April 3, 2012
VICTORIA, BC – Single family homes sales have risen 17% since last month, while the six-month average price is up 1% to $599,551. The average price of a Greater Victoria single family home in March 2012 is $640,553 up from $579,985, but is affected by the sale of two homes over $4 million. Compared to March 2011, active listings in this category are up 5% to 1,858, while sales are down 7%.
Sales of condos and townhomes are flat, compared to February 2012, while down significantly from 12 months ago (17% and 15% respectively). Condo prices are unchanged, while townhomes are 1% lower than March 2011.
“With softer prices, buyers have been looking at houses,” says Carol Crabb, President of the Victoria Real Estate Board. “That is now being reflected by the six-month average price increase. We predicted a flat market in January, and so far that is what we are experiencing.”
She also believes sales activity was affected by poor weather and many families travelling over the two-week spring break. “REALTORS® tell me many clients took the time for family vacations,” Crabb adds.
With a total of 4,274 active listings, properties on the market have edged up from last month (3,977 active listings at February 29, 2011). Increased supply levels reflect typical spring activity as seen year over year.