The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) has reported that a total of 7,341 residential sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in August, were up 7 per cent from August 2013. Total sales dollar volume was $4.1 billion, an increase of 12.4 per cent compared to August 2013. The average MLS residential price in the province rose to $560,318, up 5 per cent from the same month last year. Consumer demand remained relatively busy in August.
The Okanagan and Chilliwack board areas posted the strongest year-over-year gain of 22 to 25 per cent in unit sales, while Victoria and Vancouver increase was lower around 10 per cent. Home sales last month were the highest for the month of August since 2009. With low mortgage rates, increased net-migration and improving economic conditions continue to drive housing demand in the province. Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was up 22.8 per cent to $28.5 billion, compared to the same period last year. Residential unit sales were up 15.8 per cent to 57,715 units, while the average MLS residential price was up 6.1 per cent at $564,466.