Friday, January 07, 2022

 2021 Year End Market information

The 2021 Victoria real estate market year in review

A total of 438 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this December, 30.6 per cent fewer than the 631 properties sold in December 2020 and a 32.9 per cent decrease from November 2021. Sales of condominiums were down 22.1 per cent from December 2020 with 152 units sold. Sales of single family homes decreased 34.1 per cent from December 2020 with 207 sold.

A grand total of 10,052 properties sold over the course of 2021, 18.3 per cent more than the 8,497 that sold in 2020. 2021 sales came in close to 2016’s record breaking sales year where 10,622 properties were sold.

“The theme of this year has been very consistent,” says 2021 Victoria Real Estate Board President David Langlois. “Each month a high demand for homes paired with record low inventory has put strong pressure on pricing and attainability and has made the local and global housing market a top news item and political talking point. We see stories from many countries highlighting the increasing desirability of home ownership in the wake of the pandemic. We leave this year with the lowest number of properties for sale that we have had on record – but with such strong demand that most transactions see multiple offers.”

There were 652 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of December 2021, a decrease of 26.5 per cent compared to the previous month of November and a 49 per cent decrease from the 1,279 active listings for sale at the end of December 2020. This represents the lowest inventory of active listings at month-end in at least the last 25 years.

“We have spoken throughout the year about the need for new housing supply at all levels to help moderate prices and improve attainability,” adds President Langlois. “Some of our municipalities have begun to look at ways to make it easier for new homes to be brought to market and we applaud and encourage any movement in this area – it has been far too difficult and expensive to build homes in our region. The situation we are now in is because of the deficit of supply that has compounded over the past decades of hesitation around growth. However, governments at the federal and provincial level have instead chosen to focus elsewhere and invest their time re-inventing the process of how homes are sold in Canada by creating new rules which include the introduction of a ‘cooling-off’ period. These measures will do nothing to improve our market, nor will they increase consumer protection. The process of how a home is sold is not the issue - homes will sell for what consumers will pay for them – using any sales process. The issue is how homes are brought to the marketplace and our huge lack of supply. Governments should expend their resources to address supply issues that continue to drive up competition for homes and result in ever increasing prices.”

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in December 2020 was $915,300. The benchmark value for the same home in December 2021 increased by 25.1 per cent to $1,144,900, up from November’s value of $1,122,600. The MLS® HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core area in December 2020 was $487,100, while the benchmark value for the same condominium in December 2021 increased by 17.1 per cent to $570,600, up from the November value of $560,700

The Graph Below is for Single Family Home Prices in Greater Victoria over the past year
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Friday, July 16, 2021

 New Townhouse Listing

Bear Mountain  $599,900

Living Room
Dining Room
Kitchen
Kitchen
Powder room
Deck/Patio
Patio
Primary Bedroom
Walk-in Closet
En Suite Bath
Main Bath

Second Bedroom
Third Bedroom
Family Room

Welcome Home to 3 levels of bright & spacious living situated on one of the larger lots. A dream kitchen with SS appliances, maple cabinets, granite counters including eat up bar & open space thru the main, great for entertaining. Laminate flooring thru main, gas fireplace in living room, gas included in monthly Strata Fee. Why stay inside in the Spring/Summer months when you can wind down your day & relax on the back deck and soak in the warm afternoon sun. The upstairs Master bedroom features Vaulted ceilings & luxury Spa inspired Ensuite. The lower level is finished with a large family room or could be a 4th bedroom has R/I plumbing. A large garage & 2 parking spaces in front. Welcome Home. To set up a viewing, call Lorne Tuplin - RE/MAX Camosun 250-217-4600

Friday, July 02, 2021

Victoria Market Report for June 2021

Low inventory and strong demand continue in Victoria real estate market

A total of 942 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this June, 16.6 per cent more than the 808 properties sold in June 2020, but 10.2 per cent fewer than the previous month of May. Condominium sales were up 61.7 per cent from June 2020 with 338 units sold. 4 per cent more condominiums sold in June 2021 than in the previous month of May. Sales of single family homes were down 4.3 per cent from June 2020 with 440 sold. 18.1 per cent fewer single family homes sold in June 2021 than in the previous month of May.

