INFOGRAPHICS: August 2022 VIREB Vancouver Island Market Reports
CALMER MARKET CONDITIONS AS SUMMER DRAWS TO A CLOSE
Inventory was up, and sales were down in August, reminiscent of a typical summer market in pre-COVID times.
Last month, active listings of single-family detached properties (not acreage or waterfront) jumped to 1,368, a 153 per cent increase from August 2021. VIREB’s inventory of condo apartments hit 332 last month, up from 164 listings one year ago. There were 280 row/townhouses for sale last month compared to 109 one year ago.
The quieter August gave consumers and REALTORS® time to catch their breath after the frenetic pace VIREB’s housing market has been setting since 2020. Additional inventory is good news for buyers, giving them more options to choose from and easing the pressure to move too quickly when making an offer. On the other side of the transaction, sellers may have to adjust their expectations somewhat.
“After months of historically low listings, January posted a small inventory bump, and active listings have risen steadily since then accompanied by slightly lower demand,” says Erica Kavanaugh, 2022 VIREB Chair. “What we’re seeing now is more about conditions returning to what they were before the pandemic. We’ll have to see how the rest of the year shapes up to determine whether we’re looking at a more significant trend.”
The following data is a comparison between August 2022 and August 2021 numbers, and is current as of September 2022. Click here to check out last month’s infographics.