Activity steady to start the summer season

VANCOUVER, B.C. – July 5, 2010 – The Greater Vancouver housing market experienced steady activity to begin the summer season. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 2,972 in June 2010, a decline of 30.2 percent compared to the 4,259 sales in June 2009, which was the second highest selling June on record.

“Activity in June marked a healthy balance between the near record setting pace of June 2009 and the considerably slower activity witnessed in June 2008, a period of recession as we all know,” Jake Moldowan, REBGV president said.
Compared to June 2008, last month’s sales represent a 22.6 percent increase over the 2,425 sales recorded that month, but are 30 percent less than the 4,244 sales in June 2007. June 2010 sales also represent a 5.8 percent decline compared to the previous month’s sales totals.
“We didn’t experience any record-breaking activity in June, but we did see a stable summer market,” Moldowan said. “The number of new listings coming on the market is not as dramatic as we saw over the previous three months and demand remains at a healthy level for this traditionally quieter time of year.”
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties totalled 5,544 in June 2010, a 3.2 percent increase compared to June 2009 when 5,372 new units were listed, and a 21 percent decline compared to May 2010 when 7,014 properties were added to the MLS®.
At 17,564, the total number of property listings on the MLS® increased 1.2 percent in June compared to last month, and is up 32 percent compared to this time last year.


“There has been less upward pressure on prices in our market the last few months, which has allowed prices to ease back from the record high numbers seen in April,” Moldowan said.


Over the last 12 months, the overall MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver increased 11.8 percent to $580,237 from $518,855 in June 2009.

Sales of detached properties in June 2010 reached 1,139, a decrease of 31.7 percent from the 1,667 detached sales recorded in June 2009 and a 24.1 percent increase from the 918 units sold in June 2008. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 13.4 percent from June 2009 to $795,025.
Sales of apartment properties reached 1,258 in June 2010, a decline of 29.7 percent compared to the 1,790 sales in June 2009 and an increase of 19 percent compared to the 1,057 sales in June 2008.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 9.7 percent from June 2009 to $391,528.
Attached property sales in June 2010 totalled 575, a decline of 28.3 percent compared to the 802 sales in June 2009 and a 27.8 percent increase from the 450 attached properties sold in June 2008. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 11.6 percent between June 2009 and 2010 to $492,861.
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