Fraser Valley’s extraordinary pandemic real estate market continued to break sales records – for the ninth consecutive month – while at the same time, reaching near-historic levels of new listings in May.
In May, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) processed 2,951 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), an increase of 267 percent compared to May 2020 and a 2 percent decrease compared to April. (Note that last year, the market was significantly restricted due to the lockdown.) The previous record high for sales in May for the Fraser Valley region was 2,911 in 2016.
Larry Anderson, President of the Board, said, “Demand hasn’t changed. What’s changed is supply. In the last three months, buyers have 40 percent more inventory to look at in the Fraser Valley and it’s allowed them to take back a little control. “We’re seeing resistance to multiple offers and buyers adjusting their offers, or even waiting because they have more selection. We’re a long way from a balanced market, but supply is helping us to head in the right direction.”
In May, the Board received the second-highest volume of new listings ever; approaching May 2018 levels. The Board received 3,926 new listings in May, an increase of 78 percent compared to last year, and a decrease of 22 percent compared to April 2021. The month ended with total active inventory sitting at 5,868, a 3 percent decrease compared to April, and 9 percent less than May of last year.
Baldev Gill, Chief Executive Officer of the Board, added, “In the context of BC’s Restart Plan, it’s important to remind consumers that for now, when it comes to working with a real estate professional or booking a private showing, it’s status quo. Currently, there is no easing of pandemic restrictions in the real estate sector and our Board does not anticipate new guidelines for several weeks. Your REALTOR® will continue to guide you safely through the buying and selling process, following all public safety protocols, for as long as necessary.”
Across Fraser Valley, in May, the average number of days to sell a single-family detached home was 14 and a townhome was 12 days. Apartments took, on average, 20 days to sell.
MLS® HPI Benchmark Price Activity
Single Family Detached: At $1,323,300, the Benchmark price for an FVREB single-family detached home increased 2.3 percent compared to April 2021 and increased 33.6 percent compared to May 2020.
Townhomes: At $670,000, the Benchmark price for an FVREB townhome increased 2.7 percent compared to April 2021 and increased 20.7 percent compared to May 2020.
Apartments: At $488,500, the Benchmark price for an FVREB apartment/condo increased 2.0 percent compared to April 2021 and increased 12.6 percent compared to May 2020.