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Home sales surged in Vancouver area in October

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says home sales surged 45.4 per cent in October from a year earlier as lower prices helped boost sales.

Real estate board says lower prices helped boost sales by 45.4% over 2018

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says homebuyers have more confidence as prices edge down and interest rates remain low. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says home sales surged 45.4 per cent in October from a year earlier as lower prices helped boost sales.

The board says there were 2,858 sales for the month, up from 1,966 sales a year ago, to come in 9.8 per cent above the 10-year sales average for October.

The board says homebuyers have more confidence than in the first half of the year as prices edge down and interest rates remain low.

The composite benchmark price was down by 6.4 per cent from a year ago to $992,900, and down 1.7 per cent over the past six months.

Detached home sales were up 47.3 per cent, where the benchmark price was $1.41 million. Condo sales were up 40.5 per cent with a benchmark price of $652,500. Attached home sales were up 55.8 per cent with a benchmark price of $771,600.

New listings were down 16.4 per cent in October compared with a year ago at 4,074 combined listings. The total number of active listings was down 5.8 per cent from a year ago to 12,236.

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