The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 7,169 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January 2021, an increase of 63.3% over January 2020 and over a thousand sales higher than the previous record for the month of January. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $845,169, a 16.1% increase from $728,269 recorded in January 2020. Total sales dollar volume was $6.1 Billion, an 89.6% increase from last year.

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"It was once again a record-setting month for the provincial housing market," said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. "While sales were strong across all regions of the province, the Fraser Valley, Interior and Vancouver Island regions shattered previous sales records and pushed January sales to new heights."

Total active residential listings were down 21.5% to 20,254 units in January, the lowest level of provincial active listings on record, going back to 2000. With strong sales and so few listings, market conditions are exceptionally tight with less than three months of total supply. 

"The supply of listings continues to be held back by the pandemic," added Ogmundson. "With so few listings, markets are starved for supply and prices are under extraordinary pressure."

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


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The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 11,051 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in October 2020, an increase of 43.8% from October 2019. The average MLS® residential price in BC set a record of $812,960, a 12.5% increase from $722,333 recorded the previous year. Total sales dollar volume in August was $8.98 Billion, a 61.8% increase over 2019.

“The provincial housing market sustained its blistering pace of activity in October,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “While pent-up demand may be starting to fade, record low interest rates and a recovering job market are supporting strong sales.” “A pandemic-driven shift in buyers’ preference for extra space is pushing average prices to record highs as larger value transactions account for a higher share of sales,” added Ogmundson.

Prices are also being pushed higher by a lack of inventory. Total provincial active listings continue to trend lower and were close to 14% lower in October 2020 compared to 2019.  Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was up 29.7% to $58.7 Billion, compared with the same period in 2019. Residential unit sales were up 16.3% to 76,140 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 11.5% to $771,085.  

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

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Last month, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 10,172 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) which is an increase of 42.8% from the same month last year. There was a 12.7% increase in the average MLS® residential price in BC bringing it to $771,309 ($684,093 recorded the previous year). Total sales dollar volume in August was $7.8 billion, a 61.1% increase over 2019.

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“Very strong provincial home sales continued in August,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “While pent-up demand from the spring is driving much of the increase, we anticipate a sustained strong level of sales through the fall.”

Total provincial active listings are still down more than 10% year-over-year, with some markets even more under-supplied as the pandemic continues to keep listings low. As a result, prices are sharply rising around the province. Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was up 15.8% to $40.4 billion, compared with the same period in 2019. Residential unit sales were up 4.9% to 53,336 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 10.4% to $757,504.   

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

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There is a forecasted 6.5% increase in the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales in the province bringing it to 82,830 units this year from 77,351 residential sales last year. There is a forecasted 17.6% increase to 96,860 units in 2021.
“The outlook for the BC housing market is much brighter following a surprisingly strong recovery,” said Brendon Ogmundson, BCREA Chief Economist. “We expect home sales will sustain this momentum into 2021, aided by record-low mortgage rates and a recovering economy.”
Many housing markets are beginning to see sharply rising average prices despite the weak provincial economy. Residential sales have fully recovered and are seeing above pre-COVID-19 levels. There is a forecasted 7.7% increase to the provincial MLS® average price for the remainder of the year and a further forecasted 3.7% increase in 2021. 
Source: BCREA Economics
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There was a total of 10,090 residential unit sales recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) last month which is a 26.6% increase from July 2019. There was a 12.9% increase in the average MLS® residential price in BC from $682,702 in July 2019 to $770,810. Total sales dollar volume in July was $7.8 Billion, a 43% increase over 2019.

"The strong recovery in sales activity continued in July," said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. "Increased demand for more living space combined with an undersupplied market is producing significant upward pressure on home prices, particularly in the market for single-family homes."

Active listings remain down significantly year-over-year, creating upward pressure on prices, though increased demand for single-family homes has somewhat skewed average prices in some markets.

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was up 8.4% to $32.5 Billion, compared with the same period in 2019. Residential unit sales were down 1.4% to 43,718 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 10% to $754,842. 

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


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As per the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA), there was a total of 4,518 residential unit sales recorded by MLS® in May 2020, a 45.2% decrease from May 2019. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $728,898, a 3.2% increase from $706,394 recorded the previous year. Total sales dollar volume in May was $3.3 billion, a 43.5% decrease over 2019.
"There were encouraging signs of recovery in May," said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. "While activity is still far below normal, both sales and listings are up significantly from April's lows."

New listings activity started to normalize around the first week of May, reversing a slide in total active listings. However, active listings are still down close to 24% year-over-year and are more than 10,000 listings below where they would normally be in the spring months.

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 6% to $18.6 billion, compared with the same period in 2019. Residential unit sales were down 14.2% to 24,695 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 9.6% to $753,155.  

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

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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



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Looking back at March 2020 housing figures, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,717 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) which is an increase of 17.2% from the same month last year. There was 15.1% increase in the average MLS® residential price in BC bringing it to $789,548 compared to March 2019's average of $685,892. For the total sales dollar volume, it hit $5.3 Billion which is a 35% increase over 2019.

“Provincial housing markets started the month very strong before the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to activity,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “Activity will slow considerably in April as households and the real estate sector implement measures necessary to mitigate the spread of this virus.”

“While we don’t know when this unprecedented period will end, markets will be boosted by pentup demand and historically low interest rates when it does,” added Ogmundson. “The ultimate strength of the recovery will depend on how long the economy remains effectively shut down, as well as the efficacy of federal and provincial measures to bridge households through the financial difficulties brought on by the pandemic.”

The year-to-date BC residential sales dollar volume totals $12.9 Billion. In comparison to the same period in 2019, this is an 37.1% increase. The residential unit sales totals 16,866 which is an increase of 21.7% from last year. The average MLS® residential price totals $763,031 which is an increase of 12.6% from last year.

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