the recent Metro Vancouver market, this February proved exceptional. Housing sales hit the highest monthly level since June 2017, with prices arcing nearly 9% higher than a year earlier to a composite benchmark of $1,084,000. The typical detached house now sells for more than $1.62 million –an average increase of $221,000 from February 2020 – with sales up 80% from a year ago.


Detached houses have been the headline news in Metro Vancouver for the past year, but we believe February marked the beginning of a major shift towards the townhouses and condominium sector.

February townhouses sales were up 82% year-over-year and condo apartment sales were 65% higher. Together, strata property sales accounted for nearly 65% of all February transactions, with condo apartments leading all sectors with a blistering pace of 62 sales every day. Condo developers reported “a sense of urgency” in new condo sales in February as 1,400 new condos started construction and 1,759 existing condos sold.

It may come down simply to supply. There is a lack of detached houses to meet demand, despite a 21% spike in new listings in February, and there has been a chronic shortage of townhouses, with just a 1.5-month supply now available. In Port Moody and Maple Ridge there were almost twice as many townhouse sales as active listings in February. And on Vancouver’s West Side the number of townhouse sales in February were the highest since June 2017.

Investors, we believe, are pivoting to condos, looking towards the easing of pandemic regulations that will bring vibrancy back to downtowns and foreign students back to Metro Vancouver campuses. Affordability is part of the equation. In the past year, condo prices have increased just 2.5%, while townhouse prices jumped 7.2% and detached houses soared 13.7%. In East Vancouver, as one example, the typical condo apartment sells for $599,000 while a neighbouring detached house sells for $1.58 million.


For an increasing number of buyers, condominiums are now the first, the smartest and only choice.


What to expect going forward...

 

We are now experiencing a perfect storm that is churning housing demand and prices to unprecedented heights. Mortgage interest rates are at the lowest level in our lifetime, even our parents lifetime. This combines with intense buyer demand and simply not enough listings, all in an environment where the home is now the centre for living and work for thousands of families. Multiple offers are now the majority of transactions. We don’t see that changing anytime soon.


Greater Vancouver: Total housing units sold in February were 3,852 were up 57% from the 2,454 in January 2021, 76% higher than February 2020, and a startling 155% increase compared to February 2019. Total active listings were at 8,851 at month end, compared to 9,894 at the same time last year and 8,831 at the end of January 2021; New listings in February were up 12% compared to January 2021, up 26% compared to February 2020 and up 30% compared to February 2019. Yet the sales-to-listings ratio, a key metric, February was 74%, signally a robust seller’s market, and perhaps strongest performance in history. In February of 2016, the former peak year for housing sales, the sales ratio was 56%.


February 2021 Highlights

  • Least expensive detached house: Maple Ridge, $972,600

  • Most expensive detached house: Westside, Vancouver, $3.3 million

  • Least expensive condo apartment: Port Coquitlam, $481,300

  • Least expensive townhouse: Maple Ridge, $594,300

  • Highest annual home sales increase: Tsawwassen, up 138%

    Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.


Vancouver Westside: Home buyers in Canada’s most expensive community should keep a close eye on long-term mortgage rates now because the five-year Canadian government bond rate has doubled since February 5 after barely budging for a decade, rising 45 basis points (0.45% ) to 0.88% as of February 26. The five-year fixed mortgage is tied to the bond rate, unlike variable rate mortgages. The current bond rate has already surpassed the forecast for all of 2021. If you are looking at locking in a new mortgage, the sooner is better.

A total of 592 homes sold on the Westside in February from 1,194 active listings, for a sales-to-listing ratio of 63%, the highest level in at least five years. Sales of condos dominated , with 440 condos purchased, compared to 87 detached houses and 63 townhouses. The price gap between sectors is becoming a chasm. The typical Westside detached house sold for a benchmark of $3,232,500 in February, compared to $735,000 for a condo and just over $1.3 million for a townhouse. Detached house prices were up 8.5% from a year earlier – ,nearly $275,000 – while condo apartment prices were down 0.2% and townhouse prices rose just 2.4%.

Vancouver East Side: Investors take note: East Side condo apartment prices have not budged in two years and now, at a $599,000 benchmark, are $13,000 less than in 2018. Townhouse prices are 2% lower now than three years ago, at a current benchmark of $910,000. However, all East Side strata prices have been edging up since December. Both have increased though in the last 6 to 8 months.

The East Side story is a positive one of increased transit, high-tech job growth and condo prices that are lower than in Burnaby and far below the Westside. There was a is surge in East Side condo and townhouse sales in February and this market appears ripe for rapid price appreciation.

Total East Side housing sales in February, at 408, were up 59% from January and 67% higher than in February 2020 and 146% above the 166 sales in February 2019. Despite an increase in listings, the sales-to-new-listing ratio was 70%, compared to 51% a month earlier and 55% in February 2020. Townhouses were seeing multiple offers with the sales-to-new-listing ratio at a stunning 105% in February, meaning virtually every townhouse listed sold.

North Vancouver: Both the City and District of North Vancouver are regulating new homes to meet the highest energy regulations under the BC Step Code, effective July 1, 2021. Perhaps better for the environment, the changes can add $40,000 or more to the price of a new detached house, according to industry estimates. Something to consider if you are planning to build or buy a new house this year.

North Vancouver is running out of homes for sale faster than nearly any other Metro region. There is now only a one-month supply, based on current listing and sales. In February total listings were 469 units, while sales reached 318 units. The result is an extreme sellers’ market, with a sales-to- listing ratio of 74%.

West Vancouver: February housing sales in West Vancouver, at 102 transactions, more than doubled from a month earlier, rising 127% from January and up 57% from February of last year. Sales were also 162% above February 2019. As usual, detached houses led the market, accounting for 80% of all transactions, despite house prices rising 16.8% from a year earlier to a benchmark of $2,972,400. West Vancouver remains a seller’s market, though more modest than in other regions, with a sales-to-listing ratio in February of 63%, which was up from 23% in January and from a 40% ratio a year earlier.

Richmond: With a sales-to-listing ratio of 77% in February, Richmond has about a three-month supply of residential units and it is being whittled down fairly quickly.

Total Richmond housing sales in February reached 453 units, up from 277 a month earlier and from 253 in February 2020, and a 192% increase from the 155 homes sold in February 2019. The benchmark price of a detached house increased 9.6% year-over-year to $1,651,800, but buyers should note that this price has been rising an average of $24,700 per month for the past three months. Condo sales in February reached 197 units, with benchmark prices up 6.5% year-over-year to $683,200. In the same period, typical townhouse prices advanced nearly 9% to $849,900.

Burnaby East: There were a total of 141 housing sales in February, up 46% from January and 28% higher than in February 2020. Burnaby East has among the lowest-price detached house prices in the region, with its benchmark of $1,317,900 about $300,000 below the Greater Vancouver benchmark. Active listings were at 84 at month end compared to 91 at the same time last year and 67 at the end of January. There is two month’s supply and sales to listings ratio of 64% compared to 65% in January 2021, 84% in February 2020 and 47% in February 2019. The sellers’ market is strengthening.

Burnaby North: This market has become intense with multiple offers on detached houses. One listing recently attracted 43 bids and sold for $300,000 above the asking price. The stats reflect what is going on in the home of the Amazing Brentwood and the new condos that surround it. Total sales were up 93% from the same month last year, to 193 transactions this February. Detached house prices have been rising more than 1% per month since last September and reached $1,572,500 in February. New listings in February were up 9% compared to January 2021, up 37% compared to February 2020 and up 66% compared to February 2019., yet the total inventory of listings is down to a 2 month’s supply. A strong sellers’ market, with the sales-to-listing ratio at 73%, compared to a ratio of 52% in February 2020.

Burnaby South: Anchored by Metrotown, considered Burnaby’s downtown, Burnaby South accounted for 201 of the 525 Burnaby home sales in February, with sales increasing 40% from January and up 91% year-over-year. Benchmark detached house prices were 10.2% higher than in February 2020, to $1,629,300, but the typical condo price was virtually unchanged year-over-year, at $664,700. Townhouse prices have been slowly climbing 0.5% every month for the past six months and reached $806,200 in February. Sales are strong, representing 74% of available listings.

New Westminster: That pounding beat you hear in the Royal City is pile driving on the waterfront as the latest and tallest new condo towers begin to rise above the Westminster Quay, in this instance two towers of 43 and 53 storeys. New Westminster’s housing market is now defined by condominium apartments, which represented 111 of the total of 164 transactions in February. Condo prices were up 3% year-over-year to $532,900, while condo sales increased 69% compared to both one month and one year earlier. New Westminster remains relatively affordable for all types of homes. Despite detached house prices increasing 11.9% from a year ago, the city has the lowest price for a SkyTrain-served market in Greater Vancouver, at a benchmark of $1,177,800. The overall sales-to-listing ratio, at 74% in February, reflects the strong sellers’ market.

Coquitlam: Coquitlam was an early adapter of laneway homes and small-lot, detached-house development, and now the city is considering zoning changes in six southwest neighbourhoods where residents have voiced support for higher density. These pockets include Austin-Poirier, Blue Mountain-Quadling and Whitting-Apian, among others. The areas are fairly close to SkyTrain stations and most of the detached houses were built 40 years ago. The plan is still in the consultation phase, but it is something local owners, buyers and sellers should be aware of.

Coquitlam detached house sales in February totalled 105, up from 76 in January and 67 in February of 2020. The benchmark detached house price posted a year-over-year increase of 16% to $1,363,000. Coquitlam added 71 new listings to the townhouses inventory in February, but with 69 sales, the supply is dwindling and prices were up 7.8% year-over-year to $725,100. Total home sales in the month, at 322, were up 43% from January and 64% higher than in February of last year. The sales-to-listing ratio in Coquitlam was 79% in February, a very strong buyer’s market.

Port Moody: The waterfront, SkyTrain-linked city of Port Moody is in the midst of dramatic change – two new development plans alone call for about 5,000 new homes over the next two decades – but it remains a quiet community backdropped by the massive 2,700-acre Belcarra Regional Park on its north shore. The green space and oceanfront are among the reasons detached house prices have soared 17.5% over the past year to $1,655,900, fourth-highest in Metro Vancouver markets. Port Moody is also distinctive in that its February benchmark condo price, at $671,900, is higher than local townhouse prices, at $660,400, evidence of the modern condo apartments built since SkyTrain arrived. There is only a two-month supply of homes in Port Moody and the February sales-to-listing ratio was 81%, representing one of the strongest sellers’ markets in Metro Vancouver.

