January 2020 Nanaimo Real Estate Market Stats
This January 2020 Nanaimo Real Estate Market Stats, summarize what’s happening in the real estate market in your area. The Nanaimo real estate market stats that analyze the Vancouver Island real estate market north of the Malahat. These Nanaimo real estate market stats can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time.
*Keep in mind that the information does not indicate the actual value of any particular property.
Lack of Supply Continues to Dampen Sales
Sales of single-family homes in January dropped by 16 per cent from one year ago and were 26 per cent lower than in December.
Last month, 174 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 235 in December and 208 one year ago.
Trend wise, inventory is tightening again, which is one of the factors behind weaker sales. REALTORS® are reporting that there is keen interest among buyers. However, reduced purchasing power due to Guideline B-20 and limited supply in their price range are pushing them to the sidelines.
- Apartment sales in January decreased by three per cent year over year, while the number of townhouses sold dropped by 18 per cent from one year ago.
- Inventory of single-family homes last month rose slightly from one year ago (981 to 992) and increased by six per cent from December 2019.
- Active listings of apartments rose by three per cent (299 to 309) year over year, while townhouse inventory dropped by 24 per cent (165 to 125).
The benchmark price of a single-family home board-wide was $515,400 in January, a four per cent increase from one year ago and marginally lower than in December. (Benchmark pricing tracks the value of a typical home in the reported area.) In the apartment category, the year-over-year benchmark price rose by five per cent, hitting $309,300, which is two per cent higher than in December. The benchmark price of a townhouse last month rose by three per cent year over year, climbing to $408,600, and was virtually the same as in December.
- Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose by four per cent to $562,700 in January.
- Campbell River’s benchmark price of a single-family home in the Campbell River area last month was $437,300, an increase of four per cent over last year.
- Comox Valley’s benchmark price reached $521,900, up by four per cent from one year ago.
- Duncan reported a benchmark price of $478,000, an increase of three per cent from January 2019.
- Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price drop slightly to $571,400.
- Port Alberni’s benchmark single-family home in reached $328,900 in January, a 10 per cent increase from one year ago.
“The stress test is compressing more demand into our mid- and lower-priced property market. Lack of inventory in that price range is certainly curtailing some buyers from moving ahead with their home purchase,” says Broens. “Unfortunately, without new construction, this gridlock may just be the new normal.”
The recent release of home assessments tends to create confusion for consumers, who are not always aware that the assessed figure is based on data that is several months old and may not reflect current market value.
“Whether you’re a buyer or seller, a REALTOR® can help you cut through the fog of confusion around home prices. We have access to tools and market analytics that will help us determine an optimal selling price for your home and find a property that fits your budget.”
Find out what your home may be worth in today’s market.
If you require specific information on property values please contact one of our REALTORS® or call (250) 751-1223.