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**Looking back at 2023 and a small glimpse into 2024**

**Looking back at 2023 and a small glimpse into 2024**

In the realm of market corrections, 2023 unfolded as a relatively mild year, marked by a minor adjustment that left the real estate landscape in a balanced state by the fourth quarter. Across Canada, the market demonstrated resilience, showcasing a notable leveling off compared to the preceding year. The initial two quarters of 2023 experienced a modest dip from 2022, with absorption rates in the Central Okanagan settling around the 10% mark and maintaining this equilibrium for the last five months. This stabilization trend also extended to the North Okanagan and the Shuswap.

However, December brought a noteworthy deviation in the Shuswap, with absorption rates dropping to 5.03%. While this sudden dip raises concerns, it's essential to approach it as a potential anomaly—a blip in the broader market dynamics. Employing technical terms, the expectation is that the first quarter of 2024 will witness a rebound, with the Shuswap's average absorption rates likely returning to around 11 or 12%.

Looking ahead to 2024, the forecast is characterized by a sense of stability. Anticipate a year without the dramatic peaks and valleys experienced in the past. Barring unforeseen global events like the impact of COVID, the market is poised to follow a more predictable trajectory, resembling a return to the pre-COVID cycle. Incremental improvement is expected, primarily influenced by slight decreases in interest rates and an influx into the interior of British Columbia driven by immigration and migration.

On a personal note, the realization of the Shuswap's unique appeal remains a constant. Regardless of where one may travel, the privilege of calling this region home is an undeniable truth. The area's attractiveness is no longer a secret, evident in the continuous rise in immigration and migration. As more individuals discover the allure of our community, the upward pressure on home prices is expected to persist, painting a promising picture for the real estate landscape in the foreseeable future.

- Love where you live -

Jez Nichols
CIR Realty Shuswap
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