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Strong summer for Fraser Valley real estate carries through to September

October, 02 2014 09:26:09 am, by FVREB
Categories: Statistics

SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,419 sales on its Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in September, an increase of 25 per cent compared to the 1,131 sales during the same month last year, and an increase of 9 per cent compared to sales in August.

Ray Werger, the Board’s president, says, “Similar to this past summer, this is the busiest September we’ve had since 2009 with sales of all property types combined out-performing the 10-year average by 13 per cent.

“Residentially, the single family detached home remains the preferred property type. From North Delta to Mission, sales increased in every Fraser Valley community compared to last year with the price range of $400,000 to $699,999 garnering almost sixty per cent of our total detached market.”

New listing activity was also steady in September with the Board’s MLS® receiving 2,758 new listings, an increase of 16 per cent compared to last year, taking the total number of active listings by month-end to 9,156, a decrease of 7 per cent compared to September 2013.

Werger adds, “An important factor underlying the housing market is consumer confidence and in our region that confidence has been bolstered by the stability of home prices. Since March, the benchmark price of our three main residential property types combined has remained flat, increasing by only 0.6 per cent.

“Long-term, the value of single family detached homes has increased at a faster pace than it has for attached properties, particularly in areas such as Surrey, White Rock, Langley and Abbotsford where we’ve seen many new townhome and condo developments. The supply of new inventory has affected the price of resale product.”

The MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) benchmark price of a detached home in September was $569,800; an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to September 2013, when it was $552,900. In the last six months, the benchmark price of a detached home has increased by 1.1 per cent.

In September, the MLS® HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses was $299,600; an increase of 1.1 per cent compared to $296,200 in September of last year, and in the last six months has increased by 0.8 per cent. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 4.7 per cent, going from $203,100 in September 2013 to $193,600 last month, and has decreased by 0.9 per cent in the last six months.

Find the September Statistics Package here.

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August market typical for Fraser Valley real estate

September, 03 2014 09:15:01 am, by FVREB
Categories: Statistics

SURREY, BC – Even with a characteristic seasonal dip in sales, the Fraser Valley real estate market experienced its best August since 2011 with volumes improving over last year and finishing 10 per cent below the 10-year average for the month.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,302 sales on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August, an increase of 3 per cent compared to the 1,258 sales during the same month last year and a decrease of 19 per cent compared to the 1,615 sales in July.

Ray Werger, president of the Board, says, “As usual, we saw a typical summer slowdown in August compared to July, however like every month so far in 2014, August sales were higher than last year. It’s the continuation of the story we’ve seen all year; a return to a normal, balanced market.”

The Board added 2,382 new properties to the MLS® in August, an increase of 1 per cent compared to August of last year and a decrease of 13 per cent compared to July. August finished with 9,403 active listings, a decrease of 7 per cent compared to what was available during the same month last year.

Werger adds, “Generally in August, we saw sales of single family detached homes continue to outpace sales of townhouses and condos in the Fraser Valley. Depending on what property type you’re thinking of listing or buying, talk to your REALTOR® who will explain that the markets for detached and attached homes are quite different. We have only five months’ supply of detached homes currently and nine months’ supply of condos.

“With interest rates as competitive as they are combined with the increase of affordable, new townhome developments in Cloverdale and Langley in particular, we’re seeing first-time buyers bypass the condo phase to jump immediately to a larger, more expensive townhouse or a smaller single family home.”

The MLS® Home Price Index benchmark price of a single family detached house in the Fraser Valley in August was $569,800, an increase of 3.4 per cent compared to $551,000 in August 2013.

For townhouses, the benchmark price in August was $298,500 on par with the August 2013 price of $298,200. The benchmark price of apartments in Fraser Valley in August was $196,700, a decrease of 3.5 per cent compared to $203,900 in August 2013.

Find the August Statistics Package here.

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Market strength carries into summer for Fraser Valley real estate

August, 05 2014 09:17:43 am, by FVREB
Categories: Statistics

SURREY, BC – Continued demand for single family homes and townhomes resulted in the busiest July in five years for the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. The Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 1,615 sales in July, an increase of 11 per cent compared to the 1,456 sales in July last year and 1.4 per cent above the 10-year average for the month.

Ray Werger, President of the Board, says, “July’s steady activity is a continuation of what we’ve been seeing all year. Our market has fully recovered from last year’s slump and has returned to what we typically see in the Fraser Valley, which is a steady, consistent market.”

In July, the Board received 2,724 new listings, a decrease of 2 per cent compared to July 2013 taking the number of active listings in Fraser Valley to 9,636, a decrease of 8 per cent compared to the volume available in July 2013.

Werger says, “Although our sales were slightly above average for the month, the volume of new listings added to the MLS® was 7 per cent lower than what’s typical for July, so for certain property types and price ranges we’re actually seeing a shortage of listings creating a seller’s market for particular homes.

