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SURREY, BC Fraser Valley real estate hit a historical high in March, setting the record for sales processed in one month since the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s (FVREB) inception in 1921.


In March, the FVREB processed 3,006 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), an increase of 62 per cent compared to March 2015 and 26 per cent more then was processed in February. The previous record of 2,720 processed sales was set in March of 1991.


Charles Wiebe, President of the Board, said of this month’s statistics, “This market is uncharted territory for Fraser Valley real estate. It’s typical for spring to see a jump in activity; however, March came and went at a break-neck, record-setting pace. I’ve never seen anything like it.”


“While I’m certainly encouraged that so many are finding their way to owning a home in the Fraser Valley, I know that it can also be challenging for first-time homebuyers and those looking to transition. Talk to a local REALTOR®, and discuss what you want and what’s possible for you. We can help you get there.


The Board received 4,057 new listings in March, an increase of 31 per cent compared to March of last year, and a 24 per cent increase from February. The total active inventory for March was 5,485, down 33 per cent from last year’s 8,193 active listings.


Wiebe commented, This is typically a busy time of year to buy and sell real estate, and those seeking homes are hungry to purchase. Unfortunately, inventory is struggling to keep up. With that said, if you’re thinking of selling your home, I encourage you to talk to a REALTOR® and consider your current opportunities. The market is in your favor.”

Across Fraser Valley, the average number of days to sell a single family detached home in March 2016 was 17 days, compared to 43 days in March 2015.


The MLS® HPI benchmark price of a Fraser Valley single family detached home in March was $741,000, an increase of 26 per cent compared to March 2015 when it was $588,500.


In March, the benchmark price of townhouses was $344,300, an increase of 14.9 per cent compared to $299,700 in March 2015. The benchmark price of apartments also increased year-over-year by 13.8 per cent, going from $190,800 in March 2015 to $217,200 in March 2016. 

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SURREY, BC – For the second time in as many months, Fraser Valley real estate saw record-setting monthly sales. In February, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 2,387 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), an increase of 79 per cent compared to February 2015 and 78 per cent more then was processed in January.

 

To give a historical perspective, sales in February were 46 per cent over the 10-year average for that month; and, 4 per cent higher than the previous record of 1,948 sales in February 1992. Charles Wiebe, President of the Board said of this month’s record numbers, “In my twenty-five years of real estate, I have never seen such consistent demand for housing in the Fraser Valley.”

 

“While it’s certainly encouraging to see such confidence in our region, the intense demand has created a more complex market for buyers. For certain property types, prices have increased and selection is scarce. If you find yourself struggling in your search, consult a professional. We know the market and we’re here to help you.

 

” The Board received 3,283 new listings in February, an increase of 26 per cent compared to February of last year, and another record high for February. The total active inventory for February was 5,127, down 35 per cent from last year’s 7,864 active listings.

 

Wiebe explained, “Inventory is moving fast, so it’s critical that buyers know what they most want in a home and neighborhood, and be open to considering new areas. The Valley features a wide range of diverse housing options, with many areas still very affordable, so talk to your REALTOR® who will help carve a path to suit your needs.

 

” Across Fraser Valley, the average number of days to sell a single family detached home in February 2016 was 21 days, compared to 41 days in February 2015.

 

MLS® HPI benchmark price of a Fraser Valley single family detached home in February was $714,000, an increase of 23 per cent compared to February 2015 when it was $581,400. In February, the benchmark price of townhouses was $337,300, an increase of 13.5 per cent compared to $297,200 in February 2015.

 

The benchmark price of apartments also increased year-over-year by 11.2 per cent, going from $189,700 in February 2015 to $211,000 in February 2016. FVREB March 2016

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SURREY, BC – Fraser Valley’s real estate market showed no signs of slowing down, producing the strongest sales for January on record.


The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,338 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January, an increase of 57 per cent compared to January 2015 and 13 per cent fewer then were processed in December. Sales in January ranked at the top for the last ten years coming in 57 per cent over the 10year average, and 5 per cent higher than the previous record of 1,270 sales in January 1992.


Jorda Maisey, President of the Board said, “Typically, we see January numbers slow down postholiday season, but so far demand for Fraser Valley homes hasn’t let up. Homebuyers are reluctant to wait when the market is moving this fast.”


“There are a number of factors we can attribute this jump to, but most importantly, we’re seeing that the demand for owning a home continues to rise and inventory is struggling to keep up. Job creation and a strong BC economy are drawing more people to our region; and despite rising prices in some areas, many communities within the Fraser Valley remain affordable.”


