VANCOUVER, BC – September 2, 2016 – For the second straight month, home buyer demand in

Metro Vancouver* moved off of the record-breaking pace seen earlier this year and returned to more typical levels.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Metro Vancouver totalled 2,489 in August 2016, a decline of 26 per cent compared to the 3,362 sales in August 2015; 10.2 percent less than the 2,771 sales in August 2014; and one percent less than the 2,514 sales in August 2013. August 2016 sales also represent a 22.8 percent decline compared to lastmonth’s sales.

From a historical perspective, last month’s sales were 3.5 percent below the 10-year sales average for the month.

“The record-breaking sales we saw earlier this year were replaced by more historically normal activity throughout July and August,” Dan Morrison, REBGV president said. "Sales have been trending downward in Metro Vancouver for a few months. The new foreign buyer tax appears to have added to this trend by reducing foreign buyer activity and causing some uncertainty amongst local home buyers and sellers.

“It’ll take some months before we can really understand the impact of the new tax. We'll be interested to see the government's next round of foreign buyer data."

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 4,293 in August 2016. This represents an increase of 0.3 percent compared to the 4,281 units listed in August 2015 and an 18.1 percent decrease compared to July 2016 when 5,241 properties were listed.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® in Metro Vancouver is 8,506, a 21.9 percent decline compared to August 2015 (10,897) and a 1.9 percent increase from July 2016 (8,351).

The sales-to-active listings ratio for August 2016 is 29.3 percent. This is indicative of a seller’s market.

Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 percent mark, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it reaches the 20 to 22 percent range in a particular community for a sustained period.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $933,100. This represents a 31.4 percent increase compared to August 2015 and a 4.9 percent increase over the last three months.

“In aggregate, we continue to see an imbalance between supply and demand in most communities. However, we’re also seeing fewer detached sales in the highest price points and fewer detached home sales relative to all residential sales,” Morrison said. “This is causing average sale prices to show a decline in recent months, while benchmark home prices remain virtually unchanged from July.”

The average price is the simplest home price measure to explain but is not the most accurate since it may be skewed by the mix of properties. More high-end or low-end sales will skew the number up or down. Based on the Consumer Price Index, MLS HPI® benchmark prices are a more reliable and stable indicator of typical home prices across regions over time.

Sales of detached properties in August 2016 reached 715, a decrease of 44.6 percent from the 1,290 detached sales recorded in August 2015. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 35.8 percent from August 2015 to $1,577,300. This represents a 4.2 percent increase over the last three months.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,343 in August 2016, a decrease of 10.1 percent compared to the 1,494 sales in August 2015.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 26.9 percent from August 2015 to $514,300. This represents a 6.1 per cent increase over the last three months.

Attached property sales in August 2016 totalled 431, a decrease of 25.4 percent compared to the 578 sales in August 2015. The benchmark price of an attached home increased 31.1 percent from August 2015 to $677,600. This represents a 7.1 percent increase over the last three months.

 

 

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VANCOUVER, BC – August 3, 2016 – Metro Vancouver* homes sales resembled more typical levels in July.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in the region totalled 3,226 in July 2016, a decrease of 18.9 percent from the 3,978 sales recorded in July 2015 and a decrease of 26.7 percent compared to June 2016 when 4,400 homes sold.

This is the first time since January that home sales in the region have registered below 4,000 in a month.

“After several months of record-breaking sales activity, home buyer demand returned to more historically normal levels in July,” Dan Morrison, REBGV president said.

Last month’s sales were 6.5 percent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

“Home sale activity showed some moderating signs in late June and this carried into July,” Morrison said. “We’ll wait and watch over the next few months to see if this marks the return of more normal market trends,”

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 5,241 in July 2016. This represents a 2.5 percent increase compared to the 5,112 units listed in July 2015 and a 10.8 percent decrease compared to June 2016 when 5,875 properties were listed.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 8,351, a 27.4 percent decline compared to July 2015 (11,505) and a 6.9 percent increase compared to June 2016 (7,812).

