Prices hold firm as home buyers and sellers conclude 2012
from the sidelines
VANCOUVER, B.C. – January 3, 2013 – The Greater Vancouver housing market experienced
below average home sale totals, typical home listing activity and modest declines in home prices
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that total sales of detached,
attached and apartment properties in 2012 reached 25,032, a 22.7 per cent decline from the
32,387 sales recorded in 2011, and an 18.2 per cent decrease from the 30,595 residential sales in
2010. Last year’s home sale total was 25.7 per cent below the ten-year average for annual
Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) sales in the region.
The number of residential properties listed for sale on the MLS® in Greater Vancouver declined
2 per cent in 2012 to 58,379 compared to the 59,539 properties listed in 2011. Looking back
further, last year’s total represents a 0.6 per cent increase compared to the 58,009 residential
properties listed in 2010. Last year’s listing total was 6.1 per cent above the ten-year average for
annual MLS® property listings in the region.
“For much of 2012 we saw a collective hesitation on the part of buyers and sellers in the Greater
Vancouver housing market. This behavior was reflected in lower than average home sale activity
and modest fluctuations in home prices,” Eugen Klein, REBGV president said.
Residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 1,142 in December 2012, a decrease of
31.1 per cent from the 1,658 sales recorded in December 2011 and a 32.3 per cent decline
compared to November 2012 when 1,686 home sales occurred.
December sales were 38.4 per cent below the 10-year December sales average of 1,855.
Since reaching a peak in May of $625,100, the MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark
price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver has declined 5.8 per cent to $590,800.
This represents a 2.3 per cent decline when compared to this time last year.
“We saw home prices come down a bit during the latter half of the year. During the same period,
we saw fewer home sales and listings,” Klein said.
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 1,380
in December 2012. This represents a 15.3 per cent decline compared to the 1,629 units listed in
December 2011 and a 50 per cent decline compared to November 2012 when 2,758 properties were listed.
Sales of detached properties in December 2012 reached 425, a decrease of 32.5 per cent from the
630 detached sales recorded in December 2011, and a 44.7 per cent decrease from the 769 units
sold in December 2010. The benchmark price for detached properties decreased 2.7 per cent
from December 2011 to $904,200. Since reaching a peak in May, the benchmark price of a
detached property has declined 6.5%.
Sales of apartment properties reached 504 in December 2012, a decline of 34.9 per cent
compared to the 774 sales in December 2011, and a decrease of 37.9 per cent compared to the
811 sales in December 2010.The benchmark price of an apartment property decreased 1.9 per
cent from December 2011 to $361,200. Since reaching a peak in May, the benchmark price of an
apartment property has declined 12.8%.
Attached property sales in December 2012 totalled 213, a decline of 16.1 per cent compared to
the 254 sales in December 2011, and a 33.2 per cent decrease from the 319 attached properties
sold in December 2010. The benchmark price of an attached unit decreased 2.6 per cent between
December 2011 and 2012 to $450,900. Since reaching a peak in April, the benchmark price of an
attached property has declined 4.4%.
“Activity continues to vary depending on area so it’s important to work with your REALTOR®
and other professionals to understand the trends in your area of interest,” Klein said.