Port Coquitlam: Port Coquitlam is rather tucked away but it should not be overlooked for buyers looking for value and potential. The little city has the lowest condo apartment prices in Greater Vancouver, at a February benchmark of $481,300. The secret is apparently getting out, though, as condo sales this year were up about 30% year-over-year to 81 transactions, including 44 in February. Future condo development is coming, and about 20 detached house lots in a six-acre wedge of land on Westwood Street, where the city is planning its first high-density development zone, will be affected. The benchmark price of a detached house in Port Coquitlam is now $1,270,000, but prices have risen 19.1% year-over-year, the fastest increase in the Tri-City area and one of the largest in Metro Vancouver. This is a town for investors to watch.

Maple Ridge: The pandemic work-from-home trend has made Maple Ridge one of the most popular destinations for people seeking more living space and lower housing costs. The result is predictable: overall housing sales have increased 64% year over year and were up 51% in February from a month earlier to 292 units. The benchmark price of a detached house soared 18.2% to $972,600. Townhouse prices are up 13.4% to $594,300 and condo apartment prices have increased nearly 9%, to $387,500, from a year ago. All of these prices are the lowest in Greater Vancouver, but a low inventory may drive values higher. There is now a mere one-month supply of total listings on the Maple Ridge market and the overall sales-to-listing ratio in February was a startling 81%. This is an extreme seller’s market. The shortage won’t end soon. As of February 1, just 185 new townhomes and 189 detached houses were under construction in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows area, and total housing starts in all of 2020 tallied just 213 units.

Pitt Meadows: Pitt Meadows total housing sales more than doubled in February from a month earlier, rising 118% to 48 transactions, and were up 78% from a year earlier, but active listings plunged to just 38, down from 86 a year earlier and 42 at the end of January 2021. The sales-to-listing ratio is 80%, one of the highest in the Metro region, as is the annual price increase of 20.7% for detached houses, to $1,066,700. Townhouse prices are increasing an average of 4% per month and reached $651,000 as of February. This small market is one of the hottest for housing sales in the region.

Ladner: The south Delta community of Ladner led Greater Vancouver’s mainland in price increase for detached houses, up 20.9% year-over-year to $1,159,000 in February. Detached house prices are now rocketing up by 7.7% per month, also the highest such increase in the region. Townhouse prices are up 6% from February of last year to $693,900 and condo apartment prices reached $537,600, up 5.5% from a year earlier in this very active market. With a 74% sales-to-listing ratio and few new homes being completed, total listings represent a mere two-month supply.

Tsawwassen: This sunny region of Delta has a blazing housing market, with intense demand taking up the 91% year-over-year increase in listings seen in February. Sales have more than doubled from a year ago, with 78 transactions in February, up 138% from a year earlier. Townhouse prices edged up 2.4%, year-over-year, to $640,500 but the real surge was in detached houses to $1,273,100, up 15.7% from a year earlier and 3.4% higher than in January 2021. The sales-to-new-listing ratio is 74% and, if the current sales pace continues, Tsawwassen will run out of listings in about eight weeks. So far this year, 359 new homes are under construction in Tsawwassen, including 73 townhomes, 251apartments (some of which are rentals) and just 39 new detached houses, but most of the new units are already pre-sold.

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Very Honoured.

What a Year!

Thank you to all my Family, Friends, Clients and Colleagues, I could not have done it without YOU!

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It's with immense pride we share those from our Dexter team who qualified for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Medallion Club this year.

⭐️ They are associates, partners, mentors, friends, but today we honour you as the incredible agents that lead our industry.

They exemplify professionalism and success and we're honoured to have them all represent Dexter Realty. Congratulations everyone and job well done!

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Welcome to January 2021  please fasten your seat belts

 

Some will express surprise that, as we enter the second year of a global pandemic, the rush to purchase homes in Greater Vancouver continues the startling sales pace seen in 2020. But there is a simple reason for the January surge: price appreciation as accelerating buyer demand collides with a stubborn lack of inventory.


In the past 12 months, the average price (based on dollar volume of sales) of a Greater Vancouver home has increased in value by $93,529, which is far higher than the average household income. In the detached house sector, where sales exploded in January, the average year-over-year price increase is well into the six digits. Dexter agents experienced this first hand during the last week of January as a North Burnaby detached house listing had a stunning amount of interest and showing requests. A significant number of multiple offers occurred, resulting in a sale that surpassed the $1.49 million list price. Each of these bidder was likely aware that, since January of 2020, the average detached house price in North Burnaby has increased by $283,456.

Multiple bids are being seen from West Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast to south of the Fraser River and in every property sector, from detached houses to condominium apartments. In Greater Vancouver during January, 53% of new listings sold, and the sales-to-listing ratio has surpassed 50% for the past seven months. There is little relief coming in new construction. As 2021 started, only 241 detached houses and 230 townhouses had started construction across all of Metro Vancouver, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. data. Of the total 1,628 new apartment starts, 28% were rentals and many of the remaining condo apartments had been pre-sold months earlier.


What to expect for the 2021 housing market? More of the same. With mortgage interest rates at 100-year-lows and home prices rising an average of nearly $8,000 per month, buyers and investors have awoken to an unprecedented buying opportunity.


Greater Vancouver: In January, 2,454 homes of all property types sold in Greater Vancouver. This compares to 1,602 in January 2020 and 1,120 in January of 2019 and a 28% increase from January of 2015, long considered the peak year for Greater Vancouver housing sales. Another telling stat: during the boom year of 2015, the benchmark January home price was $648,700. This January it was $1,056,600. Yes, we are into an unprecedented seller’s market.


Listings continue to decline, however. Total active listings in January 2021 were 8,820, down from 9,307 in January 2020 and from 11,427 in January 2018. With the current sales-to-listing ratio pace, there is a mere four months of inventory in the entire Greater Vancouver housing market.


Looking at the different types of property sales in Greater Vancouver, January 2021 detached home sales were up 41.8% year-over-year while new listings declined 0.4%; townhouse sales were up 42.8% year-over-year while new listings increased 16%; condominium apartment sales advanced 46.8% and new listings for condos increased by 27% year-over-year. Sales of detached houses in January made up 30% of all sales, compared to 27% in January 2020; townhouses represented 18% of sales, down from 20% a year earlier; and condo apartment sales made up 49% of total sales this January, compared to 51% in January 2020.


JANUARY 2021 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Average composite home price increase year-over-year in Greater Vancouver: 10.8%

  • Biggest detached house price increase year-over-year: Bowen Island (up 30%)

  • Biggest detached house price increase, mainland: Port Coquitlam and Pitt Meadows (up 15.4%)

  • Lowest benchmark condo price: Maple Ridge ($375,000)

  • Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver


Vancouver Westside: The Westside is the traditional bellwether for aspirational house buyers in Canada and January will be a month to remember, with detached sales rising 100% compared to the same month in either 2020 or 2019. The average price of the 68 Westside houses sold in January was $3,718,280, an increase of $450,000 from a year earlier.

In the townhouse sector, the 38 sales in January matched the record-setting December 2020 sales pace and were up 26% from January 2020. A slight increase in inventory  106 new listings were added in the month - kept average January townhouse prices in check, rising about $20,000 from a month earlier to $1,411,711.

The Westside condominium market saw January sales increasing 35% from January 2020, to 285 transactions. This was the lowest monthly sales level since July 2020, which may be a reaction to a frustrating lack of listings. Just 639 new listings came to the market in January, down 21% from the same month a year earlier. The average price of a Westside condo apartment is now $934,550, up more than $38,000 from December 2020, and multiple bids are not uncommon.

Vancouver Eastside: The line between the Eastside and Westside of Vancouver is rapidly blurring and this January was the latest indication. More detached houses sold on the Eastside – 109 – in January than on the Westside  68  a trend apparent for some time. Over the past five years, the price of an Eastside detached house increased 24% while it advanced just 9% on the Westside. In the past 12 months, the average Eastside house price increased by $20,000 per month – to $1,829,643 in January - yet prices are still half that of a detached house west of Quebec Street. Watch for rising demand and prices for Eastside houses and residential land from Renfrew Street to Mount Pleasant as the new Broadway Corridor SkyTrain line moves closer to reality. New Listings for Eastside houses in January were 175, resulting in a sales-to-new-listing ratio of 62%, slightly above the 2020 average.

Eastside townhouse sales were relatively robust in January. The 48 transactions in the month were down from the 66-unit per month average in the fourth quarter of 2020, but up 60% from January 2020. New listings, at 103, were the highest in two months and the sales-to-new-listing ratio was a healthy 47%. The average price of an Eastside townhouse in January reached $1,152,453, up 2.6% from a year earlier.

While Eastside condo sales in January were up from the 78 units In January 2020, the 99 sales were at the lowest monthly level since June of last year. The average condo price now is $680,177, up 10% from January 2020 and approximately $48,000 higher than in December 2020. With 216 new listings in January, the sales-to-new-listing ratio was 46%, indicating a seller’s market.

North Vancouver: Sales of detached houses in North Vancouver soared 87% in January compared to January 2020, but new listings fell by 33%, and the effect was reflected in prices. The average price of the 45 houses sold in January was $2,144,851, up from just over $1.89 million in December.

There were 67 new listings for townhouses in January, the highest level in five months, and 61% of them sold at an average price of $1,184,760, a price up 14% from January 2020.

After four months of hectic action with condominium apartment sales averaging 130 units per month, North Vancouver condo sales slipped to 92 in January, but represented 52% of the new listings added in the month. The average condo apartment price is now $708,656, up 15% from January 2020.

West Vancouver: Detached houses, which are the dominate property type in West Vancouver, notched 29 sales during January at an average price of $3,983,544. January sales were just eight units above January 2020 and the new listings, at 135, were up by just one house. The big difference was the January average price, which soared 21% - or $714,000  higher than in the same month a year ago.

Richmond: There was a moderate cooling of the red-hot Richmond detached house sales, with transactions dipping to 71 houses in January, the slowest monthly level since May 2020, though 36% above January 2020. With the sales-to-new listing ratio at 47%, the average house price was up nearly 5% year-over-year to $1,749,213 in January.