The sales-to-active listings ratio for July 2016 is 38.6 percent. Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 percent mark, while home prices experience upward pressure when it reaches the 20 to 22 percent range in a particular community for a sustained period of time.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $930,400. This represents a 32.6 percent increase compared to July 2015.

Sales of detached properties in July 2016 reached 1,077, a decrease of 30.9 percent from the 1,559 detached sales recorded in July 2015. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 38 percent from July 2015 to $1,578,300.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,602 in July 2016, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to the 1,729 sales in July 2015.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 27.4 percent from July 2015 to $510,600.

Attached property sales in July 2016 totalled 547, a decrease of 20.7 percent compared to the 690 sales in July 2015. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 29.4 percent from July 2015 to $669,000.

 

 

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VANCOUVER, BC – July 5, 2016 – Home buyers continue to compete for homes listed for sale across the Metro Vancouver housing market.

Residential property sales in the region totalled 4,400 in June 2016, an increase of 0.6 percent from the 4,375 sales recorded in June 2015 and a decrease of 7.7 percent compared to May 2016 when 4,769 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 28.1 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month and rank as the highest selling June on record.

"While we're starting to see more properties coming onto the market in recent months, the imbalance between supply and demand continues to influence market conditions," Dan Morrison REBGV president said.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 5,875 in June 2016. This represents an increase of 1.2 percent compared to the 5,803 units listed in June 2015 and a 6.6 percent decrease compared to May 2016 when 6,289 properties were listed.

“Since March, we’ve seen more homes listed for sale in our market than in any other four-month period this decade,” Morrison said.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 7,812, a 35.9 percent decline compared to June 2015 (12,181) and a 1.1 percent increase compared to May 2016 (7,726).

The sales-to-active listings ratio for June 2016 is 56.3 percent. While clearly indicative of a seller’s market, this is the lowest this measure has been since February.

Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 percent mark, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it reaches the 20 to 22 percent range in a particular community for a sustained period of time.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $917,800. This represents a 32.1 percent increase compared to June 2015.

Sales of detached properties in June 2016 reached 1,562, a decrease of 18.6 percent from the 1,920 detached sales recorded in June 2015. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 38.7 percent from June 2015 to $1,561,500.

Sales of apartment properties reached 2,108 in June 2016, an increase of 18.8 percent compared to the 1,774 sales in June 2015.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 25.3 percent from June 2015 to $501,100.

Attached property sales in June 2016 totalled 730, an increase of 7.2 percent compared to the 681 sales in June 2015. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 28.1 percent from June 2015 to $656,900.

 

 

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VANCOUVER, BC – June 2, 2016 – Metro Vancouver* homes continue to sell at an unprecedented rate in communities across the region.

Residential property sales on the region's Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) totalled 4,769 in May 2016, an increase of 17.6 percent from the 4,056 sales recorded in May 2015 and a decrease of 0.3 percent compared to April 2016 when 4,781 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 35.3 percent above the 10-year sales average for the month and rank as the highest sales total on record for May.

"Home sellers are becoming more active in recent months, although that activity is being outpaced by home buyer demand today," Dan Morrison, REBGV president said.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 6,289 in May 2016. This represents an increase of 11.5 percent compared to the 5,641 units listed in May 2015 and a 2.6 percent increase compared to April 2016 when 6,127 properties were listed.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 7,726, a 37.3 percent decline compared to May 2015 (12,336) and a 2.3 percent increase compared to April 2016 (7,550).

"Economic and job growth in Metro Vancouver is out performing most regions in the country. This is helping to underpin today’s activity," Morrison said.

The sales-to-active listings ratio for May 2016 is 61.7 percent. This is indicative of a seller’s market.

Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 percent mark, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it reaches the 20 to 22 percent range in a particular community for a sustained period of time.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $889,100. This represents a 29.7 percent increase compared to May 2015.

Sales of detached properties in May 2016 reached 1,865, an increase of 8.2 percent from the 1,723 detached sales recorded in May 2015. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 36.9 percent from May 2015 to $1,513,800.

