Major Cities Report
Victoria Real Estate Market In Need Of Better Housing Supply Mix
A total of 544 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this August, 13.8 per cent more than the 478 properties sold in August 2022 and an 8.6 per cent decrease from July 2023
“Our inventory levels, though up from last year, are still too low to support a well-balanced market.” said Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Graden Sol. “Most residential properties for sale in our market last month were single family homes – this type of property is generally at the top price point. Missing middle homes, such as townhomes and condos represented only 37.1% of listings for sale. Townhomes, which in my experience are what a lot of families hope to purchase, represented only 9.8% of the residential properties for sale. This imbalance in the mix of housing options means there is the potential for more price pressure on these types of properties because demand is concentrated at more attainable price points.”
There were 2,490 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of August 2023, an increase of 2.9 per cent compared to the previous month of July and a 16.5 per cent increase from the 2,137 active listings for sale at the end of August 2022.
Vancouver Seasonal Slowdown Brings Price Stability To Metro Vancouver
As summer winds to a close, higher borrowing costs have begun to permeate the Metro Vancouver housing market in predictable ways, with price gains cooling and sales slowing along the typical seasonal pattern.
“It’s been an interesting spring and summer market, to say the least. Borrowing costs are fluctuating around the highest levels we’ve seen in over ten years, yet Metro Vancouver’s housing market bucked many pundits’ predictions of a major slowdown, instead posting relatively strong sales numbers and year-to-date price gains north of eight per cent, regardless of home type.” said Andrew Lis, REBGV director of economics and data analytics
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,208,400. This represents a 2.5 per cent increase over August 2022 and a 0.2 per cent decrease compared to July 2023.
August Sees Record-High Sales Amidst Historic Low Inventory
Thanks to a surge in the condominium market, August sales reached a record high with 2,729 sales. Despite the record levels reported over the past several months, year-to-date sales are still down by 15 per cent compared to last year.
“Higher lending rates have caused many buyers to either hold off on purchase decisions or shift toward more affordable products on the market,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “The challenge has been the availability of supply, especially in the detached market. Inventory levels hit record lows in August, and while new listings are higher than last year, conditions continue to favour the seller, driving further price gains.”
The unadjusted benchmark price reached $570,700 in August, representing the eighth consecutive monthly gain. Prices have trended up across all property types, with row-style properties reporting the largest increase.
High Demand For More Affordable Properties
Total residential unit sales in the Greater Edmonton Area (GEA) real estate market for August 2023 hit 2,250, increasing 21.8% compared to August 2022, dropping marginally from July 2023 by 3.1%. New residential listings were up 3.7% year-over-year from August 2022, and increasing 0.3% from July 2023. Overall inventory in the GEA was down 15.5% from August of last year, and down 2.7% from the previous month.
“It’s not unusual to see a lot of activity in the market before we head into the cooler months, but it seems that buyers are sending a clear message that smaller, more affordable properties are what they want right now,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton 2023 Board Chair Melanie Boles. “Unit sales for all categories are up from last year, but Row/Townhouses were the clear winner selling 50% more units than the same time last year and jumping 23.2% from the previous month. Condominium Apartment units continued to perform well, with units selling 25.1% better than August of 2022.”
The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) composite benchmark price* in the GEA came in at $380,600, resulting in a decrease of 0.3% from July 2023, and a drop of 3.9% from August 2022.
Higher Borrowing Costs Continue To Impact Housing Market
Higher borrowing costs, continued uncertainty about the economy and Bank of Canada decision making, and the constrained supply of listings resulted in fewer home sales in August 2023 compared to August 2022. The average selling price remained virtually unchanged over the same period. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, sales and average price edged lower.
“Looking forward, we know there will be solid demand for housing – both ownership and rental – in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and broader Greater Golden Horseshoe. Record immigration levels alone will assure this. In the short term, we will likely continue to see some volatility in terms of sales and home prices, as buyers and sellers wait for more certainty on the direction of borrowing costs and the overall economy,” said Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) President Paul Baron.
Greater Toronto Area REALTORS® reported 5,294 sales in August 2023 – down by 5.2 per cent compared to August 2022. New listings were up by 16.2 per cent year-over-over, providing some relief on the supply front, but year-to-date listings are still down substantially compared to the same period last year..