There was much-needed increase in townhouse listings in Richmond, with 137 units added in January, the highest level in four months. This is partly due to city zoning which has encouraged townhouse development on major Richmond streets since 2017. January sales of 64 townhouses represented 47% of all new listings. The average townhouse price in January was $911,959, up 9% from January 2020.

Condominium apartment sales in Richmond reached 141 units in January, up from 101 transactions in January 2020. With 303 new listings added, the sales-to-new-listing ratio was 47%, slightly lower than the 54% ratio seen in 2020. The average price of a Richmond condo is $613,385, up about 3% from a year earlier and approximately $49,000 above the average price in December 2020.

Burnaby East: The low inventory of detached houses was very apparent in Burnaby East, where buyers snapped up 80% of the new listings – 10  that were added to the January market. The eight houses sold went for an average of $1,560,625,up 23% from January 2020.

The townhouse market was even tighter, with the 6 sales representing 100% of the new listings added in January. The resultant multiple bids drove the average townhouse price up 17%  about $124,000  from December 2020.

Based on the current sales pace, there is only a three-month supply of condo apartments in Burnaby East, where the 13 sales in January absorbed 48% of the new listings. The January average condo price, at $607,284, compares to $563,914 year ago.

Burnaby North: The price of a detached house in Burnaby North reached a record high average of $1,704,836 in January as 22 houses sold, representing a sales-to-new listing ratio of 71%. Total active listings, at 68 in January, are at the lowest level in at least two years.

Sales of townhouses reached 22 in January, the lowest level in seven months, but this is likely a reflection of few new listings. With just 31 townhouses added to the market and active listings at two-year lows, the January sales-to-new-listing ratio was 71%. The average Burnaby North townhouse sold in January for $982,916, up 14% from January 2020.

Condo apartment sales continued the blistering pace seen in 2020, with 96 transactions in January, up 74% from January 2020. With 180 new listings, North Burnaby’s condo sales-to-new-listing ratio was 53%. The average condo price slipped down 4% from a year ago, to $597,117.

Burnaby South: With 26 detached house sales in January, transactions were close to the monthly average over the past 12 months and active listings, at 120, were also fairly constant in this very stable market. The outlier is average house prices, which have been rising steadily and reached $1,742,741 in January, up $285,000 from a year earlier.

Townhouse sales reached 30 in January, up 108% from January 2020 and higher than the 25 transactions in December 2020. With 41 new listings added, the January sales-to-new-listing ratio was 73%, compared to 54% during 2020. Townhouses in Burnaby South sold in January for an average of $1,007,309, up about $54,000 from the end of last year.

Condominium apartment sales continued the strong pace seen over the past seven months, with 87 transactions in January, representing 58% of the 150 new listing added in the month. The supply of condos is estimated at four months, if the current sales pace continues. The average condo price, at $625,937, is up from $595,215 in January 2020.

New Westminster: Detached house sales in New Westminster saw a three-fold increase in January compared to the same month last year, to 21 transactions, representing a startling sales-to-new listing ratio of 84%. The average house price

remained fairly constant in one of the more affordable housing markets in Greater Vancouver. The average house sold in January for $1,285,528, a 4.3% increase, year-over-year.

Townhouse buyers closed on 14 units in January, compared to four in the same month last year, but sales were below the 25-unit average pace over the final six months of 2020. With 28 new listings in January, the sales-to-new-listing was 50%, with the average price virtually unchanged from December 2020 at $727,435.

New Westminster’s year-over-year condo apartment market sales were higher in January, but, at 66 transaction, well below December’s 103 sales. An increase in new listings, to 159 units, kept the sales ratio at 43%, similar to the first month of 2020. The average condo price in January was $543,870, up 9% from December but down about $20,000 from January 2020.

Coquitlam: More Coquitlam detached houses sold in January 2021  76- than in Burnaby and New Westminster combined, an indication of Coquitlam’s growing popularity. The average Coquitlam detached house sold in January for $1,566,814, up 20% year-over-year, while 67% of the new listings sold.

Coquitlam’s townhouse sector saw January sales drop nearly 50% from December, to 38 transactions, but the average price was up 12% year-over-year to $864,957.

Coquitlam condo apartment sales in January, at 106 units, tracked close to the record monthly pace seen in 2020. With 149 condo listings added in January, the sales ratio was 71%, with average prices up $52,000 year-over-year at $574,407.

Port Moody: Since the extension of SkyTrain to the waterfront community, detached house prices have increased sharply. In January 2021, the average Port Moody house price hit a near-record of $1,611,733. This is up 18% from January 2019 and a startling $419,000 increase from January 2020. There were just 20 new listings for detached houses in January 2021, along with 9 sales. Multiple bids are being seen.

Port Moody has a small townhouse market, certainly not enough to meet demand. Through the last quarter of 2020, the sales-to-new-listing ratio was running at 100%. This dipped to 60% in January, with 9 sales from 15 new listings, but the average price climbed to $827,533, up from $769,900 a year earlier.

The condo inventory in Port Moody is mostly composed of new units built since the arrival of SkyTrain in 2016. There is fairly healthy selection, but units sell quickly. In January, with 28 transactions, the sales ratio to new listings was 76%, the second-highest level in a year. The average Port Moody condo price, based on 28 January sales, is now $608,357, highest in the Tri-Cities market.

Port Coquitlam: In January, the city made it easier to build laneway houses on detached-house lot by removing the need for public hearings, which is expected to fuel already hot detached-house sales. Port Coquitlam detached house sales reached 33 units in January, 2021, up from 29 in the month previous and 22 in January 2020. The average house price soared year-over-year from $875,000 to $1,211,787 in January 2021.

Port Coquitlam townhouse prices, at an average of $693,241 in January, are the lowest in the Tri-City region and have remained fairly stable, rising 4.5% year-over-year. January sales, at 18, represented 64% of the new townhouse listings in the month.

Port Coquitlam condo buyers experienced a rarity in January, as the average price of $438,247 was down from a year ago and lower than in December 2020. With just a two-month condo supply available and 49% of new listings selling in January, upward pressure on condo prices could be seen this year.

Ladner: In January, Delta eased the regulations for secondary suites in houses, eliminating the minimum 49-foot lot width and easing parking restrictions. The change will allow more house owners to include a ‘mortgage helper’ rental suite and may increase buyer demand for Ladner houses. In January, 15 detached houses sold in Ladner, representing 63% of the new listings, at an average price of $1,249,066. House sales and prices have remained fairly constant over the past year.

Ladner has seen an increase in townhouse construction over the past year, but the inventory of resale units remains tight. There were only six active listings in January, and just 1 unit sold, for $820,000.

January saw only 3 condo sales at an average price of $645,666, but buyers should know there has been a recent surge in new listings, rising to 21 units in January, the highest level since January 2020.

Tsawwassen: Detached house sales in Tsawwassen have been accelerating for some time but shifted to a higher gear in recent months. The result has been a reduction in detached-house supply to three months, and average prices rising about $90,000 in the past year. In January 30 houses sold, up from 9 in the same month last year. The average house price hit $1,363,083, up from $1,276,736 in January 2020. There were 85 total house listings on the market this January, the lowest level in more than two years.

Tsawwassen is a smallish community, and townhouse sales reflect that, with just 20 total listings and 9 sales in January. The average townhouse price is now $779,300, down slightly from January of last year.

There were 15 condo sales in January and the sales-to-new-listing ratio was 63%, signalling a seller’s market. Average condo prices, at $628,406, are up from $587,877 a year ago, mirroring price increases in much larger municipalities.

Pitt Meadows: The benchmark price of detached house in Pitt Meadows has inched above $1 million, at $1,013,200 in January 2021, a 15.4% increase year-over-year and tied with Port Coquitlam for the highest annual detached house price increase in Greater Vancouver.

Townhouse prices in Pitt Meadows in January were up 3.9% year-over-year to $622,100.

The benchmark condo apartment price increased to $603,200 in January 2021, up 6.3% from January 2020.

Maple Ridge: Maple Ridge posted the lowest benchmark in Greater Vancouver in January, at $930,900, a price up 15% year-over-year and nearly 3% higher than in December 2020.

Detached sales in the region (including neighbouring Pitt Meadows) were up 41% year-over-year to 95 transactions.

The benchmark townhouse price in Maple Ridge is $561,800, up 7.6% from this time last year and townhouse sales increased a stunning 83% to 68 units in the region. There were 79 new listings for townhouses in the regional market as of January.

Maple Ridge condominium apartment prices increased 9.1% from a year earlier in January 2021 to $373,500, the lowest benchmark condo price in Greater Vancouver, which may explain why the sales-to-new-listing ratio was an impressive 79% in January.

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“ There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be...John Lennon

Last year I started this report with John Lennon’s lyrics about the new year and hoping it was a good one… Well, the real estate market came alive, but a global pandemic isn’t what anyone would call a good year. In keeping with the legendary artist though, back in March who would have imagined that December would be a record month for the number of properties sold in that month. The analysis and questions of how this could happen during such a global crisis will be a topic for many conversations, and while record low interest rates play a part, a lot of it comes down to one simple reason: everyone’s life was turned upside down, where they live became one of the most important influences in the lives of many in 2020. And as we move through 2021 and life changes again for some, real estate will again be a focus of finding that right place to live and for some what seemed like the right place in 2020 may not actually be the right place in 2021.

 
There were 3,157 properties sold of all types in Greater Vancouver in December this year compared with 3,131 sold in November, 2,046 sales in December last year and 1,094 sold in December 2018. It was the highest number of sales for the month of December on record in Greater Vancouver, shattering the previous December highs in 2015 at 2,905 and 2003 at 2,609. Total sales for 2020 were 31,611 up 23 per cent from 2019 and 26 per cent from 2018. The number of sales in 2020 were only 6 per cent below the 20-year average – pretty incredible considering the grinding halt of activity in March, April and May. It was definitely a tale of two markets in one year with there being 11,471 sales in the first 6 months and 20,140 in the last 6 months of 2020. Multiple offers were common more than not in the last half of 2020, and more so in detached and townhomes as outdoor space and distance from those around us was coveted. While apartments in downtown Vancouver had seen less activity in comparison, that started to change as the year closed out and buyers began to see opportunity amongst the increase in active listings. We will see more activity in the apartment market as 2021 continues and vaccines become more and more available. As activity in business and events come back so too will the desire to live close to the action.
 
