What is the average price of a home in Vancouver?

The average price of a home in Vancouver has gone up, as the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley resale housing markets recorded some gains last month.

That’s according to a Conference Board of Canada report on Tuesday that revealed home sales rose in 21 of 28 Canadian markets between May and June this year.

Although the average selling price of a residential property dipped in the Fraser Valley, it continued on a steady climb in Vancouver.

Year over year, the selling price in Metro Vancouver went up more than eight per cent to $750,778, while it rose 0.9 per cent from May to June.

In the Fraser Valley, the price fell by 0.2 to $486,657, reversing a slight increase the month previous.

The board attributed the jump in Vancouver’s real estate prices to the large number of pricey detached homes changing hands. However, because a few luxury homes can skew the overall average price, realtors often look to the composite benchmark.

The MLS composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is $601,900, an increase of 2.3 per cent since January.

The number of Metro Vancouver sales on the Multiple Listing Service rose by more than six per cent to 28,380, while Fraser Valley sales rose by nearly seven per cent to 12,708.

Sales in Metro Vancouver were up 12 per cent over the same month last year, while they fell by eight per cent in the Fraser Valley.

The Metro Vancouver market switched from a buyers’ market to a balanced market in March, when the sales-to-listings ratio rose from 14 per cent to 15 per cent, according to Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver president-elect Ray Harris.

Source: Tiffany Crawford, Vancouver Sun

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