Metro Vancouver housing market prices will get on like a house on fire in March

Mar 6 2022, 12:15 am

If you think the local housing market in 2022 has been wild so far, March just said, “Hold my beer.”

According to a new report from Dexter Realty, March is poised to be a landmark month for Metro Vancouver housing prices.

February 2022 saw significant increases in listings and high home sales, and Dexter Realty says this March will be a “barn-burner.”

“March of last year produced the highest number of new listings and the highest number of sales by month in 2021, which ended up posting the all-time annual high of almost 45,000 sales,” reads the report.

Low housing supply

Even though there have been some recent increases in new listings, most areas have extremely low supply.

“North Vancouver, New Westminster, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Tsawwassen, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge are among markets with just a one-month’s supply of homes for sale,” reads the report.

Unless there’s a massive, sudden increase in available supply, Dexter Realty says “the start of the spring buying season should continue to see the higher prices and multiple offers that characterize a lack of supply amidst high demand.”

Condo, townhouse, detached home sales

In February, condo apartment sales dominated the market in Metro Vancouver, driven by greater supply and lower prices than other property types combined with demand from investors.

“With vacancy rates back to their record lows, investors know there is a need for rental housing – something the governments in all cities haven’t been able to adequately supply,” reads the report.

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Dexter Realty

They predict a looming shortage in condos and point out that benchmark prices are 15.9% higher now than they were a year ago.

Detached home sales dropped year-over-year in February “due to a lack of choice and buyer resistance to a record high benchmark price of $2,044,800,” and there aren’t enough townhouses to go around.

Just 90 new townhouses have been started in Metro Vancouver this year as of February 1, according to Dexter Realty.

It’s a seller’s market across the board, so if you’re looking to buy, expect more competition and sticker shock in March.

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