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