August 2022 Nanaimo Real Estate Market Stats
Calmer market conditions as summer draw to a close
The August 2022 Nanaimo Real Estate Market Stats show up that inventory was up, and sales were down in August. This is reminiscent of a typical summer market in pre-COVID times.
Last month, active listings of single-family detached properties (not acreage or waterfront) jumped to 1,368, a 153% increase from August 2021. VIREB’s inventory of condo apartments hit 332 last month, up from 164 listings one year ago. There were 280 row/townhouses for sale last month compared to 109 one year ago.
The quieter August gave consumers and REALTORS® time to catch their breath after the frenetic pace VIREB’s housing market has been setting since 2020. Additional inventory is good news for buyers, giving them more options to choose from and easing the pressure to move too quickly when making an offer. On the other side of the transaction, sellers may have to adjust their expectations somewhat.
“After months of historically low listings, January posted a small inventory bump, and active listings have risen steadily since then accompanied by slightly lower demand,” says Erica Kavanaugh, 2022 VIREB Chair. “What we’re seeing now is more about conditions returning to what they were before the pandemic. We’ll have to see how the rest of the year shapes up to determine whether we’re looking at a more significant trend.” Kavanaugh adds that while demand has dipped, the underlying supply issues that caused low inventory and rising prices still exist. “The British Columbia Real Estate Association crunched the numbers and determined that it will take a substantial decline in demand to return active listings to a healthy state on Vancouver Island,” says Kavanaugh. “Province-wide, we’re dealing with decades of insufficient supply, and that’s not a quick fix.”
Benchmark by Category
- 307 single-family-home sales in August. This is a 33% decrease from one year ago and up by 3% from July.
- 66 condo apartment sales last month, a decline of 33% year over year and down by 12% from July.
- In the row/townhouse category, 51 units changed hands in August, down 43% from one year ago and the same number as in July.
After a long period of steadily rising prices in virtually every VIREB region, slight month-over-month price dips began appearing in June. However, 2022 continues to post higher prices than seen in 2021.
Board-wide Benchmark Price
- The board-wide benchmark price of a single-family home reached $842,800 in August. This is up 18% from one year ago.
- In the apartment category, it hit $444,800 last month, a 22% increase from August 2021.
- The benchmark price of a townhouse increased by 19%, climbing to $615,400 in August.
August 2022 Nanaimo Real Estate
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Original Source: VIREB