Momentum continues to build in the Fraser Valley real estate market
It appears we have reached the turning point. In our last newsletter, we raised the flag that we were starting to see the market pick up and multiple offers on many properties again. Things progressed this past month into a full blown seller’s market in many neighbourhoods and asset types. This is evidenced by an overall sales-to-active listings ratio of 34% in the Fraser Valley (above 20% indicates a seller’s market). The pause on interest rate hikes in March substantially increased consumer confidence and brought home buyers out in droves. This combined with the age old problem of low inventory creates competition for buyers and ideal conditions for sellers. Not every area of the market performs the same though. Whether you are a buyer or a seller there could be great opportunities out there for you. As an example, for single family homes in Langley the market for homes in the $1,000,001 to $1,500,000 range is extremely more competitive than the market for $1,500,001 to $2,000,000. This means you could be in a great situation if you are looking to upsize in Langley. There are many other examples similar to this (upsizing, downsizing, changing neighbourhoods, etc). Give us a shout and we would be happy to spend the time helping you navigate your next move.
If you are considering selling, buying or just have questions about the market, please give us a call today and let’s chat.
What Does The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Have To Say?
SURREY, BC – March 2023 saw the second consecutive month of growth in sales in the Fraser Valley, and although still below seasonal norms, the trend is an encouraging sign that the region continues to head towards increased market stability.
At 1,550, property sales posted on the FVREB’s Multiple Listings Service (MLS®) were 72.6 per cent higher than sales recorded last month. Although 39.9 per cent lower than a year ago and nearly 25 per cent below the ten-year average, it marks the first time since August that monthly sales exceeded the 1,000 level.
“After months of uncertainty made it difficult for buyers and sellers to re-enter the housing market, we may well be seeing a turning point,” said Narinder Bains, Chair of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. “The pause in rate hikes has helped to restore a much-needed sense of predictability, which is building consumer confidence. As a result, we’re starting to see more traffic at open houses along with more multiple offer situations.”
As in all regions across the province and the country, low supply is still an issue and a primary factor driving price growth.
New listings, at 2,559, were 32 per cent higher than in February, but still 44.1 per cent below last year, while active listings were up by 2.8 per cent over last month and 3.5 per cent below last year. However, both are well off the ten-year average and among the lowest March listings recorded in a decade.
As a result, the aggregate sales-to-active listings ratio grew to 34 per cent, shifting the market into sellers territory, with demand for townhomes even more pronounced, at a 62 per cent ratio. (The market is considered balanced when the sales-to active listings ratio is between 12 per cent and 20 per cent.)
Benchmark prices continued to edge upward with roughly two per cent month-over-month growth across all categories. The composite Benchmark price was $965,100 in March.
“While market demand continues to trend up, we still face an uphill battle on the supply side, which is keeping prices elevated,” said FVREB CEO, Baldev Gill. “The province will require sustained inventory growth of at least 25 per cent over each of the next five years in order to normalize inventories. Until then, we strongly advise buyers and sellers to consult with a REALTOR® to plan the best strategy.”
Properties spent slightly fewer days on the market compared to last month with detached homes posting 30 days on the market and apartments 29. Townhomes moved faster, at 26 days.
MLS® HPI Benchmark Price Activity
• Single Family Detached: At $1,390,600 the Benchmark price for an FVREB single-family detached home increased 1.9 per cent compared to February 2023 and decreased 21.7 per cent compared to March 2022.
• Townhomes: At $794,400, the Benchmark price for an FVREB townhome increased 2.3 per cent compared to February2023 and decreased 14.5 per cent compared to March 2022.
• Apartments: At $521,800 the Benchmark price for an FVREB apartment/condo increased 2.3 per cent compared to February 2023 and decreased 11 per cent compared to March 2022.
Find the March 2023 Statistics Package HERE.