We are seeing a shift towards a more balanced market compared to the long-term sellers market we have experienced. Changes in government policy, the mortgage stress test, and the increase in interest rates have all impacted real estate markets across the country. Buyers are taking more time to observe these changes in the market and we have seen fewer multiple offers as a result.
That said, prices continue to rise in the VIREB market despite moderating sales. In October 2018, we saw 385 single family homes sold which was 11 percent higher than in September, yet 16 percent lower than October 2017. With a benchmark price of $508,200, prices have increased by 11 percent compared to one year ago. Overall inventory of single family homes is down 8 percent from September but up slightly from 2017 (1175 vs. 1138).