Greater Vancouver Real Estate Market Statistics – April 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on the Greater Vancouver listings and sales in April 2018.

Vancouver-West

In the Vancouver Westside, there were 71 sales of detached homes and 874 active listings at the end of the month. The benchmark sale price was $3,404,200, with average days on market of 50. The hottest markets for sales were Point Grey and Dunbar with 10 and 11 sales respectively.

In comparison, the condo market had 351 sales, 928 active listings and a benchmark sale price of $841,700 with an average of 19 days on market. The hottest market for sales was Downtown VW, 72 sales.

Townhome sales were 42, active listings were 169. The benchmark sale price was $1,302,200 with an average days on market of 21. Kitsilano with 12 sales was the hottest market of the month.

It’s a seller’s market for condos and townhomes in Vancouver-West.

MarketHotSheet_April2018_VancouverWest

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Greater Vancouver Real Estate Market Statistics – January 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on the Greater Vancouver listings and sales in January 2018.

Vancouver

In the Vancouver Westside, there were 46 sales of detached homes and 672 active listings at the end of the month. The benchmark sale price was $3,548,400, with an average days on market of 68. The hottest markets for sales were Dunbar and Point Grey with 8 sales each.

In comparison, the condo market had 245 sales, 579 active listings and a benchmark sale price of $812,400 with an average of 28 days on market. The hottest market for sales was Downtown VW, 54 sales.

Townhome sales were 18, active listings were 105. The benchmark sale price was $1,247,900 with an average days on market of 26. Yaletown with 6 sales was the hottest market of the month.

It’s a seller’s market for condos.

MarketHotSheet_January2018_Vancouver-West

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Condos in Downtown Vancouver

The residential areas of Downtown Vancouver comprise 3 main areas:

  1. Yaletown – which borders the north side of False Creek and much of it originally was developed by Concord Pacific after the Expo 86 World’s Fair;
  2. Coal Harbour – which is the strip of newly developed condos north of West Georgia Street and West of Burrard Street; and
  3. The West End – which comprises the downtown core and west of Burrard Street.

It seems that the new 15% tax on “foreign” buyers has had very little impact on this market, especially with condos where the asking price is under $2 million.  There are many reasons for this:

  • Only 1-5% of the buyers in this segment traditionally have been “foreign”;
  • More and more “empty nesters” from the West Side of Vancouver sell their homes after their children have moved out and downsize by moving downtown and retire on the capital gains earned by selling their detached homes;
  • The buyers are from all backgrounds: local retired people, young singles and married couples (usually with no children or with small families), Chinese immigrants, Koreans, Iranians, Americans, Eastern Europeans, Middle Easterners, etc. In other words there is strong demand from all segments of the market;
  • There seems to be increasing interest in this area from “foreigners” from the USA, typically young hi-tech professionals from San Francisco and San Jose, and older couples from Seattle and Los Angeles, all of them attracted by the diversity, safety, cuisine, scenery and recreational opportunities downtown Vancouver has to offer.
  • Being close to the Central Business District is extremely convenient for the tens of thousands of professionals of all kinds who work downtown.

What’s so special about the Downtown core of Vancouver?  Well, it depends on the specific neighbourhood:

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Are Prices Down, or Not? Average Price vs. Benchmark Price

Why are some articles saying prices are going down, and others saying that for the same product category, they’re not? How is that even possible? Whenever you read real estate reports, it is important to understand how the data used is interpreted by the author. With the high price points of Vancouver’s heated real estate market, conversations about predicting where property values will go next seems to have become a daily conversation wherever we go. In this video, I discuss the difference between the two common ways of measuring price points: Average Price vs. (HPI) Benchmark Price.

 Are prices down, or not? Two ways to measure prices.

When looking at activity for a given period of time, the Average Price per unit is exactly that – an average of all of the sales for that period within a certain market segment.

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