March in Vancouver

Mid March Vancouver Real Estate Update

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New Listings Dropping Across All Market Segments

Markets continue to throw unexpected turns and twists. The Vancouver real estate market has seen a purge of new listings so far in 2017. The normal rush of spring listings does not appear to have hit yet, begging the question if or when will that supply will hit the market. Sales continue to sputter from 2016 highs. Here’s the full breakdown of the mid March market update.

REBGV Detached

Detached sales continue to stumble out of the gates in 2017. Yes, despite murmurs that the market may be heating up, sales numbers do not appear to reflect that. Interperate as you see fit. Detached sales are down 51% year over year (March 1-15), and 16% below the 10 year average for that same time period. Inventory appears to be on track to close out the month of March up between 15-20% from March 2016.

However, despite sales falling, and inventory rising, new listings are down signifcantly. If anything could reignite the market it would be a continued decline of new listings. New listings for the detached market are down 38% year over year, a trend that began back in February.

REBGV Townhouse

REBGV townhouse sales are down 22% year over year, but have jumped 11% above the 10 year average. Townhouse sales above the 10 year average is a change over the past several months were we witnessed sales below the 10 year average.

Much like the detached market, new listings are down 32% year over year. This is once again putting downwards pressure on inventory levels, which of course can influence prices to continue moving upwards. Expect inventory to close out up 15-25% from March 2016.

REBGV Condos

The condo market being hot is no rumour. It continues to defy all odds and expectations, setting new highs in many areas across Greater Vancouver. Despite sales falling 26% year over year (March 1-15), they are still 25% above the 10 year average.

The big story for the condo market is the scarce number of new listings, and plummeting inventory levels. The current situation makes 2016 inventory levels look healthy. New listings are 24% lower than this time last year, and inventory levels will likely close out March 20-30% lower than March 2016. If you want to get an idea of just how bad it is read my post Bottom of the Barrel.


It’s hard to get a good read on how the 2017 market will shape up. Early signs point to some re heating, as anything somewhat affordable (open for debate) is selling quite quickly. Most of the movement is being driven by the condo market, followed by the townhouses and then some of the lower end detached homes. The name of the game for 2017 is all about new listings. Sales have fallen but if we don’t get a surge of new listings it seems highly unlikely prices will move. Supply and demand.


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