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Whether you're a homeowner looking to sell your home or are a prospective buyer hoping to get into the real estate market, there are certain key terms you should be familiar with, including "assessed value" and "market value". Basically, these terms refer to how much a home is worth.

Since they both involve the value of a home, how do assessed value and market value differ? Read on to find out what each term means and why it's important to differentiate between the two.

What Is Assessed Value vs. Market Value?

While both assessed value and market value involve determining how much a property is worth, they each serve different purposes.

Assessed Value

The assessed value is used by local governments to determine how much homeowners are required to pay in property taxes. It's basically the value that property assessors establish before applying the municipality's assessment rate. Every city has its own tax rate, which typically changes every year and is based on the cost of paying for services in the community, such as policing, fire departments, road maintenance, and education, among others.

Municipal tax assessors will evaluate multiple factors when assessing the value of a home.

This may include:

  •   comparable properties in the area
  •   recent improvements
  •   the cost to replace the home if it is ever destroyed
  •   whether or not the homeowner is collecting rent

The assessed value of the home is then multiplied by the jurisdiction's tax rate. This results in the property tax amount that homeowners must pay every year. The higher the assessed value of a home, the more property taxes the homeowner must pay.

What Is Market Value?

Market value is used by real estate agents, lenders, sellers, and buyers to determine the value of a property for the purpose of estimating how much a home is worth based on current market conditions. Essentially, the market value represents a price that a qualified buyer would be willing to pay for a specific home today.

How Do Real Estate Agents Use Market Value?

Real estate agents typically use the comparative market analysis method to estimate the current value of a property, though there are other methods available. With the comparative market analysis tactic, agents compare similar homes in the vicinity of the subject property that have recently sold. They then use the sale prices of these properties to come up with a competitive listing price for the home they're selling. Buyer agents also use the market value of a home to determine a fair offer price.

How Do Lenders Use Market Value?

Lenders typically hire professional home appraisers to determine the market value for homes when homebuyers apply for a mortgage to finance the properties. That way, lenders are assured that they're not loaning out more than what the properties are worth.

What Is Fair Market Value vs. Market Value?

Fair market value refers to the highest price a home could sell for in an open housing market between a seller and buyer who have all the information needed to make an informed decision. Ultimately, it's the buyer or seller who determines the fair market value of a home.

Market value, on the other hand, is determined by the real estate agent or appraiser. It refers to the price a home should sell for based on current market conditions.

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New property listed in Fleetwood Tynehead, Surrey

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The Cambie Collection by Pennyfarthing Homes continues its legacy on Vancouver’s West Side with Basalt, located on 35th Ave and Cambie St. Boutique RARE half duplex townhome. Over 1500 sqft duplex style townhome with 2 parking spaces. Large open and functional floor plan with quality finishing, Bosch appliances, incl gas stove, modern high gloss cabinets, quartz countertops and hardwood flooring. Powder room on the main floor. This home features 2 large bedrooms up both with walk in closets and 2 full baths up. Storage room down with easy access. This home sits very close to QE Park and tennis courts. Transit at your doorstep. Don't miss this great opportunity... Oh BTW there is even A/C for those hot summers.

New property listed in Sechelt District, Sunshine Coast

2024 TAX ASSESSMENT IS IN $651,000 4.9 acre lot with an amazing view of the Sechelt Inlet. Build your dream estate or hold for future development. 10 minutes from downtown Sechelt, hospital, shopping 7 recreation. 5 mins to golfing, schools, tennis club, skating rink, biking & hiking trails and marinas.

VANCOUVER, BC – January 3, 2024– Metro Vancouver’s housing market closed out 2023 with balanced market conditions, but the year-end totals mask a story of surprising resilience in the face of the highest borrowing costs seen in over a decade.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential sales in the region totalled 26,249 in 2023, a 10.3 per cent decrease from the 29,261 sales recorded in 2022, and a 41.5 per cent decrease from the 44,884 sales in 2021.

Last year’s sales total was 23.4 per cent below the 10-year annual sales average (34,272).

“You could miss it by just looking at the year-end totals, but 2023 was a strong year for the Metro Vancouver housing market considering that mortgage rates were the highest they’ve been in over a decade,” Andrew Lis, REBGV’s director of economics and data analytics said. “In our 2023 forecast, we called for modest price increases throughout the year while most other forecasters were predicting price declines. The fact that we ended the year with five-per-cent plus gains in home prices across all market segments demonstrates that Metro Vancouver remains an attractive and desirable destination, and elevated borrowing costs alone aren’t enough to dissuade buyers determined to get into this market.”

Properties listed on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver totalled 50,893 in 2023. This represents a 7.5 per cent decrease compared to the 55,047 properties listed in 2022. This was 20.2 per cent below the 63,761 properties listed in 2021.

The total number of properties listed last year was 10.5 per cent below the region’s 10-year total annual average of (56,868).

Currently, the total number of homes listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 8,802, a 13 per cent increase compared to December 2022 (7,791). This is 0.3 per cent above the 10-year seasonal average (8,772).

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,168,700. This represents a five per cent increase over December 2022 and a 1.4 per cent decrease compared to November 2023.

“Ultimately, the story of 2023 is one of too few homes available relative to the pool of willing and qualified buyers,” Lis said. “Sellers were reluctant to list their properties early in the year, which led to fewer sales than usual coming out of the gate. But this also led to near record-low inventory levels in the spring, which put upward pressure on prices as buyers competed for the scarce few homes available.” 

