Port Alberni and MW Van Isle Real Estate Market Update - Oct 2020 - PGDR
By Gordon McKinlay
PG Direct Realty Ltd. on Vancouver Island

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Port Alberni & Mid-West Island Real Estate Market Update for October 2020

The monthly Port Alberni & Mid-West Vancouver Island Real Estate Market Update for October 2020 shows compared to a year ago, a large increase in sales for the entire local area. Overall residential sales from last October in Port Alberni & Mid-West Vancouver Island were up 142% and up while the average days to sell increased overall by 158% from last October. The sales over the last 12 months are up by 7.3%, the market is strong.  

Swift sales in the latter half of the year is causing upward price pressure.  We have seen significant gains but as we head into fall the numbers have tempered, with October posting a marginal rise. Sales are still unusually high for this time of year as we work through inventory.

  •  Single Family homes sales show rising average prices, the market is active and strong.  
  • In Port Alberni & Mid-West Vancouver Island the benchmark price reached $339,900, up by one percent from one year ago. Benchmark pricing tracks the value of “middle-of-the-range” or “typical” homes and excludes the extreme high-end and low-end properties in Campbell River. It is normally a more stable price indicator than average prices. 

“Demand in the VIREB area continues to be high, but there just aren’t enough homes to satisfy it… Active listings of single-family detached properties (excluding acreage and waterfront) were 733 in October compared to 909 in September. There were 333 condo apartments and 197 row/townhouses for sale last month, down 14 per cent and three per cent, respectively, month over month…We don’t know if it’s a long-term trend, but we have noticed that some of the demand includes buyers who are advancing their retirement plans while others are downsizing and reducing their debt load,” says VIREB president Kevin Reid

Source: Vancouver Island Real Estate Board – MLS® Statistics ​​​

Single Family Homes
Single Family - Port Alberni and MW Van Isle Real Estate Market Update - Oct 2020 The Average 12 Month to Date Sale Price increased by 11.99% from the previous 12 month period. The 12 Month to Date Average Sale Price was $411,955. There are 1.36 Months of Inventory of Single Family in the Comox Valley. It is currently a Avg. Sellers Market. This month’s Inventory decreased to 61 Active Listings. There were 42 units listed and 45 units sold.

PLEASE NOTE: SINGLE FAMILY property does NOT INCLUDE acreage with a house, condominiums, duplex/triplex, mobile homes/on a pad, single-family waterfront or single-family strata. LOTS do NOT INCLUDE acreage or waterfront acreage.
Lots
Lot - Port Alberni and MW Van Isle Real Estate Market Update - Oct 2020 The Average 12 Month to Date Sale Price increased by 3.72% from the previous 12 month period. The 12 Month to Date Average Sale Price was $247,270. There are 4.71 Months of Inventory of Lots in the Comox Valley. It is currently a Balanced Market. This month’s Inventory increased to 66 Active Listings. There were 15 units listed and 14 units sold.
Apartment Condos
Apartment Condo - Port Alberni and MW Van Isle Real Estate Market Update - Oct 2020 The Average 12 Month to Date Sale Price increased by 7.98% from the previous 12 month period. The 12 Month to Date Average Sale Price was $392,094. There are 8.67 Months of Inventory of Condos (Apt) in the Comox Valley. It is currently a Strong Buyers Market. This month’s Inventory increased to 26 Active Listings. There were 4 units listed and 3 units sold.
Townhouse & Patio Condos
Townhouse Condo - Port Alberni and MW Van Isle Real Estate Market Update - Oct 2020 The Average 12 Month to Date Sale Price decreased by 1.68% from the previous 12 month period. The 12 Month to Date Average Sale Price was $386,038. There are 4 Months of Inventory of Condos (Twnhse & Patio) in the Comox Valley. It is currently a Balanced Market. This month’s Inventory increased to 4 Active Listings. There were 3 units listed and 1 units sold.

Market Legend

  • Seller’s Market – In a seller’s market, conditions are favorable for sellers to get higher prices for their homes. The number of buyers who want homes exceeds the number of homes available. In this type of market, the homes sell quickly, prices will increase, and a large number of buyers are available for a minimal inventory of homes. These characteristics have implications for the buyer who has to make decisions quickly, must pay more, and frequently has their conditional offers rejected.
  • Balanced Market – In a balanced market, the number of homes on the market is equal to the demand or number of buyers. Houses sell within a reasonable period, the demand equals supply, sellers accept reasonable offers, and prices are generally stable. The implications for the buyer in this type of market are that the atmosphere is more relaxed. There is a reasonable number of homes from which to choose.
  • Buyer’s Market – A buyer’s market allows buyers to come in at lower prices. The supply of homes on the market exceeds the demand or the number of buyers. Homes will be on the market longer, fewer buyers will be available compared to the higher inventory of homes, and house prices are reduced. The implications for the buyers in this type of market are more favorable, negotiating leverage, more time to search for a home, and better prices.

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