Greater Vancouver Condo Prices Remains Flat, Despite Some Multiple Offers

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Prices in February had an average sales price of $666,769. Signalling a 6th month in a row of a 1% price range. Prices have held in correction territory with prices down 11% from the peak which occurred January 2018 with prices at $751,632. We still expect volatility to impact the condo market in the upcoming months. Up first will be a retest of the lower middle threshold of $635,000, which would bring the market down a further 5% from current levels. Once that level fails the next price level test would be $600,000. Ultimately we forecast the bottom of the Condo market to occur in the early part of 2021 with around $525,000 a 30% correction from the peak.

Eitel Insights has heard that some condos have been receiving multiple offers. We are not surprised by this short lived reality. We have been stating that there is a great opportunity to sell. With low inventory in the market, there is a lineup of potential purchasers that are eagerly awaiting property priced listings. When one such listing has come to the market those buyers have entered into minor bidding wars. A warning though, as each listing is purchase that has the forced effect of lessening the potential buyer’s pool.

After this imbalance between supply demand is corrected prices will again decline to previously established prices. In other words continue lower in the current market cycle.

There were 1064 sold properties in Feb mirroring the number from December just a few months ago. A large portion of purchasing occurred in the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2019 that is in large part due to popular areas around Greater Vancouver had dropped 20% – 30%, which in turn brought the sidelined buyers back into the purchasing game.

The trend is your friend, there are powerful downtrends in play with the sales totals. While the sharp rebound uptrend has been nullified. Eitel Insights does believe a higher low has been put in place, however, the market also seems to have found an artificial top that the sales cannot overcome.

The Inventory increased roughly 700 listings from January. Totalling 3700 Active listings in Greater Vancouver in February. With spring rapidly approaching we anticipate a rather substantial jump in listings over the next few months.

Throughout spring and summer the inventory regain the 5000 active listing level, we are confident. A repeat test of 6000 is a likely possibility as well.

The frenzied presale market of 2016 is beginning to rear its ugly head. Those pre sold properties are just beginning to hit the market. Some buildings are seeing 25% of the building for sale while an additional 25% of the building is for rent. Meaning 50% of the building is available in one way or another. This does not bode well for the overall market as this is just one early example.

Major losses in the Real Estate portfolio could have been mitigated by all-time high levels stock markets. The Dow Jones (DJIA) recent decrease from 29,500 to under 24,000 which has a major impact to the bank account.

Add it all up and you shouldn’t be surprised to see prices decrease a few levels lower than they are currently selling for in the not too distant future.

We have stated the past few months have been a great opportunity to sell. Here is some proof we were correct again. The Days on Market of sold properties dramatically decreased month over month from 43 days in Jan to only 31 in February. We anticipate this trend will continue for the next few months until the inventory levels surpass 5000 active listings. This opportunity to sell with less competition is rapidly closing. Eitel Insights urges those thinking of selling to act now before you become another casualty of this upcoming chaos.

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