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May 2024 Real Estate Market Statistics

May 2024 Real Estate Market Statistics

Large Inventory Increase in May While Sales Continue to Lag

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) recorded 824 unit sales boardwide (all property types) on the MLS® System in May 2024. In the single-family category (excluding acreage and waterfront), 409 homes sold in May, down 14 percent from one year ago and up nine percent from April. Sales of condo apartments last month came in at 92, increasing by 11 percent year over year and up 23 percent from April. In the row/townhouse category, 108 units changed hands in May, up 17 percent from one year ago and 30 percent from April. Active listings of single-family homes were 1,433 in May, an increase from the 979 posted one year ago. VIREB’s inventory of condo apartments was 398 last month, up from 318 in May 2023. There were 375 row/townhouses for sale last month compared to 252 the previous year. VIREB Chief Executive Officer Jason Yochim says that the typically busy spring market is slow to launch this year.
“Last month, we were optimistic that the spring market had finally arrived,” says Yochim. “However, while sales did pick up somewhat in May, we’re still not where we usually are heading into summer.”
Yochim notes there are likely several reasons fuelling VIREB’s lagging sales, including investor concerns surrounding higher capital gains taxes and consumer worries regarding long-term affordability. Some buyers are also waiting for interest-rate cuts.
“On a positive note, VIREB’s inventory of single-family homes rose by 46 percent in May, while active listings of all property types are up by 33 percent board-wide,” says Yochim. “The VIREB market is now in balanced territory, which is great news for buyers and sellers.”

Benchmark Prices

The board-wide benchmark price (MLS® Home Price Index) of a single-family home was $781,100 in May 2024, up four percent from one year ago and a slight uptick from April. In the apartment category, the benchmark price was $413,000 last month, up three percent from the previous May and two percent from April. The benchmark price of a townhouse in May was $544,200, up one percent from one year ago and one percent higher than in April.
  • Nanaimo’s year-over-year benchmark price rose by four percent to reach $815,900.
  • In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home was $712,800 last month, up nine percent from the previous year.
  • The Comox Valley’s year-over-year benchmark price rose by six percent to $833,600.
  • In the Cowichan Valley, the benchmark price was $779,300, a two percent increase from May 2023.
  • Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by two percent to $896,400.
  • The cost of a benchmark single-family home in Port Alberni was $517,000, up three percent from the previous year.
  • For the North Island, the benchmark price of a single-family home dropped by one percent to $424,600.

May 2024 Real Estate Market Stats

 

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