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February 2, 2015, Victoria BC – The Victoria Real Estate Board today released its report on real

estate activity in the Victoria area for January 2015.


351 properties sold in the Victoria region this January, an increase of 2.6% when compared to
the 342 properties sold in the same month last year.


“We don’t expect to see big numbers in January. It’s a slower month traditionally for real estate,”
Victoria Real Estate Board President Guy Crozier says. “Even this slight increase after the
11.67% year over year increase in sales we saw in 2014 shows the continued stability of our
market. There’s also a good balance of inventory available for sale, which will likely appeal to
buyers as the spring season hits. Last month while we saw 10 single family homes sold for over
a million dollars, there were also 95 homes sold for under $500,000.”


At the end of January there were 3,283 active listings for sale on the Multiple Listing Service®, a
slight decrease from the 3,489 in January 2014. This continues a trend that started in mid-2013
where there are fewer listings in the market than there were in the same month of the year
previous.


The Multiple Listing Service® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in
the Victoria Core this time last year was $548,500. The benchmark value for the same home
this month has increased by 2.39% to $561,600.


“With the change in mortgage rates surprising some, and the continuing low oil prices and
Canadian dollar, the spring real estate market should be an interesting one to watch,” Crozier
adds.

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