New Developments News

As of June 2024, the real estate market in Vancouver has seen a mix of development projects and economic factors influencing market conditions.Several key development projects are underway:

  1. Nicola Wealth is proposing twin rental towers on Main Street in Mount Pleasant, transforming the site previously occupied by the City Centre Motor Hotel.

  2. Westbank and Crombie REIT have increased the height, density, and unit count of their Broadway-Commercial Safeway project.

  3. Reliance Properties is proposing a 21-storey rental tower for a parking lot on W 10th Avenue, near the W Broadway and Granville Street intersection​ (STOREYS)​​ (rennie)​.

The market is facing challenges with some projects falling into financial difficulties:

  1. Align Properties' fourth project, consisting of two six-storey rental buildings on Baillie Street, has fallen into foreclosure.

  2. The Modus project by Centred Developments, which is 43% complete, is now under receivership due to cost overruns and insolvency​ (STOREYS)​.

On the economic side, buying activity remains subdued, with many anticipating interest rate cuts to stimulate the market. The latest data from Rennie Intelligence indicates a cautious outlook, with hopes that policy changes might soon positively impact the market​ (rennie)​.

Overall, while there are significant developments in the pipeline, economic challenges and financial issues with some projects are notable aspects of the current real estate landscape in Vancouver.


How to Stage your home when Listing…

Staging a home effectively is a critical step in ensuring a successful sale. It involves preparing and showcasing your property in a way that appeals to the broadest range of potential buyers. Here are comprehensive steps and tips for staging your home to attract buyers and achieve the best possible sale price.

Declutter and Depersonalize

The first step in staging is decluttering your home. Buyers need to envision themselves living in the space, and personal items can be a distraction. Remove family photos, personal collections, and any items that are specific to your taste. This process also includes clearing out excess furniture to make rooms look more spacious and organized​​.

Deep Clean

A clean home signals to buyers that the property has been well-maintained. Conduct a thorough cleaning of the entire house, including carpets, windows, and hard-to-reach areas. Consider hiring professional cleaners if necessary to ensure every corner is spotless. A fresh-smelling home is also crucial, so address any odors from pets, cooking, or smoking​.

Neutralize the Color Palette

Neutral colors are universally appealing and help buyers imagine their belongings in the space. Consider repainting rooms with bold or unusual colors in neutral shades like beige, gray, or soft whites. This can create a blank canvas that highlights the home's features without overpowering the senses​​.

Enhance Curb Appeal

First impressions matter, so pay attention to your home's exterior. Ensure the lawn is well-maintained, hedges are trimmed, and any outdoor furniture is in good condition. A fresh coat of paint on the front door, clean windows, and a tidy entrance can make a significant impact. Adding potted plants or flowers can also create a welcoming feel​.

Optimize Lighting

Good lighting makes a home feel warm and inviting. Open curtains and blinds to let in natural light, and ensure all light fixtures are clean and functional. Consider adding lamps or increasing bulb wattage in darker areas to brighten the space. Ambient, task, and accent lighting can be used strategically to highlight the best features of each room​​.

Furniture Arrangement

Proper furniture arrangement can make rooms look more spacious and functional. Avoid pushing all furniture against the walls. Instead, create cozy conversational areas and ensure there is a clear traffic flow. In smaller rooms, use appropriately sized furniture to avoid a cramped feel. Renting furniture or using a professional staging service can help optimize the space if your current furniture is outdated or mismatched​.

Highlight Key Features

Every home has unique features that should be emphasized. If you have a beautiful fireplace, large windows with a great view, or custom built-ins, make sure these features are prominently displayed. Arrange furniture and decor to draw attention to these selling points.

Add Final Touches

Small details can make a big difference. Fresh flowers, a bowl of fruit, or strategically placed throw pillows can add color and warmth. Ensure bathrooms have clean towels and soap, and that kitchens are spotless with minimal items on the counters. These touches create an inviting atmosphere that can make potential buyers feel at home​​.

Professional Photography

High-quality photos are essential for online listings. Once your home is staged, hire a professional photographer to capture its best angles and lighting. Good photos can significantly increase interest and traffic to your listing, leading to more showings and potential offers​​.


Staging a home for sale is about creating an environment that allows buyers to imagine themselves living there. By decluttering, deep cleaning, neutralizing colors, enhancing curb appeal, optimizing lighting, arranging furniture effectively, highlighting key features, adding final touches, and using professional photography, you can make your home more appealing and increase its market value. Proper staging can make a substantial difference in the speed and success of your home sale.


Highlights of the May Real Estate Market

The first Bank of Canada rate cut since 2020 – now what?

  • The Bank of Canada cut interest rates for the first time since 2020, providing a small relief for variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit. This could be a signal for buyers to re-enter the market, with more rate cuts potentially coming in July.

Active listings in Greater Vancouver are up 46% from last year

  • Greater Vancouver saw a significant increase in active listings, up 46% year-over-year, with a notable rise in townhouses and condos.

Buyers are being patient; sales dipped in May

  • Despite the influx of new listings, sales dipped in May, with buyers showing patience. Total sales in Greater Vancouver were down 20% from May 2023 and 3% from April 2024.

Watch the Micro Markets closely

  • The market activity varies significantly across different areas and property types. For example, detached houses on Vancouver’s West Side remain competitive, while condos under $1 million are slower to sell.

Prices are relatively flat and some are down in the last 6 months

  • Overall, prices have remained flat or have decreased slightly over the last six months, influenced by the increased supply and cautious buyer behavior.

Market Insights

  • Sales and Listings Trends: Active listings in Greater Vancouver reached 13,600 by the end of May, up from 12,491 in April and 10,552 in March. New listings in May were 6,484, down from the April peak but still robust compared to historical averages.

  • Micro Market Variations:

    • Vancouver Westside: Sales increased by 6% from April but were down 20% year-over-year.

    • Vancouver East Side: Sales decreased by 5% from April and 9% year-over-year, with active listings up 45% from last year.

    • North Vancouver: Sales were almost flat from April, with active listings up 55% year-over-year.

  • Inventory and Supply: The overall months of supply in Greater Vancouver increased to 5 months, indicating a balanced market, though specific areas like North Vancouver and Port Coquitlam remain more competitive with lower months of supply.

  • Buyer and Seller Dynamics: Buyers are cautious, likely influenced by the high-interest rates and anticipation of further rate cuts. Sellers, motivated by various factors including regulatory changes and capital gains, have increased listing activity, providing more options in the market.


The Greater Vancouver real estate market is in a state of flux, with a significant rise in listings and cautious buyer activity. The recent rate cut by the Bank of Canada could shift the dynamics, potentially spurring more buyer engagement in the coming months. However, the market's micro-variations mean that both buyers and sellers need to stay informed and adaptable to the ongoing changes.

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