Affordability Continues to Weigh on Housing Demand
For the complete news release, including detailed statistics, click here.
Vancouver, BC - May 14, 2019.The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,652 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April, a decline of 18.9 per cent from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $685,304, a decline of 6.2 per cent from April 2018. Total sales dollar volume was $4.6 billion, a 23.9 per cent decline from the same month last year.
"BC home sales were essentially unchanged from March on a seasonally adjusted basis," said BCREA Chief Economist Cameron Muir. "Prospective home buyers continue to grapple with the decline in their purchasing power caused by federal government changes to mortgage policy."
Total MLS® residential active listings increased 33.6 per cent to 38,672 units compared to the same month last year. The ratio of sales to active residential listings declined from 28.4 per cent to 17.2 per cent over the same period.
Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 29.8 per cent to $13.9 billion, compared with the same period in 2018. Residential unit sales decreased 24.5 per cent to 20,479 units, while the average MLS® residential price was down 7 per cent to $680,671.
For more information, please contact:
Email: [email protected]
To subscribe to receive BCREA publications such as this one, or to update your email address or current subscriptions, click here.
What we do
Popular tags within Economics
- Statistical Releases
- Housing Market Update
- Video Webcasts
- Markets at a Glance
- Mortgage Rate Forecast
- Housing Forecast
Popular posts from BCREA
Ideas into Action: BCREA Managing Brokers’ ConferenceAug 14, 2019
Housing Market Update Webcast September 2019Sep 13, 2019
First-Time Home Buyer Incentive Launches in SeptemberAug 22, 2019