With home buyer demand below long-term historical averages in June, the supply of homes for sale continued to grow in Metro Vancouver.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,077 in June 2019, a 14.4% decrease from the 2,425 sales recorded in June 2018. Last month's sales were 34.7% below the 10-year June sales average, the lowest total for the month since 2000.
"We're continuing to see an expectation gap between home buyers and sellers in Metro Vancouver," said Ashley Smith, REBGV president. "Sellers are often trying to get yesterday's values for their homes while buyers are taking a cautious, wait-and-see approach."
The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 14,968, a 25.3% increase compared to June 2018 (11,947).
"Home buyers haven't had this much selection to choose from in five years," Smith said. "For sellers to be successful in today's market, it's important to work with your local REALTOR® to make sure you're pricing your home for these conditions."
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $998,700. This represents a 9.6% decrease over June 2018 and a 0.8% decrease compared to May 2019.
This is the first time the composite benchmark has been below $1 million since May 2017.
Sales of detached homes in June 2019 reached 746, a 2.6% decrease from the 766 detached sales recorded in June last year. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,423,500. This represents a 10.9% decrease from June 2018 and a 0.1% increase compared to May 2019.
Sales of apartment homes reached 941 in June 2019, a 24.1% decrease compared to the 1,240 sales in June 2018. The benchmark price of an apartment property is $654,700. This represents an 8.9% decrease from a year ago and a 1.4% decrease compared to May 2019.
Attached home sales in June 2019 totalled 390, a 6.9% decrease compared to the 419 sales in June 2018. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $774,700. This represents an 8.6% decrease from June 2018 and a 0.6% decrease compared to last month.