Real Estate Statistics for the Fraser Valley | March 2013

The latest Fraser Valley Real Estate Statistics for Home Sales in the Fraser Valley market area are available.  This information is produced by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

 

  

Positive signs Fraser Valley housing market is starting to move.


 

Sales on Fraser Valley’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in February experienced a typical ‘early spring’ surge, increasing by 48 per cent in one month going from 617 sales in January to 913 last month.

 

Based on February’s increase in activity, Ron Todson, President of the Board, is guardedly optimistic, “We’re seeing signals that the stand-off between buyers and sellers over the last six months is coming to an end.

 

“Business has picked up in the last month with increased traffic at open houses, sellers quicker to accept offers and homes selling on average two weeks faster than they did in January.”

 

Todson adds that tightening inventory has also had an effect, “When buyers see that their selection is diminishing they’re more motivated to act.” The Board posted 2,582 new listings last month, a decrease of 9 per cent compared to the 2,846 posted during February last year pushing the total number of active listings down by 1.6 per cent compared to 2012.

 

“As your REALTOR® will explain, each market is different. Right now, the market for detached homes is balanced in North Delta and Langley. The condo market is brisk in Abbotsford and Central Surrey and townhome sales are steady in North and Central Surrey as well as Cloverdale.

 

“One commonality amongst these areas and property types is greater affordability. What’s not doing well generally anywhere in the Fraser Valley is sales of higher-end homes unless they are priced competitively.”

 

In February, it took on average 49 days to sell a detached home compared to 64 days in January. Townhomes took 60 days on average to sell compared to 72 days the month before and apartments spent an average of 66 days on the market in February compared to 83 days in January.

 

Take a look at the latest Fraser Valley Real Estate Statistics for our local market, by following the link below, and call me to discuss how this information is used for buying and selling homes in your specific neighbourhood.  You can reach me directly at 604.715.3900 or email me at judy@judysehling.com.  If you would like to receive this information monthly to your inbox, subscribe to my News Letter.

 

See the full real estate statistics package for the month of February here.




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