The Board received 2,510 new listings in January, a decrease of 8 per cent compared to January of last year. The total active inventory for January was 4,790, down 34 per cent from last year’s 7,307 active listings.


Maisey explained, “Homeowners may be reluctant to sell because they love their home and where they live. However, for those looking to enter the market and perhaps are waiting for spring, we suggest you and your REALTOR® start planning now. There are a lot of people out there who will want your home.”


Across Fraser Valley, the average number of days to sell a single family detached home in January 2016 was 33 days, compared to 55 days in January 2015. The MLS® HPI benchmark price of a Fraser Valley single family detached home in January was $691,100, an increase of 20.9 per cent compared to January 2015 when it was $571,700.

In January, the benchmark price of townhouses was $334,400, an increase of 13.8 per cent compared to $293,800 in January 2015. The benchmark price of apartments also increased yearoveryear by 7.8 per cent, going from $189,500 in January 2015 to $204,300 in January 2016. 

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SURREY, BC – Fraser Valley real estate experienced its strongest year in a decade in 2015. This was the second highest year for property sales in Fraser Valley’s history, just shy of the region’s previous sales high in 2005.

 

The Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 21,095 sales in 2015, 33 per cent more than the 15,840 sales in 2014, and 0.9 per cent fewer than the 21,282 sales in 2005. The total dollar volume of MLS® sales was a record setting $12.1 billion, four billion more than was sold in 2014.      

                                                                                                                                                                                 

In contrast, the Board received a typical volume of new listings in 2015 – 30,998 – comparable to the average over the last ten years, set at 31,296 new listings.

 

Jorda Maisey, President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, attributes 2015’s market strength to a strong economy elevating consumer housing demand. “The Fraser Valley has always appealed to consumers looking for competitive pricing and a diverse range of housing options.

“Last year shows that consumers recognize the long‐term value of property ownership in the Fraser Valley, particularly valuing the single family home, which they recognize is becoming a limited commodity. Sales of single family detached increased across all of our communities, in some instances more than doubling 2014’s sales.

 

” Sales during December were the highest for that month in Fraser Valley’s history. The Board processed 1,543 sales, an increase of 44 per cent compared to December of 2014. December’s total inventory in the Fraser Valley was 4,280 active listings; 33 per cent fewer than were available in December 2014.

 

The MLS® Home Price Index benchmark price of a detached home in December was $672,400, an increase of 17.3 per cent compared to December of last year when it was $573,100. The MLS® HPI benchmark price of townhouses increased 9.6 per cent going from $293,500 in December of last year to $321,800 last month. The benchmark price of apartments was $204,900, an increase of 7.3 per cent compared to $191,100 in December 2014.

 

Maisey adds, “The market remains buoyant, and with very low inventory currently there is tremendous opportunity for sellers. For buyers finding it challenging in their search, REALTORS® are recommending they consider a variety of housing options and communities they may not have considered. There’s a lot of choice out there, you just need to know where to look  FVREB January 2016

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SURREY, BC – Homebuyers showed no signs of slowing down last month as Fraser Valley REALTORS® experienced their second busiest November on record.


The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,766 property sales on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in November compared with 1,136 in 2014, an increase of 55 per cent. The previous high of 2,154 sales was set in November, 1989.


Jorda Maisey, President of the Board, says, “November is not normally this busy. We’ve experienced our usual, seasonal dip in the number of new listings, but we’re just not seeing a decline in the demand.


“If you’ve been thinking about selling your home to capitalize on any equity you’ve acquired, now is a very good time.”


The Board received 1,854 new listings last month, 14 per cent fewer than were received in October and 6 per cent more than were received during November of last year. Last month’s total inventory in the Fraser Valley was 5,761 active listings; 31 per cent less than were available during November 2014.


Maisey says, “Our housing inventory overall hasn’t been this low since spring of 2006, however it’s important to emphasize that conditions vary depending on property type. Groundoriented homes are the highest in demand currently with about one out of every two active listings selling. For apartments, one in five is selling, so condo shoppers will find more selection and have greater negotiating power on price when it comes time to buy.”


The MLS® Home Price Index benchmark price of a detached home in November was $659,700, an increase of 14.7 per cent compared to November of last year when it was $575,400. The MLS® HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses increased 6.7 per cent going from $298,900 in November of last year to $318,800 last month. The benchmark price of apartments was $207,100, an increase of 9.3 per cent compared to $189,400 in November 2014.


