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Spring Perks Up Greater Victoria Real Estate Market

March 1, 2013


VICTORIA BC - The Victoria Real Estate Board reports a total of 394 sales were processed through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in February, an increase of 34% over the previous month. The highest activity was in single-family homes and condominiums.


Compared to February 2012, sales were down by 18.26%. Shelley Mann, President of the Board, says it's more important to look at monthly trends and compare monthly buying behaviour year-over-year. "The trend lines for November, December and January are the same for the last three years.


"We've seen a slow increase in sales activity over the last three months and we still hold to our forecast of a modest 2-4% sales increase in 2013," Mann says.


"The typical spring market is perking up. I spoke to 10 REALTORS® yesterday and nine said they are experiencing definite increases in their activity over the last two months and have a positive outlook. Many buyers are still waiting for prices to drop, but it's clear to me that sellers are in a holding pattern regarding the value of their homes," Mann says. "However, if a house is priced properly, within the market value range, it will likely sell more quickly."


The median price of a single family home is $505,500 compared to $530,250 in February 2012, a decrease of 4.67%. The six-month average shows an increase of less than one percent year-over-year, and a less than one percent decrease over last month. "In other words, no change," Mann adds.


There were 112 condominium sales in February, a 38.27% increase over January 2013. While the median price of $270,500 for condominiums is down 2.08% year-over-year, it increased 13.49% over January 2013. Townhouses saw increased sales in the past month with a median price of $337,500, which is down by 11.65% year-over-year and 10.82% since January 2013. Current active listings at the end of February were 4,072.


Total Waterfront Single Family Dwellings sold: 12, up 5 over February 2012
Total Non-waterfront Single Family Dwellings sold: 203, down 55 sales from February 2012
Single Family Dwellings sold over $1 million: 11 (3 over $2 million)


Graphical representation of recent sale counts and average prices

Tablular representation of sales statistics from the last two months and from last year

Total Single Family All Areas includes Shawnigan Lake/Malahat, Gulf Islands and Up Island


Summary Report and Graphs

Monthly Sales Summary
Average Selling Price Graphs
Active Listings, New Listings and Sales Graphs

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