Sales of apartment properties reached 2,150 in May 2016, an increase of 34.4 percent compared to the 1,600 sales in May 2015. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 22.3 percent from May 2015 to $485,000.

Attached property sales in May 2016 totalled 754, an increase of 2.9 percent compared to the 733 sales in May 2015. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 24.9 percent from May 2015 to $632,400.

 

 

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VANCOUVER, BC – May 3, 2016 –Last month was the highest selling April on record for Metro Vancouver.*

Residential property sales in the region totalled 4,781 in April 2016, an increase of 14.4 percent from the 4,179 sales recorded in April 2015 and a decrease of 7.6 percent compared to March 2016 when 5,173 homes sold.

April sales were 41.7 percent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

“Home buyer competition remains intense across the region,” Dan Morrison, REBGV president said. “Whether you’re a home buyer or seller, it’s important to work with your local REALTOR® to get the information you need and to develop a strategy that will help you navigate today’s market.”

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 6,127 in April 2016. This represents an increase of 3.9 percent compared to the 5,897 units listed in April 2015 and a 2.4 percent decline compared to March 2016 when 6,278 properties were listed.

"While we’re seeing more homes listed for sale in recent months, supply is still chasing this unprecedented surge of demand in our marketplace," Morrison said.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 7,550, a 39.3 percent decline compared to April 2015 (12,436) and a 2.6 percent increase compared to March 2016 (7,358).

The sales-to-active listings ratio for April 2016 is 63.3 percent. This is indicative of a seller’s market.

Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 percent mark, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it reaches the 20 to 22 percent range in a particular community for a sustained period of time.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $844,800. This represents a 25.3 percent increase compared to April 2015.

Sales of detached properties in April 2016 reached 1,979, an increase of 9 percent from the 1,815 detached sales recorded in April 2015. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 30.1 percent from April 2015 to $1,403,200.

Sales of apartment properties reached 2,107 in April 2016, an increase of 33.4 percent compared to the 1,579 sales in April 2015.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 20.6 percent from April 2015 to $475,000.

Attached property sales in April 2016 totalled 695, a decrease of 11.5 percent compared to the 785 sales in April 2015. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 22.1 percent from April 2015 to $608,600.

 

 

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – April 4, 2016 –Metro Vancouver* home sales eclipsed 5,000 in March for the first time on record.

Residential property sales in the region totalled 5,173 in March 2016, an increase of 27.4 percent from the 4,060 sales recorded in March 2015 and an increase of 24 per cent compared to February 2016 when 4,172 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 56 percent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

"March was the highest selling month the REBGV has ever recorded,” Dan Morrison, REBGV president said. “Today's demand is broad based. Home buyers are active in neighbourhoods across our region."

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 6,278 in March 2016. This represents an increase of 5.2 percent compared to the 5,968 units listed in March 2015 and an 8 percent increase compared to February 2016 when 5,812 properties werelisted.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 7,358, a 40.5 percent decline compared to March 2015 (12,376) and a 0.8 percent increase compared to February 2016 (7,299).

“Strong job and economic growth in our province, positive net migration and low interest rates are helping to drive this activity," Morrison said.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $815,000. This represents a 23.2 percent increase compared to March 2015.

Sales of detached properties in March 2016 reached 2,135, an increase of 24.8 percent from the 1,711 detached sales recorded in March 2015. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 27.4 percent from March 2015 to $1,342,500.

Sales of apartment properties reached 2,252 in March 2016, an increase of 38.4 percent compared to the 1,627 sales in March 2015.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 18.8 percent from March 2015 to $462,800.

Attached property sales in March 2016 totalled 786, an increase of 8.9 percent compared to the 722 sales in March 2015. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 20.1 percent from March 2015 to $589,100.

 

 

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – December 2, 2015 – Home sales reached near record levels in November even as home listings began the traditional year-end decline.

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Metro Vancouver reached 3,524 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in November 2015. This represents a 40.1 percent increase compared to the 2,516 sales recorded in November 2014, and a 3.3 percent decrease compared to the 3,646 sales in October 2015.

