Is it an Endless Summer for Real Estate in Victoria?
October 1, 2015
Victoria BC – 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?”
More information on the August 2015 report and the Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index is available from the Victoria Real Estate Board, at vreb.org.