Looking at the different types of properties, detached home sales were up 30 per cent year over year (new listings were down 6 per cent), townhouses sales were up 31 per cent year over year (new listings were up 3 per cent), apartment sales were up 12 per cent year over year (new listings were up 13 per cent). Detached homes made up 34 per cent of all sales (32 per cent in 2019), while townhomes made up 19.5 per cent (18 per cent in 2019) and apartments 44.4 per cent (48.4 per cent in 2019).

 

So how do we sum up the year in Greater Vancouver real estate month by month?


January – Optimism for a new year after 2 very slow years
February – Market on the rise
March – Tale of two months – robust start followed by sudden halt
April – 30 more days of March
May – Can we really buy and sell real estate?
June – Yes, we can buy and sell real estate
July – Let’s buy and sell real estate
August – Vacation or buy and sell real estate? Buy and sell real estate!
September – Kids back to school, buyers and sellers will be distracted
October – Buyers and sellers not distracted – strongest month for sales in 2020
November – Market is slowing
December – Market isn’t slowing, strongest December on record

 

2020 Average Daily Listings and Sales in Greater Vancouver by Week:

 
First two weeks of March – 253 new listings, 138 sales
Last two weeks of March – 167 New Listings, 98 Sales
April – 120 new listings, 56 sales
May – 189 new listings, 75 sales
June – 274 new listings, 115 sales
July – 274 new listings, 147 sales
August - 299 new listings, 157 sales
September – 313 new listings, 176 sales
October – 272 new listings, 182 sales
November – 212 new listings, 161 sales
November 30 to December 4 – 165 new listings, 163 sales
December 7 to 11 – 147 new listings, 140 sales
December 14 to 18 – 122 new listings, 152 sales
December 21 to 25 – 68 new listings, 143 sales
December 28 to 31 – 76 new listings, 138 sales
 
The number of active listings in Greater Vancouver dropped quickly through December. Even though the number of new listings in December were 38 per cent above the 10-year average for the month, the total number of active listings at the end of December dropped to 9,096 from 13,066 at the end of October. There were 9,309 active listings at the end of December 2019. As typically happens at the end of December a number of listings expire on December 31st which resulted in there being 8,144 as the calendar turned to 2021. At the start of 2020 there were 8,231 active listings in Greater Vancouver. Detached homes made up 42 per cent of total active listings at the start of 2020 while only 32 per cent of current active listings are detached properties in 2021. Townhouse and apartments were 51 per cent in 2020 and 62 per cent currently. Demand for detached homes continues to be strong and with the limited number of homes available, there will be strong competition amongst buyers resulting in multiple offers and pressure on prices as we move through 2021. If a pandemic doesn’t trip up the real estate market, vaccines and recovery surely will have more of a positive impact in activity going forward.
 
What has truly driven the real estate market in 2020 and will it continue to drive the market in 2021? Interest rates are at the lowest we’ve seen, enabling buyers to take advantage of increased purchasing power and opportunity. Buyers that had been on the fence in 2018 and 2019 due to tightened lending restrictions and a hesitation in the market as buyers and sellers wanted to see what would come of increased taxes on purchasing real estate and attempts to curtail demand. The first decade of this century actually saw 8 per cent more real estate transactions than 2010 to 2019. Considering the increase in the number of homes available in the last 10 years compared to 2000 to 2009, it shows that pressure was building for movement to happen. Bring on the pandemic and it jump started movement on a very large scale. To think this movement has been captured in the last 6 months alone, would be a naïve position to take. With interest rates likely to remain low for the next few years, savings rates at all-time highs as consumers are spending less on social and recreational activities and the amount of money pumped into the economy by government, there’s no reason to think sales activity will slow in the near future. As has been the case and will continue to be the case, there just are not enough homes available to meet the demand of buyers in our market place. As much as many resists the notion that real estate should be a commodity, it is. And one in which many take great pride in living in.  

“When the pandemic began in March, the housing market came to a near standstill. We knew however, that shelter needs don’t go away in times of crisis, they intensify,” Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair said, “The real estate community worked closely with our regulatory bodies and public health officials in the spring to ensure appropriate precautions and protocols were in implemented to BC REALTORS® could help residents safely meet their housing needs. After adapting to the COVID-19 environment, local home buyer demand and seller supply returned at a steady pace throughout the summer, fall and winter seasons. Shifting housing needs and low interest rates were key drivers of this activity in 2020. Looking ahead the supply of homes for sale will be a critical factor in determining home price trends in 2021.”
 
East of Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 2,086 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® in December, the strongest December on record and 81.2 per cent above normal for the month. There were 19,926 total sales in 2020, which was 28.7 per cent higher than 2019 at 15,487 and the fourth highest sales since 2011. During 2020, there were 8,176 detached home sales, 5,102 townhouse sales and 4,357 apartment sales.  Year-over-year the increase in detached home sales was 41.7 per cent, for townhomes 31.2 per cent and apartments 5.9 per cent. There were 1,502 new listings in December which was the second highest on record. December finished with 3,949 active listings, down from 5,847 active listings at the end of November. “The pandemic upended everything in 2020 and how the real estate market responded to it was nothing short of remarkable. No one could have anticipated a six-month stretch like we’ve just experienced. Typical seasonal cycles did not apply, how we conduct business had to change to keep the public safe; and most unexpected, has been the unwavering demand for family-sized homes in our region and so far, there is no sign of it slowing down.” Chris Shields, President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board said.
 

Here’s a summary of the numbers:

 
Greater Vancouver: Greater Vancouver: Total Units Sold in December were 3,157 – up from 3,131 (1%) in November 2020, up from 2,046 (54%) in December 2019, up from 1,094 (189%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 9,096 at month end compared to 9,309 at that time last year and 11,716 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 40% compared to November 2020, up 50% compared to December 2019 and up 71% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 3 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with few areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 127% compared to 75% in November 2020, 123% in December 2019 and 75% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.4%.
 
Vancouver Westside: Total Units Sold in December were 486 – up from 470 (3%) in November 2020, up from 356 (37%) in December 2019, up from 190 (156%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 2,022 at month end compared to 1,687 at that time last year and 2,558 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 47% compared to November 2020, up 39% compared to December 2019 and up 63% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 4 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with some areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 115% compared to 59% in November 2020, 117% in December 2019 and 73% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 8.4%.
 
Vancouver East Side: Total Units Sold in December were 348 – down from 364 (4%) in November 2020, up from 208 (67%) in December 2019, up from 113 (208%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 922 at month end compared to 800 at that time last year and 1,232 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 44% compared to November 2020, up 66% compared to December 2019 and up 102% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is at 3 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with few areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 130% compared to 76% in November 2020, 129% in December 2019 and 85% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 10.2%.
 
North Vancouver: Total Units Sold in December were 250 – down from 264 (5%) in November 2020, up from 155 (61%) in December 2019, up from 99 (152%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 458 at month end compared to 466 at that time last year and 693 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 51% compared to November 2020, up 47% compared to December 2019 and up 107% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 153% compared to 79% in November 2020, 140% in December 2019 and 125% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 9.1%.
 
West Vancouver: Total Units Sold in December were 82 – down from 90 (9%) in November 2020, up from 46 (78%) in December 2019, up from 30 (173%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 449 at month end compared to 505 at that time last year and 558 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 41% compared to November 2020, up 12% compared to December 2019 and up 5% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 5 month’s supply (mostly balanced market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 122% compared to 80% in November 2020, 77% in December 2019 and 47% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 8.4%.
 
Richmond: Total Units Sold in December were 343 – up from 335 (2%) in November 2020, up from 281 (22%) in December 2019, up from 122 (181%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 1,376 at month end compared to 1,540 at that time last year and 1,637 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 40% compared to November 2020, up 19% compared to December 2019 and up 51% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 4 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with few areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 113% compared to 64% in November 2020, 110% in December 2019 and 61% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 4.9%.
 
Burnaby East: Total Units Sold in December were 41 – up from 37 (11%) in November 2020, up from 24 (71%) in December 2019, up from 17 (141%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 65 at month end compared to 112 at that time last year and 105 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 50% compared to November 2020, down 10% compared to December 2019 and down 5% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 216% compared to 97% in November 2020, 114% in December 2019 and 85% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 8.3%.
 
Burnaby North: Total Units Sold in December were 171 – up from 156 (10%) in November 2020, up from 113 (51%) in December 2019, up from 50 (242%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 470 at month end compared to 322 at that time last year and 594 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 33% compared to November 2020, up 136% compared to December 2019 and up 106% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 3 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 104% compared to 63% in November 2020, 161% in December 2019 and 63% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.4%.
 
Burnaby South: Total Units Sold in December were 148 – up from 159 (7%) in November 2020, up from 132 (12%) in December 2019, up from 51 (190%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 574 at month end compared to 464 at that time last year and 669 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 29% compared to November 2020, up 85% compared to December 2019 and up 43% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is at 4 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with few areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 103% compared to 78% in November 2020, 169% in December 2019 and 50% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 2.4%.
 
New Westminster: Total Units Sold in December were 151 – up from 137 (10%) in November 2020, up from 77 (96%) in December 2019, up from 58 (160%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 331 at month end compared to 260 at that time last year and 462 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 45% compared to November 2020, up 82% compared to December 2019 and up 102% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 162% compared to 82% in November 2020, 151% in December 2019 and 126% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 4.5%.
 
Coquitlam: Total Units Sold in December were 309 – up from 260 (19%) in November 2020, up from 197 (57%) in December 2019, up from 89 (247%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 566 at month end compared to 568 at that time last year and 782 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 43% compared to November 2020, up 80% compared to December 2019 and up 78% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 146% compared to 70% in November 2020, 167% in December 2019 and 75% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 6.5%.
 
Port Moody: Total Units Sold in December were 78 – up from 67 (16%) in November 2020, up from 37 (111%) in December 2019, up from 29 (168%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 155 at month end compared to 138 at that time last year and 226 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 40% compared to November 2020, up 82% compared to December 2019 and up 218% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 153% compared to 79% in November 2020, 132% in December 2019 and 181% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 6.0%.
 
