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Home Sales in Vancouver Area Calmer in May

Home Sales in Vancouver Area Calmer in May

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says home sales across the region have returned to “more typical seasonal levels” and there are modest signs continuous price increases might ease. A statement from the board reports 2,918 sales across the area covered by the REBGV in May, nearly 32 percent below those recorded in May 2021 and 9.7 percent below the number of residential properties that changed hands last month. Board chair Daniel John says May 2022 sales were also 12.9 percent below the 10-year sales average, while the number of properties listed for sale in May was up just over four percent compared with the month earlier.

The board says the ratio of sales to active listings for townhomes and apartments topped 35 percent last month, above the 20 percent setting that can put upward pressure on prices, while the ratio for detached homes was 18.3 percent, closer to the 12 percent mark that can push home prices down. The composite benchmark price for all residential properties in the area covered by REBGV stats was $1,261,100, a 14.7 percent increase compared to May 2021 and a 0.3 percent decrease compared to April 2022. John says steady price increases have begun to ease over the last two months but the lack of choice for homebuyers remains a key factor as the market cools.

“Where home prices go next will depend on housing supply,” he said in the statement. “While we’re beginning to see modest increases in home listings, we still need housing supply totals to more than double to bring the market close to balanced territory.” John points to positive signs, including rising interest rates, that have encouraged buyers to take more time with their decisions. “This spring is providing a calmer environment, with fewer multiple offer situations, which is allowing buyers to explore their housing options, understand the changing mortgage market, and do their due diligence,” John said.

The communities covered by the REBGV are Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, South Delta, Squamish, the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Whistler.

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