October housing sales consistent with record highs

Vancouver, B.C. November 5, 2007 – The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that total residential sales reached 3028 units in October 2007, an increase of 11.2 per cent compared to 2,722 sales in October 2006, and a 2.3 per cent decrease compared to the 3,099 units sold in October 2005.
 Property listings remain relatively unchanged compared to last year’s levels, with 4,819 active listings at October month-end, compared to 4,862 last year.
“This is only the fourth time in 25 years that sales have surpassed the 3,000 mark in the month of October,” says REBGV president Brian Naphtali. “What we’re seeing is a buoyant market fueled by strong demand from both first-time and repeat buyers.
“The economy is healthy,” Naphtali says. “There’s virtually no unemployment. Interest rates are steady. These are all factors affecting the continued strong demand for housing.”
According to Multiple Listings Service® (MLS®) data, sales of apartment properties increased by 17.4 per cent to 1,368 sales in October 2007 compared to 1,165 sales in October 2006. The benchmark price of an apartment property in Greater Vancouver, calculated by the MLSLink® Housing Price Index, is $371,418, up 11.4 per cent from one year ago.
Sales of attached properties increased by 11.7 per cent in October 2007 to 527 sales, compared to 472 sales in October 2006. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $454,645, up 10.8 per cent from a year ago.
Sales of detached properties increased by 4.4 per cent in October 2007 to 1,133 sales, compared to 1,085 sales in October 2006. The benchmark price of a detached unit is $730,022, up 12.2 per cent from last year.
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