Olympics Games and Sales in the Fraser Valley
STRONGER THAN EXPECTED FRASER VALLEY
HOME SALES DURING OLYMPICS
(Surrey, BC) – Not even the most engaging Olympics in Canadian history could completely slow the
appetite for house hunting, according to the most recent statistics from the Fraser Valley Real Estate
The Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) recorded 1,204 sales in February, an increase of 23 per
cent over January’s sales and an increase of 77 per cent over the 682 sales during February of last year.
Deanna Horn, president of the Board explains, “Although the phones were quieter and we did experience
less traffic at open houses, we were surprisingly busy given how much everyone, including
REALTORS® were enjoying the Games.
“Buyers are aware of two key changes that could impact their purchasing ability. The new mortgage rules
coming in April, plus the Harmonized Sales Tax in July, so the ‘Olympic effect’ we were expecting
wasn’t as deep.”
The Board’s MLS® received 2,879 new listings in February, an average of 144 per business day,
providing buyers with 14 per cent more selection than they had the previous month. The number of
active listings in February was 8,485, 12 per cent fewer than were available during February last year.
Horn adds that the combined strength of listings and sales currently is stabilizing Fraser Valley home
prices. “Overall, we’ve seen modest price gains for the last three months. The benchmark price for all
residential types combined increased less than one per cent from January to February.
“When you have a healthy level of inventory, it puts less upward pressure on prices and creates a stable,
In February, the benchmark price for Fraser Valley detached homes was $508,136, an increase of 11.3 per
cent from the February 2009 price of $456,683.
The benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses in February was $324,708, a 9.8 per cent increase
compared to $295,731 in February 2009. The benchmark price of apartments increased by 7.8 per cent
year-over-year going from $228,091 in February 2009 to $245,879 in February 2010.
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