METRO VANCOUVER MARKET REPORT
The market is steadily gaining confidence hinting towards shifted peak seasonal activity to late summer and early fall.
June saw a 64.5% sales increase from last month and a 17.6% increase from June last year. The graph above indicates that the June sales of 2452 residential homes show a steady recovery. Although June sales are 21.9% below the June 10 year average of 3132, there are hints of a shift of peak activity late summer.
The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 11,412, a 8.8 per cent increase compared to last month May 2020 but a 27.0 per cent decrease compared to June 2019.
There were 5,789 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in June 2020. This represents a 57.1 per cent increase compared to last month May 2020 when 3,695 homes were listed and a 21.8 per cent increase compared to last year in June.
Generally for June the benchmark prices of homes have been steady.
Home prices have remained steady with minimal fluctuation over the last few months. The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,025,300. This represents a 3.5 per cent increase over June 2019 and a 0.3 per cent decrease compared to May 2020.
Sales of detached homes in June 2020 reached 866, a 16.1 per cent increase from the 746 detached sales recorded in June 2019. The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,464,200. This represents a 3.6 per cent increase from June 2019 and a 0.5 per cent increase compared to May 2020.
Sales of apartment homes reached 1,105 in June 2020, a 17.4 per cent increase compared to the 941 sales in June 2019. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $680,800. This represents a 3.6 per cent increase from June 2019 and a 0.8 per cent decrease compared to May 2020.
Attached home sales in June 2020 totalled 472, a 21 per cent increase compared to the 390 sales in June 2019. The benchmark price of an attached home is $790,800. This represents a 2.3 per cent increase from June 2019 and a 0.2 per cent decrease compared to May 2020.
Sales to Active listing ratios
The sales-to-active-listings ratio is defined as the number of home sales divided-by the number of listed homes during the month. For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for June 2020 is 21.4 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 19.9 per cent for detached homes, 25.2 per cent for townhomes, and 21.3 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.
Author: Meryl Hamdillah is a licensed REALTOR with Sutton WestCoast Group and an active community writer in Tri-Cities and Vancouver. If you’re planning to buy or sell real estate in Tri-Cities or Metro Vancouver areas or you want to stay up to date in real estate market, feel free to call or text 604-307-9506
Metro Vancouver Market Report Summary for June 2020
For this month, I decided to share BCREA’s Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson‘s point of view to some very common questions:
1. What long-term impact will COVID-19 have on our economy and housing market?
For the first time in over a decade, the BC economy is in a recession. But this recession is unprecedented in that it didn’t happen due to collective poor business decisions, rapidly rising interest rates, bad loans, or misadventures in financial engineering. Rather, the economy has been purposely halted for the greater good. The implication being that, the shorter the duration of this unusual period, the more likely it is that demand can more readily return to where it was pre-COVID-19 and the outsized employment losses experienced this year can be reversed.
The ultimate impact of COVID-19 will depend on how quickly economic activity can return to its pre-COVID-19 level. The speed of the recovery will depend on the level of comfort people feel in getting back to work, going to the store, or catching a movie with friends, a variable that’s ultimately unforecastable. As the economy “re-opens” and as the industry along with buyers and sellers adapt and innovate, we expect home sales will rebound, aided by record low mortgage rates and pent-up demand. While the way we do those things in a post-COVID world will certainly change, I’m optimistic the economy will bounce back strong in 2021, with the housing market leading the way.
2. What home price changes and other long-term trends do you expect to see?
The impact of the current pandemic and associated recession on home prices is largely determined by the reaction of supply. If the inventory of listings accumulates significantly, and particularly if that inventory represents foreclosures or motivated selling by those affected by rising unemployment, then prices will be more severely impacted.
However, given the unusual nature of COVID-19, the supply of listings for sale has declined for at least the first month of the pandemic. It’s likely that even as social distancing measures ease and normal recession dynamics take over, the total supply of homes for sale will peak at a lower level than would be expected given the underlying economic turmoil.
A muted rise in for-sale inventory along with plummeting interest rates and pent-up demand may translate to home prices remaining relatively firm in 2020. In fact, this is a scenario we often see during recessions. Look back on the 2008/2009 financial crisis and recession, truly a frenetic and frightening time. While benchmark home prices in Vancouver moderated slightly, by early 2009 they were rising once again, leading to a double-digit average increase over the next two years. While a repeat of the post-financial crisis prices growth isn’t our baseline forecast, it’s illustrative of how Vancouver home prices have fared, even under an otherwise extremely challenging economic climate.