March 2024 Real Estate Market Update

Dated: April 7 2024

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Supply still key to Victoria's housing market

April 2, 2024  A total of 588 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this March, 0.3 per cent fewer than the 590 properties sold in March 2023 but a 25.1 per cent increase from February 2024. Sales of condominiums were down 10.2 per cent from March 2023 with 177 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased 1.8 per cent from March 2023 with 286 sold.

"We've concluded a rather quiet first quarter and are transitioning into the spring market," said 2024 Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Laurie Lidstone. "Many of our local REALTOR® members are noting that more shoppers are coming into the market - but this has not necessarily translated into sales numbers. This may change as we move into what is historically the busiest market of the year."

There were 2,647 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of March 2024, an increase of 12 per cent compared to the previous month of February and a 34.4 per cent increase from the 1,970 active listings for sale at the end of March 2023.

"The increases in inventory we've seen in recent months really help to improve the health of our market," adds Chair Lidstone. "We have more inventory for consumers to consider when compared with recent years. This additional inventory improves both buyer and seller confidence as it means people have more options and more reassurance that they are going to be able to find their new home. As people buy and move, more properties are added to the available inventory, which supports a much healthier market. Supply really is key, and looking to the future we need to ensure that focus continues on the creation of new homes of all types and price points. If you're considering a move over the course of the spring market, connect with your favourite local Realtor for to-the-minute insight into our market to create your strategy."

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in March 2023 was $1,258,300. The benchmark value for the same home in March 2024 increased by 1.7 per cent to $1,279,300, up from February's value of $1,247,400. The MLS® HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core area in March 2023 was $549,000 while the benchmark value for the same condominium in March 2024 increased by 3.3 per cent to $567,300, up from the February value of $557,000.

Original Source: VREB

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