Maisey adds, “We understand that it is challenging buying a home in a market this competitive and that’s why we’re here, to help our buyers develop a successful strategy to secure the best home for them at a price they can afford.” 

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SURREY, BC – Fraser Valley’s housing market remained in a seller’s market in October, fuelled by low interest rates and strong consumer demand, according to the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.


There were 1,772 sales processed on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in October compared with 1,448 in 2014, an increase of 22 per cent. For the month, sales are on par with the previous high in October 2005; and historically, only surpassed by the markets of October 1992 and 1989.


Jorda Maisey, President of the Board, says she’s not surprised that October sales were near historic levels, “BC continues to be an economic growth leader in our country and we’re seeing the impact of that in our housing market.

“In the Fraser Valley, demand is strongest for ground-oriented homes. Single family homes and townhomes garnered 83 per cent of our residential market last month. The reasons are due to low interest rates, pent-up demand and most importantly, price. People can afford to own their own single family home in the Fraser Valley.”


The Board received 2,155 new listings last month, 10 per cent fewer listings compared to October of last year. The total active inventory for October was 6,535, down 26 per cent from last year’s 8,807 active listings.


Maisey says with the lack of listings, sellers have had the advantage, “In some of our areas, active inventory of single family detached is down a third to a half of what was available this time last year. The fewer homes available, the more in demand they become, which is why we have seen an impact on prices, most notably on single family detached homes.”


The MLS® Home Price Index benchmark price of a detached home in October was $649,200, an increase of 13.2 per cent compared to October of last year when it was $573,500. The MLS® HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses increased 5.1 per cent going from $298,500 in October of last year to $313,700 last month. The benchmark price of apartments was $203,100, an increase of 5.5 per cent compared to $192,600 in October 2014.


Maisey adds, “Our inventory shortage of ground-oriented homes has had a positive spin-off on our condo market. We’ve advised many of our entry-level buyers to consider an apartment rather than a townhome because the selection is far superior and prices, on average, $100,000 less. Many buyers just aren’t aware of the new and resale options available to them.” 

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SURREY, BC – Property sales in the Fraser Valley remained strong in September, consistent with the nearrecord setting pace of the last six months.


The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,727 sales, an increase of 22 per cent compared to 1,419 sales during September of last year. Last month’s sales were on par with September 2005 and second to September’s alltime high for sales in 1992.


Jorda Maisey is the Board’s President. “Sales remain brisk depending on the property type and location. We’re continuing to see many family homes that are priced right receive multiple offers and sell in a matter of days. People actively looking for a home will already know that in some communities, selection is very tight.


“In Langley where I live and work, we have less than two months supply of single family homes and townhomes, which means buyers and their REALTORS® have to be informed, prepared and have a strategy.”

In September, the total number of active listings in the Fraser Valley was 7,122. This represents a 4 per cent decrease compared to August and a 22 per cent decrease compared to September of last year. For September, this is the lowest inventory levels have been since 2006.


Maisey adds, “Where we have the best selection currently is within our Fraser Valley condo market. That market is currently in balanced conditions. In most communities, buyers have a healthy choice of both new and resale units and steady sales over the last few months have led to modest increases in prices, which is good news for sellers.”


The MLS® Home Price Index benchmark price of a detached home in September was $639,500, an increase of 12.2 per cent compared to September of last year when it was $569,800. The MLS® HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses increased 3.1 per cent going from $299,600 in September of last year to $308,900 last month. The benchmark price of apartments was $197,500, an increase of 2.0 per cent compared to $193,600 in September 2014.

Maisey adds, “Our market this year has reflected consumers’ confidence in the economy and in the Fraser Valley. We have amongst the most affordable real estate in the Lower Mainland in some of the fastestgrowing, dynamic communities in BC. It’s a smart place to invest.” 

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In August, home sales in the Fraser Valley moderated in comparison to July’s record‐ setting pace, however, they remained elevated compared to historical norms for the month.

 

There was a total of 1,734 property sales processed in August, an increase of 33 per cent compared to 1,302 sales during August of last year and a decrease of 21 per cent compared to July’s 2,184 sales.

 

Jorda Maisey is the Board’s President. “High consumer confidence and low mortgage rates continue to drive the activity we’ve seen in our market this summer. “Even with the holiday season, sales last month remained 25 per cent higher than the Board’s 10‐ year average for August. This year marks one of the busiest summer markets we’ve ever had in the Fraser Valley, second only to 2005.”

