Sales increased by 44% over February and New Listings surged 44.9%, from 869 in February to 1,299 in March. Due to the increase in sales, the added inventory did little towards increasing affordability. In fact, the Average Sold Price increased by 4.2% from February to March.


The Average Sale Price came in at $926,142, an increase from February’s price of $888,448. Will this continue through the Spring season? The inflation rate in Canada decreased by the most in approximately 3 years in February which, if it continues, could lead to the Bank of Canada decreasing interest rates later in the year. Therein lies the Catch-22. A decrease in rates brings more buyers into the market, increasing demand and driving up prices. The only thing that could counter that trend is a substantial increase in housing inventory. This is an age old problem! As inventory goes up, so do the number of Buyers in the market.


We stood at 1 month of inventory acoss the Region with a Sales to New Listings Ratio of 66.5%, firmly back in Seller territory. This is important to know if you’re a Buyer. The Average Days on Market (the time it takes to sell a home) was 14 days.


Here’s a quick comparison of key metrics this year to last:


2023                         2022

New listings year to date -  3,059         last year ytd - 4,962

Number of sales ytd -         1,855         last year ytd - 3,092

Average price ytd -          $905,175   last year ytd - $1,182,272


For those folks who believe prices may decrease as the year progresses, I wish we had a crystal ball. We can say for the benefit of those Buyers trying to time the market that seasonality still plays a role. Over the years, July/August and December/January have traditionally 

been the best months for Buyers.


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