Don’t Believe the Hype, Vancouver Housing is Headed Lower in 2020

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Prices for Greater Vancouver are apparently headed higher in 2020. So says the Real Estate Board, unfortunately their forecasting track record is suspect to say the least. We cannot seem to recall a time when the GVREB had a negative forecast.

Prices in fact are down 7% from November 2018 or $120,000 dollar lower on an average sales price basis. Other marketing companies have recently come out with their “forecasts”…. maybe, just maybe they have an ulterior motive, rather than being objective market analysts. I remember another analyst saying “if you have a 20 year forecast you can buy now” so that portfolio is down $120,000, good thing for the long term outlook.

Eitel Insights clients and followers have been rewarded with lower prices and more inventory which is exactly what we forecasted, when the market was at the peak. Actionable Intelligence is our motto and those who have taken advantage of our analytical approach have saved time and money. Equally importantly a great night’s sleep. Not all markets in Greater Vancouver are created equal some areas are closer to the bottom while the majority still have significant percentage losses to come.

The time to invest is on the horizon however not at our feet yet. 2020 will experience need based selling as prices dip to 1.4 Million testing the current market cycle’s previously established prices. At the 1.4 Million price point the market will have correct a total of 23% from the peak. Indicated in our chart. Not to mention prices will be back down the 2015 level, indicating all gains over the previous 5 years will have been erased.

Sales ran like a scared cat from the near term high in sales indicated by the chart. One noticeable trend is there is an uptrend that has been established. We anticipate see the seasonal fall off over the next few months. Of course the buyers are still feeling the relief of the stress test mitigation. However patience is a virtue and those purchasers willing to wait will be rewarded with stiffer competition amongst sellers in 2020 and 2021.

The inventory came in at 4957 active listings which has broken out of the technical uptrend that had propelled the market higher since Feb 2016. The interesting factor with the inventory is, properties that were newly listed in November were 1,070 and the sales were 834. Indicating the newly listed properties that are appropriately priced are likely the ones receiving the acceptable offers. Properties that have been on the market for months are continuing to sit there, this is best exemplified by the chart below which shows the average days on market to before a sale is achieved. The days on market currently sits at 57 which would be lowering in the market was truly bottoming. 2020 will see the inventory tick back up and surpass the 7000 active listings that the market experienced in the summer of 2018. Largely due to the need based selling upcoming.

Money saved is money earned. Since our initial forecast that the Greater Vancouver Market had indeed topped out and prices would begin to trend lower. The market has realized a $360,000 price loss. For an individual report please visit

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