Monthly Market Report
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Demand for housing remains strong in Greater Vancouver, as demonstrated by vigorous April homes sales. Sales of detached, attached and apartment properties reached 4,043 units in April 2005, a decrease of 1.5 per cent compared to last April’s sales of 4,103, and an increase of 30.6 per cent compared to April 2003.
“The market is strong, with sales up compared to 2003 year to date sales and just slightly lower than 2004’s record-breaking activity,” says Georges Pahud, REBGV president. “The number of listings for April was slightly lower than the same time last year, while demand remains high across all three residential property types.
“The demand is driven by a continuing combination of factors, including low interest rates, positive job market, and consumer confidence in the economy and in the real estate market.”
According to Multiple Listings Service (MLS®) data, sales of detached properties increased 3.8 per cent to 1,749 units compared to 1,685 sales in April 2004, and listings totaled 2,340 compared to 2,544 last year. The benchmark price of a detached home increased to $518,607, up 9.5 per cent from a year ago.
Sales of attached properties decreased 3.9 per cent in April 2005 to 619 units sold, compared to 644 units in April 2004, while listings decreased slightly from 843 in April 2004 to 826 last month. The benchmark price of an attached unit rose to $325,852, up 10.6 per cent from April 2004.
Sales of apartment properties decreased 5.6 per cent in April 2005 to 1,675 sales, compared to 1,774 sales in April 2004, with 2,287 listings in April 2004 compared to 2,565 last month. The benchmark price of an apartment property in Greater Vancouver, calculated by the Board’s Housing Price Index, rose to $254,121, up 11.5 per cent from one year ago.
Bright spots in Greater Vancouver in April 2005 compared to April 2004:
Coquitlam up 17.4% (175 units sold, up from 149)
Delta South up 32% (66 units sold, up from 50)
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows up 16.1% (173 units sold, up from 149)
Vancouver East up 11.9% (311 units sold, up from 278)
Richmond up 14.7% (156 units sold, up from 136)
Burnaby up 45% (219 units sold, up from 151)
New Westminster up 62.9% (114 units sold, up from 70)
Richmond up 38.1% (272 units sold, up from 197)