BC Real Estate Association (BCREA) Chief Economist Cameron Muir discusses the September 2016 statistics.
BC Home Sales Reflect Regional Demand Variations
Vancouver, BC – October 14, 2016. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that 7,591 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in September, down 11.2 per cent from the same month last year. Total sales dollar volume was $4.45 billion in September, down 14.1 per cent compared to the previous year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $585,844, a decline of 3.2 per cent compared to the same month last year.
“Housing demand in the province continued to trend lower in September,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “While Vancouver, Fraser Valley and the North experienced year-over-year declines last month, the rest of the province posted an increase in the number of residential transactions.”
“The average residential price in the province continued to reflect a change in the composition and location of homes sold,” added Muir. “However, the effect was less pronounced in September than in August, when detached home sales fell to just 28 per cent of total demand in Vancouver.”
Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume increased 33.5 per cent to $66 billion, when compared with the same period in 2015. Residential unit sales climbed by 18.5 per cent to 93,797 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 12.7 per cent to $703,986.