By Jeremy Davis
MLS® inventory in February was higher than the previous pandemic Februarys of 2021 and 2022, while MLS® sales were lower than the record Februarys of the same timeframe. Notably, this February is the 8th consecutive month that inventory was higher than the same month in the previous year after inventory started to rebound in June of 2022.
“As we saw last month, housing inventory continues to improve from the lows experienced in 2021 and the first half of 2022, offering more options for prospective buyers,” said Akash Bedi, 2022-2023 president of the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board. “While February sales were lower than the peaks experienced during 2021 and the first half of 2022, they are in line with those from the Februarys of 2018 and 2019.”
MLS® inventory of 3,045 in our market region is 67% above last February’s 1,822 and only 1% below the 5-year average of 3,074.
Total February MLS® sales of 657 are down 32% from last February’s 963 and down 26% over the 5-year average of 884.
Residential detached homes saw MLS® inventory of 1,412 which is up 96% over last February’s 720 and only 1% below the 5-year average of 1,426.
Residential detached homes had MLS® sales of 432, down 28% from last February’s 603 and 26% down from the 5-year average of 583.
The average price of a residential detached home in February was $375,063 which is 13% below last February’s $429,019 but 4% above the 5-year average of $360,752.
Southwest Winnipeg had the most residential detached sales with 69, which represents 16% of all home sales in February. Rural areas outside Winnipeg had 138 sales which represents 32% of all residential detached home sales for this month. Leading the way was the Steinbach region with 31 sales, followed by the Winkler-Morden region with 18 sales.
The $300,000 to $324,999 price range was the most active residential detached category in February.
February’s highest priced residential detached home sale was $1,252,900 in East St. Paul while the lowest was $63,000 in the North End.
MLS® inventory of 381 for condominiums is up 28% over last February’s 297 and 26% below the 5-year average of 513.
MLS® sales of 111 condominiums in February were 37% lower than last February’s 176 and 18% below the 5-year average of 136.
The average price of a condominium in February was $253,174 which is 5% below last February’s $265,682 but 4% above the 5-year average of $243,789.
Southwest Winnipeg had 53 condominium sales which represents 48% of all condominium sales in February. The rural area outside Winnipeg had 17 condominium sales which represents 15% of all condominium sales for this month.
The $200,000-$224,999 price range was the most active condominium real estate category in February.
MLS® inventory for residential attached homes of 243 is up 123% over last February’s 109 and 43% above the 5-year average of 170.
MLS® sales for residential attached homes of 47 in February were 43% lower than last February’s 82 and 32% below the 5-year average of 69.
The average price of a residential attached home in February was $341,910 which is 0.1% below last February’s $342,254 and 12% above the 5-year average of $304,752.
“In mid-February, we held our 2023 Market Insights event, and I was struck by local and national speaker’s thoughts about how the 2023 real estate market could perform,” said the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board CEO Marina R. James. “It reinforced the expertise and enthusiasm REALTORS® offer in helping make real estate transactions a reality, regardless of market conditions. REALTORS® are the market experts who provide buyers and sellers with professional advice to help them with their residential and commercial real estate needs.”
Jeremy Davis is the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board’s Director External Relations & Market Intelligence.