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Fraser Valley real estate market contracts and adapts in response to public health measures to mitigate COVID‐19

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd.

SURREY, BC – As anticipated, real estate activity saw a steep decline last month in response to the pandemic lockdown,
resulting in one of the slowest Aprils in Fraser Valley history.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) processed a total of 688 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April,
a decrease of 52 percent compared to sales in March and a decrease of 50 percent compared to April of last year.
According to FVREB historical data, last month’s sales were on par with April sales in 1983 through to 1985; and new
listings are in line with numbers last seen in April 1981.
Chris Shields, President of the Board, observes, “Even though March’s initial numbers promised a banner spring, we
expected the market to respond this way in April. Both sales and listings contracted in tandem as we all moved swiftly to
embrace the measures necessary to respond to this global pandemic. Given that the volume of new listings coming on
stream fell even faster than sales in April, the market remains stable.”
“What has been most impressive is how the industry – both REALTORS® and our clients – have pivoted and adapted to
innovations such as live streaming open houses and e‐transactions that we anticipate will become mainstream even
when physical distancing is no longer a requirement. These tools not only ensure public safety; clients appreciate their
speed and efficiency.”
The Fraser Valley Board received 1,416 new listings in April, a 47 percent decrease compared to March’s intake of 2,666
new listings and a 58 percent decrease compared to April of last year. April finished with 5,997 active listings, a decrease
of 1 percent compared to March’s inventory, and a decrease of 24 percent year‐over‐year.
Shields adds, “Although we’re seeing fewer transactions, it’s important to emphasize that Realtors are still advising and
protecting their clients every day. We were deemed a non‐health essential service because there are always people who
need to buy or sell a home, potentially due to the economic downturn. So, for those who need real estate guidance
now, or who want to start preparing for the pending market rebound, feel free to call your Realtor to get the advice you
In April, the average number of days to sell an apartment was 31; 30 for townhomes and 33 for single-family detached.
MLS® HPI Benchmark Price Activity
 Single Family Detached: At $993,400, the Benchmark price for a single‐family detached home in the Fraser
Valley increased by 0.5 percent compared to March and, also increased by 3.0 percent compared to April 2019.
Townhomes: At $553,200, the Benchmark price for a townhome in the Fraser Valley increased 0.7 percent
compared to March and increased 1.4 percent compared to April 2019.
 Apartments: At $424,100, the Benchmark price for apartments/condos in the Fraser Valley increased by 0.2 percent compared to March and increased 0.8 percent compared to April 2019.