If you are looking for greater affordability, head to the Fraser Valley

(January 26, 2012 , posted in Real Estate News)

SURREY, BC – According to the president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB), international affordability studies regarding Vancouver are misleading because they don’t reflect the reality that homebuyers purchase more affordable homes every day in neighbouring communities. 

In Abbotsford, a local Realtor reports  “About one-third of our buyers are first-timers and two-thirds are using equity from an existing home to either buy up or down size and they’re thrilled with the value and benefits home ownership provides.”

According to a recent Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, Vancouver ranks the second most unaffordable major housing market in the world based on median household income and a median home price of $678,000.Based on January sales to date, the median home price in Fraser Valley is $405,000.

“We’re not suggesting that affordability isn’t an issue in Greater Vancouver. In fact, REALTORS® in BC are amongst the most active proponents of strategies to make home ownership more accessible. What we are saying is that these broad, general studies don’t reflect what’s really happening within the local housing market.”

The FVREB is scheduled to release its final January month-end sales statistics from its Multiple Listing Service® during the first week of February.

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