February 2020 Housing Market Update

By: Cheryl Davie

February 2020 Housing Market Update

Tags: Homes in Vancouver, Vancouver Housing, Real Estate, February, Vancouver Dream Homes

As Inventory Stays Stagnant, Sales Activity Continues to Ramp Up

Vancouver rings in another month of double digit sales increases across the board, for all property types. Home sales totalled 2,150 - a 44.9% increase from the 1,484 sales recorded in February 2019, and a 36.9% increase from the 1,571 homes sold in January 2020.

Realtors are reporting the return of multiple offer scenarios, coupled with healthy open house turn outs. 

The number of newly listed homes was 2.8% higher than February 2019, yet inventory still seems unable to meet demand given the sheer volume of active buyers. Despite 4,002 properties having come to market, this is still about 5% lower than February of 2018.

Prospective sellers are encouraged to get their homes ready to show and on the market now. Give this increased demand, there is far less competition from other sellers than we are expected to see come the spring season.
Across Property Types, 23 Out of Every 100 Homes Are Selling
The overall sales-to-active ratio came in at 23.4%, which translates to 23 out of every 100 homes selling. This is a perfectly steady pace, especially compared to this time last year.

The sales-to-active ratio for detached homes shot up from 11% in January to 17%. This is an especially dramatic upturn compared to February 2018, when just 8 out of every 100 detached homes were selling.

The condo market remains the most active with a ratio of 28.4%, but townhomes are not far behind at 26.9%. Minimal price increases were noted for yet another month. Despite sustained buyer activity, over the last six months average prices both detached properties and townhomes have increased less than 2%, with condo prices only rising 3.6%. 


The Global Economic Outlook Feels Uncertain - How Will Canadian Real Estate Be Impacted?

Whether you’ve seen it on the news, or felt it in your own portfolio, it’s no secret that the stock market is suffering a swift reaction to the spreading Coronavirus.

Last week was the worst week for stocks since the financial crisis of October 2008. Analysts are warning we likely haven’t seen the worst yet, but the economic blow will be the largest for industries such as airlines, tourism and global supply chains that rely on Chinese components.

Luckily for Canadians, historically real estate has not been impacted by this kind of threat. The Financial Post noted earlier this month “Evidence from the 2003 SARS outbreak in Toronto suggests that the housing markets in Canada did not experience a noticeable adverse impact from SARS. The effect of coronavirus, if any, is likely to be moderate in the short run.”

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