Kitsilano a busy market in August as inventory declines and prices rise

Kitsilano condo and townhouse sales activity keep its momentum in August and led Westside neighbourhoods alongside Fairview. When compared to July inventory in Kitsilano cumulatively decreased by 10%, sales increased by 3.8%, and average sale prices rose for the the fourth month consecutive month, this time 3.8% over July.  Townhouse demand exceeded that for condo's during the month.

How do we know it’s a Seller’s market? List to Sales Ratio

  • A buyer’s market has a 0-12% list to sales ratio
  • A balanced market has a 12-20% list to sales ratio
  • A seller’s market has a 21% or greater list to sales ratio

Looking at August sales activity the Kitsilano condo market had a 59% list to sales ratio, resulting from 91 listings on MLS and 54 condo & townhome sales.

What does it mean?

Generally, analysts say downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12 per cent for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

The BIGGER picture

Here’s the breakdown for condo’s & town homes on Vancouver’s Westside in August:

• Overall a Sellers market with a 23% list to sales ratio, unchanged since July (a 2.3 out of 10 selling rate)
• The most active price range was for homes priced between $400k-$500K.
• Homes are selling on average at 100% of list price.
• Buyer’s Best Bet: Homes between $2M to $2.25M, Oakridge, SW Marine, South Cambie, and up to 4 bedroom properties.
• Seller’s Best Bet: Selling Homes in Fairview, Kitsilano, Quilchena, and up to 1 bedroom properties

In August this year condo and townhouse inventory rose by 1%, sale prices increased by 4%, while total sales were the same as July.

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All stats derived from Dean Wegman & SnapStats.