“When demand starts to exceed supply it puts upward pressure on prices and in areas such as White Rock/South Surrey, North Delta and Langley we’ve seen an increase in benchmark prices of single family detached homes ranging from 3 to 6.6 per cent over the last year. It’s a different story for condos. In most of our market, there’s excellent selection and prices lower than they were one year ago offering tremendous opportunities for buyers.”

In July, the benchmark price, as determined by the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI), of a ‘typical’ single family detached home was $568,300, an increase of 3 per cent compared to July 2013 when it was $551,000.

The HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses increased by 0.2 per cent; going from $297,800 in July 2013 to $298,500 in July 2014. The benchmark price of apartments was $194,700 last month, a decrease of 3.6 per cent compared to $202,000 in July of last year.

Find the July Statistics Package here.

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Strongest June in four years for Fraser Valley real estate market

July, 03 2014 09:41:45 am, by FVREB
Categories: Statistics

SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 1,668 sales in June, an increase of 26 per cent compared to the 1,327 sales in June of last year and 2 per cent higher than sales in May. In terms of historical comparison, last month’s sales finished 7 per cent below the 10-year average for June with the previous best June occurring in 2010.

Ray Werger, President of the Board, says, “Recent news reports indicate that consumer optimism about real estate is at its highest level in a number of years and we’re experiencing that at the ground level.

“Over the last three months, we’ve seen a surge in demand specifically for single family homes and townhomes in most of our communities. Our number one buyer is families with children and they’re taking advantage of ultra-low interest rates combined with more affordable, stable prices in the Fraser Valley.”

In June, the benchmark price, as determined by the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI), of a ‘typical’ residential home – detached, townhouse and apartment combined – was 1.3 per cent higher than June of last year. For the single family detached home, the HPI benchmark price in June was $568,600, an increase of 3 per cent compared to June 2013 when it was $552,200. This is a record high benchmark price for detached homes since the MLS® HPI began in January 2005.

The HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses decreased by 0.3 per cent; going from $298,700 in June 2013 to $297,800 in June 2014. The benchmark price of apartments was $197,000 last month, a decrease of 2.7 per cent compared to $202,500 in June of last year.

Werger adds, “We’re essentially seeing two markets right now, so it’s important to get advice dependent on what you’re listing or buying. Competitively priced, mid-range single family homes are being snapped up quickly, on average in a little over a month, whereas condos and higher-end, executive homes in our region are taking as long as three months on average to sell. Talk to your REALTOR® to find out where you fit.”

The Board’s MLS® received 13 per cent more new listings in June, 2,974 compared to the 2,625 new listings received during June of last year. The month finished with 9,853 active listings, a decrease of 6 per cent compared to the 10,515 active listings available during June of last year.

Find the June Statistics Package here.

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Market strength solidifies in the Fraser Valley

June, 03 2014 09:44:26 am, by FVREB
Categories: Statistics

SURREY, BC – May’s property sales in the Fraser Valley reached the highest they’ve been in seven years with the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board posting 1,633 sales on its Multiple Listing Service (MLS®), an increase of 18 per cent compared to May 2013 and 11 per cent more than in April.

Previous record-setting Mays were in the mid-2000s during the market peak, with last month’s sales coming in just below the 10-year average.

Ray Werger, President of the Board, says, “For the second month in a row, we’re experiencing healthy sales volumes with the most popular choice being single family detached homes followed by townhouses. For single family homes, that market is at the upper-end of a balanced market with certain areas in a sellers’ market where over 30 per cent of available inventory is selling.”

Werger adds that the market for apartments has not picked up to the same degree. “We’ve seen an improvement in condo sales in specific areas, however in many communities the market continues to favour buyers due to inventory levels that remain elevated and buyer preference for homes that offer more space and amenities.

“Last month in the Fraser Valley, 60 per cent of our residential sales were single family detached homes and we’re starting to see that preference reflected in prices. Prices are up three per cent over the past year, even higher in the most sought-after communities and most of that increase has taken place in the last six months.”

The benchmark price as determined by the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) of a single family detached home in Fraser Valley increased 3.1 per cent in one year. It went from $549,200 in May 2013 to $566,400 last month.

In May, the benchmark price of a Fraser Valley townhouse was $297,300, a decrease of 0.2 per cent compared to $298,000 in May 2013. The benchmark price of an apartment decreased by 2.6 per cent year-over-year; going from $203,400 in May of last year to $198,100 in May 2014.

In May, the Board received 3,218 new listings, an increase of 2 per cent compared to April and 1 per cent more than were received during the same month last year. The new inventory took the number of active listings in Fraser Valley to 9,870, a decrease of 7 per cent compared to the volume available in May 2013.

Werger says, “Our home supply is the best it’s been since last fall, with the highest demand for priced-right, quality properties. If your home fits that description, anticipate a lot of interest.”

Find the May Statistics Package here.

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