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May Market offers buyers greater selection

 

Vancouver, B.C. – June 4, 2010 – The number of properties listed for sale in Greater Vancouver continued to rise in May, while the number of sales showed a year-over-year decrease.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 3,156 in May 2010, a decline of 10.4 per cent compared to the 3,524 sales in May 2009; 5.1 per cent more than the 3,002 sales in May 2008; and 27.1 per cent less that the 4,331 sales in May 2007. May 2010 sales also represent a 10.1 per cent decline compared to last month’s sales.

In terms of number of property listings, last month marked the third consecutive month during which more than 7,000 homes were listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in Greater Vancouver.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties totaled 7,014 in May 2010, a 48.2 per cent increase compared to May 2009 when 4,733 new units were listed and an 8.3 per cent decline compared to April 2010 when 7,648 properties were added to the MLS®.

At 17,492 the total number of property listings on the MLS® increased 10 per cent in May compared to last month, and is up 28.2 per cent compared to this time last year.

“Prospective home buyers in today’s market have abroad selection to choose from in every property type. REALTORS® are telling us they’re working with buyers who are not feeling as rushed to make a decision as they did late last year and earlier in the year,” Jake Moldowan, REBGV president said.

Over the last 12 months, the overall MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver increased 16.7 per cent to $590,662 from $506,201 in May 2009.

“It’s important for those looking to buy or sell a home to remember that real estate is local and wise real estate decisions are made by those who understand current market conditions at the neighbourhood level,” Moldowan said.

Sales of detached properties in May 2010 reached 1,256, a decrease of 10.4 per cent from the 1,402 detatched sales recorded in May 2009 and 4.4 per cent increase from the 1,203 units sold in May 2008. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 19.1 per cent from May 2009 to $810,175.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,354 in May 2010, a decline of 7.1 per cent compared to the 1,458 sales in May 2009 and an increase of 8.8 per cent compared to the 1,244 sales in May 2008. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 13.9 per cent from May 2009 to $398,783.

Attached property sales in May 2010 totalled 546, a decline of 17.8 per cent compared to the 664 sales in May 2009 and a 1.6 per cent decline from the 555 attached properties sold in May 2008. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 14.8 per cent between May 2009 and 2010 to $500,339.

  

 

MLSLINK HOUSING PRICE INDEX

May 2010

PROPERTY TYPE

AREA

BENCHMARK PRICE

PRICE RANGE (+/-)

3 MONTH AVG BENCHMARK

PRICE INDEX

1 YEAR CHANGE %

3 YEAR CHANGE %

5 YEAR CHANGE %

Residential

Greater Vancouver

$         500,662

0.5%

 $         589,505

249.5

16.7

12.9

54.3

Detached

Greater Vancouver

$         810,175

1.1%

 $         809,640

239.2

19.1

13.9

54.7

 

Burnaby

$         787,865

2.2%

 $         794,593

231.9

13.0

12.7

51.8

 

Coquitlam

$         670,463

5.1%

 $         690,906

235.9

11.3

5.2

45.6

 

South Delta

$         664,558

3.3%

 $         675,699

217.1

8.5

8

37.6

 

Maple Ridge

$         461,386

2.4%

 $         462,908

210.5

12.5

5.7

35.7

 

New Westminster

$         615,981

3.6%

 $         608,275

253.9

15.0

11.2

50.3

 

North Vancouver

$         935,538

2.5%

 $         933,632

233.7

19.6

10.2

44.7

 

Pitt Meadows

$         517,794

6.1%

 $         527,544

212.5

9.0

10.8

39.6

 

Port Coquitlam

$         574,761

3.6%

 $         563,021

242.9

17.6

10.7

49.1

 

Port Moody

$         794,933

13.6%

 $         720,937

239

22.8

32.4

70.4

 

Richmond

$         892,150

1.9%

 $         902,415

263.4

29.0

27.8

76

 

Squamish

$         488,815

10.0%

 $         498,646

185.7

1.2

-0.3

14.2

 

Sunshine Coast

$         430,390

5.4%

 $         422,012

244.9

7.9

5

36.6

 

Vancouver East

$         756,067

1.9%

 $         745,705

256.1

22.0

17

61.2

 

Vancouver West

$     1,679,797

2.3%

 $     1,670,888

278.8

31.9

26.4

87.1

 

West Vancouver

$     1,426,456

4.7%

 $     1,422,550

210.1

22.8

1.5

39.3

Attached

Greater Vancouver

$         500,339

0.8%

 $         498,667

242.7

14.8

13.9

53.6

 

Burnaby

$         492,628

1.3%

 $         490,782

246.8

13.8

16.5

54.2

 

Coquitlam

$         453,510

2.0%

 $         450,526

244.6

21.3

15.4

50.9

 

South Delta

$         468,460

6.5%

 $         461,095

250.9

5.1

16.1

57.9

 

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows

$         312,059

2.4%

 $         313,494

216.5

6.8

1.4

39.2

 

North Vancouver

$         629,312

2.5%

 $         622,481

246.3

15.7

12.1

45.3

 

Port Coquitlam

$         404,744

2.6%

 $         406,160

222.6

10.2

8.9

40.9

 

Port Moody

$         418,281

3.4%

 $         411,305

249.6

16.8

9.3

51.2

 

Richmond

$         519,734

1.4%

 $         514,334

250.6

19.2

22.4

64.8

 

Vancouver East

$         531,614

2.9%

 $         536,563

248.6

11.9

12.6

57.1

 

Vancouver West

$         765,044

2.7%

 $         770,588

273

16.0

13.4

60.7

Apartment

Greater Vancouver

$         398,783

0.5%

 $         397,356

259.4

13.9

11.3

54.3

 

Burnaby

$         354,638

1.1%

 $         353,686

265.1

13.1

12.5

51.7

 

Coquitlam

$         296,909

2.2%

 $         295,785

253.2

17.1

6.8

52.8

 

South Delta

$         369,269

4.8%

 $         363,955

240.5

11.4

14

55.4

 

Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows

$         254,830

3.3%

 $         252,423

270.6

4.4

-2.2

53.6

 

New Westminster

$         298,287

1.7%

 $         298,988

242.3

10.6

5.8

58.3

 

North Vancouver

$         405,553

1.9%

 $         401,424

258

17.5

9.5

49.3

 

Port Coquitlam

$         252,621

2.0%

 $         253,226

295.9

8.4

7.3

48.4

 

Port Moody

$         316,326

3.0%

 $         308,321

269.9

10.9

7.4

50.6

 

Richmond

$         344,716

1.2%

 $         339,918

280.2

16.4

17.8

59.9

 

Vancouver East

$         337,906

1.9%

 $         336,525

276.6

10.2

12.7

65.6

 

Vancouver West

$         510,885

1.0%

 $         510,794

259.9

15

12.1

52.3

 

West Vancouver

$         667,398

8.8%

 $         682,221

239.5

11.3

0.9

45.1

 

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