The last week in the Vancouver real estate market was another quiet one. That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone as it was the week of the Labour Day long weekend.
You'll have heard me talk about it before, but long weekends always have a significant impact on the market. And this is the biggest one of the year when just about everyone squeezes in their final summer holiday...and just about the last thing they are thinking about is buying real estate.
That would explain why total sales were down to just 166. That's the lowest number of sales we have seen since Week 3 way back in January of this year.
Meanwhile, new listings rose dramatically to just shy of 500. Total active listings jumped to just shy of 3,500. Again, no surprise there as many agents and their clients are positioning themselves for the fall market...a time when we often see listings rise after the summer holidays are behind us.
The only sub-market that was still in seller's territory was East Van condos. Every other sub-market found itself either in a balanced or buyer's market...but I expect that to shift considerably in the coming weeks.
Buckle up. Every indication is that this fall is going to be very, very busy. There is going to be a lot of competition for the best listings!