For Immediate Release: June 2, 2015

Fraser Valley Real Estate Board:

Slight shift in Fraser Valley market in May; sales edge down while inventory inches up


Sales on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May remained at
strong levels – the highest since 2007 – however, they softened slightly compared to April.


There were 1,969 MLS® sales processed in May, a decrease of 2 per cent compared to April, however an increase
of 21 per cent compared to the 1,633 sales processed in May of last year.


Home sales in the Fraser Valley maintained a strong pace in May; however, we noticed a slight shift in the market. In certain areas, we saw interest in higher‐end detached homes pick up while demand for attached homes, which typically appeal to first‐time buyers, decreased.


The result is that the selection of apartments in the Fraser Valley improved in the last month creating greater
opportunities for buyers. Inventory of detached homes and townhomes remains tight, keeping the market
elevated.


It may help consumers to understand that over half the housing inventory in the Fraser Valley is attached homes, either condos or townhomes, while 60 per cent of all home sales are for single family detached. What buyers and sellers are experiencing is effectively two markets: a sellers’ market for detached homes and townhomes and a balanced or buyers’ market depending on the location, for apartments.

 

In either situation, you can benefit a tremendous amount from the experience and advice of your local REALTOR®.



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