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Vancouver’s Housing Market: Navigating Slower Sales and Steady Prices

The Vancouver housing market has attracted considerable attention lately, with the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) recently releasing insights into its current dynamics. In this article, we’ll delve into the details, exploring how the market is adapting to factors such as increased borrowing costs and seasonal trends.


Sales and Prices Find Balance

The Vancouver housing market is striking a balance between sales and prices. In August, there were 2,296 home sales, 13.8% below the 10-year average. However, August saw a 21% surge in sales compared to the previous year, indicating an active market despite some slowing.

The composite benchmark price, surpassing $1.2 million, underlines the ongoing demand. This price reflects what’s usual for similar homes, providing a stable metric compared to average prices, which can be skewed.


Factors Driving Change

Several factors drive these shifts. One significant factor is higher borrowing costs due to rising interest rates, affecting affordability and potentially impacting sales and price growth.

Seasonal patterns also play a role. Real estate markets typically follow seasonal trends, and as fall approaches, it’s common to observe a slowdown in both sales and price growth.


Market Resilience and Adaptation

The data shows that the Vancouver housing market is defying earlier predictions of a significant slowdown. It’s essential to note that the market continuously adjusts and finds a new balance.

Andrew Lis, the board’s director of economics and data analytics, described the current situation as a “tortoise and hare story.” Sales started the year slowly, while prices continued to rise due to low inventory levels. As the year progressed, both sales and price gains moderated to align with historical seasonal patterns.

In summary, Vancouver’s housing market remains dynamic, responding to economic changes and seasonal influences. Despite some sales cooling and price stabilization, the market’s resilience is evident. As fall approaches, we anticipate further trends, providing insights for Vancouver’s real estate stakeholders.

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