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Spring property market brings positives for buyers and sellers in Victoria

May 1, 2024  A total of 678 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this April, 6.4 per cent more than the 637 properties sold in April 2023 and a 15.3 per cent increase from March 2024. Sales of condominiums were up 1.5 per cent from April 2023 with 208 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased 3.7 per cent from April 2023 with 337 sold.

"The spring market in Victoria kicked off with a gentle increase in sales when compared to last year and continued stable pricing," said 2024 Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Laurie Lidstone. "These factors, combined with growth in the available inventory, has created a welcoming and more balanced market for buyers and sellers."

There were 3,017 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of April 2024, an increase of 14 per cent compared to the previous month of March and a 47.7 per cent increase from the 2,043 active listings for sale at the end of April 2023.

"When we look back to previous spring markets, we will recall challenging conditions that are not present in the market this year," adds Chair Lidstone. "Last year, interest rates were continuing upwards, which created unpredictability for buyers. The spring of 2022 saw record lows of inventory, which created a pressurized environment for buyers and sellers. The spring of 2021 was also marked with low inventory and impacted by the effects of the pandemic. This year, we have a much healthier supply of inventory with numbers we have not seen since the summer of 2019. Combined with more stable pricing, this market is much easier to navigate for both buyers and sellers. People who are listing their homes can have confidence that they will be able to find a new home, and sellers benefit from the stability of pricing and interest rates. If you are considering making a move, now is the ideal time to connect with your favourite local REALTOR® to create your plan."

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in April 2023 was $1,295,800. The benchmark value for the same home in April 2024 decreased by 0.9 per cent to $1,284,600, up from March's value of $1,279,300. The MLS® HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core area in April 2023 was $564,000 while the benchmark value for the same condominium in April 2024 increased by 0.7 per cent to $567,800, up from the March value of $567,300.

About the Victoria Real Estate Board - Founded in 1921, the Victoria Real Estate Board is a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs to enhance the professionalism of REALTORS®. The Victoria Real Estate Board represents 1,648 local Realtors. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, connect with your local Realtor for detailed information on the Victoria and area housing market.

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Notes for Interpreting Our Statistics

The use of sale price statistics can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time, i.e. six months or longer. The Victoria Real Estate Board cautions, however, that such information does not indicate the actual value of any particular property. Those requiring specific information on property values should contact a REALTOR®.

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Courtesy of the Victoria Real Estate Board