Due to limited inventory in this market, you may be faced with challenges of finding the right home by entering into a multiple offer situation. Multiple offers on accurately priced homes are continuing to be the norm rather than the exception.

This condition has helped to bolster the prices substantially. For example:

Nanaimo the benchmark price of a single family home rose 15.80 % to $413,500.

Parksville - Qualicum area saw its benchmark price rise by 17% to $443,500.

Port Alberni is still the least expensive area to buy a home the benchmark was $209,500, still it is up nine percent from one year ago,

Campbell River area was $304,200, an increase of 10.41 percent over August 2015.

In the Comox Valley, the benchmark price was $380,200, up 12 percent from 2015.

Duncan reported a benchmark price of $333,800, an increase of 11.30 percent compared to August 2015.

If you are looking to purchase on the Island, I can help you find a good home.  I have a team of Associate Realtors that I can count on to assist in areas that I may not be too familiar with.

A bit about me, I have lived on the Island in various communities from Victoria, Mill Bay, Duncan, Chemainus, Qualicum, Port Alberni and 30 years now in Nanaimo in my lifetime. I've been a full time realtor for 28 years in Nanaimo, I have sold homes from Victoria to Port Alberni and places in between including some of the Gulf Islands.

Let me be your Real Estate Coach, feel free to use my knowledge and expertise. I love helping buyers to purchase a good home in their price range. I look forward to continuing to help you in your search for the right home.

Call or text me on my cell anytime 250-740-0884 you may also leave a message for me at 1-800-738-8808.

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NANAIMO, BC – Sales activity throughout the VIREB coverage area in October 2014 was down slightly from September, but still significantly higher than October of last year, resulting in our strongest October since 2009. Although the higher sales posted this October are encouraging, sales last fall were weak by comparison. As a result, balanced market conditions continue, which is good news for both buyers and sellers.
VIREB President Blair Herbert is encouraged by the numbers and reports that REALTORS® in the VIREB coverage area are consistently busy.

“October sales indicate that our market remains balanced,” says Herbert. “But as the year draws to a close, we’re seeing lower inventory levels and housing sales sitting at 15% higher than this time last year, which is beginning to place upward pressure on the market.” A total of 401 single-family homes sold on the MLS® system in October 2014. This represents a 1.25% decrease from the 406 sales recorded last month and a 15% increase from this time last year. Inventory levels are lower than last year, with active listings down approximately five per cent.

BCREA’s chief economist, Cameron Muir, reports that although job growth isn’t as strong as hoped, consumer spending is on the upswing, which indicates optimism regarding the economy and has a positive effect on home sales.
“We’re seeing continued economic growth year over year, but do expect that rate of growth to relax somewhat in the coming months,” says Muir. “However, we nevertheless expect balanced market conditions in line with inflation to continue into 2015.”

In October 2014, the benchmark price of a single-family home in the VIREB coverage area was $317,900. Benchmark pricing tracks the value of a typical home in the reported area. The average price of a single-family home was $349,270, an increase of six per cent over this time last year.

The benchmark price for a single-family home in the Campbell River area was $268,900, up 3.43% from October 2013; in the Comox Valley, the benchmark price was $315,500, which is nearly the same as a year ago; Duncan reports a benchmark price of $284,500, which is almost identical to last year; Nanaimo’s benchmark price was $341,200, up 4.81% from last year; Parksville/Qualicum has a benchmark price of $360,100, which is 3.70% higher than this time last year; and the price for a benchmark home in Port Alberni is listed at $185,900, a 3.97% decrease from October 2013.

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