Port Coquitlam: Total Units Sold in December were 105 – up from 102 (3%) in November 2020, up from 84 (25%) in December 2019, up from 51 (106%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 133 at month end compared to 186 at that time last year and 199 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 13% compared to November 2020, up 78% compared to December 2019 and up 158% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 1 month’s supply (seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 102% compared to 86% in November 2020, 145% in December 2019 and 128% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 6.6%.
 
Ladner: Total Units Sold in December were 34 – up from 47 (28%) in November 2020, up from 20 (70%) in December 2019, up from 23 (48%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 66 at month end compared to 136 at that time last year and 88 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 21% compared to November 2020, the same amount as December 2019 and up 114% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is at 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with few areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 113% compared to 124% in November 2020, 67% in December 2019 and 164% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 7.5%.
 
Tsawwassen: Total Units Sold in December were 74 – up from 55 (35%) in November 2020, up from 26 (185%) in December 2019, up from 13 (469%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 176 at month end compared to 193 at that time last year and 248 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 44% compared to November 2020, up 126% compared to December 2019 and up 231% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with few areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 172% compared to 71% in November 2020, 137% in December 2019 and 100% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 8.4%.
 
Pitt Meadows: Total Units Sold in December were 26 – down from 46 (43%) in November 2020, down from 27 (3%) in December 2019, up from 23 (13%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 47 at month end compared to 54 at that time last year and 64 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 47% compared to November 2020, up 53% compared to December 2019 down 51% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 130% compared to 121% in November 2020, 207% in December 2019 and 56% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.7%.
 
Maple Ridge: Total Units Sold in December were 214 – up from 176 (22%) in November 2020, up from 130 (65%) in December 2019, up from 73 (193%) in December 2018; Active Listings are were at 371 at month end compared to 557 at that time last year and 484 at the end of November; New Listings in December were down 19% compared to November 2020, up 57% compared to December 2019 and up 132% compared to December 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 129% compared to 86% in November 2020, 123% in December 2019 and 102% in December 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 8.9%. 


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“ Character is much easier kept than recovered.”Thomas Paine

This is no longer a comeback! This is a real estate market making its own way into 2021. This is well beyond pent up demand and more like a surge of moves being made for a variety of reasons. Those buying and selling have had more confidence in the real estate market than did the federal organization that insures mortgages in Canada – and true to form, the customer is always right! 

 
There were 3,181 properties sold of all types in Greater Vancouver in November this year compared with 3,787 sold last month, 2,546 sales in November last year and 1,633 sold in November 2018. It was the fifth highest amount of sales for the month of November on record in Greater Vancouver, and the highest for the month since 2015 at 3,603. Total sales for 2020 have already exceeded the total number of sales in 2018 and 2019 with December still to come. Instances of multiple offers are still occurring at a rate we’ve not seen in the last few years in Metro Vancouver, with some reports showing that a quarter of transactions are selling at list price or above. While more so in detached homes and townhouses, there is still activity in the apartment market that has created competition. While downtown Vancouver has seen less activity in comparison, there are still quite a number of transactions occurring. Inventory of apartments for sale has increased from extreme seller’s market conditions in 2017, and yet the total is still much less than the number of listings on market in 2011 and 2012. As we move into 2021 and the potential for some relief from the pandemic comes, the push away from high rise apartments should relax. When immigration opens up again and service sector jobs return, demand for apartments will increase with it – both to purchase and rent.
 
Total sales in November were 25 per cent above the ten-year average for the month. Looking at the different types of properties, detached home sales were up 29 per cent year over year (43 per cent in October), townhouses up 40 per cent year over year (45 per cent in October), apartments up 12 per cent year over year (13 per cent in October). Detached homes made up 34 per cent of all sales (35 per cent in October), while townhomes made up 21 per cent (up from 20 per cent in October) and apartments 44 (up from 41) per cent. Total active listings for apartments are up 37 per cent year over year (compared to 31 per cent at the end of October), and active listings for townhouse and detached homes are down 12 per cent and 20 per cent respectively year over year.
 
2020 Average Daily Listings and Sales in Greater Vancouver by Week:
 
First two weeks of March – 253 new listings, 138 sales
Last two weeks of March – 167 New Listings, 98 Sales
April – 120 new listings, 56 sales
May – 189 new listings, 75 sales
June – 274 new listings, 115 sales
July – 274 new listings, 147 sales
August - 299 new listings, 157 sales
September – 313 new listings, 176 sales
October – 272 new listings, 182 sales
November 2 to 6 – 236 new listings, 151 sales
November 9 to 13 – 253 new listings, 188 sales
November 16 to 20 – 191 new listings, 155 sales
November 23 to 27 – 166 new listings, 149 sales
 
The number of new listings coming to market continued to decline in November with total active listings declining as well. Even though the number of new listings in November were 21 per cent above the 10-year average for the month, the total number of active listings at the end of November dropped to 11,716 from 13,066 at the end of October. While slightly above last year’s number of active listings which were 11,517 at the end of November 2019, with buyer demand continuing at the level we’ve seen in the second half of 2020, there will be less than 10,000 total active listings at the end of the year. While December is typically a time to hold off listing a home for sale, this year is a much different year, opportunity exists for those in need of making a move. And with more and more consumer activity happening on line, there will be more eyes shifting to real estate websites after visits to Amazon and other online shopping sites.
 
With one month left in 2020, it’s become clear that despite a pandemic, the real estate market has been driven by real demand and created a shortage of resale homes to be available for buyers to choose from. The month’s supply of listings since June have been the lowest in over two years for detached and townhouse type properties. While the number of apartments has gone up in Vancouver’s West Side, there has been a clear shift towards buying further out in Greater Vancouver. Looking at areas such as Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Lander, there 2 month’s supply of homes available. In Ladner, at the peak in June 2018 there were 131 houses available for sale, there are now 58; and for townhouses in Ladner, there were 46 available for sale in May 2019 and there are now 13.  In Port Coquitlam in August 2018 there were 159 houses available for sale, there are now 53 and for townhouses there were 102 available in April 2019 and there are now only 26 on the market.

 

“Home buyer demand has been at near record levels in our region since the summer,” Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair said, “This is putting upward pressure on home prices, particularly in our detached and townhome markets. The supply of homes for sale are a critical factor in understanding home price trends. The total number of homes for sale in Metro Vancouver is lagging behind the pace of demand right now. This trend favours home sellers in today’s market.”

 
East of Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 2,173 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® in November, a decrease of 8.3 per cent compared to sales in October and a 54.7 per cent increase compared to November last year. This was the highest sales for the month of November in the Fraser Valley Board, a continued trend from September. There were 2,217 new listings in November, a 28.0 per cent decrease compared to October and an 18.1 per cent increase compared to November of last year. November finished with 5,847 active listings, a decrease of 14.9 per cent compared to October’s inventory and a decrease of 13.2 per cent year-over-year. “We’re running out of superlatives. We expected November activity to moderate due to the season, but the desire for family-sized homes and their benefits continues to dominate. Since the summer, we’ve seen the strongest demand in our Board’s 99-year history specifically for single-family detached and townhomes.” Chris Shields, President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board said. “For example, in Cloverdale, demand for detached homes exceeded supply; and in four of our communities the sales-to-actives ratio for townhomes was 50 per cent or more. Meaning, for every 100 active listings, 50 were selling.”
 
Here’s a summary of the numbers:
 
Greater Vancouver: Total Units Sold in November were 3,131 – down from 3,787 (16%) in October 2020, up from 2,546 (23%) in November 2019, up from 1,633 (90%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 11,716 compared to 11,517 at this time last year and 13,066 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 27% compared to October 2020, up 35% compared to November 2019 and up 17% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is up to 4 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with some areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 75% compared to 67% in October 2020, 83% in November 2019 and 46% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.8%.
 
Vancouver Westside: Total Units Sold in November were 470 – down from 547 (14%) in October 2020, up from 406 (16%) in November 2019, up from 298 (57%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 2,558 compared to 2,065 at this time last year and 2,820 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 30% compared to October 2020, up 41% compared to November 2019 and up 15% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is steady at 5 month’s supply (mostly balanced market conditions with some areas of seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 59% compared to 46% in October 2020, 72% in November 2019 and 43% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 2.6%.
 
Vancouver East Side: Total Units Sold in November were 364 – down from 392 (7%) in October 2020, up from 310 (17%) in November 2019, up from 181 (101%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 1,232 compared to 1,006 at this time last year and 1,383 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 31% compared to October 2020, up 41% compared to November 2019 and up 24% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 3 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with some areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 76% compared to 57% in October 2020, 91% in November 2019 and 47% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 6.1%.
 
North Vancouver: Total Units Sold in November were 264 – down from 334 (21%) in October 2020, up from 217 (22%) in November 2019, up from 139 (90%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 693 compared to 656 at this time last year and 824 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 25% compared to October 2020, up 47% compared to November 2019 and up 15% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is up to 4 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with some areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 75% compared to 67% in October 2020, 83% in November 2019 and 46% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 9.3%.
 
West Vancouver:
 Total Units Sold in November were 90 – down from 104 (13%) in October 2020, up from 66 (36%) in November 2019, up from 30 (200%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 558 compared to 608 at this time last year and 630 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 44% compared to October 2020, down 3% compared to November 2019 and up 20% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is steady at 6 month’s supply (mostly balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 80% compared to 50% in October 2020, 56% in November 2019 and 21% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 8.1%.
 
Richmond: Total Units Sold in November were 335 – down from 384 (13%) in October 2020, up from 273 (22%) in November 2019, up from 178 (88%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 1,637 compared to 1,795 at this time last year and 1,637 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 16% compared to October 2020, up 36% compared to November 2019 and up 15% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is up to 5 month’s supply (mostly balanced market conditions with some areas of seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 64% compared to 62% in October 2020, 71% in November 2019 and 39% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.3%.
 
Burnaby East: Total Units Sold in November were 37 – down from 50 (26%) in October 2020, up from 33 (12%) in November 2019, up from 17 (118%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 105 compared to 135 at this time last year and 124 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 39% compared to October 2020, up 3% compared to November 2019 and up 12% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is up to 3 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 97% compared to 81% in October 2020, 89% in November 2019 and 50% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 6.7%.
 
