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Vancouver Home Sales Fall Amid Rising Interest Rates, Here's What You Should Know

According to a RE/MAX Canada report, the average price of a home in Greater Vancouver will dip by approximately $50,000 and home sales are expected to decrease by five percent

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The RE/MAX research report reveals that the Great Vancouver Area, Canada can experience a decrease i
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Vancouver's real estate market is experiencing a noticeable slowdown, with home sales on the decline. RE/MAX's fall housing market outlook for this year has shed light on the challenges facing the Greater Vancouver area in Canada.
Between January and July of this year, the average residential sale price for homes in Greater Vancouver stood at $1,258,179. Although the pricing stood at a nominal pace, it saw a decline from the previous year when the average price was $1,284,973. However, the drop in home values is not the only concern for the Vancouver market.
Home sales have also seen a significant decline. In the same period in 2021, there were 2,954 home sales in Greater Vancouver. And the same period in 2022 saw the numbers adding to just 2,417 sales. This large drop in sales activity points to a cooling market, which is again predicted by RE/MAX for this year as well.
RE/MAX anticipates that by the end of 2023, the average price of a home in Greater Vancouver will dip by approximately $50,000. According to the report, by year-end, the average cost of a home in Greater Vancouver may settle at $1,233,015, and home sales are expected to decrease by five percent.
With the Bank of Canada (BoC) announcing that it left the benchmark interest rate unchanged at five percent following the September policy meeting, the property rates in Greater Vancouver may experience change.
Although the bank mentioned that this decision came in line with the market expectation, in its policy statement, the BoC repeated that it remains concerned by the persistence of underlying inflationary pressure and noted that it is prepared to raise rates again if needed.
However, the combination of declining home prices, reduced sales activity, and the potential impact of interest rate changes all boils down to buyers being careful about their financial planning in these uncertain times. Whether it is buyers strategizing for better affordability or sellers considering their pricing strategies, the Vancouver real estate market is evolving, and the best outcome can be gained by adapting to the changing trends.

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