Skip to main content

The Real Reason Condominium and Townhouse Prices Are Rising

What is driving gains in the condominium and townhouse market?

Two factors: affordability and inventory.

Although the average price of homes in BC is lower than last year, a closer look at the data reveals the composite of homes being sold has shifted to smaller free-standing homes, condos, and townhouses. BCREA economist Brendon Ogmundson attributed this shift to a pronounced need for more affordable residential real estate along with short supply.

“(The) supply of homes available for sale has not recovered and is still declining in many markets around the province,” says Ogmandson.

Indeed, home prices in most BC markets are being pushed higher due to severe supply constraints. This is particularly true in the Victoria region, which currently has less than two months of total inventory for sale.

Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian stated "This July, we saw a strong focus on the lower priced end of the market, with condos and townhomes and single-family homes listed for under $700,000 in high demand. Many of those properties saw multiple offer situations."

The lack of supply is also very apparent in Vancouver’s apartment and townhouse market. Jill Oudil, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said in her recent CBC News interview “detached home listings have increased every month this year, while the number of condominiums for sale has decreased each month since February.”

What do these trends mean for condominium and townhouse prices here in Victoria?

Our economic fundamentals remain strong, the climate is delightful, inventory is low, and many more people want to live here. We predict a seller’s market and rising prices for quite some time to come.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Why Investing in a Pre-Sale Condominium is a Good Idea

We are seeing three categories of people purchasing our condominiums right now: young professionals looking for less expensive entrance into the competitive housing market; retirees downsizing from a big family home; and investors who want to buy a unit and rent it out to make a profit over time.
Quite a few real estate investors make a purchase at Triple Crown. That’s because real estate investors are catching on to the advantages of condo pre-sales, especially as the price of single detached dwellings skyrocket and become less financially tenable.
More Time to Save the Down Payment
The advantage of buying a pre-sales or pre-construction condo as a real estate investment is the flexible financial arrangement. If this is your first-time real estate investment, it’s difficult to come up with the required 20 per cent down payment. As of February 2018, the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) lists the benchmark price for condominiums in the Greater Victoria area as $463,100. The down pay…

How Quiet is my Condo?

“What about the noise?”
We hear this question time and again. It’s one of the larger concerns our customers have when they are considering a condo purchase.
“I like the idea of the condo lifestyle,” a customer told us. “I’m just not excited about hearing my noisy neighbours on all sides. I like a quiet space.”
We get it. And we feel the same way.
“Did you know there have been recent changes to the National Building Code (NBC) to reduce noise transmission” we asked?
In 2015, the NBC, which is Canada's building code that sets technical provisions for the construction of buildings, was updated to change how builders and architects design for acoustics to ensure you have quieter neighbours.
What is required and how they measure it needs a little explaining.
The measure of how much material can reduce noise transmission is called the Sound Transmission Class (STC). The higher the STC number, the less sound transmitted. The NBC now requires an STC rating of 50. For our technically incl…

Why You Should Choose Condo Living

Living in acondominium is all about lifestyle. It’s a lifestyle that gives you more freedom than a house can, and it’s a lifestyle you can enjoy at any age. Here are five compelling reasons you might not have thought of yet to choose condo living:
You Live in a Great Location
Condos get built in popular areas, and Triple Crown is no exception. Entertainment, restaurants, and shopping are all close by in the vibrant city of Langford. If the great outdoors is more your style, lakes, walking and biking paths and golf courses are all around you. Triple Crown is close to town on the edge of nature.
You Have Peace of Mind and Security
You don’t have to worry about installing alarm systems or video cameras because a two-key system – one for the front door and one for your unit – makes the possibility of robbery slim to none. Your neighbours are a kind of built in block watch! It’s hard for a thief to remove large items from your home without being seen by someone.
You Live Maintenance Free
Becaus…