 

Last month’s sales were 46.2 percent above the 10-year sales average for the month and rank as the second highest November on record for residential property sales.  “November is typically one of the quietest months of the year in our housing market, but not this year,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said. “The ratio of sales to home’s available for sale reached 44 percent in November, which is the highest it’s been in our market in nine years.”

 

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 3,392 in November. This represents a 12.5 percent increase compared to the 3,016 new listings reported in November 2014.  The total number of properties listed for sale on the real estate board’s MLS® is 8,096, a 35 percent decline compared to November 2014 and a 15.4 percent decline compared to October 2015.

 

“Demand remains strong and there are housing options at different price points throughout the region,” McLeod said. “It’s important to work with your REALTOR® to understand your options before you embark on your home buying journey.”

 

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $752,500. This represents a 17.8 percent increase compared to November 2014.

The sales-to-active-listings ratio in November was 43.5 percent. Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio declines below the 12 percent mark, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it reaches 20 percent, or higher, in a particular community for a sustained period of time.

 

Sales of detached properties in November 2015 reached 1,335, an increase of 31.9 percent from the 1,012 detached sales recorded in November 2014, and a 44.2 percent increase from the 926 units sold in November 2013. The benchmark price for a detached property in Metro Vancouver increased 22.6 percent from November 2014 to $1,226,300.

 

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,553 in November 2015, an increase of 47.6 percent compared to the 1,052 sales in November 2014, and an increase of 60.3 percent compared to the 969 sales in November 2013. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 14 percent from November 2014 to $435,000.

 

Attached property sales in November 2015 totalled 636, an increase of 40.7 percent compared to the 452 sales in November 2014, and a 49.3 percent increase from the 426 attached properties sold in November 2013. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 11.3 percent between November 2014 and 2015 to $536,600.

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – November 3, 2015 – Home buyers remain active across Metro Vancouver despite a reduced supply of homes for sale.

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in *Metro Vancouver reached 3,646 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in October 2015. This represents a 19.3 percent increase compared to the 3,057 sales recorded in October 2014, and a 9 percent increase compared to the 3,345 sales in September 2015.

 

Last month’s sales were 36.2 percent above the 10-year sales average for the month.  “Home sales are more than one-third above what’s typical for this time of year yet the supply of homes for sale is the lowest we’ve seen in five years,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said. “This activity has created favourable market conditions for anyone considering selling their home today.”

 

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 4,126 in October. This represents an 8 percent decline compared to the 4,487 new listings reported in October 2014.

The total number of properties listed for sale on the real estate board’s MLS® is 9,569, a 30 percent decline compared to October 2014 and an 11.4 percent decline compared to September 2015.

 

This is the lowest active listing total in Metro Vancouver since December 2010.  The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $736,000. This represents a 15.3 percent increase compared to October 2014.

 

The sales-to-active-listings ratio in October was 38.1 percent. Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio declines below the 12 percent mark, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it reaches 20 percent, or higher, in a particular community for a sustained period of time.

 

Sales of detached properties in October 2015 reached 1,437, an increase of 13.1 percent from the 1,271 detached sales recorded in October 2014, and a 34.7 percent increase from the 1,067 units sold in October 2013. The benchmark price for a detached property in Metro Vancouver increased 20.1 percent from October 2014 to $1,197,600.

 

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,543 in October 2015, an increase of 21.7 percent compared to the 1,268 sales in October 2014, and an increase of 40.5 percent compared to the 1,098 sales in October 2013. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 11.4 percent from October 2014 to $425,800.

 

Attached property sales in October 2015 totalled 666, an increase of 28.6 percent compared to the 518 sales in October 2014, and a 34.3 percent increase from the 496 attached properties sold in October 2013. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 9.3 percent between October 2014 and 2015 to $526,700.

 

 

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – September 2, 2015 – Metro Vancouver* home buyers spent the summer months searching for their next home. Between June and August, home sales were between 25 and 30 percent above the ten-year sales average.

