KELOWNA – Residential real estate across the region from Revelstoke to Eastgate Manning Park and into the South Peace River region finished off the year with record high sales, reports the Association of Interior Realtors.
Residential sales for the entire Association region for December 2021 saw a down tick of 25 per cent over December 2020, clocking in at 654 units sold while still surpassing the previous recorded historical high.
“Even with a typical seasonal slowdown, sales across the region surpassed 2016’s record high,” says the Association of Interior Realtors President Kim Heizmann, adding that “the lack of supply continues to be a challenge for buyers as inventory lags behind demand.”
The supply of active residential listings saw a drop of 40 per cent across the Association region compared to the 2,894 active listings during December 2020, with new listings also showing a 24 per cent decrease over December 2020’s 695 units.
“The number of active listings continues to fall short of buyer’s demand at historical levels, making it unlikely for buyers to see a softening on prices as we head into the new year,” says Heizmann.
The benchmark price for homes in the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, South Okanagan and Shuswap/Revelstoke regions closed the year with double-digit percentage increases in year-over-year comparisons across all home categories.
In the South Peace River Region, where benchmark pricing is not available, the average price for single-family homes and mobile homes increased 44.5 per cent and 56.9 per cent respectively.