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BC Home Sales top $45 Billion in 2007 – A New Record

It’s a brick - na na na na - HOUSE2007 surprised us all as an exceptionally strong year for home sales in the provincial real estate market. I think if you had asked me at the end of 2006 if I thought that 2007 would break any records for home sales, I would have told you (politely) that you were crazy. Below is the news release from the BC Real Estate Association, along with a link to detailed statistics. –Tim

BC Home Sales Smash Record Book

Vancouver, BC – January 11, 2008.British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports residential sales volume on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC climbed 19.5 per cent to $45.1 billion in 2007, the highest level ever recorded. Residential unit sales increased 6.4 per cent to 102,811 units in 2007, only the second time BC home sales have exceeded the 100,000 unit mark (a total of 106,310 homes traded hands in 2005). The average MLS® residential price in the province reached a record $439,121 in 2007, up 12.3 per cent from 2006.

“Strong consumer demand buoyed by employment growth, rising wages and migration was a significant factor in BC’s housing markets last year,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “In the province’s major urban centres, sales activity reflected increasing demand for condominium apartments and townhouses. The largest gains in home prices occurred in the Kamloops, Okanagan and Kootenay markets where a legion of recreation, retiree and investment buyers put pressure on existing home inventories.”

“BC housing markets will experience less frenetic activity in 2008,” noted Muir. “Eroding affordability, rising new home completions adding to inventories and weaker economic growth are expected to provide a moderating influence this year.”

MLS® residential sales volume in December increased 24.2 per cent to $2.19 billion compared to the same period last year. Residential unit sales climbed 8.8 per cent to 4,791 units over the same period. The average residential sales price rose 14.2 per cent to $457,825 in December compared to December 2006.

For more information, including detailed statistics, follow this link: www.bcrea.bc.ca/news_room/2007-12.pdf

2007: A Surprising Year for Victoria and Sooke Real Estate

Year-end and December 2007 Statistics Released

The Victoria Real Estate Board has released the December 2007 and year-end statistics:

Real Estate Records Broken in 2007

The value of all property transactions through the Victoria Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) hit a new record of over $4.1 billion in 2007, up from $3.3 billion in 2006. The value of single family home sales was over $2.5 billion while the value of condominium sales was over $756 million. Victoria Real Estate Board President Tony Joe noted that both sales and prices for all major property types increased last year. “Last year was another exceptional year for the local real estate market. The total number of sales increased over 12 per cent while the overall average price for single family homes rose 8.5 per cent; the average for condominiums rose over 11 per cent and the average for townhomes rose 10.5 per cent,” said Joe.

Meantime, the sale of 14 single family homes in Greater Victoria over $1 million pushed the average price to a new record high of $624,450 last month [Note: The sale of an island completed last month for $7 M, which would have skewed the average considerably – Tim] ; the median price, however, was considerably lower at $536,000. “It’s always important to bear in mind that the average price in a given month can often be significantly affected by the sale of high-priced homes,” noted Joe. The six-month average for single family homes in December was $581,419.

The average price of all condominiums sold in December was $332,793; the average for the last six months was $319,980. The median was again lower at $292,900. The average price for townhomes sold last month was $445,960; the average for the last six-months was $415,648. The median price was $387,900.

There were 408 MLS® sales last month, up from 385 sales in December of last year. There were 623 sales in November. Sales last month included 202 single family homes, 120 condominiums, 46 townhomes and 8 manufactured homes.

There were 2,799 properties listed for sale on the MLS® system at the end of last month, up from the 2,650 properties in the same month a year ago.

 

Summary Report and Graphs

Monthly Sales Summary
Average Selling Price Graphs
Active Listings, New Listings and Sales Graphs

At the end of 2006, listings had been steadily increasing, and sales were lower than the booming year of 2005. Everyone was on edge for expectations for 2007. The year surprised us all, with interest rates rising by one-quarter per cent and then being cut by that one-quarter in December. Steady, low interest rates breed consumer confidence and keep home ownership possible as increasing prices erode affordability. An increase in good-paying jobs, record-low unemployment, and migration and investment from out of the area all helped to push the market to record heights this past year.

What does 2008 hold? I see steady price increases, but on a slower, more moderate scale. As prices increase, affordability continues to be eroded. The Bank of Canada meets on Jan 22, with David Dodge expected to announce a cut in interest rates as his final duty before stepping down as governor. The continued diversification of the local economy, with more high-tech jobs and the decline in tourism from the U.S. being replaced with domestic and international visitors, will drive migration to this corner of the country and keeps our market on sound financial footing.

Sorry, bubble-blowers, there just isn’t one here to burst.

 

Victoria BC Real Estate has Record year – December 2007 MLS® Statistics

Real Estate Records Broken in 2007

January 2, 2008
The value of all property transactions through the Victoria Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) hit a new record of over $4.1 billion in 2007, up from $3.3 billion in 2006. The value of single family home sales was over $2.5 billion while the value of condominium sales was over $756 million. Victoria Real Estate Board President Tony Joe noted that both sales and prices for all major property types increased last year. “Last year was another exceptional year for the local real estate market. The total number of sales increased over 12 per cent while the overall average price for single family homes rose 8.5 per cent; the average for condominiums rose over 11 per cent and the average for townhomes rose 10.5 per cent,” said Joe.

