Every real estate board in BC saw more unit sales this April than April 2011, except for those in the Lower Mainland. Chilliwack registered no change, while the Fraser Valley and Greater Vancouver dropped 3.6 per cent and 13.2 per cent respectively.
Because these are the most expensive real estate markets in BC, the overall dollar volume of home sales in April dipped 12.5 per cent from last April.
Meanwhile, BC’s North, the Okanagan and Kamloops were hot. Even Vancouver Island and Victoria, which have been stagnant for some time, are seeing more activity.
Vancouver, BC – May 15, 2012. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that the dollar volume of homes sold through Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC declined 12.5 per cent to $3.8 billion in April compared to the same month last year. A total of 7,058 MLS® residential unit sales were recorded over the same period, down 1.8 per cent from April 2011. The average MLS® residential price was $532,855, 10.9 per cent lower than a year ago.
A 10 per cent dip in Lower Mainland home sales offset a 14 per cent increase across the rest of the province,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Kamloops, the Okanagan and the North all posted double-digit increases in home sales in April compared to levels one year ago.”
“The share of provincial sales garnered by Vancouver and the Fraser Valley declined from 65 per cent in April 2011 to 60 per cent last month,” added Muir. “A larger proportion of homes sold in less expensive regions contributed to the average BC sales price dipping nearly 11 per cent.”
Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume declined 15.8 per cent to $15 billion, compared to the same period last year. Residential unit sales dipped 9.7 per cent to 23,782 units, while the average MLS® residential price was 6.8 per cent lower at $546,870.
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For detailed statistical information, contact your local real estate board. MLS® is a cooperative marketing system used only by Canada’s real estate boards to ensure maximum exposure of properties listed for sale.