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Current Market Conditions in White Rock and South Surrey

Current Market Conditions in White Rock and South Surrey

The real estate markets in White Rock and South Surrey have been dynamic and ever-changing. Whether you're a buyer, seller, or investor, understanding the current trends and conditions can help you make informed decisions. In this blog, we’ll delve into the latest market data, trends, and what they mean for you.

Market Overview

1. Recent Trends:

  • Home Prices: Over the past year, home prices in White Rock and South Surrey have shown a slight increase, reflecting increased demand.

  • Sales Volume: The number of homes sold has decreased this past month, indicating slower market activity.

  • Inventory Levels: Current inventory levels are high and rising month over month, with 63.3% new listings in April 2024, which suggests a buyer’s market.

2. Types of Properties in Demand:

  • Single-Family Homes: These continue to be highly sought after, particularly those with ocean views.

  • Condos and Townhouses: There is growing interest in these property types due to affordability, amenities, lifestyle, and low maintenance.

Key Market Drivers

1. Economic Factors:

  • Interest Rates: The next rate announcement by the Bank of Canada is scheduled for June 5, and prospective buyers are hoping they will finally see the first rate cut by the central bank since March 2022.

2. Demographic Trends:

  • Population Growth: White Rock and South Surrey are attracting new residents due to affordability, accessibility, quality of life, amenities, and great schools.

  • Aging Population: There is an increasing demand for properties suitable for retirees, such as single-level homes or properties with minimal maintenance.

Neighborhood Highlights

1. White Rock:

  • Lifestyle and Amenities: Known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant arts scene, and excellent dining options.

  • Real Estate Hotspots:  New condo developments, in central White Rock showcasing beautiful ocean views.

  • White Rock Developments: Check out my White Rock Developments tab https://whiterockviews.ca/ to learn more about upcoming new developments in White Rock.

2. South Surrey:

  • Community and Education: Home to top-rated schools, family-friendly parks, and a strong sense of community. 

  • Emerging Areas: Growth is particularly notable in areas like Grandview Heights.

  • Real Estate Hotspots: Popular neighborhoods include Morgan Creek, Grandview Heights, Crescent Beach/Ocean Park, Elgin Chantrell, Sunnyside & Pacific Douglas (Summerfield).

Expert Insights

1. Real Estate News:

  • According to Jeff Chadha, Chair of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, “We are seeing a relatively calm and balanced market right now, which means buyers have time to shop around and purchase a home without the pressure of a few years ago, and while prices are holding fairly steady across all property types.”

  • The market in White Rock and South Surrey is seeing high inventory levels right now. Buyers can benefit from lots to choose from and take advantage of this market, while sellers can benefit from pricing competitively.

2. Market Predictions: Sales activity is closely linked to interest rates and market sentiment. Despite headlines, the underlying demand for housing remains robust, buoyed by factors such as aggressive immigration policies and significant population growth. Continued stability or even reductions in interest rates will fuel increased buyer activity, particularly if accompanied by government measures to stimulate housing supply. Prices in 2024 are likely to reflect the interplay between supply and demand factors. While significant price surges seen during the pandemic are unlikely, moderate increases in the range of 5% to 7% for detached properties could potentially be expected, and 4% to 6% for condos and townhouses. However, these predictions are subject to change based on ever-evolving market conditions and external influences.

Tips for Buyers and Sellers

1. For Buyers:

  • Be Prepared: Get pre-approved for a mortgage to streamline the buying process.

  • Act Quickly: In a competitive market, desirable properties can sell fast. Be ready to make an offer.

  • Work with a Local Agent: They have the best insights and can help you find the right property.

2. For Sellers:

  • Price It Right: Work with your agent to set a competitive price based on current market conditions.

  • Declutter Your Home: Buyers are more likely to make quicker decisions on a home that looks move-in ready and doesn't need immediate cleaning or decluttering.

  • Market Effectively: Use high-quality photos and online listings to reach a broad audience.

Conclusion

Understanding the current market conditions in White Rock and South Surrey is crucial for making informed real estate decisions. Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or invest, staying informed is essential.

For more detailed information and personalized advice, feel free to contact me, your South Surrey White Rock Realtor, at 604-240-8160 or email me at soldbymichelleb@gmail.com.

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