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Vancouver Real Estate News: Housing supply and demand reach closer alignment in January

According to The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) latest report, residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 1,923 in January 2010, an increase of 152.4 per cent compared to January 2009 when 762 sales were recorded and a 23.5 per cent decline compared to the 2,515 sales recorded in December 2009.

The news was released lately in VANCOUVER, B.C. on February 2, 2010.

In terms of historical perspective, January ranked as an average month for number of residential housing sales over the past decade, with higher sales in January 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006.

Over the last 12 months, the MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver increased 17.2 per cent to $573,241 from $489,007 in January 2009. This price is 0.8 per cent
above the previous high point in the market in May 2008 when the residential benchmark price sat at $568,411.

There is also closer alignment between supply and demand in today’s housing market. At 18 per cent, the sales to-active listings ratio in January is approximately 10 per cent lower than we’ve seen in our market over the last six
months.

In January, sales of detached properties increased 141.4 per cent to 705 from the 292 detached sales recorded during the same period in 2009. The benchmark price, as calculated by the MLSLink® Housing Price Index, for detached
properties increased 19.5 per cent from January 2009 to $788,499.

Sales of apartment properties in January 2010 increased 146.8 per cent to 891 compared to 361 sales in January 2009. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 15.2 per cent from January 2009 to $385,487.
Attached property sales in January 2010 are up 200 per cent to 327, compared with the 109 sales in January 2009. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 13.4 per cent between January 2009 and 2010 to $482,478.

While everyone is wondering how the Olympics is going to effect on Vancouver’s real estate market in February and in the future, diverse selection and favorable interest rates continue to drive demand in the Greater Vancouver housing market.

Download the complete report with chart (PDF) here.