Strong finish for mediocre year in Fraser Valley real estate

After a sluggish first half of the year, property sales in the Fraser Valley started picking up speed in the summer and finished strong in December, but not enough to surpass last year’s sales totals.

The Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) processed 15,487 sales in 2019, a 0.6 per cent decrease compared to 2018’s 15,586 sales and the lowest total sales volume for the Fraser Valley since 2013. The total dollar volume of MLS® transactions for the year was $11.2 billion, dropping from $11.8 billion sold during the year prior.

In 2019, total sales of the three main residential property types – detached, townhome and apartment – was 13,773.  Of that total, 5,770 were detached, 3,888 were townhouses and 4,115 were apartments. Year‐over‐year, sales of detached and townhomes increased by 0.6 per cent compared to 2018, while apartment sales dropped by 4.2 per cent.

“Comparatively, 2019 was slower than normal for our region,” said Darin Germyn, President of the Board.  “Earlier in the year, we were still feeling the impact of the stress test introduced in 2018, but with steady job growth in our region and a stable economy, we’ve seen sales in the last few months return to above‐average levels.”

In December the Board processed a total of 1,247 sales, the third best December since 2010. Active inventory finished at 4,686 units in December, 20.3 per cent lower than the 10‐year average for the month, with a total of 948 new listings entering the market throughout the month.

Germyn added, “Some sellers have been holding back on listing, waiting until the market improves, with the result that supply in many areas currently is quite tight; so if you’re looking to enter the market in 2020, now is a good time. Without a healthy supply of inventory in the coming months, we could see upward pressure on prices.”

A total of 30,568 new listings were received by the Board’s MLS® system in 2019. This year was the second lowest for new inventory for the Board in the last decade.

MLS® HPI Benchmark Price Activity:
– Single Family Detached: At $953,700, the Benchmark price for a single‐family detached home in the Fraser Valley increased 0.2 per cent compared to November 2019 and decreased 1.2 per cent compared to December 2018.
– Townhomes: At $514,900, the Benchmark price for a townhome in the Fraser Valley in the Fraser Valley remained on par with November 2019 and decreased 3.2 per cent compared to December 2018.
– Apartments: At $405,500, the Benchmark price for apartments/condos in the Fraser Valley increased 0.2 per cent compared to November 2019 and decreased 3.1 per cent compared to December 2018.

Below are the detailed statistics:

Detached House Statistics

  Sales New Listings Active Listings Benchmark Price Average Price
Abbotsford 75 36  216 $787,600 $788,546
White Rock/South Surrey 61 63  359 $1,299,500 $1,369,323
Langley 65 35  197 $996,700 $1,005,304
Delta – North 45 29 86 $904,600 $985,535
Surrey – Central 118 66 329 $999,200 $1,100,057
Surrey -Cloverdale 30 18 70 $998,100 $1,027,617
Surrey – North 48 36  196 $933,400 $1,071,478

Townhouse Statistics

  Sales New Listings Active Listings Benchmark Price Average Price
Abbotsford 31 29  108 $376,200 $444,212
White Rock/South Surrey 43 27 147 $625,000 $671,402
Langley 72 39 105 $490,100 $573,078
Delta – North 5 4 22 $549,200 $677,180
Surrey – Central 69 69 202 $554,400 $575,244
Surrey -Cloverdale 37 16 55 $560,700 $554,800
Surrey – North 22 13  60 $552,200 $519,372

Condos Statistics

  Sales New Listings Active Listings Benchmark Price Average Price
Abbotsford 54 39 150 $309,200 $302,907
White Rock/South Surrey 49 34 178 $475,800 $504,391
Langley 57 54  209 $407,30 $417,960
Delta – North 7   18 $370,400 $377,700
Surrey – Central 28 20 53 $409,300 $378,107
Surrey -Cloverdale 21 11 29 $448,700 $412,990
Surrey – North 91 77  241 $395,700 $396,463

For more information about the state of today’s market or how to become a buyer ready to make an attractive offer in this fast moving market, please contact The Taylor Team of Sutton WestCoast Realty by calling or texting 1-778-316-4290 or contacting us online.

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