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