For the sixth consecutive month, Fraser Valley's real estate market experienced property sales at levels never seen before in the 100-year history of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB).
In February, the FVREB processed a total of 2,815 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), an increase of 108 per cent compared to February 2020 and 64 per cent more than were processed in January 2021. To provide a historical perspective, sales in February were 88 per cent above the 10-year average for that month; and 18 per cent higher than the previous record of 2,387 sales in February 2016.
Chris Shields, President of the Board said of this month's record numbers, "This is new territory for us. We have never seen such consistent and persistent demand for housing in the Fraser Valley.
"What's fueling the demand is the combination of record-low interest rates and the response to the pandemic. It's not something that could have been predicted and it has created a very complex market for buyers that requires the knowledge and expertise of a professional. For family-sized homes, prices climbed 3 to 5 per cent in February alone and sold on average in three weeks. We understand the stress and frustration with the market currently and we’re here to help guide and protect home buyers.”
The Board received 3,265 new listings in February, an increase of 28 per cent compared to February of last year, placing it second highest for February for new listings in the last decade. The total active inventory for February was 4,120, down 28 per cent from last year’s 5,741 active listings, and the lowest ever for the month.
As per the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.