Duncan & Cowichan Valley Housing Market Update - January 2024

At the end of January, our real estate inventory for single-family dwellings in the Cowichan Valley was up slightly at 161 active homes compared to 145 active homes in December 2023.

Real Estate Inventory Duncan & Cowichan Valley

Our average sale price for a single-family dwelling in the Cowichan Valley in January was $773k, a very slight increase from December 2023, which was $772k.

With the increased inventory the sell/list ratio dropped to 32.86% (70 listed/23 sold) in January, compared to the 66.67% (39 listed/26 sold) in December 2023.

Homes are no longer selling over list price – the market saw sale prices averaging 98.42% of list price – consistent with results from the last few months.

Our average ‘days on the market’ was 44 in January, just down from 45 days in December 2023.

We are witnessing more realistic pricing of homes as sellers try to match up with buyers’ expectations and reduced buying power.

With our increased mortgage rates, and despite our low inventory, we have transitioned fully from a seller’s market to a buyer’s market. Sellers are strongly advised to get ahead of the market and keep their pencils sharp on their house prices to be relevant.

Please contact our team with any real estate-related questions; we’re here to provide you with the guidance and advice needed for this type of market.

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MEDIA RELEASE - February 1, 2024


NANAIMO, BC – Last month, 152 single-family homes sold in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area, down six per cent from one year ago and up slightly from December 2023. Sales of condo apartments in January came in at 47, increasing by 12 per cent year over year and up 21 per cent from December. In the row/townhouse category, 40 units changed hands last month, an increase of 14 per cent from one year ago and up three per cent from the previous month.

Active listings of single-family homes were 807 in January, down from 861 one year ago. VIREB’s inventory of condo apartments was 258 last month, up from 239 one year ago. There were 282 row/townhouses for sale last month compared to 239 one year ago.

“We had a fairly normal January, with unit sales of 354 compared to 340 last year,” says Ian Mackay, 2024 Chair. “REALTORS® are reporting that plenty of listings are hitting the system, and we’re sensing a lot of optimism regarding the spring market.”

However, interest rates and the mortgage stress test (Guideline B-20) continue to deter some buyers, as does the pervasive low inventory in the VIREB area, which limits the selection of affordable homes.

Mackay, who works primarily in Parksville-Qualicum, notes that properties listed in a moderate range, are selling remarkably quickly.

The board-wide benchmark price (MLS® Home Price Index) of a single-family home was $749,000 in January 2024, up six per cent from one year ago and down one per cent from December. In the apartment category, the benchmark price was $380,600 last month, a slight decrease from the previous January and down one per cent from December. The benchmark price of a townhouse in January was $546,600, up two per cent from one year ago and a slight increase from December.

In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home was $650,500 last month, up seven per cent from the previous year. The Comox Valley’s year-over-year benchmark price rose seven per cent to $816,300. In the Cowichan Valley, the benchmark price was $746,600, a three per cent increase from January 2023. Nanaimo’s year-over-year benchmark price rose by six per cent to reach $783,100, while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by six per cent to $856,700. The cost of a benchmark single-family home in Port Alberni was $517,600, down five per cent from the previous year. For the North Island, the benchmark price of a single-family home dropped slightly to $403,000. However, prices decreased from December 2023 in nearly every zone.

Regardless of market conditions, connecting with a local REALTOR® can help smooth the way to a successful real estate transaction. They have access to tools and custom analytics for developing a winning strategy, whether you’re buying or selling a home.

Please note: The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) transitioned to a new MLS® System in July 2020 and now uses a significantly different data model, which has affected our categories and terminology. For the board-supplied graphs, single-family is now referred to as single-family detached, apartment as condo apartment, and townhouse as row/townhouse, which now includes patio homes. However, when reporting HPI numbers, VIREB still refers to single-family, apartment, and townhouse in the media release.


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