Burnaby North: Total Units Sold in November were 156 – down from 170 (8%) in October 2020, up from 137 (14%) in November 2019, up from 71 (120%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 594 compared to 439 at this time last year and 627 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 13% compared to October 2020, up 87% compared to November 2019 and up 44% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is up to 4 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with some areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 63% compared to 60% in October 2020, 104% in November 2019 and 42% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 4.7%.
 
Burnaby South: Total Units Sold in November were 159 – down from 178 (11%) in October 2020, down from 167 (5%) in November 2019, up from 79 (101%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 669 compared to 607 at this time last year and 744 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 32% compared to October 2020, up 17% compared to November 2019 and up 10% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is up to 4 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with some areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 78% compared to 59% in October 2020, 96% in November 2019 and 42% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 2.9%.
 
New Westminster: Total Units Sold in November were 137 – down from 168 (18%) in October 2020, up from 123 (11%) in November 2019, up from 87 (57%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 462 compared to 335 at this time last year and 520 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 38% compared to October 2020, up 73% compared to November 2019 and up 3% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is steady at 3 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 82% compared to 62% in October 2020, 127% in November 2019 and 53% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.1%.
 
Coquitlam: Total Units Sold in November were 260 – down from 356 (27%) in October 2020, up from 210 (24%) in November 2019, up from 135 (93%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 782 compared to 753 at this time last year and 844 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 18% compared to October 2020, up 72% compared to November 2019 and up 42% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is up to 3 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 70% compared to 78% in October 2020, 97% in November 2019 and 51% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 7.6%.
 
Port Moody: Total Units Sold in November were 67 – down from 92 (27%) in October 2020, up from 43 (56%) in November 2019, up from 33 (103%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 226 compared to 182 at this time last year and 254 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 31% compared to October 2020, up 77% compared to November 2019 and up 22% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is steady at 3 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 79% compared to 75% in October 2020, 90% in November 2019 and 47% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.3%.
 
Port Coquitlam: Total Units Sold in November were 102 – down from 122 (16%) in October 2020, up from 90 (13%) in November 2019, up from 67 (52%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 199 compared to 269 at this time last year and 250 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 32% compared to October 2020, down 3% compared to November 2019 and down 2% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is steady at 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 86% compared to 69% in October 2020, 73% in November 2019 and 55% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 6.8%.
 
Ladner: Total Units Sold in November were 47 – down from 55 (15%) in October 2020, up from 42 (12%) in November 2019, up from 22 (114%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 88 compared to 163 at this time last year and 120 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 25% compared to October 2020, down 25% compared to November 2019 and down 14% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is steady at 2 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 124% compared to 108% in October 2020, 82% in November 2019 and 50% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 9.0%.
 
Tsawwassen: Total Units Sold in November were 55 – down from 76 (28%) in October 2020, up from 36 (53%) in November 2019, up from 17 (224%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 248 compared to 250 at this time last year and 285 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 9% compared to October 2020, up 75% compared to November 2019 and up 103% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is up to 5 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with some areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 71% compared to 89% in October 2020, 82% in November 2019 and 45% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 8.9%.
 
Pitt Meadows: Total Units Sold in November were 46 – up from 39 (18%) in October 2020, up from 24 (92%) in November 2019, up from 23 (100%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 64 compared to 82 at this time last year and 90 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 24% compared to October 2020, up 100% compared to November 2019 and down 7% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is down to 1 month’s supply (seller’s market conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 121% compared to 79% in October 2020, 126% in November 2019 and 56% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 7.3%.
 
Maple Ridge: Total Units Sold in November were 176 – down from 293 (40%) in October 2020, up from 169 (4%) in November 2019, up from 108 (63%) in November 2018; Active Listings are at 484 compared to 674 at this time last year and 527 at the end of October; New Listings in November were down 30% compared to October 2020, down 4% compared to November 2019 and up 1% compared to November 2018. Month’s supply of total residential listings is up to 3 month’s supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with some areas of balanced conditions) and sales to listings ratio of 86% compared to 101% in October 2020, 78% in November 2019 and 53% in November 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 8.7%.

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The sales and listings numbers are attached as of October 15, 2020. The real estate market continues to move along with October keeping pace with where September was at mid-month, albeit with a slight drop in the number of new listings coming on. Sales in the last half of September did gain momentum, will that be the case for October? In Greater Vancouver, there have been 1,741 sales as of October 15th while there were 1,755 sales last month as of September 15th. While we’ll likely see over 3,000s sale at month end for Greater Vancouver as was the case in September, the year-over-year increase won’t be as dramatic given October 2019 had the highest monthly sales for 2019 at 2,892. But that doesn’t take away from the fact this real estate market continues to move – no pun in intended.
 
Typically, October would have more sales than September – but of course in the year of COVID, there is no usual. We may not quite see the same level of sales to finish the month but buyers are still engaging and with the number of new listings less so far in October than we saw in September, competition continues to be strong – especially for detached homes. There have been 3,060 new listings in Greater Vancouver so far this month, which is less than the 3,385 new listings at mid-month in September. Total active listings are down slightly to 13,670 from the 13,790 at the end of September. We do have a provincial election on October 24th which may distract a few buyers and sellers over the next week but so far that really hasn’t been an issue. Housing policies haven’t been a significant part of the platforms in the election, status quo seems to be where we are headed. Supply is going to be an issue in the coming years as a result. There was a slight lag in sales leading up to Thanksgiving but activity picked up again after that.
 
While it was a September to remember, the real estate market could still be Mr. October after we finish the month.
 

Greater Vancouver Average Daily Listings and Sales

 
April – 120 new listings, 56 sales
May – 189 new listings, 75 sales
June – 274 new listings, 115 sales
July – 278 new listings, 145 sales
August 3 to 7 – 337 new listings, 151 sales
August 10 to 15 – 282 new listings, 140 sales
August 17 to 21 – 298 new listings, 171 sales
August 24 to 28 – 279 new listings, 164 sales
August 31 to September 4 – 275 new listings, 162 sales
September 8 to 11 – 379 new listings, 171 sales
September 14 to 18 – 315 new listings, 184 sales
September 21 to 25 – 295 new listings, 180 sales
September 28 to Oct 2 – 302 new listings, 181 sales
October 5 to 9 – 300 new listings, 169 sales

 

Here is a summary of the activity so far:

 
Greater Vancouver – 1,741 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 1,755 as of September 15th, 2020, 1,132 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 898 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 3,060 compared to 3,385 as at September 15, 2020, 1,802 at October 14, 2019 and 2,302 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 13,670 (13,627 at the same time in October 2019 and 13,814 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 57% compared to 52% at this time in September 2020, and 63% at this time in October 2019.
 
Vancouver West – 258 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 252 as of September 15th, 2020, 186 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 164 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 630 compared to 693 as at September 15, 2020, 363 at October 14, 2019 and 459 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 2,878 (2,382 at the same time in October 2019 and 2,799 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 41% compared to 36% at this time in September 2020, and 51% at this time in October 2019.
 
Vancouver East – 192 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 197 as of September 15th, 2020, 120 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 107 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 395 compared to 403 as at September 15, 2020, 180 at October 14, 2019 and 228 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 1,422 (1,239 at the same time in October 2019 and 1,379 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 49% compared to 49% at this time in September 2020, and 67% at this time in October 2019.
 
North Vancouver
 – 155 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 164 as of September 15th, 2020, 96 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 68 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 246 compared to 309 as at September 15, 2020, 130 at October 14, 2019 and 219 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 899 (824 at the same time in October 2019 and 926 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 63% compared to 53% at this time in September 2020, and 74% at this time in October 2019.
 
West Vancouver – 47 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 52 as of September 15th, 2020, 32 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 24 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 106 compared to 111 as at September 15, 2020, 67 at October 14, 2019 and 97 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 647 (689 at the same time in October 2019 and 649 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 44% compared to 47% at this time in September 2020, and 48% at this time in October 2019.
 
Richmond – 173 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 198 as of September 15th, 2020, 136 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 111 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 325 compared to 368 as at September 15, 2020, 232 at October 14, 2019 and 270 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 1,737 (2,041 at the same time in October 2019 and 1,742 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 53% compared to 54% at this time in September 2020, and 59% at this time in October 2019.
 
Burnaby East – 22 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 23 as of September 15th, 2020, 11 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 11 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 27 compared to 27 as at September 15, 2020, 21 at October 14, 2019 and 24 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 141 (152 at the same time in October 2019 and 140 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 67% compared to 85% at this time in September 2020, and 52% at this time in October 2019.
 
Burnaby North – 84 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 91 as of September 15th, 2020, 60 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 39 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 165 compared to 171 as at September 15, 2020, 86 at October 14, 2019 and 107 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 651 (550 at the same time in October 2019 and 636 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 51% compared to 53% at this time in September 2020, and 70% at this time in October 2019.
 
Burnaby South – 72 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 79 as of September 15th, 2020, 62 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 35 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 771 compared to 177 as at September 15, 2020, 93 at October 14, 2019 and 134 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 771 (722 at the same time in October 2019 and 727 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 46% compared to 45% at this time in September 2020, and 70% at this time in October 2019.
 
New Westminster – 72 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 76 as of September 15th, 2020, 51 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 43 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 147 compared to 148 as at September 15, 2020, 80 at October 14, 2019 and 114 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 544 (473 at the same time in October 2019 and 522 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 49% compared to 51% at this time in September 2020, and 64% at this time in October 2019.
 
Coquitlam – 160 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 145 as of September 15th, 2020, 98 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 60 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 234 compared to 285 as at September 15, 2020, 139 at October 14, 2019 and 170 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 885 (944 at the same time in October 2019 and 919 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 68% compared to 51% at this time in September 2020, and 71% at this time in October 2019.
 
Port Moody – 54 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 40 as of September 15th, 2020, 32 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 17 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 67 compared to 76 as at September 15, 2020, 35 at October 14, 2019 and 26 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 260 (217 at the same time in October 2019 and 261 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 81% compared to 53% at this time in September 2020, and 91% at this time in October 2019.
 
Port Coquitlam – 62 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 52 as of September 15th, 2020, 49 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 39 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 83 compared to 119 as at September 15, 2020, 49 at October 14, 2019 and 76 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 249 (308 at the same time in October 2019 and 288 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 75% compared to 44% at this time in September 2020, and 100% at this time in October 2019.
 
