Thursday, April 02, 2009

Greater Vancouver Real Estate - March 2009

From the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

The Metro Vancouver housing market experienced a movement away from volatility and toward stability to start the spring season. Huh?

Home sales in March 2009 returned to levels witnessed at the beginning of the decade, with 2,265 sales recorded across Metro Vancouver for the month, a 53 per cent increase over February but a 24.4 per cent decrease over March 2008, when 2,997 sales were recorded.
Since 1999, March sales have increased 31 per cent, on average, over the month of February. March 2009 marks the second consecutive month that sales have outperformed the ten-year average for this month-over-month comparison.
Cherry pick much? Grasping at straws?

There's more confidence in the housing market today than we were seeing late last year. Sales activity is rising to more typical levels given the season, and the number of homes being listed for sale is levelling off,. said Scott Russell, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). Is real estate really a 'confidence' game?

New residential listings on the MLS® declined 22 per cent in March 2009 to 4,385 compared to March 2008. This is the fifth month in a row that new listings have decreased year-over-year and the third consecutive month where those declines exceeded 20 per cent. WTF?

Despite these trends, total active listings at the end of March 2009 had still reached 14,579, a 19 per cent increase compared to the end of March 2008. .REALTORS® are seeing an increasing level of interest from first-time buyers who are attracted to low interest rates, good supply of housing, greater affordability, and a considerably lower overall cost f servicing a mortgage compared to recent years, Russell said. Yes, housing was and still is overpriced and unaffordable.

Sales of detached properties in March 2009 declined 19.6 per cent to 897 from the 1,116 units sold during the same period in 2008. The benchmark price, as calculated by the MLSLink Housing Price Index®, for detached properties declined 15.1 per cent from March 2008 to $649,342. So, prices are down lots.

Sales of apartment properties declined 28.8 per cent last month to 976, compared to the 1,370 sales in March 2008. The benchmark price of an apartment property declined 13.5 per cent from March 2008 to $337,099. Down as well.

Attached property sales in March 2009 decreased 23.3 per cent to 392, compared with the 511 sales during the same month in 2008. The benchmark price of an attached unit declined 11.2 per cent between March 2008 and 2009 to $420,563. Down too.

Charts to come soon.

1 comment:

david said...

I like how they say buying a home is more attractive than it was a year ago.

So what? Thats like trying to sell me a 91 civic that I don't want, then adding new breaks and saying, "look now it is better than before, buy it".

Just because it's better than before doesn't mean it's a good deal, it just means it's better than before.