Spring Market Update as we enter Unprecedented Times

Dear clients, friends, family and colleagues,

I hope you and your loved ones are all staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times! In most parts of Canada, Real Estate has been deemed an essential service to help those people that were already in the middle of a purchase or home sale. I am adjusting my business practises to responsibly and professionally assist my clients, as we adapt to the Government and Health Authorities directives and social distancing measures. As an essential service, it is our duty to serve the public, operating with the same public health agency protocols to maximize safety for our clients and ourselves. 

The health and safety of everyone, my friends and family, your friends and family, and our community is the most important thing right now and we are all responsible for playing a part in this! I know it has been a challenging time for most people right now as we are all adjusting to this time of social distancing in different ways, and our new realities for an unknown period of time. Please let me know how I can assist you at any time, whether it's real estate related or not! I am 100% available to all my clients whether it's by phone or email, and I always love to hear from you!

We’re going to get through this, and when we do, we will all have a new found appreciation for every interaction, coffees and brunch with our friends, date nights with our loved ones, camping in nature, travelling the world, all those things we never thought we would have to give up. Savour this time to slow down and reflect on everything we are grateful for, gratitude will help us through this. Remember that you are doing your best and whatever you do each day is enough!

Thank you to all of those front line workers helping our community each day, the health care workers, grocery store clerks, neighbours looking out for each other, everyone is playing an important role and it does not go unnoticed. 

Sending you all warm wishes for health and safety, and I look forward to seeing all of you when the world recovers :)

Happy Easter!


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Victoria real estate spring market will be impacted by COVID-19

April 1, 2020  A total of 608 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this March, five per cent fewer than the 640 properties sold in March 2019 but eight per cent more than the previous month of February 2020. Sales of condominiums were down 9.2 per cent from March 2019 with 178 units sold. Sales of single family homes decreased 5.3 per cent from March 2019 with 305 sold.

"Last month, we stated that we saw the spring market kicking off," says Victoria Real Estate Board President Sandi-Jo Ayers. "The start of March continued that trend and we saw higher year over year sales for the first weeks of the month - spring had officially sprung with multiple offers, new listings and sales. And then the world changed. Since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared, we have tracked a predictable downturn of sales in our market. Moving forward it is hard to predict what our spring market will look like, but it will likely be very different than recent years as our entire community slows down to stay healthy."

There were 2,252 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of March 2020, 7.5 percent fewer properties than the total available at the end of March 2019 but a 5.9 per cent increase from the 2,127 active listings for sale at the end of February 2020.

"Right now, it is not business as usual," adds Ayers. "Our REALTORS® are working to ensure that services for clients who need them are delivered in a healthy, safe and secure way. Our industry is working with government stakeholders to make sure that transactions that were underway before the pandemic was declared are protected and that homeowners are able to complete sales and purchases. This is a time to ensure our clients are safeguarded as well as to ensure that our community stays healthy. Many Realtors are leveraging new technologies including video home tours and virtual showings. Our message is - if you need us, we are here."

The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in March 2019 was $836,100. The benchmark value for the same home in March 2020 increased by five per cent to $877,700, 1.1 per cent more than February's value of $868,100. The MLS® HPI benchmark value for a condominium in the Victoria Core area in March 2019 was $507,700 while the benchmark value for the same condominium in March 2020 increased by 4.8 per cent to $531,900, 0.9 per cent more than the February value of $527,400.

MLS® property information is provided under copyright© by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and Victoria Real Estate Board. The information is from sources deemed reliable, but should not be relied upon without independent verification.