Monday, February 01, 2016

An Early Spring for the Victoria Real Estate Market? 

February 1, 2016 Victoria BC - The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its report on Multiple Listing Service® real estate activity in the Victoria area for the month of January 2016.

2016 started with the busiest month of sales in January since 2002. A total of 539 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this January, an increase of 53.6 per cent compared to the 351 properties sold in the same month last year.

Inventory levels are lower than the previous year, with 2,471 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of January, 24.7 per cent fewer than the 3,283 active listings at the end of January 2015.

"Though the ongoing count of properties for sale is low, the number of new listings entering the market is close to what we saw last year," notes Wendy Moreton, 2016 president of the board. "The recent month of January saw 934 new listings, where last year we saw 1,027. The good news for buyers is that there are new properties for sale every day. The good news for sellers is that there appears to be more buyers in the market, so well-priced properties in high demand areas (like the Victoria core) are swift sellers."

"Last year we saw the traditionally busy spring market start early as sales picked up over February and March," adds Moreton. "This year that spring market may be starting even earlier, as our sales numbers for January are close to the numbers we saw last February. We'll watch this trend over the next few months. This busy market is the perfect time to enlist the help of your local REALTOR®. Realtors have access to up-to-date trends for all the different markets across the Greater Victoria area and can best assist buyers and sellers to navigate this exciting market."


The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in January, 2015 was $561,600. The benchmark value for the same home in January 2016 has increased by 10.2 per cent to $618,600.

Here are the stats for most residential property types the main areas of Greater Victoria over the past year...
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Thursday, January 28, 2016

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Monday, January 04, 2016

Active December Caps a Busy Year for the Victoria Real Estate Market

Active December Caps a Busy Year for the Victoria Real Estate Market

We wrapped up 2015 with numbers we haven't seen since 2007. This past year we saw 8,295 transactions on the Multiple Listing Service®, an increase of 23.8 per cent from last year.
A total of 465 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this December, an increase of 19.5 per cent compared to the 389 properties sold in the same month last year.
There were 2,517 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of December, 21.6 per cent fewer than the 3,210 active listings at the end of December 2014.
Crozier notes that the Victoria Real Estate Board serves more than 1,200 REALTOR® Members. "The great news for our Board's membership is that in 2015 more than sixteen thousand buyers and sellers hired a local agent to sell or purchase a property. Our profession couldn't be happier about that kind of consumer confidence. With a market that's ever-changing, and with a transaction process that gets more complicated each year, now more than ever buyers and sellers need the expertise of a Realtor. Whether it's pricing a home in this evolving environment, finding a home before others do, or navigating a multiple offer situation through to success, our members are up for the task."
What's Crozier looking forward to in 2016? "It's hard to imagine 2016 won't bring more of the strong demand we saw throughout 2015. The inventory available for sale lags behind historical levels and if sales continue to be strong, it will be hard for inventory to bounce back. Sales show no sign of slowing this spring and Victoria remains one of the most popular destinations to live in the country. All of this points to a continued strong market."
The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in December, 2014 was $560,900. The benchmark value for the same home in December 2015 has increased by 9.4 per cent to $613,600.
The graph below is for all types of homes for the year 2015.
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Monday, November 02, 2015

Strong Victoria Real Estate Market Continues

The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its report on real estate activity for October 2015. A total of 734 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this October, an increase of 21.9% compared to the 602 properties sold in the same month last year.
 
There were 3,170 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of October, 19.3% fewer than the 3,927 active listings in October 2014.
 
"This is the twenty-ninth month in a row that we've seen monthly sales increase over the year before," Victoria Real Estate Board President Guy Crozier says. "This month we also saw sales numbers surpass the total for last year - in 2014 there were 6,698 sales and as of October 31, 2015 there are 7,257 sales on record with two months to go in 2015! We're looking down the home stretch of 2015 and there is no sign of a market slow down."
 
The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core last year in October was $555,900. The benchmark value for the same home in October 2015 has increased by 9.4% to $608,200.
What's President Crozier's advice to buyers shopping for their perfect home? "It's critical to work closely with your REALTOR® to stay on top of the market. With home sales almost at the pace of new listings, the market is moving quickly and some homes in high demand areas like the Victoria Core are selling in days. Working with your Realtor on a plan of what you require over the course of the transaction can remove stress and risk from the process."
 
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Monday, October 05, 2015

Is it an Endless Summer for Real Estate in Victoria?

The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its report on real estate activity for September 2015. A total of 704 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this September, an increase of 24.6% compared to the 565 properties sold in the same month last year.

There were 3,478 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of September, 18.2% fewer than the 4,253 active listings in September 2014.

"We certainly have less inventory in the market than we saw at this time last year," Victoria Real Estate Board President Guy Crozier says. "Though higher sales have contributed to a reduction in the available inventory, with almost 1,000 new listings entering the market in September, there is still a continual supply of new inventory for those folks who hope to make a move."

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core last year in September was $558,600. The benchmark value for the same home in September 2015 has increased by 8.7% to $607,100.

"While September often signals the re-start of the market after the traditional summer slowdown in sales activity, our market remained strong right through the summer and September," notes President Crozier. "This September is different than past years. Our busiest month last year was in May, and 714 properties sold. That's only 10 more transactions than we saw in September this year. The question now is - will we see the normal winter lull in sales and listings or will the market continue at this pace?"

For detailed information on the Victoria and area housing market, call Lorne Tuplin today 250-217-4600