The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,279 sales on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in February, an increase of six per cent compared with 1,204 sold during February 2010, and 53 per cent more than the 834 listings that sold last month.
Sukh Sidhu, Board president, confirms the market is more active earlier than expected. “Fraser Valley REALTORS® are busy. We sold 659 detached homes last month compared to 398 in January. We also saw the greatest amount of new inventory come on stream since last summer.
“We think one of the drivers is the change in mortgage rules that is coming up on March 18. Some clients have asked that their sale complete before that date. Plus, our REALTORS® are telling us that almost fifty per cent of their buyers paid less than 25 per cent as a down payment for their home purchases during the first half of February. A 35-year amortization could be more attractive to those buyers.”
In February, the benchmark price for Fraser Valley detached homes was $514,161, an increase of 1.2 per cent from the February 2010 price of $508,136.
The benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses in February was $316,578, a 2.5 per cent decrease compared to $324,708 in February 2010. The benchmark price of apartments remained on par year-over-year going from $245,879 in February 2010 to $245,519 in February 2011.
The MLS® received 3,038 new listings in February, an increase of 15.4 per cent compared to the volume received in January and 6.2 per cent more than the 2,879 new listings received during February last year. Last month finished with 8,680 active listings, an increase of 2.3 per cent compared to the 8,485 active listings available during February 2010, and 12.4 per cent more than were available in January.