Prices hold firm as home buyers and sellers conclude 2012 from the sidelines – Vancouver Real Estate January 2013
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that total sales of detached, attached and apartment properties in 2012 reached 25,032, a 22.7 per cent decline from the 32,387 sales recorded in 2011, and an 18.2 per cent decrease from the 30,595 residential sales in 2010. Last yearâ€™s home sale total was 25.7 per cent below the ten-year average for annual Multiple Listing ServiceÂ® (MLSÂ®) sales in the region.
The number of residential properties listed for sale on the MLSÂ® in Greater Vancouver declined 2 per cent in 2012 to 58,379 compared to the 59,539 properties listed in 2011. Looking back further, last yearâ€™s total represents a 0.6 per cent increase compared to the 58,009 residential properties listed in 2010. Last yearâ€™s listing total was 6.1 per cent above the ten-year average for annual MLSÂ® property listings in the region.
“For much of 2012 we saw a collective hesitation on the part of buyers and sellers in the Greater Vancouver housing market. This behavior was reflected in lower than average home sale activity and modest fluctuations in home prices,â€ Eugen Klein, REBGV president said.
Residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 1,142 in December 2012, a decrease of 31.1 per cent from the 1,658 sales recorded in December 2011 and a 32.3 per cent decline compared to November 2012 when 1,686 home sales occurred.
December sales were 38.4 per cent below the 10-year December sales average of 1,855.
Since reaching a peak in May of $625,100, the MLSÂ® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver has declined 5.8 per cent to $590,800. This represents a 2.3 per cent decline when compared to this time last year.
â€œWe saw home prices come down a bit during the latter half of the year. During the same period, we saw fewer home sales and listings,â€ Klein said.
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 1,380 in December 2012. This represents a 15.3 per cent decline compared to the 1,629 units listed in December 2011 and a 50 per cent decline compared to November 2012 when 2,758 properties were listed.
Sales of detached properties in December 2012 reached 425, a decrease of 32.5 per cent from the 630 detached sales recorded in December 2011, and a 44.7 per cent decrease from the 769 units sold in December 2010. The benchmark price for detached properties decreased 2.7 per cent from December 2011 to $904,200. Since reaching a peak in May, the benchmark price of a detached property has declined 6.5%.
Sales of apartment properties reached 504 in December 2012, a decline of 34.9 per cent compared to the 774 sales in December 2011, and a decrease of 37.9 per cent compared to the 811 sales in December 2010.The benchmark price of an apartment property decreased 1.9 per cent from December 2011 to $361,200. Since reaching a peak in May, the benchmark price of an apartment property has declined 12.8%.
Attached property sales in December 2012 totalled 213, a decline of 16.1 per cent compared to the 254 sales in December 2011, and a 33.2 per cent decrease from the 319 attached properties sold in December 2010. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 2.6 per cent between December 2011 and 2012 to $450,900. Since reaching a peak in April, the benchmark price of an attached property has declined 4.4%.
â€œActivity continues to vary depending on area so itâ€™s important to work with your REALTORÂ® and other professionals to understand the trends in your area of interest,â€ Klein said.
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