July 2018 Vancouver West Stats

July 2018


Typically, the real estate market will slow down in the summer months, with an increase slightly in mid - September and then take a slower turn as it approaches November. Below are the statistics for July 2018 in comparison to July 2017.

Detached Properties:                                                         One year Change


Total Active Listings                          858                                        +6.3%

Sales                                                  57                                         -23%
Days on Market Average                   54                                         +50%
MLS HPI Benchmark Price                $3,356,500                           -8.4%
             
Condos:

Total Active Listings                         1203                                       +20.2%

Sales                                                 295                                         -25.5%

Days on Market Average                    17                                         +52.9%
MLS HPI Benchmark Price              $835,200                                 +6.6%

Townhomes:

Total Active Listings                          198                                          +22%
Sales                                                  39                                           -2.5%
Days on Market Average                   29                                          +107%
MLS HPI Benchmark Price              $1,288,600                              +4.0%



What does all this mean?

In the detached home market on the west side of Vancouver, prices are down around 8% from last year, sales activity is down as well, and listings are up. All of this creates a BUYER'S MARKET - great time to BUY!


For condos, activity continues to be strong, with prices up, listing numbers up, but activity down in the summer months. It is a SELLER'S MARKET.


For townhomes, which is a small market on the west side, listings are up, sales slightly down but prices still on the rise. One reason for this is lack of supply and high demand, especially amonst the down sizing crowd. This is a BALANCED MARKET.



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Michael Geller, a contributor to the Vancouver Courier re: real estate/housing issues, always has a clear and calm view of the situation.

Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades: Vancouver Sun front page story March 10, 2018

      
While I didn't write this story, I feel partially responsible for it.
     During the recent debate about the forthcoming North-east False Creek development, much was made of the city's promise to include significant affordable housing. This prompted me to comment that this was a noble goal, but before getting too excited about these units, what about the 6 empty social housing parcels lying fallow along the North Shore of False Creek?
     I knew about these parcels because I was given a tour of them by Concord Pacific during the 2008 municipal election. Furthermore, I was involved as an expert witness in a lawsuit over them a few years ago. Following my comments, Lori Cuthbert contacted me. I happily put her in touch with Cameron Gray, who was the City's Housing Director, and while not directly involved in the acquisition of these sites, knew why they remained undeveloped.
     I told Lori that I thought it was outrageous that these sites remained undeveloped, not as a criticism of Concord Pacific, but rather of the city, province and feds who could have come up with a strategy to see these parcels developed with affordable housing, even in the absence of deep government subsidies. Enough said.

     http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/three-decades-ago-six-big-lots-in-vancouvers-trendy-false-creek-were-reserved-for-affordable-housing-they-remain-empty-today-will-these-600-homes-for-families-and-seniors-finally-be-built