The Housing Market Scenario at the Greater Vancouver Area in 2010
As per the reports of REBGV (Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver), about 3,512 residential properties have been sold in April 2010. It is about 18.5% increase in comparison to 2,693 sales during the same month a year back and 9.1% increase (with 3,218 sales) from that of April 2008. The housing sales figure of April 2010 also signifies that there has been about 12% increase in comparison to March 2010.
There have been about 7,648 new listings (in April 2010) for attached, detached and apartment properties in the Greater Vancouver Area that amounts to about 64.5% increase as compared to the similar period in 2009. In comparison to March 2010, there has been about 9.2% increase in property listings. The sales of detached, attached and apartment properties have also increased remarkably in the past 1 year.
The housing prices have also increased during the similar time period. In the past 12 months, the HPI (Housing Price Index) benchmark for all residential real estate properties has increased from $499,021 (in April 2009) to $593,419 (in April 2010). The benchmark for detached, attached and apartment properties in April 2010 has increased by 21.2%, 16.4% and 16.9% respectively as compared to April 2009.
One of the major reasons behind the increased price of Vancouver homes is that the demand has been a lot more than the supply for the past 1 year. According to the industry experts, the housing price will continue to be higher in 2010. So, this is the ideal time for the Vancouverites to own a property before the price rises more. Moreover, the low mortgage rates may soon disappear along with the addition of 12% HST (‘Harmonized Sales Tax’, the combined federal-provincial tax) to the price of homes from July 1, 2010.
Due to the housing mortgage meltdown in US, Canadian lenders have become cautious about offering home loans to the borrowers. They’re assessing the financial condition of the mortgage borrower before originating a home loan. So, make sure that your finances are in order so that you can qualify for taking out a mortgage loan if you want to own a property in the Greater Vancouver Area, Canada.