Cooler September Housing Sales on Heels of Hot Summer Market in Okanagan-Shuswap

October 5, 2015 - Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board

Kelowna, BC – The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) reported sales activity of all MLS® property types in September 2015 remained strong despite cooling off slightly on the heels of a hot summer market.

“Most sectors in the Okanagan-Shuswap saw a very active summer,” says Christopher Miller, OMREB President and active REALTOR® in the Central Okanagan. “While housing demand in our Board area has slowed down over the last week or two, sales activity remains relatively strong and seems to be extending into fall.”

With BC being the economic growth leader among provinces and mortgage rates remaining at historical lows, high consumer confidence continues to bolster the demand for homes in the Okanagan-Shuswap and has kept pace with other markets in the province.

“The inventory of homes for sale remains at low levels with essentially no significant upward momentum over the past few months,” Miller notes. 

Within OMREB’s three diverse markets – Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, and Shuswap-Revelstoke areas – sales activity and prices, and supply and demand tends to vary among property types at different times and locations, with ups and downs experienced zone-by-zone and month-by-month.

“The Central Okanagan and Shuswap markets continue to strengthen and see an improvement year-to-date over last year.  The North Okanagan outpaced these zones with a vigorous run up of sales activity in 2014 and also saw relatively strong sales activity during 2015 but has lagged behind last year’s pace,” Miller points out.

In order to fully understand the current residential market, and to look at trends within property types and varying price points in different neighbourhoods, it is important to consult with a REALTOR®. 

Board-wide (Peachland to Revelstoke):  Overall sales of all property types reported in OMREB’s Board area during September 2015 dipped 9.7% compared to 2014 (to 785 units from 869) but rose 3.6% year-to-date (to 7,001 from 6,760).

Board-wide, total residential sales for the month slipped 8.5% over last year at this time (at 714 units from 780) while year-to-date sales improved by 5.4% compared to 2014 (to 6,407 units from 6,077).

Single family home sales across the board area were down 11.9% compared to September 2014 (to 355 from 403) while year-to-date sales were up 4.2% (at 3,361 from 3,226).

The average number of days to sell a single family home in September was at 94 days board-wide, compared to 99 days at this time last year. Year-to-date, homes are selling within 89 days compared to 104 days during the same period in 2014 (January through September).

The 1,301 new listings taken board-wide for the month were up 5.1% compared to the 1,238  listings posted in September 2014, while inventory (active listings) dipped slightly (0.1%) to 7,266 from 7,273 last year at this time. 
Central Zone (Peachland to Lake Country):  During September, overall sales of all property types in the Central Zone were down 10.5% with 495 units compared to 553 in 2014.  Year-to-date sales activity improved by 6.7% compared to the same period last year (January through September) to 4,582 units from 4,294 in 2014.

Total residential sales for the month dipped by 8.2% at 461 units compared to 502 in 2014, but improved by 9.0% year-to-date (to 4,280 from 3,926).  The sale of single family homes dropped 14.2% over last September (to 212 from 247) but rose 8.0% year-to-date (to 2,173 from 2,013).

Average days to sell a single family home in the Central Okanagan in September was down to 62 days compared to 69 in 2014, while days to sell year-to-date averaged 64 days compared to 73 during the same nine-month period last year.

The 871 new listings taken in the Central Okanagan during the month improved by 11.4% compared to 782 in 2014, while total inventory rose 2.0% to 3,604 units from 3,533 last September.

North Zone (Predator Ridge to Enderby):  Overall property sales for September in the North Zone declined 7.0% to 173 units compared to 186 last year at this time. Sales activity year-to-date saw a 5.5% dip to 1,505 units compared to 1,592 during the first nine months of 2014. 

Total residential sales were down 7.2% this past month to 155 units compared to 167 in 2014, and dipped 4.8% year-to-date (to 1,359 from 1,427). Single family home sales saw an 8.7% drop over last September (to 84 from 92) and slipped 8.9% year-to-date (to 750 from 823).

Average days to sell a single family home in the North Okanagan in September was at 76 days compared to 92 in 2014, while homes sold in 84 days on average year-to-date compared to 102 during the same period last year.

The 281 new listings taken for the month saw an 8.2% decline over the 2014 level of 306.  Inventory for September dipped 0.4% to 2,142 from 2,151 in 2014.

Shuswap Zone (Salmon Arm to Revelstoke):  In September, sales activity for all property types in the Shuswap-Revelstoke Zone declined by 10.8% over 2014 (at 116 units compared to 130) while the year-to-date sales were up 4.1% over the same nine-month period last year (at 907 units from 871).

Total residential unit sales for the month were down 11.7% compared to September 2014 (at 98 units from 111) but rose 6.1% year- to-date (to 768 from 724).  The sale of single family homes slipped 7.8% (to 59 units from 64 last year) but improved by 12.3% year-to-date (to 438 from 390) compared to September 2014.

The average of 145 days to sell a single family home in the Shuswap during September was up compared to 138 in 2014, while homes have sold in 120 days on average year-to-date compared to 138 during the same time period last year.

The 146 new listings taken in the Zone dipped marginally (2.0%) compared to 149 in September 2014.  Overall inventory was down 4.2% to 1,514 from 1,581 last year at this time.

Whether you are selling or buying a home, a professional REALTOR® who is familiar with the area and your particular neighbourhood can assist with searching, listing, negotiating and closing. The key to a successful sale is being realistic about the market value of your home and willing to negotiate for the best offer.

Mark Koroll

Mark Koroll

CENTURY 21 Executives Realty Ltd.
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