“We are at a point now where we can look at yearly comparisons with a new lens,” said Victoria Real Estate Board President David Langlois. “In recent months we have been unable to glean anything by comparing year over year numbers because of the sudden and unexpected impact of the pandemic on the 2020 market. But June last year was when the market started its reacceleration. Buyers came back into the market in droves even though listings were restrained compared to long term averages.”

There were 1,375 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of June 2021, 49 per cent fewer properties than the 2,698 available at the end of June 2020 and 5.2 per cent fewer than the 1,450 active listings for sale at the end of May 2021.

­­The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in June 2020 was $896,700. The benchmark value for the same home in June 2021 increased by 18.6 per cent to $1,063,500, a 2.6 per cent increase from the previous month of May. The MLS® HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core in June 2020 was $490,400, while the benchmark value for the same condominium in June 2021 was $531,100, an 8.3 per cent increase.



Wednesday, May 19, 2021

 SOLD Swan Lake area Townhouse

$609,900

Living Room
Dining Room
Kitchen nook
Kitchen
Kitchen
Laundry
Deck
Deck
Primary Bedroom
Bath
Second Bedroom
Walk around Swan Lake

SOLD  Lovely views and a fantastic location await you at this spotless 2 bedroom 2 bathroom 1257 sq ft townhome. Located on a quiet, no through street, STEPS TO THE GALLOPING GOOSE / LOCHSIDE REGIONAL TRAIL AND SWAN LAKE WALKING TRAIL! SHOPPING - ALL WALKING DISTANCE! 10 min walk to Uptown, 7 min walk to Saanich Plaza, 10 min drive downtown Amazing value for this updated bright & spacious town home. Many updates include: bathrooms, kitchen, flooring, windows, heating, lighting & painting. Large inviting living & dining room. Kitchen has 2 windows for extra natural light, and adjoining eating and computer area. Unique to this home are the pull-down stairs to the attic for lots of storage. Enjoy the OVER-SIZED west facing balcony with peaceful views towards Swan Lake & the Sooke Hills. Private garden & sitting area just out your front door. In immaculate move-in condition! Quiet, family oriented neighborhood ON NO-THROUGH STREET! Don't pass this one up it is a beauty... To view, call Lorne Tuplin - RE/Max Camosun 250-217-4600

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

 

Victoria Real Estate Market demand surges against limited supply

A total of 863 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this February, 53.3 per cent more than the 563 properties sold in February 2020 and 33.6 per cent more than the previous month of January. Sales of condominiums were up 65.7 per cent from February 2020 with 290 units sold. Sales of single family homes were up 43.9 per cent from February 2020 with 390 sold. 

"Our early spring market is in full swing carrying on from a fast start in January,” said Victoria Real Estate Board President David Langlois.  “Our market remains one with tightly constrained inventory and high demand. The good news is that we have seen some stabilization in listings and condo pricing between January and February, but we continue to see huge pressure on single family homes – new listings are snapped up as soon as they are listed. As a result, the pressure on single family homes continues to ramp up. There is significant competition for desirable homes – and in our marketplace most homes are desirable – and people competing for properties pushes prices up.” 

There were 1,318 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of February 2021, 38 per cent fewer properties than the total available at the end of February 2020 and three properties fewer than the 1,321 active listings for sale at the end of January 2020. 

­­“The theme for 2021 is going to be inventory - where does it come from and how much new supply can be approved - so that this situation does not persist,” adds Langlois. “We’ve seen the government attempt to influence the housing market in hopes of dampening the demand for home ownership. The foreign buyer tax has changed nothing – our market continues to zoom forward with almost no foreign buyers. The government adjusted mortgage qualification rules, those are absorbed by the market and buyers adjust. Demand-suppression measures have not worked and their failure to moderate housing prices in our community has only exacerbated the pressure on the supply that was constrained ten years ago but is now at historically low levels. If you are concerned about housing prices and availability of housing in general in our community, please support development in your municipality. Be vocal with your local council or neighbourhood association – these stakeholders hold the power in these negotiations - and help to make space in your community. Gentle density and the building of new homes are the only pathway to moderate housing prices in our area.” 

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in February 2020 was $870,300. The benchmark value for the same home in February 2021 increased by 9 per cent to $948,200, a 1.7 per cent increase from the previous month of January. The MLS® HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core in February 2020 was $525,600, while the benchmark for the same condominium in February 2021 remained close to last year’s value at $525,400, a 0.38 per cent decrease.

The graph below is for single family home prices in Greater Victoria over the past year

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