February 2020 Nanaimo Real Estate Market Stats
This February 2020 Nanaimo Real Estate Market Stats, summarize what’s happening in the real estate market in your area. The Nanaimo real estate market stats that analyze the Vancouver Island real estate market north of the Malahat. These Nanaimo real estate market stats can be useful in establishing trends when applied over a period of time.
*Keep in mind that the information does not indicate the actual value of any particular property.
Sales of single-family homes in the VIREB area last month rose by 15 per cent
Sales of single-family homes in the VIREB area last month rose by 15 per cent year over year and were 49 per cent higher than in January.
- Last month, 260 single-family homes sold on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System compared to 174 in January and 227 one year ago. Apartment sales in February dropped by 19 per cent year over year, while the number of townhouses sold decreased by 10 per cent from one year ago.
- Inventory of single-family homes last month rose by eight per cent from one year ago (992 to 1,069). Active listings of apartments rose by 37 per cent (261 to 358) year over year, while townhouse inventory dropped by 11 per cent (162 to 144).
- The benchmark price of a single-family home board-wide was $516,500 in February, a three per cent increase from one year ago and marginally higher than in January. (Benchmark pricing tracks the value of a typical home in the reported area.) In the apartment category, the year-over-year benchmark price rose by five per cent, hitting $310,800, which is slightly higher than the previous month. The benchmark price of a townhouse in February rose by two per cent year over year and was a bit higher than in January, climbing to $411,200.
Due to VIREB’s broad geographic area, what is a trend in one market may not be in another. For example, REALTORS® in some zones are seeing multiple offers that benefit sellers, while other markets are more balanced. However, VIREB’s board-wide February sales are a positive sign that buyers are feeling optimistic as we head into spring, which is historically a busy time for real estate.
“The change to the stress test is a move in the right direction,” says 2020 VIREB president Kevin Reid. “Guideline B-20 compressed more demand into our mid- and lower-priced property market. Combined with limited inventory in that price range, many buyers couldn’t move ahead with their home purchase.”
Regionally, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the
- Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose by three per cent to $564,700 in February
- Campbell River area last month was $442,000, an increase of four per cent over last year.
- Comox Valley, the benchmark price reached $517,600, up by two per cent from one year ago.
- Duncan reported a benchmark price of $479,300, an increase of four per cent from February 2019.
- Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price drop slightly to $578,300.
- Port Alberni reached $321,100 in February, a four per cent increase from one year ago.
Another positive outcome is Minister of Finance Bill Morneau’s announcement regarding changes to the benchmark rate used to determine the minimum qualifying rate for insured mortgages. Guideline B-20, also known as the mortgage stress test, significantly reduced the purchasing power of some buyers and pushed others to the sidelines.