Ladner – 24 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 22 as of September 15th, 2020, 10 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 7 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 25 compared to 27 as at September 15, 2020, 23 at October 14, 2019 and 26 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 134 (182 at the same time in October 2019 and 144 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 96% compared to 81% at this time in September 2020, and 43% at this time in October 2019.
 
Tsawwassen – 37 Units Sold so far as of October 15 compared to 33 as of September 15th, 2020, 15 Units Sold at October 14, 2019 and 13 at October 15, 2018. Total New Listings so far in October are 59 compared to 55 as at September 15, 2020, 29 at October 14, 2019 and 25 at October 15, 2018. Total Active Listings are at 312 (289 at the same time in October 2019 and 319 at mid-September 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 63% compared to 60% at this time in September 2020, and 52% at this time in October 2019.

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The resale housing market is helping to lead us out of the Great Suppression – now who would have thought that would be the case when we dived into the dark days back in March. Certainly not CMHC - the Canadian Mortgage Housing Corporation after they tried to convince everyone there would be a decline in activity and prices. And I’m sure our provincial government is glad CMHC was wrong as they take in the benefits of the property transfer tax revenue these sales generated – not to mention the ancillary economic benefits that come from the sale of homes. This was a month for the record books – highest sales for the month of September on record. And yes, there were almost a record number of new listings that came on the market, but given the lack of properties that have been available, this was and is still needed to contain run away price growth.
 
There were 3,741 properties sold of all types in Greater Vancouver in September this year compared with 3,122 sold last month, 2,363 sales in September last year and 1,634 sold in September 2018. It was the highest amount of sales for the month of September on record in Greater Vancouver second to 3,632 in 2009. It is safe to say we are well beyond COVID-19 pent up demand; this is a housing market that is carrying itself and there are many factors to consider in looking at what the future holds for it.
 
Total sales in September were 55 per cent above the ten-year average for the month, compared to 21 per cent above the ten-year average in August. Looking at the different types of properties, detached home sales were up 77 per cent year over year (55 per cent in August), townhouses up 72 per cent year over year (51 per cent in August), apartments up 36 per cent year over year (19 per cent in August). Detached homes made up 36 per cent of all sales, while townhomes made up 20 per cent and apartments 44 per cent – consistent with August. Total active listings for apartments are up 20 per cent year over year, and active listings for townhouse and detached homes are down 9 per cent and 21 per cent respectively year over year.
 

There continues to be discussion about the apartment market in downtown Vancouver and the increase in active listings. While there has been an increase in the number of apartments for sale, we are coming off extreme lows in 2017 which lead to price increases during that time. There is still less than half the number of active listings than there were in 2010 through 2012. Working at home and the desire for space has led to some owners wanting to make a move outside the downtown core, but the number of transactions have increased since the spring. Buyers are still active and taking advantage of an increase in choice. Market cycles do happen, and a shift to detached homes is one of them, especially in light of price declines in recent years in the detached market.

 
2020 Average Daily Sales and Listings in Greater Vancouver by Week:
 
First two weeks of March – 253 new listings, 138 sales
Last two weeks of March – 167 New Listings, 98 Sales
April – 120 new listings, 56 sales
May – 189 new listings, 75 sales
June – 274 new listings, 115 sales
July – 274 new listings, 147 sales
August 4 to 7 – 337 new listings, 151 sales
August 10 to 14 – 282 new listings, 140 sales
August 17 to 21 – 298 new listings, 171 sales
August 24 to 28 – 279 new listings, 164 sales
August 31 to September 4 – 275 new listings, 162 sales
September 8 to 11 – 379 new listings, 171 sales
September 14 to 18 – 315 new listings, 184 sales
September 21 to 25 – 295 new listings, 180 sales
 
There was an increase in the number of new listings in September, which was 25 per cent higher than the ten-year average for this month. As a result, at the end of September there were 13,790 properties for sale, compared to 13,511 at the end of August but still less than the 14,242 available at the end of September 2019 – a 3 per cent reduction in the number of homes available year-over-year. The rate of increase in active listings slowed in September and will likely continue to do so moving through the fall. 
 
While we look to the reminder of 2020 and a fall full of anxiety on where COVID-19 will take us, there is still a lot to be positive about. Yes, government debt has grown as stimulus and support is being injected into our economy but that’s what governments are supposed to do in natural disasters. When the lockdown started, savings rates were at all-time highs as the ability to spend money was for the most part locked down. But even today after economies opened up, savings rates are higher. And with more savings and all-time low interest rates, people are looking to real estate as a vehicle to put their money into. Not as an investment vehicle but they are buying into the market or upgrading their living situation. And with interest rates likely to be low for the foreseeable future, this equation of savings and low mortgage rates are likely to continue driving the real estate market. But this isn’t just a Metro Vancouver phenomenon – U.K. mortgage approvals are at a thirteen-year high. Many other countries are experiencing the same surge in real estate activity that we are seeing. So perhaps this is not just a temporary normal, or COVID pent up demand, but a new normal. With the economic uncertainty we are experiencing, people are not buying speculatively, they are making moves with an abundance of caution and looking long-term, looking at space and shifting their needs. And these moves in Metro Vancouver are local. But globally, as we saw in 2015 and 2016, there is a shift of putting savings and wealth into real estate. And going forward, a home will be even more important. More so than it ever was before.
 

“We’ve seen robust home sale and listing activity across Metro Vancouver throughout the summer months,” Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair said, “This increased activity can be attributed, in part, to lower interest rates and changing housing needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pace of new MLS® listings entering the market is increasing, the heightened demand from home buyers is keeping overall supply levels down. This is creating upward pressure on home prices, which have been edging up since the spring.”

 
East of Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 2,231 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® in September, an increase of 9.4 per cent compared to sales in August and a 66.1 per cent increase compared to September last year. This was the highest sales for the month of September in the Fraser Valley Board. There were 3,515 new listings in September, a 6.2 per cent decrease compared to August and a 26.9 per cent increase compared to September of last year. September finished with 7,377 active listings, a decrease of 0.4 per cent compared to August’s inventory and a decrease of 7.2 per cent year-over-year. “Our homes have never been more important. Across the Fraser Valley, we’re seeing a trend towards buyers looking for more space and livability in both single-family homes and townhomes,” Chris Shields, President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board said. “For many existing home-owners and first-time buyers, their buying power is great than it’s been in a long time. Interest rates are very low, people have saved money over the last few months, and they’re choosing to invest it in their most important assess. Sellers are also recognizing that with lower than normal inventory, this is a smart time to list.”
 
Here’s a summary of the numbers:
 
Greater Vancouver: Total Units Sold in September was 3,741 – up from 3,122 (20%) in August 2020, up from 2,363 (58%) in September 2019, up from 1,634 (129%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 13,790 compared to 14,242 (down 3%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 10% compared to August 2020, up 32% compared to September 2019 and up 22% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 4 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions with some areas of balanced conditions) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 57% compared to 52% in August 2020, 47% in September 2019 and 30% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.8%.
 
Vancouver Westside: Total Units Sold in September was 539 – up from 490 (10%) in August 2020, up from 404 (33%) in September 2019, up from 280 (93%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 2,868 compared to 2,444 (up 17%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 12% compared to August 2020, up 36% compared to September 2019 and up 30% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 5 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 40% compared to 41% in August 2020, 41% in September 2019 and 27% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 4.0%.
 
Vancouver East Side: Total Units Sold in September was 443 – up from 330 (34%) in August 2020, up from 293 (51%) in September 2019, up from 195 (127%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 1,392 compared to 1,295 (up 7%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 13% compared to August 2020, up 43% compared to September 2019 and up 36% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 3 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 54% compared to 45% in August 2020, 51% in September 2019 and 32% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 7.5%.
 
North Vancouver: Total Units Sold in September was 328 – up from 250 (31%) in August 2020, up from 166 (98%) in September 2019, up from 120 (173%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 918 compared to 895 (up 3%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 19% compared to August 2020, up 31% compared to September 2019 and up 8% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 3 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 56% compared to 51% in August 2020, 37% in September 2019 and 22% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 9.5%.
 
West Vancouver: Total Units Sold in September was 98 – up from 67 (46%) in August 2020, up from 51 (92%) in September 2019, up from 34 (188%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 654 compared to 721 (down 10%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 7% compared to August 2020, down 10% compared to September 2019 and down 14% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 7 Month’s Supply (mostly balanced market conditions) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 47% compared to 35% in August 2020, 22% in September 2019 and 14% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 6.7%.
 
Richmond: Total Units Sold in September was 415 – up from 340 (22%) in August 2020, up from 283 (47%) in September 2019, up from 196 (117%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 1,751 compared to 2,127 (down 18%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 4% compared to August 2020, up 25% compared to September 2019 and up 8% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 4 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 59% compared to 51% in August 2020, 51% in September 2019 and 30% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 4.8%.
 
Burnaby East: Total Units Sold in September was 41 – up from 37 (11%) in August 2020, up from 22 (86%) in September 2019, up from 11 (273%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 139 compared to 159 (down 13%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were down 14% compared to August 2020, down 1% compared to September 2019 and up 6% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 3 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 75% compared to 58% in August 2020, 39% in September 2019 and 21% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 7.2%.
 
Burnaby North: Total Units Sold in September was 192 – down from 197 (3%) in August 2020, up from 138 (39%) in September 2019, up from 83 (131%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 644 compared to 591 (up 9%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were the same compared to August 2020, up 38% compared to September 2019 and up 42% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 3 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 55% compared to 57% in August 2020, 55% in September 2019 and 34% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.2%.
 
Burnaby South: Total Units Sold in September was 173 – up from 130 (33%) in August 2020, up from 119 (45%) in September 2019, up from 82 (110%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 769 compared to 777 (down 1%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 15% compared to August 2020, up 55% compared to September 2019 and up 48% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 4 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 48% compared to 42% in August 2020, 51% in September 2019 and 34% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 2.8%.
 
New Westminster: Total Units Sold in September was 176 – up from 161 (9%) in August 2020, up from 110 (60%) in September 2019, up from 81 (117%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 540 compared to 502 (up 8%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 11% compared to August 2020, up 47% compared to September 2019 and up 30% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 3 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 56% compared to 56% in August 2020, 51% in September 2019 and 33% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 4.7%.
 