Meantime, the sale of 14 single family homes in Greater Victoria over $1 million pushed the average price to a new record high of $624,450 last month; the median price, however, was considerably lower at $536,000. “It’s always important to bear in mind that the average price in a given month can often be significantly affected by the sale of high-priced homes,” noted Joe. The six-month average for single family homes in December was $581,419.

The average price of all condominiums sold in December was $332,793; the average for the last six months was $319,980. The median was again lower at $292,900. The average price for townhomes sold last month was $445,960; the average for the last six-months was $415,648. The median price was $387,900.

There were 408 MLS® sales last month, up from 385 sales in December of last year. There were 623 sales in November. Sales last month included 202 single family homes, 120 condominiums, 46 townhomes and 8 manufactured homes.

There were 2,799 properties listed for sale on the MLS® system at the end of last month, up from the 2,650 properties in the same month a year ago.

 

Summary Report and Graphs

Monthly Sales Summary
Average Selling Price Graphs
Active Listings, New Listings and Sales Graphs

Victoria BC Real Estate Board MLS® Statistics – October 2007

Real Estate Sales Soar in October

November 1, 2007

 

Sales of homes and other properties in the Greater Victoria area soared 20 percent in October compared to the same month a year ago. There were 708 sales through the Victoria Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in October, up from the 590 sales in the same month a year ago. There were 632 sales in September of this year. Meantime, prices for single family homes moderated somewhat while prices for condominiums and townhomes showed little change.

Victoria Real Estate Board President, Bev McIvor, says the strong sales and stable prices show continued consumer confidence in the market. “Sales last month were the highest for October since 2003 and so far this year sales are running nearly 13 per cent higher than the first 10 months of 2006.” McIvor added that it’s normal for overall prices to fluctuate on a month-to-month basis depending on the properties that sell in a given month. “While the average price of single family homes moderated slightly last month, the overall average price so far this year is over seven percent higher than at the end of last year.”

The average price of single family homes sold in October was $556,222; the six-month average for single family homes was $570,454. The median price was considerably lower at $495,000. The average price of all condominiums sold in October was $343,334; the average for the last six months was $321,993. The median was again lower at $291,000. The average price of all townhomes sold last month was $407,031; the six month average was $404,163. The median price was $369,950.

MLS® sales last month included 375 single family homes, 196 condominiums, 79 townhomes and 22 manufactured homes.

There were 3,311 properties listed for sale on the MLS® system at the end of last month, down slightly from the 3,426 properties in the same month a year ago.

Summary Report

-Tim Ayres

BC Home Sales Increase In September

More good news from the BC Real Estate Association about market conditions. It seems that 2007 is looking more like 2005 than 2006. Continued strong numbers like this is great news for all involved in the housing market.

Vancouver, BC – October 18, 2007.

British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports residential sales volume on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC climbed 20 per cent to $3.42 billion in September, compared to the same month last year. Residential unit sales increased 6.8 per cent to 7,687 units during the same period. The average MLS® residential price reached $445,205, up 12.3 per cent from September 2006.

“Housing demand hasn’t let up after a record-breaking summer,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “While the number of homes for sale has increased since last year, the sales-to-active-listings ratio has remained unchanged. This means homebuyers are snapping up additional inventory at the same pace, and upward pressure on home prices is continuing.”

Strong economic conditions are underpinning BC home sales,” noted Muir. “Robust job growth, low unemployment and rising wages and salaries are bolstering consumer demand.” More than 70,000 jobs have been created in the province over the last year, while the unemployment rate hovers near an historic low. The average weekly wage in BC climbed 3.3 per cent in September, compared to the same month last year.

Year to date, MLS® dollar volume increased 18 per cent to $36 billion compared to the same period last year. Residential sales rose 4.9 per cent to 82,627 units, while the average residential price climbed 12.5 per cent to $436,062.

Tim Ayres

BC Homes Sales To Surpass 100,000 in 2007

BC Home Sales to Surpass 100,000
BCREA Fall Housing Forecast

Vancouver, BC – September 27, 2007. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its fall 2007 Housing Forecast today.

BC Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) home sales are forecast to break the 100,000 unit mark for only the second time in history. BCREA forecasts that BC MLS® residential sales will hit 101,000 units this year, up 4 per cent from 2006. The highest number of MLS® sales in the province was recorded in 2005, when a total of 106,310 homes were sold. The ten-year average is just under 78,000 units.

“Exceptionally strong consumer demand over the summer months has changed the outlook for this year from declining home sales to the second highest on record,” said Cameron Muir, Chief Economist. “While eroding affordability is squeezing some potential buyers out of the market, the housing stock is increasingly diverse, providing a mix of home types that appeal to a wide consumer market.”

BC home prices are also on the rise. The average MLS® residential price is forecast to climb 12 per cent to $437,000 this year. “While home prices continue to face upward pressure, the rate of growth is expected to moderate,” added Muir. The BC average MLS® price increased 18 per cent last year, and is forecast to rise at a more modest 8 per cent in 2008.