 

In August, the total number of active listings in the Fraser Valley decreased 4 per cent compared to July, dropping to 7,407 listings. This represents a 21 per cent decrease from last year’s 9,403 active listings. The MLS® received 2,457 new listings in August, an increase of 3 per cent compared to August of last year.

 

Maisey adds, “In our market, price is key. Demand remains strongest for single family detached homes and townhomes that are priced correctly. Sellers who hope to take advantage of the current market will find that neither buyers nor their lenders are prepared to over pay.

“We anticipate more inventory will be coming on stream come fall, and we advise our buyers who can wait, to wait.”

 

The MLS® Home Price Index benchmark price of a detached home in August was $629,400, an increase of 10.5 per cent compared to August of last year when it was $569,800. The MLS® HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses increased 2.7 per cent going from $298,500 in August of last year to $306,700 last month. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year‐ over‐ year by 2.4 per cent, going from $196,700 in August of last year to $191,900 last month. Maisey adds, “First time buyers and investors are noticing that of the three main property types, the best selection in the Fraser Valley is in the condo market. In August, we saw apartment sales pick up specifically in White Rock, Langley and North Surrey.”

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Vancouver, BC – August 13, 2015. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 10,247 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in July, up 20.7 per cent from the same month last year. Total sales dollar volume was $6.2 billion, a 33.9 per cent increase in comparison to the previous year. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $608,294, an 11 per cent increase since last July.

 

“Consumer confidence is brimming in the fastest growing economy in the country,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Broad-based consumer demand continues to push BC home sales higher in every region except the more resource dependent northern markets.”

 

“Tighter market conditions are driving home prices higher as supply struggles to keep up with demand,” added Muir.  The Fraser Valley experienced the strongest average price growth, climbing 13.5 per cent year-over-year to $571,700 on the strength of strong demand in the single-detached market. 

 

The year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume increased 36.4 per cent to $38.8 billion, when compared with the same period in 2014. Residential unit sales climbed by 22.7 per cent to 61,806 units, while the average MLS® residential price rose 11.1 per cent to $628,025.

 

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The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) saw the highest number of real estate transactions ever recorded for the month of July.


There were 2,184 property sales processed, an increase of 35 per cent compared to 1,615 sales in July of last year. The previous highest July was in 2009, with 2,089 sales and prior to that in 2005.


Jorda Maisey is the Board’s President. “Home ownership is a passion in our country and in our region currently, conditions couldn’t be better to support that goal. Interest rates are the lowest they’ve been in six years, our provincial economy is on track to be the strongest in the country this year and in the Fraser Valley we have amongst the most affordable homes in the region.


“This is why this summer is shaping up to be the busiest in our history.”


The Fraser Valley Board's MLS® showed 7,681 active listings at the end of July, a decrease of 20 per cent compared to the 9,636 listings available in July of last year. It received 3 per cent more new listings in July; 2,815 compared to the 2,724 new listings received during the same month last year.


Maisey notes that despite seeing a slight increase in new listings in July, demand has led to a shortage of inventory in certain markets. "A detached home in the Fraser Valley is selling on average in just over one month and in many communities buyers will find themselves in multiple offer situations. It’s critical to tap into local real estate expertise in a market this hectic. Your REALTOR® will have the knowledge, tools and services to best position you for success.”


The MLS® Home Price Index benchmark price of a detached home in July was $621,100, an increase of 9.3 per cent compared to July of last year when it was $568,300. The MLS® HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses increased 2.1 per cent going from $298,500 in July of last year to $304,900 last month. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 1 per cent, going from $194,700 in July of last year to $192,700 last month

Maisey adds, “Renters take note. Given interest rates and the affordable price of condos in certain neighbourhoods in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford, it may be more economical over the long-term for you to own. There are excellent opportunities currently in the Fraser Valley for first-time buyers. Courtesy of the FVREB

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Last month’s sales volumes on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) were the highest for June since 2005 and rank as the fourth busiest month ever for MLS® sales in the Fraser Valley.

 

There were 2,413 sales processed on the MLS® in June, an increase of 45 per cent compared to the 1,668 sales processed in June of last year and also an increase of 23 per cent compared to May.

Jorda Maisey is the Board’s President. “This is the strongest residential market we’ve experienced since 2005 and prior to that in the early 90’s. What’s generating all this activity?