“Looking back on the year, it’s hard not to wonder how we’d be closing out 2023 if mortgage rates had been a few per cent lower than they were. And it looks like we might get some insight into that question in 2024, as bond markets and professional forecasters are projecting lower borrowing costs are likely to come, with modest rate cuts expected in the first half of the New Year.”

December 2023 summary

Residential sales in the region totalled 1,345 in December 2023, a 3.2 per cent increase from the 1,303 sales recorded in December 2022. This was 36.4 per cent below the 10-year seasonal average (2,114).

There were 1,327 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in December 2023. This represents a 9.9 per cent increase compared to the 1,208 properties listed in December 2022. This was 22.7 per cent below the 10-year seasonal average (1,716).

Across all detached, attached and apartment property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for December 2023 is 16 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 11.1 per cent for detached homes, 18.7 per cent for attached, and 19.6 per cent for apartments.

Analysis of the historical data suggests downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12 per cent for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

Sales of detached homes in December 2023 reached 376, a 1.3 per cent increase from the 371 detached sales recorded in December 2022. The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,964,400. This represents a 7.7 per cent increase from December 2022 and a 0.9 per cent decrease compared to November 2023.

Sales of apartment homes reached 719 in December 2023, a 2.4 per cent increase compared to the 702 sales in December 2022. The benchmark price of an apartment home is $751,300. This represents a 5.6 per cent increase from December 2022 and a 1.5 per cent decrease compared to November 2023.

Attached home sales in December 2023 totalled 238, a 7.2 per cent increase compared to the 222 sales in December 2022. The benchmark price of a townhouse is $1,072,700. This represents a 6.4 per cent increase from December 2022 and a 1.8 per cent decrease compared to November 2023.

1. Editor’s Note: Areas covered by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver include: Bowen Island, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, South Delta, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Whistler.

2. REBGV is now including multifamily and land sales and listings in this monthly report. Previously, we only included detached, attached, and apartment sales, and these additional categories, which typically account for roughly one to two per cent of total MLS® activity per month, are being included for completeness in our reporting.

3. In calculating the MLS® HPI, Altus Group uses a narrower definition of “attached” properties than is used by REBGV in our “attached” statistics, preferring to use “townhouse” as their benchmark property.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver is an association representing more than 15,000 REALTORS® and their companies. The Board provides a variety of member services, including the Multiple Listing Service®. For more information on real estate, statistics, and buying or selling a home, contact a local REALTOR® or visit

For more information please contact:

Mark Moldowan
Manager, Communication and Editorial Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver


SURREY, BC – High interest rates kept a lid on sales and listings in the Fraser Valley in 2023, while holding year-over-year price growth to low single digits. 

The Fraser Valley region ended the year with 14,713 sales recorded on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), a decline of four per cent over 2022 and 23 per cent below the 10-year average. New listings in the Fraser Valley were also at a 10-year low, at 29,610, eight per cent below the 10-year average. 

The composite Benchmark home price in the Fraser Valley closed the year at $988,900, down six per cent from its 2023 peak in July, but up on the year by five per cent. 

“Back-to-back mid-year interest rate hikes slowed the market despite strong sales and new listings in the spring,” said Narinder Bains, Chair of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. “This left the market in overall balance for the latter half of the year, albeit at low levels of activity. We anticipate 2024 will bring increased optimism on behalf of buyers and sellers as the Bank of Canada is expected to lower interest rates before mid-year.”

December 2023

For the month of December, the Board recorded 837 sales on its MLS®, a drop of six per cent from November, but 17 per cent higher than December 2022.

At 942, new listings dropped by 54 per cent in December, but increased 17 per cent compared to December of 2022. Total active listings for December stood at 4,670, a decrease of 25 per cent month-over-month, but 19 per cent higher year-over-year. 

With a sales-to-active listings ratio of 18 per cent for December, the overall market closed out the year in balance. Detached houses closed out 2023 with a ratio of 16 per cent, while both townhomes and apartments remained in seller’s market territory at 29 and 26 per cent respectively. The market is considered balanced when the ratio is between 12 per cent and 20 per cent. 

“2023 saw buyers and sellers adjust to new rate realities, and the impact of those high rates were reflected in the low number of sales in the Fraser Valley,” said FVREB CEO Baldev Gill. “However, as rates start to ease, we expect market activity will pick up. This will create opportunities for buyers and sellers who are advised to consult with a professional REALTOR® before jumping into the market.”

On average, properties spent approximately 41 days on the market, with single family detached homes spending 40 days on the market. Townhomes and apartments moved more quickly at 32 and 33 days respectively. 

Overall Benchmark prices continued to slide for the fifth month in a row, losing 1.5 per cent compared to November.

MLS® HPI Benchmark Price Activity 

  • Single Family Detached: At $1,471,500, the Benchmark price for an FVREB single-family detached home decreased 1.2 per cent compared to November 2023 and increased 7.1 per cent compared to December 2022
  • Townhomes: At $826,400, the Benchmark price for an FVREB townhome decreased 1.3 per cent compared to November 2023 and increased 5.3 per cent compared to December 2022.
  • Apartments: At $537,600, the Benchmark price for an FVREB apartment/condo decreased 1.4 per cent compared to November 2023 and increased 6.9 per cent compared to December 2022.
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