December 2019 Housing Market Update

By: Cheryl Davie

December 2019 Housing Market Update

Tags: Homes in Vancouver, Vancouver Housing, Real Estate, January, December, 2020, SellingYVR, HastingsSunrise

December Home Sales Nearly Double What We Saw Last Year

Vancouver home buyers closed the decade with a bang. 2,016 sales were recorded in December - a staggering 88.1% increase compared to the 1,072 sales in December 2018.

This will be the most substantial year-over-year increase Vancouver has seen since January 2010. These numbers are 9.5% above the 10-year December sales average and the increases are well dispersed across property types.

72.1% more detached homes, 92.6% more townhomes & 96.8% more apartments were sold than in last December. 

Despite A Slow Start, The Second Half of 2019 Has Everyone Hopeful For The Year Ahead
Many prospective buyers were stuck in a holding pattern through the first few months of the year. The stress test constrained budgets, new policy changes had come into effect, and what would happen to home prices as a result was still up in the air.
May was the first month of 2019 to exceed 2000+ sales, but the final total did not surpass sales from the previous year. Since then, buyer demand began increasing steadily, with 8 straight months of 2000+ home sales.

From July forward, we experienced steady year-over-year sales increases while average sale prices remained stable and only marginally impacted by this growing demand. 

Consistent buyer activity and confidence in the second half of 2019 has made all the difference for the year as a whole. Home prices have edged down overall, but inventory is not sitting. After an especially strong finish to the year, the total number of homes listed for sale in Metro Vancouver is 8,603 - this is the only time in 2019 that number has fallen below 10,000. 

What's Next for The
New Year?

New year, new home? We think so!

The Bank of Canada opted to leave the overnight interest rate unchanged for all of last year.  This pattern will likely continue in an effort to support housing investment through 2020, which is good news for prospective buyers as well as hopeful sellers.

Sales momentum shows no sign of stoping across property types, with activity in the condo market looking especially strong. 

Have questions? Want to know what buying or selling could look like for you this year? We're here to help. Get in touch today!


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