Housing Demand Remained Elevated in February
Vancouver, BC – March 13, 2015. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,661 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in February, up 19.4 per cent from the same month last year. Total sales dollar volume was $4.3 billion, an increase of 24.8 per cent compared to a year ago. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $639,405, up 4.5 per cent from the same month last year.
"Consumer demand remained robust in February on the strength of rock bottom interest rates and improving economic conditions," said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. "After several years of below-average activity, home sales are now trending above long-term levels."
Total active listings on the market were down 7.5 per cent from a year ago. Fewer homes for sale, combined with elevated consumer demand has the housing market firmly in balanced conditions.
Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was up 18 per cent to $6.9 billion, compared to the same period last year. Residential unit sales were up 12.4 per cent to 11,038 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 5.0 per cent at $621,065.
For more information, please contact:
|Cameron Muir |
|Chief Economist |
|Direct: 604.742.2780 |
|Mobile: 778.229.1884 |
|Email: [email protected] |
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is the professional association for more than 18,500 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province’s 11 real estate boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients.
To demonstrate the profession's commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.
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