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January 2024 Real Estate Market Statistics

January 2024 Real Estate Market Statistics

Normal January kicks off 2024 with an Optimistic Outlook

The January 2024 Real Estate Market Stats show us that last month, 152 single-family homes sold in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area, down six percent from one year ago and up slightly from December 2023.

Sales of condo apartments in January came in at 47, increasing by 12 percent year over year and up 21 percent from December. In the row/townhouse category, 40 units changed hands last month,
an increase of 14 percent from one year ago and up three percent from the previous month. Active listings of single-family homes were 807 in January, down from 861 the previous year. VIREB’s inventory of condo apartments was 258 last month, up from 239 one year ago. There were
282 row/townhouses for sale last month compared to 239 in January 2023.

“We had a fairly normal January, with unit sales of 354 compared to 340 last year,” says Ian Mackay, 2024 Chair. “REALTORS® are reporting that plenty of listings are hitting the system, and we’re sensing a lot of optimism regarding the spring market.”

However, interest rates and the mortgage stress test (Guideline B-20) continue to deter some buyers, as does the pervasive low inventory in the VIREB area, which limits the selection of
affordable homes. Mackay, who works primarily in Parksville-Qualicum, notes that properties listed in a moderate range are selling remarkably quickly.

The January 2024 Real Estate Market Stats board-wide benchmark price (MLS® Home Price Index) of a single-family home was $749,000 in January 2024, up six percent from one year ago and down one percent from December. In the apartment category, the benchmark price was $380,600 last month, a slight decrease from the previous January and down one percent from December. The benchmark price of a townhouse in January was $546,600, up two percent from one year ago and a slight increase from December.

Benchmark Prices

  • Nanaimo’s year-over-year benchmark price rose by six percent to reach $783,100.
  • In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home was $650,500 last month, up seven percent from the previous year.
  • The Comox Valley’s year-over-year benchmark price rose seven percent to $816,300.
  • In the Cowichan Valley, the benchmark price was $746,600, a three percent increase from January 2023.
  • The Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by six percent to $856,700.
  • The cost of a benchmark single-family home in Port Alberni was $517,600, up five percent from the previous year.
  • For the North Island, the benchmark price of a single-family home dropped slightly to $403,000. However, prices decreased from December 2023 in nearly every zone.

January 2024 Real Estate Market Stats

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Original Source: VIREB

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