VREB Newsletter

A good time to buy or sell in Victoria as steady market conditions continue to create a balanced market.

August 1, 2014

VICTORIA BC - The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its monthly report on real estate activity in the Victoria area for July 2014.

681 properties sold in the region in the month of July 2014, compared to 583 last year in July - an increase of nearly 17%. June 2014 saw 680 sales.

When compared with year-to-date sales in 2013, 2014 shows a 10% increase.

"I think the activity in July has surprised a few people," Victoria Real Estate Board President Tim Ayres says. "Traditionally the summer market is slower than the spring, but numbers are tracking closely to March and April sales this year. Last year sales in July were 12% lower than in June - and June was the peak of the market in 2013. This year we see slightly more sales in July than in June. This is the first year since 2003 that July numbers have beaten June."

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core area in July was $562,000 - 2% higher than last year’s average value for the same home - $550,900.

"I’m looking forward to August numbers. With the diverse inventory on the market, stable pricing and the reasonable interest rates," adds President Ayres, "I think the busy sales season could last into fall."

Victoria Real Estate Board President Tim Ayres is available for comment. More information on the July 2014 report and the MLS® HPI is available from the Victoria Real Estate Board.

About VREB - The Victoria Real Estate Board was founded in 1921 and since that time has been a key player in the development of standards and innovative programs aimed at enhancing the professionalism and community standing of REALTORS®. Formation of the Board grew out of the realization in the early part of the last century that there was a need to establish basic standards for those working in the real estate industry.

View our press release and summary here.

View our complete statistical package here.

Notes for Interpreting Our Statistics

The use of sale price statistics can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time, i.e. six months or longer. The Victoria Real Estate Board cautions, however, that such information does not indicate the actual value of any particular property. Those requiring specific information on property values should contact a REALTOR®.

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Courtesy of the Victoria Real Estate Board