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Attached please find the latest statistics from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.


The News Release outlines a start to summer that is even slower than usual. A bearish effect from higher interest rates and new stringent mortgage rules on both Buyers and Sellers is resulting in less upward pressure on prices. This is particularly so regarding detached properties which, going by the sales-to-active-listings ration, have entered into Buyer’s market territory. Last month total residential sales are down 30.1 percent compared to July 2017. July to July new listings decrease 9.2 percent but the total inventory of listed properties is up 32 percent year to year. Last month the composite value of all Metro Vancouver properties increases 6.7 percent over the previous July.


The graph shows the average price of Metro Vancouver detached properties dropping a significant 8.3 percent from June to July. The benchmark price for detached houses last month compared to July 2017 is up 1.5 percent. The volume of house sales is down year to year by 32.9 percent


East side house prices for the first time in many, many months record a year over year decrease, down 1.7 percent. This July over July 2017 Vancouver east detached sales drop 39.6 percent. July to July inventory is down 25 percent.


June to July east side house sales fall 30.9 percent. Month to month east side inventory is reduced 21.2 percent.