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Housing options broaden for buyers in February

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- March 4, 2008 - The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential attached, detached and apartment property sales totalled 2,676 in February 2008, a decline of 6.4 per cent from the 2,859 residential sales recorded in February 2007, and a decline of 9 per cent compared to the 2, 941 sales in February 2006.

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties rose 26.2 per cent to 5,260 in February 2008 compared with February 2007, which had 4,167 units listed. New listings this February rose 21.2 per cent over new listings figures from February 2006.

"We continue to see the market rebalance, particularly with detached properties, where listings climb and sales either hold or decline slightly," says REBGV president Brian Naphtali. "This shift increases buyer options and allows people more time to make decisions when purchasing a home."

Sales of detached properties declined 11.2 per cent to 995 from the 1,121 detached sales totalled over the same period in 2007. The benchmark price, as calculated by the MLSLink Housing Price Index®, for detached properties rose 14.1 per cent from February 2007 to $761,342.

Sales of apartment properties in February 2008 declined 5.7 per cent to 1,197, compared to 1,269 sales in February 2007. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 12.9 per cent from February 2007 to $387,032.

Attached property sales in February 2008 increased 3.2 per cent to 484, compared with the 469 sales in February 2007. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 12.7 per cent between February 2007 and 2008 to $472,147.

Bright spots in Greater Vancouver in February 2008 compared to February 2007:
Detached:
West Vancouver/Howe Sound up 16.7 per cent (56 units sold up from 48)
Whistler/Pemberton up 100 per cent (10 units sold up from 5)
Port Moody/Belcarra up 22.7 per cent (27 units sold up from 22)
Attached:
New Westminsterup 216.7 per cent (19 units sold up from 6)
Port Coquitlam up 68.4 per cent (32 units sold up from 19)
Apartments:
Burnaby up 9.5 per cent (150 units sold up from 137)
Whistler/Pemberton up 62.5 per cent (13 units sold up from 8)
Port Moody/Belcarra up 27.6 per cent (37 units sold up from 29)

The Real Estate industry is a key economic driver in British Columbia. In 2007, 38,050 homes changed hands in the Board's area generating $1.065 billion in spin-offs. Total dollar volume of residential sales set a new record at $22.25 billion and total dollar volume of all sales set a record at $22.77 billion. 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:

Craig Munn, Assistant Manager of Communications
Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
Phone: (604) 730-3146 Fax: (604) 730-3102
E-mail: cmunn@rebgv.org



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