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Greater Victoria Real Estate Sales Slow but Steady in Buyers' Market

Posted by Ron Neal on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 3:30pm.

Ron's Candid Thoughts on Today's Market in Victoria Last month I wrote that we are commonly seeing sales reported in some cases substantially below their taxed assessed values and recent independent appraised values. This month The Victoria Real Estate Board reported Median prices were increased 1% on single family homes. Reality is that sales are off dramatically from this time last year mostly due to the mortgage rule changes (legislated and internal bank policies) which have significantly reduced amounts Buyers are able to borrow for both new mortgages and to refinance. Especially hard hit are the high ratio first time buyers. There is more pressure than ever on those in any distress who “need to sell”. It still is a great time to buy for those who qualify! Greater Victoria Real Estate Sales Slow but Steady in Buyers' Market 3 December, 2012 VICTORIA BC - While the number of single-family home sales has held relatively steady over the last three months, Greater Victoria REALTORS® are noting a year-over-year decrease that coincided with tighter mortgage regulations imposed in July of this year. Amortization periods were reduced to 25 years for high-ratio buyers - those with less than 20% down payments. "The change from a 30- to 25-year amortization can result in an additional $150 to $200 on the monthly mortgage payment, which is impacting many first-time homebuyers and limiting the number entering the market," says Carol Crabb, President of the Victoria Real Estate Board. Crabb also notes that the median price for a single-family home in Victoria remains relatively flat, increasing 1% over November 2011. "Sales may have slowed, but the median price of single-family homes has not decreased. Condominiums, the primary option for those first-time buyers, have a decreased median price of 10%." Total MLS® sales for November 2012 were 366 compared to 373 the previous month; 202 single-family homes sold throughout the Victoria Real Estate Board's region, compared to 293 in November 2011. The median price for single family homes was $540,000, up 1% from last November's median of $536,500. The average price for the same period is up $48,373 (8%), but this is influenced by two sales over $2 million and one sale over $5 million. Month-over-month, the six-month average for single-family homes is flat. "We are now moving into the slower winter season. Both Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) and Cameron Muir, Chief Economist of BC Real Estate Association, predict the next few months will mirror October and November, followed by slow growth for the balance of 2013," Crabb says. BC and Greater Victoria continue to experience strong full-time employment growth, an expanding population and low mortgage rates. "For buyers, there is a good supply of homes on the market, so while they have time to conduct due diligence they shouldn't expect large reductions on all properties. We are still seeing quick sales and the occasional bidding war on homes that are priced well. "Sellers have a lot of competition, so curb appeal, how the house shows and competitive pricing are key to moving from 'For Sale' to 'Sold'," Crabb says. Condominium sales remain stable with 98 in November 2012, compared to 92 in October 2012 and 104 in November 2011, although the year-over-year median price has declined 10%. Townhome sales declined 38% in 12 months, while pricing remains flat. Total Waterfront Single Family Dwellings sold: 6, down 4 from November 2011 Total Non-waterfront Single Family Dwellings sold: 196, down 97 sales from November 2011. Single Family Dwellings sold over $1 million: 17 (2 over $2 million, 1 over $5 million) When Interpreting Our Statistics To ensure sales are not over-reported, we report net sales: that is, the number of sales less the number of collapsed sales, if any. Average Price is the total dollar volume of sales for the month divided by the number of sales in the month. Six Month Average is the total dollar volume of sales for the last six months divided the total number of sales in the last six months. Median Price is the mid-point price between the least expensive sale and the most expensive sale in the month. The use of average price information can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time, i.e. six months or longer. The Victoria Real Estate Board cautions that an average price does not indicate the actual value of any particular property. Those requiring specific information on property values should contact a REALTOR®. Maggie Kerr-Southin Manager, Communications
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