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From The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver January 3, 2014 –
The Greater Vancouver housing market maintained a
consistent balance between demand and supply throughout 2013.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that total sales of detached,
attached and apartment properties in 2013 reached 28,524, a 14 per cent increase from the 25,032
sales recorded in 2012, and an 11.9 per cent decrease from the 32,390 residential sales in 2011.
“Home sales quietly improved last year compared to 2012, although the volume of activity didn’t
compare to some of the record-breaking years we experienced over the last decade,” Sandra
Wyant, REBGV president said.
Last year’s home sale total ranks as the third lowest annual total for the region in the last ten
years, according to the region’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®).
The number of residential properties listed for sale on the MLS® in Metro Vancouver declined
6.2 per cent in 2013 to 54,742 compared to the 58,379 properties listed in 2012. Looking back
further, last year’s total represents an 8.1 per cent decline compared to the 59,539 residential
properties listed for sale in 2011. Last year’s listing count is on par with the 10 year average.
“It was a year of stability for the Greater Vancouver housing market,” Wyant, said. “Balanced
conditions allowed home prices in the region to remain steady, with just a modest increase over
the last 12 months.”
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro
Vancouver is currently $603,400. This represents a 2.1 per cent increase compared to December
Residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 1,953 in December 2013, an increase of
71 per cent from the 1,142 sales recorded in December 2012 and a 15.9 per cent decline
compared to November 2013 when 2,321 home sales occurred.
December sales were 8.1 per cent above the 10-year December sales average of 1,807.
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 1,856
in December 2013. This represents a 34.5 per cent increase compared to the 1,380 units listed in
December 2012 and a 42.8 per cent decline compared to November 2013 when 3,245 properties
Sales of detached properties in December 2013 reached 762, an increase of 79.3 per cent from
the 425 detached sales recorded in December 2012, and a 21 per cent increase from the 630 units
sold in December 2011. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 2.5 per cent from
December 2012 to $927,000.
Sales of apartment properties reached 850 in December 2013, an increase of 68.7 per cent
compared to the 504 sales in December 2012, and an increase of 9.8 per cent compared to the
774 sales in December 2011.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 1.8 per
cent from December 2012 to $367,800.
Attached property sales in December 2013 totalled 341, an increase of 60.1 per cent compared to
the 213 sales in December 2012, and a 34.3 per cent increase from the 254 attached properties
sold in December 2011. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 1.2 per cent between
December 2012 and 2013 to $456,100.
The real estate industry is a key economic driver in British Columbia. In 2013, 28,524 homes changed ownership in
the Board's area, generating $1.84 billion in spin-off activity and 13,977 jobs. The total dollar value of residential
sales transacted through the MLS® system in Greater Vancouver totalled $22 billion in 2013. The Real Estate Board
of Greater Vancouver is an association representing more than 11,000 REALTORS® and their companies. The
Board provides a variety of member services, including the Multiple Listing Service®. For more information on real
estate, statistics, and buying or selling a home, contact a local REALTOR® or visit www.rebgv.org.
For more information please contact:
Assistant Manager, Communication
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver