November 2019 Newsletter

By: Cheryl Davie

November 2019 Newsletter

Tags: Homes in Vancouver, Vancouver Housing, Real Estate, November

Vancouver Home Sales Surpass 2000+ For The Seventh Month In A Row 
There's no place like home for the holidays! And with the holiday season right around the corner, many Vancouverites have found themselves a new home. Last month's sales are up 55.3% compared to November 2018. This will mark the seventh consecutive month of 2000+ sales, and the second consecutive month of sales surpassing the 10-year sales average. 

Despite extremely strong sales activity, prices across property types remain relatively flat
Industry analysts typically anticipate sale prices will increase if a "sales to active" ratio of 20% is recorded for a specific property type (ie. 20 out of every 100 detached homes are selling), and sustained over several months.

Since July 2019, a ratio of 20% or higher has been recorded for condo apartments, but during that time the benchmark price has actually decreased 0.26%. Attached properties have experienced a similar trend over this time period, with ratios dipping slightly to 18% in August and September. Despite this, benchmark pricing has remained flat for this property type as well, increasing only 0.36%.
Total Housing Supply Appears to Be
Reaching A Happy Medium
During the height of the 2016 Vancouver housing frenzy, soaring property valuations were often traced back to low supply and high demand. With supply unable to match demand, home prices rose steadily from 2015-2107.
In 2018, the market entered a correction and slow sales led to mounting supply because of the introduction of new mortgage rules, the speculations tax and the empty homes tax.

It's interesting to note that at the end of this November, the number of homes listed for sale have reached a midpoint. Housing supply now appears balanced between the 2018 high point and the low points of 2015-2017. This new level of available homes seems to be sustaining strong sales, yet keeping prices stable.

If You're Thinking Of Selling, The Odds Are Still In
Your Favour

There has been a lot of change in the Vancouver market over the past 5 years. 2019 has certainly carried a different tone, but one trend is clear - product is moving.

If you bought your home in 2016, the new market value of your property is likely not what it was then. However if you need to sell, the good news is that buyer activity is strong.

Sales are happening steadily and consistently, especially if your home is priced right and showing its best.
Buyers have every reason to maintain their confidence and keep buying. The 2020 Housing Outlook released by CHMC forecasts housing starts, sales and prices in B.C. will remain stable through 2020, before accelerating in 2021. So if you've been passively looking for a new home, holding off through 2020 may cost you. To discuss your buying options come the new year, reach out today to get a head start on your search! 


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