July 2023 Real Estate Market Stats
Steady Sales make for a busier-than-usual July
The July 2023 Real Estate Market Stats show that last month, there were 414 sales of single-family homes in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area, a 41 percent increase from one year ago (294) and down by two percent from June 2023 (424). Sales of condo apartments in July came in at 98, increasing by 31 percent year over year but down 12 percent from the previous month. In the row/townhouse category, 86 units changed hands in July, up 69 percent from one year ago and down 15 percent from June.
Active listings of single-family homes were 1,092 in July, down from 1,387 one year ago. VIREB’s inventory of condo apartments was 312 last month, down from 336 listings in July 2022. There were 262 row/townhouses for sale last month compared to 267 one year ago.
Well-prices properties attracting multiple offers
“We’re busier this summer than is typical despite rising interest rates,” says Kelly O’Dwyer, 2023 Chair. “After a rate increase is posted, clients tend to pull back and sit for a bit, but then the desire to buy takes precedence. Consumers tend to be resilient and are determined to find a way to make things work.”
O’Dwyer notes that while multiple offers are still happening, they tend to be on well-priced properties.
“Some sellers of higher-end properties are sitting on a preconceived price they’re expecting to get based on last year’s numbers,” adds O’Dwyer. “They’re not recognizing that market conditions have changed, at least for now.”
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The board-wide benchmark price (MLS® Home Price Index) of a single-family home was $770,000 in July 2023, down five percent from one year ago and up by one percent from June. In the apartment category, the benchmark price was $399,600 last month, a three per cent decrease from July 2022 and up by one per cent from June. The year-over-year benchmark price of a townhouse was $561,500 in July, down three per cent from one year ago and slightly lower than in June.
The benchmark prices for the July 2023 Real Estate Market Stats show us that:
- Nanaimo’s year-over-year benchmark price dropped by five percent to $799,200
- In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home was $669,000 in July, down five percent from the previous year.
- The Comox Valley’s year-over-year benchmark price dropped by six percent to $815,700.
- In the Cowichan Valley, the benchmark price was $781,100, a seven per cent decrease from July 2022.
- The Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price decrease by three percent to $890,300.
- The cost of a benchmark single-family home in Port Alberni was $546,700, down five percent from the previous year.
- For the North Island, the benchmark price of a single-family home decreased by nine percent to $439,700.
July 2023 Real Estate Market Statistics
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Original Source: VIREB