Steady demand and low supply benefits home sellers
February saw steady home buyer demand and reduced home seller supply across Metro Vancouver*.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the
region totalled 2,150 in February 2020, a 44.9 per cent increase from the 1,484 sales recorded in
February 2019, and a 36.9 per cent increase from the 1,571 homes sold in January 2020.
Last month’s sales were 15.6 per cent below the 10-year February sales average.
“Home buyer demand again saw strong year-over-year increases in February while the total
inventory of homes for sale struggled to keep pace,” Ashley Smith, REBGV president said.
“This was most pronounced in the condominium market.”
There were 4,002 detached, attached and apartment homes newly listed for sale on the Multiple
Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in February 2020. This represents a 2.8 per cent
increase compared to the 3,892 homes listed in February 2019 and a 3.4 per cent increase
compared to January 2020 when 3,872 homes were listed.
The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is
9,195, a 20.7 per cent decrease compared to February 2019 (11,590) and a 6.7 per cent increase
compared to January 2020 (8,617).
“Our Realtors are reporting increased traffic at open houses and multiple offer scenarios in
certain pockets of the market. If you’re considering listing your home for sale, now is a good
time to act with increased demand, reduced competition from other sellers, and some upward
pressure on prices,” says Smith.
For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for February 2020 is 23.4 per cent. By
property type, the ratio is 17.3 per cent for detached homes, 26.9 per cent for townhomes, and
28.4 per cent for apartments.
Generally, analysts say downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12
per cent for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it
surpasses 20 per cent over several months.
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro
Vancouver is currently $1,020,600. This represents a 0.3 per cent increase over February 2019
and a 2.7 per cent increase over the past six months.
Sales of detached homes in February 2020 reached 685, a 52.9 per cent increase from the 448
detached sales recorded in February 2019. The benchmark price for a detached home is
$1,433,900. This represents a 0.7 per cent decrease from February 2019 and a 1.9 per cent
increase over the past six months.
Sales of apartment homes reached 1,061 in February 2020, a 39.8 per cent increase compared to
the 759 sales in February 2019. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $677,200. This
represents a 0.9 per cent increase from February 2019 and a 3.6 per cent increase over the past
Attached home sales in February 2020 totalled 404, a 45.8 per cent increase compared to the 277
sales in February 2019. The benchmark price of an attached home is $785,000. This represents a
0.6 per cent increase from February 2019 and a 1.7 per cent increase over the past six months.