For April 2020, there was a 50.8% decline in residential unit sales recorded by MLS® compared to April 2019 (3,284 units). The average MLS® residential price in BC was $737,834, a 7.8% increase from $684,430 recorded the previous year.
"We expected to see a sharp drop in sales for April as we confronted the COVID-19 pandemic,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “However, buyers and sellers are adapting to a new normal, and activity should pick up as the economy gradually re-opens.”
While the supply of homes available for sale generally rises through the spring, this year was a bit different. Supply was down close to 10% on a seasonally adjusted basis and down 23.7% year-over-year. Prices remained firm despite the large decline in sales.
Year-to-date, there has been a 9.6% increase in the sale dollar volume for BC residential units bringing it to $15.3 Billion (compared to the same period last year). Residential unit sales are down 1.7% bringing it to 20,164 units while the average MLS® residential price was up 11.6% to $758,614.
The average price and unit sales, broken down by statistics from each Real Estate Board can be found below:
Source: British Columbia Real Estate Association