February 1, 2016 Victoria BC – The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its report on
Multiple Listing Service® real estate activity in the Victoria area for the month of January 2016.
2016 started with the busiest month of sales in January since 2002. A total of 539 properties
sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this January, an increase of 53.6 per cent
compared to the 351 properties sold in the same month last year.
Inventory levels are lower than the previous year, with 2,471 active listings for sale on the
Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of January, 24.7 per cent fewer
than the 3,283 active listings at the end of January 2015.
“Though the ongoing count of properties for sale is low, the number of new listings entering the
market is close to what we saw last year,” notes Wendy Moreton, 2016 president of the board.
“The recent month of January saw 934 new listings, where last year we saw 1,027. The good
news for buyers is that there are new properties for sale every day. The good news for sellers is
that there appears to be more buyers in the market, so well-priced properties in high demand
areas (like the Victoria core) are swift sellers.”
“Last year we saw the traditionally busy spring market start early as sales picked up over
February and March,” adds Moreton. “This year that spring market may be starting even earlier,
as our sales numbers for January are close to the numbers we saw last February. We’ll watch
this trend over the next few months. This busy market is the perfect time to enlist the help of
your local REALTOR®. Realtors have access to up-to-date trends for all the different markets
across the Greater Victoria area and can best assist buyers and sellers to navigate this exciting
The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in
the Victoria Core in January, 2015 was $561,600. The benchmark value for the same home in
January 2016 has increased by 10.2 per cent to $618,600.
About VREB – Founded in 1921, the Victoria Real Estate Board is a key player in the
development of standards and innovative programs to enhance the professionalism of Realtors.
The Victoria Real Estate Board represents over 1,200 local Realtors. If you are thinking about
buying or selling a home, conn
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