Major Cities Report
The 2023 Victoria Real Estate Market Year In Review
A grand total of 6,207 properties sold over the course of 2023, 8.77 percent fewer than the 6,804 sold in 2022.
“I’ve spoken a lot this year about our market’s return to traditional seasonal patterns,” said 2023 Victoria Real Estate Board Chair Graden Sol. “And at the conclusion of 2023 we can see that this trend continues. This is a welcome relief for sellers and buyers after an extraordinary five years of real estate market disruption. Everyone benefits from a more predictable real estate market, so it is encouraging to see the rhythm of seasonal trends reestablished. If this continues into 2024, we should see more inventory added in January and February and an increase in sales as consumers prepare for the spring market. True to seasonal form, December met expectations and was a slow month, both for sales and for new listings.”
There were 2,132 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of December 2023, a decrease of 19.4 per cent compared to the previous month of November but a 26.3 per cent increase from the 1,688 active listings for sale at the end of December 2022.
Vancouver Housing Market Resilient In 2023, Ends Year In Balanced Territory
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports that residential sales in the region totalled 26,249 in 2023, a 10.3 per cent decrease from the 29,261 sales recorded in 2022, and a 41.5 per cent decrease from the 44,884 sales in 2021.
“You could miss it by just looking at the year-end totals, but 2023 was a strong year for the Metro Vancouver housing market considering that mortgage rates were the highest they’ve been in over a decade.” said Andrew Lis, REBGV director of economics and data analytics “In our 2023 forecast, we called for modest price increases throughout the year while most other forecasters were predicting price declines. The fact that we ended the year with five-per-cent-plus gains in home prices across all market segments demonstrates that Metro Vancouver remains an attractive and desirable destination, and elevated borrowing costs alone aren’t enough to dissuade buyers determined to get into this market,”
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,168,700. This represents a five per cent increase over December 2022 and a 1.4 per cent decrease compared to November 2023.
Strong Migration And Low Supply Drive Calgary Housing Prices In 2023
Sales in 2023 did ease relative to last year’s peak, but with 27,416 sales, levels were still far higher than long-term trends and activity reported before the pandemic
“Higher lending rates dampened housing demand this year, but thanks to strong migration levels, housing demand remained relatively strong, especially for affordable options in our market,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “At the same time, supply levels were low compared to the demand throughout the year, resulting in stronger than expected price growth.”
The persistently tight conditions contributed to our city’s new record high price. While the average annual benchmark price growth did slow from 12 per cent in 2022 to nearly six per cent growth in 2023, the price growth was still relatively strong especially compared to some markets in the country.
December Market Busier Than Usual, But Not Enough To Outpace 2022 Activity
Total residential unit sales in the Greater Edmonton Area real estate market for December 2023 came to 1,229, decreasing from November 2023 by 24.4%, but showing an increase of 25.2% over December 2022.
New residential listings amounted to 1,497, which is 28.3% lower than November 2023, and 27% higher than December 2022. Overall inventory in the GEA showed decreases of 6.7% from December of last year and 15.2% from November 2023.
“Though December’s month-over-month numbers are higher than in 2022, the strong second half of this year hasn’t quite achieved the level of activity seen in the previous year,” says REALTORS® Association of Edmonton 2023 Board Chair Melanie Boles. “As the year closes, the year-to-date average selling price is $398,735, compared with $415,115 in 2022, and year-to-date average unit sales are still lagging by 8%.”
The 2023 GTA Housing Market: High Borrowing Costs and Growing Affordability Challenges
While the overall demand for housing remained buoyed by record immigration in 2023, more of this demand was pointed at the rental market. The number of Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales in 2023 came in at less than 70,000 due to affordability issues brought about by high mortgage rates.
“Buyers who were active in the market benefitted from more choice throughout 2023. This allowed many of these buyers to negotiate lower selling prices, alleviating some of the impact of higher borrowing costs. Assuming borrowing costs trend lower this year, look for tighter market conditions to prompt renewed price growth in the months ahead,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.
The average selling price for all home types in 2023 was $1,126,604, representing a 5.4 per cent decline compared to 2022. On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, the average selling price edged higher, while the MLS® Home Price Index Composite edged lower.