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Home Buying, Market Intelligence, Real Estate News | October 1, 2023

Blustery October

Amidst rising interest rates and an escalating cost of living, recent government announcements unveiling legislation for 2024, dictating property uses, have profoundly impacted the real estate landscape. This endeavor to address the province’s housing supply issues has resulted in a decline in sales across all home product types compared to the prior month.

Despite this decline, sales have demonstrated an encouraging uptick compared to October 2022, notably in single-family and condominium homes. However, townhome sales continue to lag, even in comparison to the previous year.

The robust market rebound witnessed in August and September has begun decelerating earlier than expected, likely due to heightened uncertainty stemming from recent policy shifts. This uncertainty has contributed to a slight price decrease across all three product types compared to last month. However, when juxtaposed against October 2022 figures, prices have surged impressively by 4 to 10 percent across all product types, marking substantial gains amidst ten interest rate hikes since January.

The condominium market, acknowledged for its affordability, has demonstrated remarkable resilience, notably in increased inventory availability compared to limited listings of pricier townhomes and single-family homes.

The evolving landscape characterized by higher interest rates, policy changes, and market fluctuations necessitates vigilant monitoring. Keep an eye out for updates on interest rate developments and market insights as we navigate this dynamic real estate terrain.

Currently, Canadian inflation stands at 3.8%, a figure policymakers aim to reduce to 2% by the close of 2024.

This impending decision plays a central role in understanding the housing market landscape amid recent fluctuations. Rising interest rates and growing living costs have prompted buyers to reassess their strategies. However, looming 2024 government property regulations add an extra layer of uncertainty, leaving homeowners seeking clarity on potential impacts.

This uncertainty has contributed to a recent dip in overall property sales. However, upon closer examination, both single-family and condominium sales have shown notable increases compared to October 2022, while townhome sales lag behind. The resilient condominium market, renowned for affordability, is evident in its increased inventory availability compared to restricted options in townhomes and single-family properties.

Despite a recent slight price decrease, property values have impressively surged by 4 to 10 percent within a year, despite multiple interest rate hikes since the year’s start. The market’s rebound in August and September is already showing signs of slowing, possibly due to abrupt policy shifts causing uncertainty among buyers and sellers.

The upcoming Bank of Canada decision holds significant weight, shaping the market’s trajectory. Our vigilant monitoring of interest rate movements and market shifts will furnish crucial insights and statistics, guiding our path forward in this dynamic real estate landscape amidst policy changes.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have or to discuss potential sites you may be considering preparing for the market. The earlier marketing is introduced into the project development process, the more we can help guide and ensure the correct overall unit mix to achieve maximum sales and revenue results for each pocket of the Fraser Valley.

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