Recently released reports on the Lower Mainland’s real estate market hold a message for the sellers of high-end homes in West Vancouver: The party, it would seem, is over.
In a June 4 data package, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reported that regional home sales had seen their slowest May since 2001, and that the decline had been led by a once white-hot West Vancouver and other pricey enclaves.
For much of last year and perhaps longer, the Lower Mainland saw a frenzy of buying at the upper end of the market, widely believed to be driven by an influx of investment from China. The phenomenon pushed the price of already expensive property into the stratosphere, with a typical West Vancouver detached home jumping 20 per cent in just 12 months, according to the board. Tony neighbourhoods in Richmond and Vancouver’s west side saw similarly disproportionate booms.
The latest batch of data, however, suggests that surge in luxury purchases has slowed. Sales in West Vancouver saw a dramatic drop in May, according to the real estate board, with just 100 residences changing hands compared to 201 for the same month last year.
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