The real estate market in Metro Vancouver eased in June from its record-setting pace in March and April.
But sales are still going strong – with prices jumping along with them.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says the number of home sold in the region totalled 3,762 last month, up 54 per cent from the 2,443 sales recorded a year earlier, but down 11.9 per cent from the 4,268 sold in May 2021.
Sales last month were 18.4 per cent above the 10-year June sales average.
In New West, there were 106 homes sold, down from 129 in May but way up from the 71 in June 2020. There were 720 homes sold in New West from January to June, way up from just 340 in the first six months of 2020.
The median price of a single-detached home is now just under $1.3 million, up 12.4% from six months ago and 18% from a year ago.
The benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver was $1.175 million, a 14.5 per cent increase from last June and up 0.2 per cent from the prior month.
Sales of detached homes rose 45.7 per cent to 1,262, with a benchmark price of $1.8 million that was 22 per cent higher on the year but virtually unchanged from May.
Apartment home sales surged 60.5 per cent to 1,774, with a price of $737,600 that was up 8.9 per cent from the prior year, while sales of attached homes increased 53.8 per cent to 726. The benchmark price of $946,900 was up 17.4 per cent from June 2020, but just 1.1 per cent higher than May.
“Metro Vancouver’s housing market continues to experience strong seller’s market conditions, although the intensity of demand has eased from what we saw throughout most of the spring,” REBGV economist Keith Stewart said.
New listings increased 1.1 per cent to 5,849, but that marked an 18 per cent decrease from May. Total listings decreased 5.1 per cent from a year ago to 10,839.
Stewart said low interest rates, a growing economy and an improving job market is continuing to create solid economic fundamentals for the Metro Vancouver housing market.
"“We’re now seeing a market that’s beginning to normalize from the torrid pace in the spring. This is making multiple offers less common, allowing subjects to be seen on offers more frequently again, and is making new price records less likely.”
- With additional reporting by the Canadian Press