Residential real estate demand across the Association region remains strong heading into the seasonally busy spring months despite a persistent lack of inventory in the region and throughout the province, reports the Association of Interior REALTORS®.


A total of 1,516 residential unit sales were recorded across the Association region, marking a 15% decrease compared to a record high number of units sold in February 2021. New residential listings coming onto market saw a decrease of 12% within the region with 1,850 new listings recorded. The overall active listings were also far below last year February’s active listings showing a 19% decrease in year-over-year comparisons.


“The persistent lack of new listings coming onto market is far from adequate to meet the demand of buyer’s locally and those coming from other markets,” says the Association of Interior REALTORS® President Kim Heizmann, adding that “we are seeing the mismatch of inventory versus demand taking a toll on buyers as they show signs of fatigue in having to compete in a seller’s market where lack of supply is putting upward pressure on pricing, and further on affordability.”


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KELOWNA, B.C. – June 3rd, 2021. Residential real estate sales across the region from Revelstoke to Eastgate Manning Park and into the South Peace River region is showing signs of calming after months of record highs, reports the Association of Interior REALTORS®.
 
Residential sales for the month of May for the entire Association region totalled 1,482, down from April’s 1,719 sales. The same area also saw significant percentage increase in year-over-year comparisons, however that is still in comparison to the worst months of the pandemic.
 
“There is a slight reduction in pressure that is creating a calming effect for a healthier market for both buyers and sellers,” says the Association of Interior REALTORS® President Kim Heizmann, adding that “we are seeing an easing up on the gas pedal that has been going above the speed limit, to now moving within a reasonable pace.”
“While the market may be slowing down from an all-time record, it does not mean the market has softened, it means the buyer frenzy has calmed down slightly,” says Heizmann.
 
The supply of active residential listings dropped slightly from April’s 2,818 to 2,554 current listings across the Association region.
 
The benchmark price for homes in the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Shuswap/Revelstoke regions once again saw double-digit percentage increases in year-over-year comparisons in all home categories categories.
 
In the South Okanagan, where benchmark pricing is currently not available, average sales prices were also up year-over-year in all home categories with single-family homes seeing the highest percentage increase of 42%. The average sale prices for single-family homes in the South Peace River increased 12% in comparison to May 2020 average price, but saw no sales in the condo category.
 
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