BC housing starts are forecast to decline 7 per cent to 33,900 units in this year and a further 4 per cent to 33,000 units in 2008. While single detached housing starts are trending down, multiple housing starts are holding firm at 21,000 units this year. Multiple housing starts now comprise 62 per cent of all new residential construction activity in the province.

The BCREA Housing Forecast is a semi-annual publication produced in the spring and fall of each year. The report contains forecasts and analysis of the BC economy and housing markets, including detailed forecasts by home type of the province’s 12 real estate board areas.

A complete copy of BCREA’s Housing Forecast is available here: www.bcrea.bc.ca/economics/forecasts/2007-09Forecast.pdf.

BC Home Sales Continue at Fast Pace

Vancouver, BC – September 18, 2007.

British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports residential sales volume on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC climbed 25.9 per cent to $4.33 billion in August, compared to the same month last year. Residential unit sales increased 12.6 per cent to 9,833 units during the same period. The average MLS® residential price hit $439,931, up 11.8 per cent from August 2006.
BC home sales rebounded over the summer months, climbing 14 per cent June through August, compared to the same period last year. Year to date, BC home sales are up 4.7 per cent to 74,939 units.
“Despite eroding affordability, home sales are on a near record pace,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Preferred retirement locations, such as Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and Kootenays, have experienced the largest increases in home sales this year.”
Muir noted that, while home sales are up, the average home price across the province is climbing at a year-over-year rate of 12 per cent, down from a high of 21 per cent in June 2006. “Barring any unforeseen shock in the market, such as rapidly rising interest rates or a meltdown of the BC economy, less upward pressure on home prices is expected over the next 24 months,” added Muir.

For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, follow this link: www.bcrea.bc.ca/news_room/2007-08.pdf

Busiest August in 15 years – Monthly Victoria BC MLS® Statistics

September 4, 2007

The exceptional strength of the Victoria area real estate market continued in August with brisk sales and robust prices. Sales of homes and other properties in the Greater Victoria area last month reached the highest level for the month of August in over 15 years. There were 846 sales through the Victoria Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August, up 22 per cent from the 694 sales in the same month a year ago. There were 922 sales in July of this year. Meantime, 23 sales of over $1 million, including one sale in Oak Bay of over $5 million, helped push the average price of single family homes sold in August to another record high of $576,632; the median price was considerably lower and remained unchanged from July at $515,000; the six-month average was $566,094.

Victoria Real Estate Board President, Bev McIvor, says the market so far this year has exceeded expectations. “The continued strong demand we are seeing is remarkable; so far this year, overall sales are running 13 percent higher compared to the first eight months of last year.” McIvor noted that despite robust prices nearly 20 per cent of sales of single family homes last month were under $400,000.

The average price for all condominiums sold in August was $298,852; the average for the last six months was $313,852. The median was again lower at $275,000. The average price for townhomes last month was $395,646; the average for the last six months was $398,299. The median was $379,000.

MLS® sales last month included 443 single family homes, 218 condominiums, 98 townhomes and 24 manufactured homes.

There were 3,352, properties listed for sale on the MLS® system at the end of last month, virtually unchanged from the 3,345 properties in the same month a year ago.

Summary Report 

Courtesy Victoria Real Estate Board –  www.vreb.org

July 2007 Sets Record For BC Home Sales

Vancouver, BC – August 16, 2007. British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that residential sales volume on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC climbed 44 per cent to $4.66 billion in July, compared to the same month last year. Residential unit sales increased 25 per cent to 10,447 units during the same period, a record number of July transactions. The average MLS® residential price hit $446,386, up 15.2 per cent from July 2006.

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July MLS® Statistics – Victoria, BC

Summer Market Sizzles

August 1, 2007

Sales of homes and other properties in the Greater Victoria area continued to show exceptional strength last month reaching the highest level for the month of July in over 15 years. There were 922 sales through the Victoria Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in July, up over 36 per cent from the 677 sales in the same month a year ago. There were 949 sales in June of this year. Meantime, 27 sales of over $1 million helped push the average price of single family homes sold in July to another record high of $574,753; the median price was considerably lower at $515,000; the six-month average was $560,393.Victoria Real Estate Board President, Bev McIvor, says the continued strength of the market is remarkable, “Despite the significant increases in prices that we have seen in recent years, the total number of sales shows that demand remains very strong. The number of sales so far this year is running over 11 per cent higher than in the first seven months of last year while the six month average price for single family homes has risen over seven per cent since the beginning of the year.”The average price for all condominiums sold in July was $306,668; the average for the last six months was $311,568. The median was again lower at $268,000. The average price for townhomes last month was $402,558; the average for the last six months was $397,434. The median was $379,900.MLS® sales last month included 499 single family homes, 241 condominiums, 106 townhomes and 22 manufactured homes.

There were 3,402, properties listed for sale on the MLS® system at the end of last month, up from the 3,318 properties in the same month a year ago.

Summary Report

Courtesy Victoria Real Estate Board