"This is the second month, seasonally adjusted, we see a rising trend in consumer demand," said Cameron Muir, B.C. Real Estate Association chief economist. "I'm calling this a transition year. I think we're about to embark on another upswing."
While west side realtor Sam Wyatt is also reporting an uptick in sales...
Months of Inventory (MOI) fell to 5 months for Vancouver detached homes. It remained at, and fell to under 5 months for attached homes and apartments respectively.
Vancouver real estate is now back to the MOI levels of last spring. I was pleasantly surprised that May was a such a good month for sales volumes for both my clients and the Vancouver market. Those sales volumes are what helped drive down the MOI in spite of high volumes of active listings.
Sales volumes generally peak in the Spring so it is likely that May will be the high point for the year (though I said that about March). May's real estate sales are comparable to May of last year but the trend to lower volumes of sales remains apparent. Unlike sales volumes, active listings don't typically peak until mid summer so It will be very interesting to see whether sales remain strong and listing volumes drop over the next few months. I will be surprised if either is the case.
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