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Spring Residential Real Estate Market Doesn’t Reach Last Year’s Heights

Monday, May 07, 2018

KELOWNA, B.C. – May 7, 2018. Residential sales for the region of Peachland to Revelstoke tallied 746,

19% more than March, but 9% down from this time last year, reports the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate

Board (OMREB).

 

“Despite the typical spring upswing, this is the second month in a row where sales are fewer than last

year’s tally, suggesting the market is continuing to normalize” comments OMREB President Marv Beer,

cautioning that more data points are needed to constitute an actual trend.

 

“Markets are cyclical and what we hope for are smaller peaks and valleys, but it’s difficult to know if

that’s what we will get, given the volume of tinkering occurring in the form of Federal mortgage

tightening rules and higher interest rates and now a proposed Provincial speculation tax,” says Beer.

New listings were 1519 compared to March’s 1393 and last year’s 1378.

 

“This is more new listings than we’ve seen for some time, likely resulting from two possible sources:

more housing supply coming on-stream as developers complete construction and a factor may also be

fears related to the government’s proposed speculation tax, which, for some, could add a substantial

and unexpected tax burden,” Beer comments.

 

Latest Buyer Survey results show three types of buyers vying for the largest group: first timers; those

upgrading; and those relocating/moving to a similar-type property, all at 19% of total buyers

respectively. Two-parent families with children topped the buyer list at 28%, with childless couples close

on the heels at 27%. Buyers from within the OMREB board region remained the majority at 55%,

followed by those from the Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island at 19% and other areas of BC at 11%.

Foreign buyers were 3%.

 

April’s average price was $517,149 consistent with March, but up 8% from this time last year. Days on

market averaged 65, fewer than both March’s 78 and last year’s 75.

 

A shifting market, complicated by so many external influences, can make for tricky conditions. Buyers

and sellers alike can benefit from engaging a local real estate professional who has the knowledge and

skill to analyze and accurately interpret market conditions and resulting implications.