House prices up 13 per cent in Fraser Valley

One-year real estate gains more modest than in hottest markets of Metro Vancouver

The price of benchmark houses has climbed faster this year than for townhouses or condos.

House prices in the Fraser Valley have climbed sharply this year, though the market is not as red-hot as in Vancouver.

The benchmark price of a detached house in the Fraser Valley hit $649,200 in October. That’s a 13.2 per cent increase from a year ago and up nine per cent from $595,600 in April.

The strongest price gain was in North Delta, where typical detached houses were up nearly 18 per cent since October 2014 to $658,600.

That was a little lower than the average one-year gain of just over 20 per cent as of October in the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board’s area, which includes Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows but excludes the South of Fraser cities.

Greater Vancouver benchmark house prices are now at nearly $1.2 million, although that more than doubles to $2.77 million on the west side of Vancouver.

The newest cities to breach the $1-million mark for benchmark houses are White Rock/South Surrey and Port Moody – both areas are close to $1.08 million.

They join north and south Burnaby, North Vancouver, Richmond, all of Vancouver, West Vancouver and Whistler with houses typically priced in seven figures.

Houses and townhouses dominate the market in the Fraser Valley, making up 83 per cent of sales in October, according to the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, which includes Surrey and White Rock.

“The reasons are due to low interest rates, pent-up demand and most importantly, price,” said FVREB president Jorda Maisey. “People can afford to own their own single family home in the Fraser Valley.”

She said the house and townhouse price increases flow from strong demand and a lack of sellers.

Realtors are increasingly urging would-be townhouse buyers to look instead at more affordable condos, which she said often go for about $100,000 less.

The benchmark price of townhouses in the Valley is $313,700 and it’s $203,100 for condos. Both are up just over five per cent from a year ago.

Benchmark prices are a gauge of a typical property and are considered more reflective of the market than average sale prices, which can be skewed up by high-end transactions.

The only areas where prices have dropped marginally from a year ago are condos in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

Benchmark prices, one-year change

ABBOTSFORDHouse – $488,800 (+10.3 %)Townhouse – $227,900 (+2.8 %)Condo – $150,000 (+1 %)

MISSIONHouse – $402,200 (+9.1 %)Townhouse – $229,800 (+3.9 %)Condo – $172,000 (+12.1 %)

NORTH DELTAHouse – $658,600 (+17.8 %)Townhouse – $340,300 (+4.6 %)Condo – $167,800 (+6.7 %)

LANGLEYHouse – $649,400 (+11.7 %)Townhouse – $317,300  (+8.4 %)Condo – $205,300 (+5.4 %)

WHITE ROCK/SOUTH SURREYHouse – $1,070,700  (+16.6 %)Townhouse – $441,100 (+0.8 %)Condo – $269,900 (+8.9 %)

SURREYHouse – $735,900 (+13.6 %)Townhouse – $333,500  (+4 %)Condo – $215,300 (+5.6 %)

MAPLE RIDGEHouse – $530,000 (+11.3 %)Townhouse – $303,800  (+11.6 %)Condo – $164,600  (-0.4 %)

NEW WESTMINSTERHouse – $836,800 (+19.2 %)Townhouse – $440,300  (+5.1 %)Condo – $306,600  (+8.9 %)

COQUITLAMHouse – $923,000  (+20.4 %)Townhouse – $445,300  (+10.5 %)Condo – $291,700  (+10.3 %)

RICHMONDHouse – $1,241,000 (+22.9 %)Townhouse – $573,800 (+11 %)Condo – $381,300  (+12.3 %)

VANCOUVER WEST SIDEHouse – $2,773,000 (+20.1 %)Townhouse – $830,700  (+8.2 %)Condo – $570,600  (+14 %)

WEST VANCOUVERHouse – $2,451,900  (+21.3 %)Condo – $724,100  (+18.1 %)

Source: Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley real estate boards

Just Posted

District of Kent to implement snow fence pilot project

$8,000 project to help prevent hazardous, drifting snow, and more from Kent council

PHOTOS: Harrison warms up to Christmas

The Lions Club hosts holiday event for community

11 years sought for Burnaby man who killed girlfriend with hammer, burned her body

Manslaughter sentencing hearing starts Monday in BC Supreme Court in Chilliwack for Ryan Armstrong

German-born British Columbian warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Highest earning staff at Fraser-Cascade School District made public

Also board looks into seat belts on school buses, Marv Cope gets road in his memory

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

5 to start your day

Body found in Maple Ridge ID’ed as Hells Angel, Japanese ‘rising sun’ flag gone from Langley classroom and more

Case of bovine tuberculosis found in cow on southern B.C. farm

CFIA said the disease was found during salughter and they are investigating

Air force getting more planes but has no one to fly them, auditor warns

The report follows several years of criticism over the Trudeau government’s decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.

B.C.’s Esi Edugyan wins $100K Giller prize for Washington Black

Edugyan won her first Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011 for Half-Blood Blues

Bolder action needed to reduce child poverty: Campaign 2000 report card

The report calls for the federal government to provide more funding to the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to expand affordable, quality child care.

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

Protesters accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana; complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion.”

Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose suspended for Grey Cup

Rose was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for contacting an official with 37 seconds left in the first half following a sideline melee after a Tiger-Cats reception.

Mistrial declared in Dennis Oland’s retrial in father’s murder

The verdict from Oland’s 2015 murder trial was set aside on appeal in 2016 and a new trial ordered. Richard Oland, 69, was found dead in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.

Most Read