Vancouver Home Sales Continue at Below Average

VANCOUVER, BC – Home sale activity has trended below historical averages for a full year in the Greater Vancouver housing market.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver reached 1,797 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in February 2013. This represents a 29.4% decrease compared to the 2,545 sales recorded in February 2012, and a 33% increase compared to the 1,351 sales in January 2012.

Last month’s sales were the second lowest February total in the region since 2001 and 30.9% below the 10-year sales average for the month.

“Sales in February followed recent trends and were below seasonal averages, though our members tell us they saw more traffic at open houses last month compared to the previous six to eight months,” said Eugen Klein, REBGV president.

The sales-to-active-listings ratio currently sits at 12.2% in Greater Vancouver, a 2% increase from last month. This is the first time this ratio has been above 11% since June 2012.

“With a two-point increase in our sales to active listings ratio and a reduction in the average number of days it’s taking to sell a home, February showed some subtle indications of a changing sentiment in the marketplace compared to recent months,” Klein said.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the Greater Vancouver MLS® is 14,789, a 5.2% increase compared to February 2012 and an 11.6% increase compared to January 2013.

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 5.6% to $590,400. This represents a 3.3% decline compared to this time last year.

Source: Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

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