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Dec 8 - Vancouver Real Estate Week in Review

The Vancouver real estate market has seen notable developments in the past week, marked by a rise in home sales and changes in market conditions. These shifts are crucial for REALTORS® and their clients to understand, as they navigate the dynamic landscape of the Vancouver housing market.

Rise in Home Sales

November witnessed a 4.7% increase in home sales compared to the same month last year. The total number of sales was 1,702, though this was still 33% below the 10-year seasonal average for November. The increase in sales can be attributed to the higher availability of new listings, providing prospective buyers with a more extensive selection of options.

Home Prices and Market Conditions

The composite benchmark home price in November for Metro Vancouver stood at $1,185,100, which is a 4.9% increase from November 2022 but a 1% decrease from October 2023. Market conditions have been balanced since the summer, leading to flatter price trends. Most economists forecast that mortgage rates will fall modestly in 2024, potentially making market conditions more favorable for buyers.

Rising Short-Term Rental Activity

A report highlights the substantial increase in short-term rental activity in Vancouver over the past few years. Platforms like Airbnb have contributed to a surge in short-term rentals. This shortage in long-term rental options can lead to increased competition among renters and potentially higher rental prices.

Brentwood Towers Stir Burnaby Planning Concerns

Massive developments like Brentwood Towers have ignited inquiries into Burnaby's urban planning. With a focus on housing, infrastructure, and city aesthetics, questions arise about the city's growth trajectory. The need for balanced, considerate planning in the face of transformation becomes apparent.