Real estate sales decided not to take a breather this fall. September saw more units sold than August and was up a whopping 36% over last year at this time. Fewer listings also came on stream comparing to
August and now the active inventory is only 3,537 compared to 4,232 in September last year. Granted, over 3,500 listings is still quite a number! Offering a good selection in most locations and buyer price ranges, but we are seeing prices moving upwards at a rate of about 8% so far this year on
average for a single family home in the greater Kelowna area. Condos are not quite as strong as they are up only about 4% in price, but they do lead the way with the most activity in residential sales by quite a bit. thereby reducing the one time glut of overbuilt condos for sale.
The way October has started off, it appears this active fall market will continue yet for a while, but how long? Only time will tell. Resource rich Alberta shows no signs of slowing down and that is always a good indicator as to how the Okanagan market will go. Combine the ongoing low interest rates with the buyer demand, from both local and out of province buyers, and a very good selection of product, we will likely see the strongest fall market we have seen since 2007 but without the same high prices. This coming winter will be very interesting to watch and predict.