Week 13 – Market Update

The most remarkable thing that happened in the last week was that sales hit yet another pandemic record. We went from 315 sales in the previous week to 373 this week…that’s an enormous jump in just one week.

At the same time, new listings fell to 475 (from 547) and overall inventory levels held steady at 3,040 (from 3,041). That resulted in the overall Vancouver market sitting at 2.04 Months-of-Inventory….a very strong seller’s market.

With another record set in terms of sales, the seller’s market was true for every micro-market in Vancouver. East Vancouver continues to be where the highest demand is concentrated (just 1.66 MOI) but condos across Vancouver were also incredibly hot (1.83 MOI).

Where do we go from here? At some point, we will start to see a ramping up of new listings into our regular Spring market. Given COVID, I suspect that inventory levels will increase but remain below typical levels…and demand will remain...

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Week 12 – Market Update

We had another record this past week. No, it wasn’t for sales this time. That number actually edged ever so slightly lower to 315 from 318.

Last week’s pandemic record was for the number of new listings that hit the market. We jumped from 503 in the previous week to 547 this past week…which was a record not just for 2021 but also all of 2020.

And yet, overall active listings rose but only just over 3,000 to 3,041…and we find ourselves still very much in the middle of a very strong seller’s market with 2.41 months-of-inventory (MOI).

East Vancouver is the market seeing the most activity and the highest levels of demand. Pockets of strength were found in condos across the city…East Van (1.33 MOI), Westside (2.31 MOI) and even Downtown (2.61 MOI).

East Van townhouses were also incredibly strong with just 2.27 MOI as were East Van houses (2.21 MOI). In fact, while sales dropped a little for East Van houses (51 from 54) the...

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Week 11 – Market Update

For the third week in a row we hit another pandemic record for sales in a week (that’s a high for 2020 and 2021). This time, we just eked it out rising from 316 to 318.

New listings also hit another 2021 record rising from 465 to 503. This pushed total active listings on the market to 2,894.

Overall market activity edged down just a touch to 2.28 months-of-inventory from 2.2 the previous week. That’s still a very strong overall seller’s market.

Once more, East Vancouver is the hot-spot of market activity. All micro-markets there are below 2 months-of-inventory. This week, lead by East Van condos with 67 sales and just 1.28 months-of-inventory.

The hottest Westside micro-market was for townhouses with just 2.18 months-of-inventory. But, it was detached homes that saw the most improvement…edging just into seller’s market territory going from 4.09 months-of-inventory last week to 3.78 this week.

Downtown condos remained fairly flat...

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Week 10 – Market Update

Remember last week when I told you we had a record for the most number of sales in a week since 2019? Well, it happened again.

We went from 224 sales in Week 8, to 274 sales in Week 9 to 316 sales this past week (Week 10).

Meanwhile, the 465 new listings were a record-high for 2021 adding to the 2,787 total active listings. We’ve been hovering around this same level of inventory since the year began.

Overall, our market is sitting at just 2.2 months of inventory…a very solid seller’s market.

Once again, it’s East Vancouver where we are seeing the most demand. East Van townhouses were the leader with just 1.01 months of inventory, followed by condos with 1.54 and houses with 1.88 (which also saw 70% of sales over their asking price).

All three micro-markets in East Van saw the most sales they’d seen since 2019.

On the Westside, only townhouses (with 21) hit their sales highs since 2019. Westside apartments were the only market that...

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Summary

Once again, it’s demand that’s the story.

We saw 1,000 sales in February 2021 which is 19% above the 10-year average for the month (there were only two Februarys that had higher numbers in the last 15 years…2011 and 2016). That was also 55% higher sales than the previous month and 64% higher than a year ago.

In the meantime, supply (listings) remains low. The 2,744 listings on the market last month were 12% lower than the 10-year average.

The result? We are well within a seller’s market. Buyer’s are facing fierce competition. Seller’s are able to dictate terms and “cash-in” on a hot market for the most desirable properties.

And what are the most desirable?

The most competitive parts of the market are in the “affordable” price bands for homes geared toward families. East Vancouver is the current driver of our market…specifically for townhouses and 1/2 duplexes (but also condos and houses).

Large, livable condos are...

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