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Metro Vancouver reached 3,362 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August 2015. This represents a 21.3 percent increase compared to the 2,771 sales recorded in August 2014, and a decrease of 15.5 percent compared to the 3,978 sales in July 2015.

 

Last month’s sales were 27.9 percent above the 10-year sales average for the month. “There was no summer lull in our market this year. Home buyers have been working with their REALTORS® throughout the summer months,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said. “They’re motivated, but they’re competing for a smaller supply of homes for sale than is typical for this time of year — that’s the dynamic driving our market right now.”

 

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 4,281 in August. This represents an 8.7 percent increase compared to the 3,940 new listings reported in August 2014. The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the region’s MLS® is 10,897, a 26.2 percent decline compared to August 2014 and a 5.3 percent decline compared to July 2015.

 

“Those who have a sound buying strategy and an understanding of current price trends are having the most success in today’s market,” McLeod said.  The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $708,500. This represents a 12 percent increase compared to August 2014.

The sales-to-active-listings ratio in August was 30.9 percent. This is the sixth consecutive month that this ratio has been above 30 percent in Metro Vancouver.

 

Sales of detached properties in August 2015 reached 1,290, an increase of 11.4 percent from the 1,158 detached sales recorded in August 2014, and a 22.6 percent increase from the 1,052 units sold in August 2013. The benchmark price for a detached property in Metro Vancouver increased 17.5 percent from August 2014 to $1,159,600.

 

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,494 in August 2015, an increase of 32.7 percent compared to the 1,126 sales in August 2014, and an increase of 46.8 percent compared to the 1,018 sales in August 2013. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 6.3 percent from August 2014 to $405,400.

 

Attached property sales in August 2015 totalled 578, an increase of 18.7 percent compared to the 487 sales in August 2014, and a 30.2 percent increase from the 444 attached properties sold in August 2013. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 7.3 percent between August 2014 and 2015 to $511,500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – August 5, 2015 – Metro Vancouver home sales were more than a third above the 10-year average in July, while the number of homes listed for sale continues to trend below recent years.

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Metro Vancouver* reached 3,978 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in July 2015. This represents a 30 percent increase compared to the 3,061 sales recorded in July 2014, and a decrease of 9.1 percent compared to the 4,375 sales in June 2015.   Last month’s sales were 33.5 percent above the 10-year sales average for the month.

 

“Today’s activity continues to benefit sellers as home buyers compete for the homes available for sale,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said.

 

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 5,112 in July. This represents a 3.8 percent increase compared to the 4,925 new listings reported in July 2014.

 

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the region’s MLS® is 11,505, a 26.3 percent decline compared to July 2014 and a 5.5 percent decline compared to June 2015.

 

"Much of today’s activity can be traced to strong consumer confidence, low interest rates, and a reduced supply of homes for sale.” McLeod said. “We have about 5,000 to 6,000 fewer homes for sale today than we've seen at this time of year over the last five to six years,"

 

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $700,500. This represents an 11.2 percent increase compared to July 2014.

 

With the sales-to-active-listings ratio at 34.6 percent, the region remains in seller’s market territory.

“Although there aren’t as many homes for sale today compared to recent years, home buyers continue to have a range of housing options, at different price points, to choose from across Metro Vancouver,” McLeod said. “The diversity of housing options is part of what’s driving today’s demand.”

 

Sales of detached properties in July 2015 reached 1,559, an increase of 17.9 percent from the 1,322 detached sales recorded in July 2014, and a 24.8 percent increase from the 1,249 units sold in July 2013. The benchmark price for a detached property in Metro Vancouver increased 16.2 percent from July 2014 to $1,141,800.

 

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,729 in July 2015, an increase of 42.7 percent compared to the 1,212 sales in July 2014, and an increase of 42.9 percent compared to the 1,210 sales in July 2013. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 5.9 percent from July 2014 to $400,900.

 

Attached property sales in July 2015 totalled 690, an increase of 30.9 percent compared to the 527 sales in July 2014, and a 41.7 percent increase from the 487 attached properties sold in July 2013. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 7.8 per cent between July 2014 and 2015 to $511,500.

 

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