B.C. Real Estate: Good, Bad and Holding

Dollar Volume Climbing

Residential sales dollar volume on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC climbed 8.8 per cent to $2.25 billion in January, compared to the same month last year. Residential unit sales dipped 5 per cent to 4,949 units during the same period. The average MLS® residential price in the province reached $453,648 in January, up 14.5 per cent from January 2007.

Sales Down

“BC home sales edged down in January for the first time in nine months,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “The combination of fewer home sales and an increase in active listings is pulling the BC housing market toward balanced conditions. This means upward pressure on home prices is less severe than a year ago.”

Courtesy BCREA

No Longer Breaking Records

“While unit sales are no longer breaking records,” added Muir, “they still reflect strong consumer demand for housing.” The 4,949 units sold last month in the province were well above the ten-year average of 4,230 units for the month of January.

Courtesy BCREA

Economy Continues Expansion

“The provincial economy is continuing its expansionary phase,” noted Muir. “While weak demand for BC lumber and exchange rate parity with the US is negatively impacting some resource-dependent communities, strong employment growth and rising wages in other sectors are helping to underpin housing demand in the province.”

Information Courtesy BCREA

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*Disclaimer: Statistics Courtesy REBGV. While believed to be accurate they are not guaranteed.
**Numbers provided may vary as they are dynamically posted by the REBGV.

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