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Fraser Valley September Real Estate Market Stats

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Blog by Liz Penner | October 5th, 2017

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Demand for Fraser Valley homes remains unchanged despite change of season

SURREY, BC – Residential property sales in the Fraser Valley remained strong in September, with both attached and detached homes performing well throughout the region.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,619 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September, an increase of 24.1 per cent compared to the 1,305 sales in September of last year, and a 13.8 per cent decrease compared to the 1,879 sales in August 2017. This was the fifth highest sales total for a September in the Board’s history.

Of the total sales processed 392 were townhouses and 470 were apartments, together representing 53% of market activity in September.

“Often we see summer demand continue as far as October, so it’s not unusual to have another strong month before the seasonal cool down," said Board President Gopal Sahota. “What’s unusual this year is that attached inventory sales are still driving the market despite the increased competition we’re seeing there.”

Last month the total active inventory for the Fraser Valley was 5,854 listings. Active inventory increased by 2.5 per cent month-over-month, and decreased 8.8 per cent when compared to September 2016.

The Board received 2,848 new listings in September, an 8.2 per cent decrease from August 2017, and a 5.1 per cent increase compared to September 2016’s 2,709 new listings.

"It’s also interesting to observe the return to a balanced market for detached homes here in the Valley,” continued Sahota. “While pricing remains stable, competition for houses has simmered and listings are staying on market longer. If you were waiting to make a move or upgrade, now might be a good time to talk to your REALTOR® and see what’s out there.”

For the Fraser Valley region the average number of days to sell an apartment in September was 19 days, and 18 days for townhomes. Single family detached homes remained on market for an average of 29 days before selling.

HPI® Benchmark Price Activity 

• Single Family Detached: At $974,500, the Benchmark price for a single family detached home in the Valley decreased 0.2 per cent compared to August 2017, and increased 11.2 per cent compared to September 2016.

• Townhomes: At $498,900 the Benchmark price for a townhome in the Fraser Valley increased 1.4 per cent compared to August 2017, and increased 17.7 per cent compared to September 2016.

• Apartments: At $358,200, the Benchmark price for apartments/condos in the Fraser Valley increased 2.5 per cent compared to August 2017, and increased 35.2 per cent compared to September 2016.

Data Released from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

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Mortgage Rules Changes Coming Soon. OSFI to finalize new mortgage criteria this month 

A package of proposed reforms aimed at cooling Canada’s housing market that includes controversial new stress tests for uninsured mortgages will be finalized by the end of the month, the head of Canada’s top bank regulator said Tuesday.

A document outlining the changes to mortgage underwriting rules, governed by industry guidelines know as B-20, will be published by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions sometime in October, with the changes coming into effect two to three months later, Jeremy Rudin said during a speech in downtown Toronto.

The “broad thrust of the changes will be similar to what we had in the (recent) consultation process,” and an earlier letter outlining OSFI’s proposals, he said.

These include measures aimed at ensuring banks are lending money to home buyers who can manage their loans even if interest rates rise, and reducing the banks’ reliance on loan-to-value calculations in markets where home prices are rising rapidly.

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