Modest increase in April home sales in the Fraser Valley takes lead from cooler spring weather

SURREY, BC – Supply of available homes in the Fraser Valley market continued to build last month, however buyers remained relatively hesitant, leading to a cooler resale market in April.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board recorded 1,471 transactions on its Multiple Listings Service® (MLS®) in April, up 5 per cent from March, but off by 5 per cent compared to April 2023.

While sales were the third lowest recorded for an April in the last decade, inventory continues to build, reaching levels not seen since September 2020. Active listings were 7,313, up by 18 per cent over last month and 17 per cent above the 10-year average.

“We are seeing a…

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Inventory reaches highest level since the pandemic summer of 2020

VANCOUVER, BC – May 2, 2024 – Actively listed homes for sale on the MLS® in Metro Vancouver continued climbing in April, up 42 per cent year-over-year, breaching the 12,000 mark, a number not seen in the region since the summer of 2020.

Greater Vancouver REALTORS® (GVR) reports that residential sales in the region totalled 2,831 in April 2024, a 3.3 per cent increase from the 2,741 sales recorded in April 2023. This was 12.2 per cent below the 10-year seasonal average (3,223).

“It’s a feat to see inventory finally climb above 12,000. Many were predicting higher inventory levels would materialize quickly when the Bank of Canada began its aggressive rate hikes, but we’re only seeing…

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Vancouver, BC – April 25, 2024

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2024 Second Quarter Housing Forecast today.

Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in BC are forecast to increase 7.8 per cent to 78,130 units this year. In 2025, MLS® residential sales are forecasted to strengthen further, rising to 86,480 units.

"After a slow start for the housing market in 2024, all eyes are on the Bank of Canada. Although fixed mortgages are down significantly, it appears that buyer confidence is hinging on seeing the Bank lower its policy rate," said Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist. "Given weak economic growth, a slowing labour market, and a downward trend in inflation, we expect that the Bank will begin to…

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The budget focuses on helping Millennial and Gen Z voters experiencing rising housing costs and other inflationary pressures. The government has set fiscal anchors, such as keeping the deficit below 1% of GDP starting in 2027.

The Canadian federal government released its 2023 budget over a year ago, promising to conduct a strategic spending review to find $15.4 billion in savings. The savings were supposed to achieve fiscal credibility by offsetting the $43 billion in new government spending. However, nearly a year after its announcement, the spending review found only $9 billion in savings, while the government piles on new spending measures in this year's budget.

The fiscal path is mostly the same as in the 2023 Fall Economic Statement, but only…

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Canadian prices, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose 2.9 per cent on a year-over-year basis in March, up from a 2.8% increase in February. Month-over-month, on a seasonally adjusted basis, CPI rose by 0.3 per cent in March. The slight uptick in headline CPI was largely due to rising gasoline prices. Excluding energy costs, CPI rose 2.8 per cent year-over-year in March, down from 2.9 per cent in February. Shelter costs remain the major driver of inflation with mortgage interest costs up 25.4 per cent and rent up 8.5 per cent from the same time last year in March. Excluding shelter, consumer prices rose just 1.5 per cent, year over year. In BC, consumer prices rose 2.7 per cent year-over-year, up from 2.6 per cent in February. The Bank of…

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Today, the Bank of Canada held the overnight rate at 5% for the sixth consecutive meeting and pledged to continue normalizing its balance sheet. Governor Macklem confirmed that inflation is moving in the right direction, labour markets are easing, and wage pressures appear to be dissipating. In today's release of the April Monetary Policy Report (MPR), the central bank forecasters lowered their 2024 inflation forecast to 2.6% from 2.8%. However, the Governing Council needs more evidence to be confident that the downtrend in inflation is sustainable.

In contrast, the US CPI data released today for March showed that underlying inflation topped forecasts for the third consecutive month, and the US jobs data also beat estimates. This is in direct contrast…

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Increased seller activity is giving buyers more choice this spring.

The number of Metro Vancouver1 homes listed for sale on the MLS® rose nearly 23 per cent year-over-year, providing more opportunity for buyers looking for a home this spring.

The Greater Vancouver REALTORS® (GVR) reports that residential sales in the region totalled 2,415 in March 2024, a 4.7 per cent decrease from the 2,535 sales recorded in March 2023. This was 31.2 per cent below the 10-year seasonal average (3,512).

“If you’re finding the weather a little chillier than last spring, you may find some comfort in knowing that the market isn’t quite as hot as it was last spring either, particularly if you’re a buyer,” Andrew Lis, GVR’s director of economics and data analytics…

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March home sales growth off last month’s pace, but supply still building in the Fraser Valley.

Home buyers in the Fraser Valley have more choice heading into the spring market with inventory levels for March at the highest they’ve been in the past five years.

However, March sales were slower than anticipated with 1,395 transactions recorded on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listings Service® (MLS®), a 13 per cent increase over February, but still 31 per cent below the 10-year average. Sales were the second lowest recorded for a March in a decade. Active listings were 6,197, up by 11 per cent over last month and by 37 per cent over March 2023.

“With inventory building, buyers now have more opportunities in both the detached and…

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Canadian real GDP grew 0.6 per cent in January, following a 0.1 per cent contraction in December. The growth was driven by services-producing sectors, which rose by 0.7 per cent. The resolution of public sector strikes in Quebec led to a jump in educational and social services GDP, reversing declines in the prior two months. Residential construction activity fell by 1.5 per cent, declining for the third consecutive month following a burst of activity in the summer and fall. Offices of real estate agents and brokers increased for the second consecutive month, rising 4 per cent as higher home sales in the greater Toronto region contributed to growth. Preliminary estimates suggest that output in the Canadian economy rose 0.4 per cent in February.

As…

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Canadian prices, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), rose 2.8 per cent on a year-over-year basis in February, down from a 2.9% increase in January. Month-over-month, on a seasonally adjusted basis, CPI rose by 0.1 per cent in February. Excluding energy costs, CPI rose 2.9 per cent year-over-year in February, down from 3.2 per cent in January. Decelerating food costs also contributed to the slowing in the CPI, with prices of food purchased from stores rising by 2.4 per cent in February compared to 3.4 per cent in January.Shelter costs, however, continue to be a major driver of inflation, with mortgage interest costs up 26.3 per cent and rent up 8.2 per cent from the same time last year in February. Excluding shelter, consumer prices rose just…

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