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Bucking the trends

The Parksville Qualicum Beach region continues to buck Island trends related to real estate statistics.

Compared to March of 2012, Parksville Qualicum Beach recorded a 19 per cent increase in unit sales in March, 2013. The average sale price of homes in Parksville Qualicum Beach, again compairing March, 2012 to March, 2013, edged up two percent to $359,448.

Multiple Listing Service sales summary data for March released by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) shows housing sales activity across Vancouver Island was down six percent compared to last year, while average sale prices remained virtually unchanged.

The average price of a single family home sold within the VIREB region in March was $319,912 which is nearly identical to the March 2012 average price of $319,661. The number of housing units reported sold last month were down compared to a year ago. In March 2012 there were 298 single family homes sold, in comparison 281 unit sales were recorded in March 2013.

"We've experienced increased levels of month over month activity through the first quarter of 2013 which should translate into increased unit sales as we move into the spring," said VIREB President Gary Gray.

"We are returning to more normal levels of activity, and there seems to be some pent up demand in the marketplace," said VIREB President-Elect Blair Herbert.

As of the end of March, there were 2,532 single family homes available on the Multiple Listing Service within VIREB's coverage area, down approximately four per cent from the 2,702 homes in the system at the end of March, 2012.

Comparing March 2013 to March 2012, the average sale prices across VIREB's five other zones saw: Campbell River increase eight per cent to $289,471, the Comox Valley was down three per cent to $321,633, Nanaimo's average sales price was up one per cent to $352,466 from the March 2012 average price of $349,806, Port Alberni/West Coast was unchanged at $207,012 while the Cowichan Valley was down two per cent to $324,537.

In terms of unit sales year to year there continued to be a wide disparity between the different zones last month. The Port Alberni / West Coast region recorded a 20 per cent increase in unit sales while Campbell River unit sales were off 29 per cent compared to March 2012. Nanaimo sales were down 14 per cent, Cowichan Valley sales declined seven per cent, while Comox Valley's sales activity was down six per cent from a year ago.

— NEWS Staff/VIREB

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