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Home sales in May across Greater Vancouver dropped by 35.1 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. While sales have dropped, the number of homes for sale remains high.
“With fewer homes selling today compared to recent years, the number of homes available for sale is rising,” said Phil Moore, president of the REBGV.
“The selection of homes for sale in Metro Vancouver has risen to the highest levels we’ve seen in the last two years, yet supply is still below our long-term historical averages.”
A total of 2,833 homes were sold in May 2018, compared to 2,579 in April 2018 – a 9.8 per cent increase – and 4,364 in May 2017 – a 35.1 per cent decrease. Last month’s sales were also 19.3 per cent below the 10-year May sales average.
Meanwhile, the number of homes being listed continues to grow.
Last month, there were 6,375 properties newly listed for sale, a 5.5 per cent increase compared to the same period last year and 9.5 per cent increase compared to April 2018.
According to analysts, home prices begin to fall when the sales-to-active listings ratio falls below 12 per cent for a sustained period; prices tend to increase when that ratio surpasses 20 per cent over several months.
For May 2018, the sales-to-active listings ratio is 25.1 per cent. When broken down into property types, the ratio is 14.7 for detached homes, 30.8 per cent for townhomes and 41.7 per cent for condominiums.
The benchmark price for a detached home is currently $1.6 million, a 2.4 per cent increase from May 2017 and 0.1 per cent increase from April 2018. Meanwhile, the benchmark price for an apartment is $701,700; the benchmark price for an attached property is $859,500.