October 2023 Real Estate Market Stats
Interest Rates Taking a Toll on Housing Market
The October 2023 Real Estate Market Stats show that last month, there were 244 sales of single-family homes in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area. This is the same number as last October and down by eight percent from September 2023 (266). Sales of condo apartments in October came in at 60, increasing by 43 percent year over year and down 29 percent from September. In the row/townhouse category, 58 units changed hands last month, up 14 percent from one year ago and down 18 percent from September.
Active listings of single-family homes were 1,157 in October, down from 1,360 one year ago. VIREB’s inventory of condo apartments was 307 last month, down from 314 listings in October 2022. There were 265 row/townhouses for sale last month compared to 296 one year ago.
“October was slower than expected, continuing the trend of the past few months,” says Kelly O’Dwyer, 2023 Chair. “High-interest rates and a mortgage stress test of eight percent are taking a toll on demand.”
In fact, the British Columbia Real Estate Association anticipates that VIREB will close out the year with around 7,100 sales, which would be the lowest number posted since 2013.
“REALTORS® are reporting that some buyers and sellers have already decided to wait until spring to buy or list their home, hoping that interest rates will drop,” adds O’Dwyer.
Regardless of market conditions, connecting with a local REALTOR® can help smooth the way to a successful real estate transaction. They have specialized knowledge of their communities and will help you develop a winning strategy for buying or selling a home.
The board-wide benchmark price (MLS® Home Price Index) of a single-family home was $767,600 in October 2023, up three percent from one year ago and down one percent from September. In the apartment category, the benchmark price was $394,300 last month, a two percent increase from October 2022 and down one percent from September. The year-over-year benchmark price of a townhouse was $557,400 in October, up three percent from last year and a slight increase from September.
- Nanaimo’s year-over-year benchmark price rose by two percent to reach $802,500.
- In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home was $658,500 last month, up five percent from the previous year.
- The Comox Valley’s year-over-year benchmark price rose seven percent to $839,700.
- In the Cowichan Valley, the benchmark price was $772,600, a one percent increase from October 2022.
- Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by two percent to $881,700.
- The cost of a benchmark single-family home in Port Alberni was $509,200, down two percent from the previous year.
- For the North Island, the benchmark price of a single-family home decreased by six percent to $412,000.
October 2023 Real Estate Market Statistics
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Original Source: VIREB