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Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Stats Pack - March 2017


Blog by BRADLEY WATTUM | April 12th, 2017


Demand for homes continues to outpace supply in Metro Vancouver

av_price_graph_march_2017.pngA shortage of residential property listings coupled with strong demand, particularly for condos and townhomes, continued to impact Metro Vancouver’s housing market in March.

RESIDENTIAL SALES:
3,579 sales in Metro Vancouver in March 2017.
a decrease of 30.8% compared to the record-breaking March of 2016 (5,173).
an increase of 47.6% compared to February 2017 (2,425).

Last month’s sales were 7.9% above the 10-year March average.

NEW LISTINGS:
4,762 new listings in Metro Vancouver in March 2017.
a decrease of 24.1% compared to March 2016 (6,278).
an increase of 29.9% compared to February 2017 (3,666).

This is the lowest number of new listings in March since 2009.

TOTAL LISTINGS:
the number of properties currently listed on the MLS® system is 7,586.
an increase of 3.1% increase compared to March 2016 (7,358).
a decrease of 0.1% compared to February 2017 (7,594).

SALES-TO-ACTIVE LISTINGS RATIO:
the ratio for March 2017 is 47.2%:
a 15% increase over last month.

Metro Vancouver is currently experiencing a Seller’s market.

MLS® HOME PRICE INDEX:
the composite benchmark price for all residential properties is currently $919,300.
a decrease of 0.8% decrease over the past six months.
a 1.4 per cent increase compared to February 2017.

DETACHED PROPERTIES:
sales in March 2017 reached 1,150.
a decrease of 46.1% compared to March 2016 (2,135).
The benchmark price is $1,489,400.
a 5.0 % decrease over the past 6 months.
a 1% increase compared to February 2017.

CONDO PROPERTIES:
sales reached 1,841 in March 2017
a decrease of 18.3% compared to in March 2016 (2,252)
The benchmark price is $537,400.
a 5.2 per cent increase over the past 6 months.
a 2.1 per cent increase compared to February 2017.

TOWNHOUSE PROPERTIES:
sales in March 2017 totalled 588.
a decrease of 25.2% compared to March 2016 (786).
The benchmark price is $685,100.
a 1.3% increase over the past 6 months.
a 1.4% increase compared to February 2017.


Demand in March was below the record high of 2016; we saw demand increase month-to-month for condos and townhomes. Sellers still seem reluctant to put their homes on the market, making for stiff competition among home buyers.

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