Richmond Housing Report For October, 2012

November 12, 2012

Housing Report for Richmond, October 2012

Data Source: RealtyLink Online

Housing Type Active Listings Oct Sales Av. 3 mth No. Months Average Price
Detached 1008 79 64 15.75 $1,165,000
Townhouse 465 61 54 8.61 $500,000
Condominiums 915 85 74 12.36 $340,000
Total Sales 2378 225 192 12.38

Richmond detached homesRichmond townhomes saleRichmond condos saleHome sales in Richmond for October gained some ground. There were 225 homes sold for the month compared to the previous month’s record low sale of 173 homes. The sale pace though improved, was not expected to have the momentum to turn the market around. There were some price discounting by motivated sellers, but most home buyers were reluctant to make their purchases.

The increased sales in October and lower active listings on the market, helped to improve slightly the supply and demand ratio for homes in Richmond. The months-of-inventory improved from 14.09 last month to 12.38 months in October. Comparatively, Richmond has a large over-hang of resale condos competing for buyers with presale new condos under construction. View Richmond homes for sale here.

Richmond real estate market outlook

In spite of many homes in Richmond being listed at or below their city assessment values, many of these homes were not selling. Most home buyers prefer to wait and watch how the market will turn out the next few months.  Buyers who were making offers, typically make low ball offers on homes they were interested to buy.

Most homes sit on the market, and home sellers are reluctant to make drastic price cuts to sell their homes.

Listings had dropped off gradually over the past 4 months as sellers either took their homes off the market or allowed them to expire.

Richmond detached homes are expected to suffer the most in price erosion.

There are 588 Richmond detached homes for sale at prices over $1,000,000. With average past 3 months sale around 33 homes, there are 17.88 months supply of homes in the market. For detached homes over $1,500,000, there are currently 309 homes for sale. With an average past 3 months sale of 14 homes, this translates into 22.07 months supply of homes.

The in-balance in supply and demand is putting pressure on Richmond home sellers to accept or reject offers that are far below their expectations.

What to expect of the Richmond housing market for 2013? 

With the housing market sentiment dampened, absence of of home buyers and Canadian banks having to follow the new lending rules, 2013 will be a difficult year for home sellers, builders and housing developers. The decline in home prices will likely take many years to play out.

In a market with abundant supply of homes, sellers will lose out. The health of the housing market is best tracked by following the months-of-inventory (MOI) number presented on this site. At current MOI level around 14, it will take some time for the number to improve. This MOI number has to get down from 14 to 10, 8 and then 6 before the market stabilizes.

With the Canadian Government curtailing credit to deflate the real estate bubble, real estate prices can only decline. Unless the Government makes drastic changes to the new lending rules, home prices will continue to decline for some time.

If the housing down cycle from 1995 to 2001 downturn is repeated, we could experience home price decline and slow sales for many years. The market is expected to have persistently high number of homes for sale, and below average buying interest.

For more information on Richmond real estate, you are welcome to contact James Wong at 604-721-4817 or send James an email.

months of inventory (MOI) is a ratio based on total supply against the average 3 months sale. A ratio of 6 MOI is considered a “market in balance”. A ratio much higher than 6 will result in home prices under pressure to go lower and a ratio much under 6 will result in home prices under pressure to go up.

Disclaimer: The writer assumes no liability whatsoever, for errors and/or omissions and any consequences arising either directly or indirectly from the use of information provided by this website. Any data provided are strictly for guidance and planning purposes only and may not be applicable due to ever changing market dynamics.

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