Coquitlam: Total Units Sold in September was 307 – up from 246 (25%) in August 2020, up from 213 (44%) in September 2019, up from 131 (134%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 897 compared to 872 (up 3%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 24% compared to August 2020, up 33% compared to September 2019 and up 12% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 3 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 60% compared to 60% in August 2020, 56% in September 2019 and 29% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 6.2%.
 
Port Moody: Total Units Sold in September was 88 – up from 86 (2%) in August 2020, up from 49 (80%) in September 2019, up from 34 (159%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 282 compared to 226 (up 25%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 41% compared to August 2020, up 75% compared to September 2019 and up 43% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 3 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 53% compared to 73% in August 2020, 52% in September 2019 and 29% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 2.4%.
 
Port Coquitlam: Total Units Sold in September was 114 – up from 103 (11%) in August 2020, up from 78 (46%) in September 2019, up from 73 (56%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 266 compared to 340 (down 22%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 17% compared to August 2020, up 38% compared to September 2019 and up 21% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 2 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 58% compared to 61% in August 2020, 54% in September 2019 and 45% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 8.9%.
 
Ladner: Total Units Sold in September was 53 – up from 40 (33%) in August 2020, up from 28 (89%) in September 2019, up from 30 (76%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 136 compared to 185 (up 26%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 19% compared to August 2020, up 2% compared to September 2019 and down 29% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 3 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 95% compared to 58% in August 2020, 51% in September 2019 and 38% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 7.1%.
 
Tsawwassen: Total Units Sold in September was 80 – up from 53 (51%) in August 2020, up from 26 (207%) in September 2019, up from 25 (220%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 308 compared to 301 (up 2%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 5% compared to August 2020, up 47% compared to September 2019 and up 41% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 4 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions in detached homes and townhomes with some areas of balanced conditions in apartments) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 69% compared to 48% in August 2020, 33% in September 2019 and 30% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 9.6%.
 
Pitt Meadows: Total Units Sold in September was 44 – up from 42 (5%) in August 2020, up from 32 (37%) in September 2019, up from 17 (158%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 100 compared to 111 (down 9%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were up 31% compared to August 2020, up 8% compared to September 2019 and up 28% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 2 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 68% compared to 85% in August 2020, 54% in September 2019 and 34% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 4.4%.
 
Maple Ridge: Total Units Sold in September was 267 – up from 216 (24%) in August 2020, up from 157 (70%) in September 2019, up from 89 (200%) in September 2018; Active Listings are at 610 compared to 822 (down 25%) at this time last year; New Listings in September were the same compared to August 2020, up 6% compared to September 2019 and up 10% compared to September 2018. Month’s Supply of Total Residential Listings is 2 Month’s Supply (mostly seller’s market conditions) and a Sales to Listings Ratio of 88% compared to 81% in August 2020, 55% in September 2019 and 32% in September 2018. Year-over-year, the House Price Index is up 5.9%.

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The Sales and listings numbers are attached as of September 15, 2020. Just when we thought the summer was busy, September has gone up another level. At mid-month in September home sales have accelerated from the amounts reported in August. In Greater Vancouver, there have been 1,755 sales as of September 15th while there were 1,304 sales last month as of August 14th. A larger number of properties came to market in the first half of September – which is typical of the fall market. The increase in the number of new listings is helping drive sales in a market where buyers have been competing for properties to purchase, especially after two years of sellers being unwilling partners and holding back on listing their properties. What’s unusual is to see property sales so strong to start the month of September when the focus is typically on the start of school – and that’s never been more so than this year. While COVID-19 is still very much gripping our lives, buying and selling homes continues at a pace no one expected. And it’s not just pent-up demand from 6 weeks of a complete slow-down in March and April, this is a real estate market that continues on its own fundamentals. A real estate market almost entirely made up of local buyers. Imagine that.

Given the start to September we’ve seen, it is likely that the total number of property sales in Greater Vancouver for September will be the highest for that month since 2015 and significantly above the 10-year average. It is conceivable to see over 3,500 sales in Greater Vancouver in September, a number not achieved since the spring of 2017. And while the number of active listings has increased, there are still a significant number of multiple offers occurring on listings. It’s not unusual to hear of double digits in terms of the number of offers on a property. Detached and townhome sales continue to lead the way, but apartment sales are not slow nor are they the unwanted property by any stretch. Downtown Vancouver has seen an increase in the number of apartments available for sale, but that’s after years of being severely short in supply. And with new construction at a low point, this supply of apartments is not likely to be long lived. Outside of downtown, the number apartments available for sale continues to be low with competition amongst buyers continuing to occur for that type of property.

As you can see, the number of average daily sales and new listings in Greater Vancouver has been steadily increasing month by month. May started the recovery and it’s been full steam ahead since then.

 

Greater Vancouver Average Daily Listings and Sales


April – 120 new listings, 56 sales

May – 189 new listings, 75 sales

June – 274 new listings, 115 sales

July – 278 new listings, 145 sales

August 3 to 7 – 337 new listings, 151 sales

August 10 to 15 – 282 new listings, 140 sales

August 17 to 21 – 298 new listings, 171 sales

August 24 to 28 – 279 new listings, 164 sales

August 31 to September 4 – 275 new listings, 162 sales

September 8 to 11 – 379 new listings, 171 sales

 

Here is a summary of the activity so far:

 

Greater Vancouver – 1,755 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 1,304 as of August 14th, 2020, 1,013 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 717 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 3,385 compared to 2,758 as at August 14, 2020, 2,557 at September 14, 2019 and 2,918 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 13,814 (14,309 at the same time in September 2019 and 13,227 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 52% compared to 47% at this time in August 2020, and 40% at this time in September 2019.

 

Vancouver West – 252 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 207 as of August 14th, 2020, 181 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 117 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 693 compared to 548 as at August 14, 2020, 523 at September 14, 2019 and 544 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 2,799 (2,391 at the same time in September 2019 and 2,570 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 36% compared to 38% at this time in August 2020, and 35% at this time in September 2019.

 

Vancouver East – 197 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 136 as of August 14th, 2020, 127 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 82 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 403 compared to 333 as at August 14, 2020, 300 at September 14, 2019 and 337 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 1,379 (1,297 at the same time in September 2019 and 1,245 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 49% compared to 41% at this time in August 2020, and 42% at this time in September 2019.

 

North Vancouver – 164 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 106 as of August 14th, 2020, 61 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 61 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 309 compared to 213 as at August 14, 2020, 225 at September 14, 2019 and 286 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 926 (889 at the same time in September 2019 and 874 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 53% compared to 50% at this time in August 2020, and 27% at this time in September 2019.

 

West Vancouver – 52 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 33 as of August 14th, 2020, 19 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 11 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 111 compared to 83 as at August 14, 2020, 123 at September 14, 2019 and 148 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 649 (702 at the same time in September 2019 and 637 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 47% compared to 40% at this time in August 2020, and 15% at this time in September 2019.

 

Richmond – 198 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 130 as of August 14th, 2020, 115 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 85 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 368 compared to 3137 as at August 14, 2020, 274 at September 14, 2019 and 358 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 1,742 (2,187 at the same time in September 2019 and 1,682 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 54% compared to 41% at this time in August 2020, and 42% at this time in September 2019.

 

Burnaby East – 23 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 15 as of August 14th, 2020, 8 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 3 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 27 compared to 28 as at August 14, 2020, 27 at September 14, 2019 and 28 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 140 (157 at the same time in September 2019 and 144 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 85% compared to 54% at this time in August 2020, and 30% at this time in September 2019.

 

Burnaby North – 91 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 90 as of August 14th, 2020, 61 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 33 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 171 compared to 165 as at August 14, 2020, 136 at September 14, 2019 and 137 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 636 (595 at the same time in September 2019 and 593 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 53% compared to 55% at this time in August 2020, and 45% at this time in September 2019.

 

Burnaby South – 79 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 55 as of August 14th, 2020, 46 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 45 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 177 compared to 144 as at August 14, 2020, 125 at September 14, 2019 and 121 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 727 (803 at the same time in September 2019 and 685 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 45% compared to 38% at this time in August 2020, and 37% at this time in September 2019.

 

New Westminster – 76 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 72 as of August 14th, 2020, 57 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 35 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 148 compared to 141 as at August 14, 2020, 101 at September 14, 2019 and 122 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 522 (494 at the same time in September 2019 and 495 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 51% compared to 51% at this time in August 2020, and 56% at this time in September 2019.

 

Coquitlam – 145 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 100 as of August 14th, 2020, 94 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 65 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 285 compared to 197 as at August 14, 2020, 209 at September 14, 2019 and 243 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 919 (1,020 at the same time in September 2019 and 882 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 51% compared to 51% at this time in August 2020, and 45% at this time in September 2019.

 

Port Moody – 40 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 34 as of August 14th, 2020, 20 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 14 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 76 compared to 66 as at August 14, 2020, 60 at September 14, 2019 and 58 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 261 (241 at the same time in September 2019 and 271 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 53% compared to 52% at this time in August 2020, and 33% at this time in September 2019.

 

Port Coquitlam – 52 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 37 as of August 14th, 2020, 33 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 36 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 119 compared to 74 as at August 14, 2020, 72 at September 14, 2019 and 87 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 288 (342 at the same time in September 2019 and 252 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 44% compared to 50% at this time in August 2020, and 46% at this time in September 2019.

 

Ladner – 22 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 19 as of August 14th, 2020, 14 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 10 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 27 compared to 24 as at August 14, 2020, 28 at September 14, 2019 and 49 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 144 (192 at the same time in September 2019 and 149 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 81% compared to 79% at this time in August 2020, and 50% at this time in September 2019.

 

Tsawwassen – 33 Units Sold so far as of September 15 compared to 22 as of August 14th, 2020, 17 Units Sold at September 14, 2019 and 11 at that same time in September 2018. Total New Listings so far in September are 55 compared to 59 as at August 14, 2020, 41 at September 14, 2019 and 48 at that time in September 2018. Total Active Listings are at 319 (292 at the same time in September 2019 and 315 at mid-August 2020), Sales To Listings Ratio is at 60% compared to 37% at this time in August 2020, and 41% at this time in September 2019.

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