Vancouver Real Estate Market January 2022

Written by Alan Kelly, Bōde’s Chief Economist

The real estate market is still seeing incredibly high sales in the greater Vancouver area as we enter 2022.

When you are thinking of buying or selling your home in Vancouver, it is important to understand what is happening in the housing market. Obviously, there are many important factors to consider (what kind of home you have, what community etc.). 

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Let’s start with a Macroeconomics view

To understand what’s happening in Vancouver’s real estate market you have to look at supply and demand.

The best proxies for supply and demand are:


  • New supply: New Listings (i.e. the number of homes recently listed for sale)
  • Total supply: Inventory (i.e. the total number of homes listed for sale)


  • Sales (i.e. the number of homes recently sold)

Supply & Demand

  • Months of Supply (i.e. the number of months it would take to sell all current inventory at the current rate of sale)

These metrics are the best indicators of the health of the real estate market. Let’s look at what they show us.

Vancouver continues to see demand outpace new supply in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Vancouver real estate market

New listings in December were up 6% while sales were up 30% vs. the previous 3 years. Sales have been on a very strong trend since July 2020.

Vancouver housing

Because of strong sales and relatively fewer new listings, there are far fewer homes for sale right now than there would typically be for this time of year. Inventory is down 43% vs the average of the last 3 years.


The combination of very low supply and high demand has kept ‘months of supply’ low at 1.9 months which is down 65% vs the previous 3 years.


Less inventory & fewer months of supply generally makes conditions more favourable for sellers, while more inventory and higher months of supply is more favourable for buyers.

Vancouver home prices

Overall, Vancouver prices have been increasing quickly in 2021, ending a relatively flat period between mid 2018 and the end of 2020. After levelling off in recent months, they have started to increase again.

What does this mean for sellers?

Right now supply is low relative to previous years, and demand is high which means it is a good time to sell your home. Sellers who price their home well will be able to sell quickly. However, your specific property value will be determined by market forces both within your community and against similar active listings. To find out what supply and demand look like for your specific community, click here.

What does this mean for buyers?

There are currently fewer homes for sale than there have been in previous years. This means active buyers need to move fast to beat other buyers to available listings. One way you can move faster is by booking viewings directly through Bōde, so you don’t have to wait for a realtor to schedule your viewings or write your offer.

Market conditions vary substantially by property type, community and price range

Above, we’ve looked at the overall market for Vancouver, but different segments are performing very differently. Let’s look at a few examples.

Sales for detached homes were up 23% in December vs. previous years, while new listings were up 1%.

Vancouver homes

Detached homes have performed very well since the start of the COVID pandemic as buyers look for more space.

Vancouver real estate

Detached prices have been increasing quickly for much of 2021, setting new record highs each month.

Vancouver homes for sale



New listings of apartments were up 25% in December compared the average of the previous 3 years, while sales were up 61%.

Vancouver apartments
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Apartment prices have generally been increasing quickly in 2021. Recent months saw a flattening of prices, but they have now started to increase again.

Vancouver real estate

New listings of attached homes were up 2% while sales were up 35% in December (compared to previous years). 

Vancouver housing market
Vancouver real estate market

Prices for attached homes have been increasing quickly in 2021 setting new record highs each month. However the speed of increase has slowed in recent months.

Vancouver home prices

In general, you’re in a better position if you’re selling a home right now relative to buying, due to less supply and greater demand.


However, what really matters is what’s happening in your specific local property market. There are some communities and price bands where homes are performing better/worse.

It’s critical to understand the dynamics in your local property market


To understand your local property market you need to look at your local data. Head over to Bōde’s new and improved Market Data dashboard, the only place where you can see all the data yourself, including being able to filter on community, property type, and price range to see exactly what’s happening where you live.


You can also see the sold price of any home that has sold in the last 2 years using Bode’s Sold Data page. 

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