13 July 2012
BC Home Sales Lower Through June
Vancouver, BC – July 12, 2012. The
British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that during
the first half of 2012, Kootenay area residential sales dollar volume increased 3.9 per
cent to $245.2 million, compared to the same period last year. Residential unit
sales dipped 0.7 per cent to 901 units, while the average Multiple Listing
Service® (MLS®) residential price was 4.6 per cent higher at $272,274.
"The pace of home sales slowed during the first half of the
year,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “However, the downturn is
likely to be temporary as population growth, persistently low mortgage rates and
encouraging employment figures suggest a stronger second half of 2012."
"The 5-year conventional mortgage rate remains within 5 basis
points of its 20 year monthly low. BC’s population is growing by approximately
45,000 individuals a year. Full-time employment climbed 3 per cent during the
first half of 2012 at the expense of part-time employment, which declined 1.9
The Kootenay area dollar volume of homes sold through the MLS® declined 10.6 per cent to $56.1 million in June compared to the same month last year. A
total of 205 MLS® residential unit sales were recorded over the same period,
down 11.5 per cent from June 2011. The average MLS® residential price was
$273,857, 1.2 per cent higher than a year ago.
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