The Vancouver real estate market has trended below historical averages for a full year now. Last month’s sales were the second lowest February total in the region since 2001, and the figures were 30.9 per cent below the ten-year sales average for the month.
Eugen Klein, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) president, confirms:
Sales in February followed recent trends and were below seasonal averages, though our members tell us they saw more traffic at open houses last month compared to the previous six to eight months.
Vancouver BC real estate market grew for almost seven consequent years, one of the longest and fastest growths ever recorded in Canada. Average home prices between years 2001-2007 almost doubled, while inflation in mentioned period was less than 14%. Naturally, such development severely lowered affordability of housing in Vancouver, especially for first time buyers.
When the well-known problems began on the US real estate market, Vancouver real estate seemed immune and continued to grow till the beginning of 2008. However, in that time the pressure of affordability demand began to influence our market and Realtors noticed slowdown, which grew much stronger in next months. Average price first stabilized and later dropped. With the outbreak of global economic crisis in the autumn 2008, Vancouver real estate sales fell to record-low values in January and February 2009 igniting the fear of painful and long real estate crisis, the same one we witnessed in the USA.
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