 

“Our informal market research shows that the majority of homebuyers in the Fraser Valley are families with children moving within their same community or moving within the Fraser Valley region. Our clients are telling us that they are feeling confident with the current economic climate in BC and the long-term value of investing in real estate.”

 

In addition to a surge in sales, the number of new listings also picked up in June increasing by 11 per cent going from 2,989 last year to 3,316 last month; taking the number of active listings to 8,105.

 

Maisey adds, “With demand for detached homes and townhomes at peak levels, our advice to prospective buyers is interview a number of REALTORS® for help navigating what can be a stressful market. With the average home selling in just over a month and many homes receiving multiple offers, you need an expert to find you a home, protect you and position you for success.”

 

In June, the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) benchmark price of a detached home was $609,900, an increase of 7.3 per cent compared to June 2014 when it was $568,600. The benchmark price of townhouses in June was $302,600, an increase of 1.6 per cent compared to $297,800 in June 2014. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 2.6 per cent, going from $197,000 in June 2014, to $191,900 last month.

 

Information courtesy of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

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(Surrey, BC) – Sales on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May remained at strong levels – the highest since 2007 – however, they softened slightly compared to April.


There were 1,969 MLS® sales processed in May, a decrease of 2 per cent compared to April, however an increase of 21 per cent compared to the 1,633 sales processed in May of last year.


Jorda Maisey is the Board’s President. “Home sales in the Fraser Valley maintained a strong pace in May; however, we noticed a slight shift in the market. In certain areas, we saw interest in higher-end detached homes pick up while demand for attached homes, which typically appeal to first-time buyers, decreased.


 “The result is that the selection of apartments in the Fraser Valley improved in the last month creating greater opportunities for buyers. Inventory of detached homes and townhomes remains tight, keeping the market elevated.”

In May, the total number of active listings on the MLS® was 8,512, an increase of 1.5 per cent compared to April and a decrease of 14 per cent compared to May 2014. The volume of new listings decreased 7 per cent compared to April, and was also down 7 per cent compared to May of last year.


Maisey continues, “It may help consumers to understand that over half the housing inventory in the Fraser Valley is attached homes, either condos or townhomes, while 60 per cent of all home sales are for single family detached.

“What buyers and sellers are experiencing is effectively two markets: a sellers’ market for detached homes and townhomes and a balanced or buyers’ market depending on the location, for apartments. In either situation, you can benefit a tremendous amount from the experience and advice of your local REALTOR®.”


In May, the MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) benchmark price of a detached home was $603,100, an increase of 6.5 per cent compared to May 2014 when it was $595,600.


The benchmark price of townhouses in May was $303,100, an increase of 2 per cent compared to $297,300 in May 2014. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 2.8 per cent, going from $198,100 in May 2014, to $192,500 last month.  FVREB June 2, 2015

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Property sales in the Fraser Valley soared in April compared to one year ago increasing by 37 percent.

There were 2,009 sales processed on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April, compared to 1,470 in April of last year. These volumes rank third highest of all time for the month with the next best April in 2004 and prior to that in 1991.


“April was a very active market,” says Jorda Maisey, Board President. “The low cost of borrowing continues to attract first-time buyers and families looking to either downsize or upsize as they take advantage of the equity they’ve built up in their existing homes.”


Though there was a 2 per cent increase in new listings processed in April, as compared to April 2014, the increase was not enough to balance out the market. Total active inventory on the MLS® at month’s end was 8,384 properties, the lowest for the month of April in eight years.


As Maisey explains, what buyers are most looking for is a single family detached home, “In some of our areas, sixty to seventy per cent of inventory is selling. Depending on the location, some detached homes are selling in a matter of days, not weeks, which is why if you’re a buyer it’s so important to work with a professional who knows your neighbourhood and is networked with other REALTORS®.”


With demand high and available product slim, the benchmark price of single family detached homes continues to increase in most areas. In April, the MLS® HPI benchmark price of a detached home was $595,600, an increase of 5.2 per cent compared to April 2014 when it was $566,000.


The benchmark price of townhouses in April was $300,400, an increase of 0.6 per cent compared to $298,700 in April 2014. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 2.6 per cent, going from $196,300 in April 2014, to $191,200 last month.


Maisey adds, “For apartment owners, take heart, the condominium market in the Fraser Valley is improving. We are starting to see more activity at open houses and an increase in the number of sales; however, that market remains firmly in balance with plenty of selection and prices still flat or declining in certain areas.”


FVREB MAY 4, 2015

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