SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley stepped towards a more balanced market in May, with both sales and overall inventory reaching their highest points for the year.
The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,758 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May, a decrease of 35.1 per cent compared to the 2,707 sales in May of last year, and a 2.9 per cent increase compared to the 1,708 sales in April 2018.Of the 1,758 sales processed last month 417 were townhouses and 516 were apartments, together representing 53 per cent of all transactions in May.
Active inventory for the Fraser Valley finished at 6,736 listings last month, the highest level since September 2015, increasing 18.9 per cent month-over-month and 29.5 per cent when compared to May 2017.
"This is the most inventory we’ve had in over two years," said John Barbisan, Board President. “Now that the pace of our market has begun to settle, we’re seeing more opportunities for buyers and less pressure to make fast decisions.”
The Board received 3,965 new listings in April, a 15.6 per cent increase from April 2018’s 3,429 new listings, and a 6.8 per cent increase compared to May 2017."
Sales continue to be strong and there’s plenty of potential for sellers if they understand the market and price effectively. Consult your local REALTOR® for informed perspective on what’s happening in your community and what your best options are.”
For the Fraser Valley region the average number of days to sell an apartment in May was 15, and 16 for townhomes. Single family detached homes remained on the market for an average of 24 days before selling.
HPI® Benchmark Price Activity
• Single Family Detached: At $1,020,800, the Benchmark price for a single family detached home in the Valley increased 1.1 per cent compared to April 2018, and increased 11.6 per cent compared to May 2017.
• Townhomes: At $555,500, the Benchmark price for a townhome in the Fraser Valley increased 1 per cent compared to April 2018, and increased 20.6 per cent compared to May 2017.
• Apartments: At $452,900, the Benchmark price for apartments/condos in the Fraser Valley increased 1.2 per cent compared to April 2018, and increased 42.4 per cent compared to May 2017.