Metro Vancouver home buyers out in force in March

(April 14, 2015 , posted in Market Update)

VANCOUVER, B.C. – April 2, 2015 – Demand continued to rise across Metro Vancouver's
housing market in March.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in
Greater Vancouver reached 4,060 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in March 2015.
This represents a 53.7 per cent increase compared to the 2,641 sales recorded in March 2014, and
a 32.6 per cent increase compared to the 3,061 sales in February 2015.

Last month’s sales were 26.8 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month.
"We're seeing strong competition amongst home buyers today. This is leading to more multiple
offer situations and some upward pressure on home prices,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president
said. “For sellers, this means that it's taking less time, on average, for your home to sell if you
have it priced correctly for today's market."

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totaled 5,968
in March. This represents a 13 per cent increase compared to the 5,281 new listings reported in
March 2014.  Last month’s new listing count was 4.7 per cent higher than the region’s 10-year new listing
average for the month.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the REBGV MLS® is 12,376, a 14.5
per cent decline compared to March 2014 and a 4 per cent increase compared to February 2015.
“The number of homes for sale today is below what’s typical for this time of year,” McLeod
said. “If you’ve been considering putting your property on the market, these market conditions
indicate that now may be a good time to list.”

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro
Vancouver is currently $660,700. This represents a 7.2 per cent increase compared to March
2014.

The sales-to-active-listings ratio in March was 32.8 per cent. This is the highest that this ratio has
been in Metro Vancouver since July 2007.

Sales of detached properties in March 2015 reached 1,711, an increase of 53.3 per cent from the
1,116 detached sales recorded in March 2014, and an 83.4 per cent increase from the 933 units
sold in March 2013. The benchmark price for a detached property in Metro Vancouver increased
11.2 per cent from March 2014 to $1,052,800.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,627 in March 2015, an increase of 47.1 per cent
compared to the 1,106 sales in March 2014, and an increase of 65.7 per cent compared to the 982
sales in March 2013. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 3.3 per cent from
March 2014 to $390,200.

Attached property sales in March 2015 totaled 722, an increase of 72.3 per cent compared to the
419 sales in March 2014, and a 67.1 per cent increase from the 432 attached properties sold in
March 2013. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 4.9 per cent between March
2014 and 2015 to $484,900.

*Editor’s Note: Areas covered by Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Whistler, Sunshine Coast,
Squamish, West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Port Moody,
Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and South Delta.

The real estate industry is a key economic driver in British Columbia. In 2014, 33,116 homes changed ownership in the Board’s area, generating $2.136 billion in economic spin-off activity and an estimated 16,227 jobs. The total dollar value of residential sales transacted through the MLS® system in Greater Vancouver totalled $27.3 billion in 2014.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is an association representing nearly 12,000 REALTORS® and
their companies. The Board provides a variety of member services, including the Multiple Listing Service®. For more information on real estate, statistics, and buying or selling a home, contact a local REALTOR® or visit www.rebgv.org.