The Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) has reported a total of 7,930 residential unit sales last month which is an increase of 12.4% from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in the province saw a decrease of 1.6% from July 2018 to $684,497. The total sales dollar volume, on the other hand, saw an increase of 10.5% from July 2018 to $5.43 billion.
“BC home sales climbed higher for the first time in 18 months on a year-over-year basis in July,” said BCREA Chief Economist Cameron Muir. Housing demand has also trended higher since March, rising 21 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis. “Households appear to be adjusting to the tighter credit environment as the shock of the B20 stress test dissipates.”
MLS® residential active listings in the province trended lower in July, down 3% from June and 6% from April on a seasonally adjusted basis. There were 41,621 active listings which is a 12.4% increase on a year-over-year basis, while overall market conditions remained unchanged from 12 months ago with the sales-to-active listings ratio at 19.1%.
Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume decreased by 18.9% to $30 billion, compared with the same period in 2018. Residential unit sales decreased 14.4% to 43,612 units, while the average MLS® residential price was down 5.3% to $687,413.
For a breakdown of some market highlights for July 2019, please see below:
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