The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,938 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September, an increase of 24 percent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $697,943, an increase of 2.1 percent from September 2018. Total sales dollar volume was $4.84 billion, a 26.5 percent increase from the same month last year.
“Markets across BC built on momentum from the summer,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “While the year-over-year increase in provincial sales was quite strong, home sales in most areas are simply returning to historically average levels.”
MLS® residential active listings in the province were up 4 percent from September 2018 to 39,117 units and were essentially flat compared to August on a seasonally adjusted basis. Overall market conditions remained in a balanced range with a sales-to-active-listings ratio of about 18 percent.
Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 12.4 percent to $39.7 billion, compared with the same period in 2018. Residential unit sales were 8.9 percent lower at 57,773 units, while the average MLS® residential price was down 3.9 percent year-to-date at $687,530.
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