Sunday, February 8, 2015

Condos in Vancouver WA Score Big in 2014!

 Condos in Vancouver's Real Estate Market Roared to Life in 2014, with Increases in Average Sales Price and Units Sold.

I love Selling Condos in the Vancouver WA Condo Market (we count Attached homes + Condos), although this is a smaller but important subset of the overall local real estate market, coming in at 14.14% of the total units sold in 2014 (8.5% in 2013).  We've finally seen our "Recovery Year" for Condos with these highlights to report:

  • Values for Vancouver WA Condos moved strongly upward by the end of the year, with the 3-Month Moving Average closing + 34.01% over 2013; and the 12-Month Moving Average closed + 29.15% - Huge gains either way you look at it!
  • 2014's  Price Trend for the 3-Month Moving Average showed great strength through the peak Spring and Summer seasons, then dropped in the Fall; and the 12-Month Moving Average chugged along with Strong Upward movement.
  • Per RMLS 564 Resale Condos were sold in 2014, and that adds up to 197 (53.68%) more condos sold than in 2013.
  • Bank Owned/REO Condo sales were 78 units (13.82% of total); up from 72 (22%) in 2013.  This is a similar result I see when compared with the other cities in Clark County.
  • Pre-Foreclosure/Short Sale Condo sales were 33 units (5.85% of total); which is much better than the 84 (26.2%) closed in 2013.

Now for my custom Condo Charts!  This first chart shows the number of Resale Condos Sold (Excludes New Construction), with a short term trend line equaling the 3-month Moving Average; and the longer term trend line equaling the 12-month Moving Average.  We use this modest "smoothing" technique, as the Condo Market in Vancouver is considered small from a statistical point of view, and the monthly numbers jump quite wildly - a behavior we try to tame to better allow the true tends to be visible.

Vancouver Washington Condo Sales 2014 - Units Sold Vancouver WA Condo Sales - Units Sold Trend 2014

Vancouver Condos are included in our recent overall Market Report for Vancouver WA Real Estate this trend line looks somewhat unique - again, this is owing to the relatively small number of units active and sold each month.  To be sure, the 12 month trend-line shows clearly that condo sales have been improving month-over-month for the past 2.5 years or so.

The following chart illustrates the results for Average Condo Prices, with the 3-month moving average line (in red) jumping around quite a bit. This is where the 12-month line (in blue) is superior in defining the underlying trend taking place for any point in time in the market.  In my opinion we've seen the major "bottom" for prices. 

Vancouver WA Condo Sales 2014 - Average Sales Price Trends Vancouver WA Condo Sales - Average Sales Price Trend

I am receiving many calls and inquiries so far this year from customers that want to:

  • Relocate to Vancouver and purchase a Condo;
  • Right-size (fka down-size) to a Condo;
  • Live in Downtown Vancouver or, at Vancouver's Waterfront;
  • Move to Vancouver and escape the high personal Income Taxes from their home state 

Whatever the reason for looking at Condos in Vancouver (or Selling one), I'm glad to be of assistance!

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The charts in this report (prepared by Vancouver WA Realtor® John Slocum, our resident statistician) are based on condo sales recorded in the Vancouver MLS system (RMLS), excluding sales of newly constructed condos; and shows the purchase activity since 2009; charting the 3 month Moving average number of sales, and the 12 month Moving average.  This "smoothing" of the trend-data helps illustrate the short-term and longer term trends in Vancouver's Condo market.

Disclaimer: as with any real estate statistics, we do our best to provide the best representation at the time the data was acquired.  We deem the data and reports reliable but not guaranteed.


  1. Thanks, Walker! Since the writing of this post on Condos in Vancouver WA, the sales have continued to roll along very strongly! - John