Major Cities Report
Interest in homeownership in Victoria unwavering over course of pandemic
Board region this September, 60.6 per cent more than the 616 properties sold in September 2019 and 1 per cent more than the previous month of August 2020. Sales of condominiums were up 26.7 per cent from September 2019 with 280 units sold. Sales of single family homes were 91.9 per cent from September 2019 with 539 sold.
There were 2,389 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of September 2020, 15.4 per cent fewer properties than the total available at the end of September 2019.
Metro Vancouver home sales and listings surge in September
Home sale and new listing activity reached record levels in Metro Vancouver* in September.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 3,643 in September 2020, a 56.2 per cent increase from the 2,333 sales recorded in September 2019, and a 19.6 per cent increase from the 3,047 homes sold in August 2020.
Last month’s sales were 44.8 per cent above the 10-year September sales average and is the highest total on record for the month.
“While the pace of new MLS® listings entering the market is increasing, the heightened demand from home buyers is keeping overall supply levels down,” Gerber said. “This is creating upward pressure on home prices, which have been edging up since the spring.”
Home sales rise along with supply
September sales activity jumped to 1,702 units, the strongest September total since 2014.
New listings in September improved over last month, but levels remained comparable to the previous year. The increase in sales relative to new listings did prevent any monthly gains in inventory levels, but supply in the market is still down 12 per cent compared to last year.
The adjustment in supply relative to demand has caused the housing market to move toward more balanced conditions. The current 3.7 months of supply represents the most balanced conditions seen for September in over five years.
Residential Unit Sales up 35.55% compared to September 2019
Total residential unit sales in the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) real estate market for September 2020 increased 35.55% compared to September 2019 and decreased 0.21% from August 2020. The number of new residential listings is up year over year, increasing 10.37% from September 2019. New residential listings are up month over month, increasing 5.90% from August 2020. Overall inventory in the Edmonton CMA fell 15.15% from September of last year and decreased 4.04% from August 2020.
For the month of September, single family home unit sales are up 42.79% from September 2019 and stayed the same as August 2020 at 1,188. Condo unit sales increased 7.26% from September 2019 and decreased 2.21% from August 2020.
Sales up 42.3% over September 2019
The September 2020 MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was up by 11.6 per cent yearover-year. The average selling price for all home types combined in September was $960,772 – up by 14 per cent year-over-year. Price growth was driven by the low-rise market segments. The relatively better supplied condominium apartment segment experienced a comparatively slower pace of price growth.
“On a GTA-wide basis, market conditions tightened in September relative to last year, with sales increasing at a faster pace than new listings. With competition between buyers increasing noticeably, double-digit year-over-year price growth was commonplace throughout the region in September, resulting in the overall average selling price reaching a new record,” said Jason Mercer, TRREB’s Chief Market Analyst.