<p>While down from last year's record numbers, Metro Vancouver's home sale activity remained elevated in March. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region decreased 23.9% from the 5,708 sales recorded in March 2021 (4,344 in March 2022) and a 26.9% increase from the 3,424 homes sold in February 2022.
Last month's sales were 25.5% above the 10-year March sales average.
"March of 2021 was the highest selling month in our history. This year's activity, while still elevated, is happening at a calmer pace than we experienced 12 months ago," said REBGV Chair, Daniel John. "Home buyers are keeping a close eye on rising interest rates, hoping to make a move before their locked-in rates expire."
In March 2022, there were 6,673 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver. This represents a 19.5% decrease compared to the 8,287 homes listed in March 2021 and a 22% increase compared to February 2022 when 5,471 homes were listed.
The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 7,628, a 16.6% decrease compared to March 2021 (9,145) and a 13.1% increase compared to February 2022 (6,742).
"We're still seeing upward pressure on prices across all housing categories in the region. Lack of supply is driving this pressure," said John. "The number of homes listed for sale on our MLS® system today is less than half of what's needed to shift the market into balanced territory."
For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for March 2022 is 56.9% - 38.8% for detached homes, 73.3% for townhomes, and 70.3% for apartments.
Generally, analysts say downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12% for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20% over several months.
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,360,500, representing a 20.7% increase over March 2021 and a 3.6% increase compared to February 2022.
Sales of detached homes in March 2022 reached 1,291, a 34.3% decrease from the 1,965 detached sales recorded in March 2021. The benchmark price for a detached home is $2,118,600, a 23.4% increase from March 2021 and a 3.6% increase compared to February 2022.
Sales of apartment homes reached 2,310 in March 2022, a 14.3% decrease compared to the 2,697 sales in March 2021. The benchmark price of an apartment home is $835,500, a 16.8% increase from March 2021 and a 3.4% increase compared to February 2022.
Attached home sales in March 2022 totalled 743, a 29.0% decrease compared to the 1,046 sales in March 2021. The benchmark price of an attached home is $1,138,300, a 4.4% increase from March 2021 and a 28.1% increase compared to February 2022.