VANCOUVER, B.C. – January 3, 2013 – The Greater Vancouver housing market experienced below average home sale totals, typical home listing activity and modest declines in home prices in 2012.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that total sales of detached, attached and apartment properties in 2012 reached 25,032, a 22.7 percent decline from the 32,387 sales recorded in 2011, and an 18.2 percent decrease from the 30,595 residential sales in 2010. Last year’s home sale total was 25.7 percent below the ten-year average for annual Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales in the region.
The number of residential properties listed for sale on the MLS® in Greater Vancouver declined 2 percent in 2012 to 58,379 compared to the 59,539 properties listed in 2011. Looking back further, last year’s total represents a 0.6 percent increase compared to the 58,009 residential properties listed in 2010. Last year’s listing total was 6.1 percent above the ten-year average for annual MLS® property listings in the region.
"For much of 2012 we saw a collective hesitation on the part of buyers and sellers in the Greater Vancouver housing market. This behavior was reflected in lower than average home sale activity and modest fluctuations in home prices,” Eugen Klein, REBGV president said.
Residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 1,142 in December 2012, a decrease of 31.1 percent from the 1,658 sales recorded in December 2011 and a 32.3 percent decline compared to November 2012 when 1,686 home sales occurred.
December sales were 38.4 per cent below the 10-year December sales average of 1,855.
Since reaching a peak in May of $625,100, the MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver has declined 5.8 percent to $590,800. This represents a 2.3 percent decline when compared to this time last year.
“We saw home prices come down a bit during the latter half of the year. During the same period, we saw fewer home sales and listings,” Klein said.
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 1,380 in December 2012. This represents a 15.3 percent decline compared to the 1,629 units listed in December 2011 and a 50 percent decline compared to November 2012 when 2,758 properties were listed.
Sales of detached properties in December 2012 reached 425, a decrease of 32.5 percent from the 630 detached sales recorded in December 2011, and a 44.7 percent decrease from the 769 units sold in December 2010. The benchmark price for detached properties decreased 2.7 percent from December 2011 to $904,200. Since reaching a peak in May, the benchmark price of a detached property has declined 6.5 percent.
Sales of apartment properties reached 504 in December 2012, a decline of 34.9 percent compared to the 774 sales in December 2011, and a decrease of 37.9 percent compared to the 811 sales in December 2010.The benchmark price of an apartment property decreased 1.9 percent from December 2011 to $361,200. Since reaching a peak in May, the benchmark price of an apartment property has declined 12.8 percent.
Attached property sales in December 2012 totalled 213, a decline of 16.1 percent compared to the 254 sales in December 2011, and a 33.2 percent decrease from the 319 attached properties sold in December 2010. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 2.6 percent between December 2011 and 2012 to $450,900. Since reaching a peak in April, the benchmark price of an attached property has declined 4.4 percent.
“Activity continues to vary depending on area so it’s important to work with your REALTOR® and other professionals to understand the trends in your area of interest,” Klein said.