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2007 residential housing sales rank second all-time

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- January 3, 2008 - Residential housing sales for 2007 are the second highest ever recorded by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). The REBGV reports that residential attached, detached and apartment property sales totalled 38,050 between January 1 and December 31, 2007. This marks a 7.2 per cent increase from 2006 and a 6.1 per cent decrease from 2005, the record-setting year with 40,530 sales.

"The continued strength of the real estate market is a reflection of the economic vitality seen throughout the province. With overall wages on the rise and unemployment in decline, buyers and sellers are left with a healthy and strong climate in which to operate," says REBGV president Brian Naphtali.

Sales of apartment properties in 2007 increased 9.1 per cent to 16,456, compared with 15,088 sales in 2006, according to data from the Multiple Listings Service® (MLS®). Sales of attached units climbed 7.7 per cent to 6,799, compared with 6,310 sales in 2006. Detached property sales increased 4.9 per cent in 2007 to 14,795, compared with sales of 14,108 in 2006.

Overall, new listings for detached, attached and apartment properties increased 4 per cent in 2007 to 54,945 units, compared to the 52,818 listed in 2006.

The aggregate residential sales in December 2007 climbed to 1,897, a 12.5 per cent increase over the 1,686 December sales in 2006. These numbers are in contrast to each of the first five years of the decade where December sales exceeded 2,000.

Sales of apartment properties in December 2007 rose 21.6 per cent to 901, compared to 741 sales in December 2006. The benchmark price, as calculated by the MLSLink Housing Price Index®, of an apartment property increased 14.4 per cent from December 2006 to $377,579.

Attached property sales in December 2007 rose 1.6 per cent to 317, compared with 312 sales in December 2006. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 11.4 per cent from December 2006 to $456,941

December's sales for detached properties increased 7.3 per cent to 679 in 2007, up from the 633 detached units sold in the same period of 2006. The December benchmark price for detached properties increased 13.5 per cent from December 2006 to $730,399.

Bright spots in Greater Vancouver in December 2007 compared to December 2006:
Detached:
Richmond up 57.4 per cent (107 units sold up from 68)
Sunshine Coast up 51.9 per cent (41 units sold up from 27)
Attached:
Burnaby up 61.1 per cent (58 units sold up from 36)
Apartments:
Burnaby up 17.5 per cent (114 units sold up from 97)
North Vancouver up 50 per cent (66 units sold up from 44)
Port Moody/Belcarra up 91.7 per cent (23 units sold up from 12)
Vancouver East up 72.6 per cent (107 units sold up from 62)

The Real Estate industry is a key economic driver in British Columbia. In 2006, dollar volume sales of homes in Greater Vancouver set a new record at more than $18.2 billion. Based on this figure, Greater Vancouver home sales in 2006 generated over $922 million in spin-offs. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is an association representing more than 9,500 REALTORS® The Real Estate Board provides a variety of membership services, including the Multiple Listing Service®. For more information on real estate, statistics, and buying or selling a home, contact a local REALTOR® or visit www.realtylink.org.

*In August 2004, the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley boards upgraded our existing MLS systems to a common system called MLSLink. MLSLink® HPI is the latest version of the Board’s Housing Price Index (HPI) and is designed to accommodate the MLS upgrade and improve the legacy HPI product. For more information on real estate, statistics, and buying or selling a home, visit www.realtylink.org.

For more information please contact:

Eileen Day, Manager of Communications
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
Phone: (604) 730-3028 Fax: (604) 730-3102
E-mail: eday@rebgv.org



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