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Ron Neal's Candid Thoughts on the Victoria Real Estate Market for August 2015

Posted by Ron Neal on Friday, September 4th, 2015 at 1:28pm.

We are continuing to generally enjoy a strong sellers’ market with sales up and listing supply down. There are many contributing factors, the most significant of which I think is the level of consumer confidence. As the balance of those who believe now is a good time to buy exceeds those who feel otherwise, the market is pushed forward very positively. Tracking the home price index shows prices have generally increased an average of over 8% in the past year.

 

August’s sales numbers were the highest for an August since 2007 at 741 and the number of listings available for sale declined to a total of just 3,688 listings for sale. With the “balance” of supply and demand at a 5 month supply we are still in a “Sellers’ Market” overall. The market is very different from one area of Greater Victoria to another and also varies considerably by property type, condition and price range. For a specific look at activity relative to your property please call or email for assistance or visit our online Market Snapshot.

 

There is fair amount of talk about the modified CMHC rule being introduced at the end of September to include 100% of income from secondary suites and the impact that may have on the market. I think it’s important to note that they will only be including income from “legal suites” for qualifying. Other insurer options will include 50% of illegal suite income with less than 20% down payments and if buying conventionally with +20% down payment there are lenders who will even offset 80-90% of projected suite income. For further details and to get qualified please contact us.

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