The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,138 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in January 2022, a decrease of 14.7 per cent from January 2021. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $1,042,169, a 23.5 per cent increase from $843,918 recorded in January 2021. Total sales dollar volume was $6.4 billion, a 5.3 per cent increase from the same time last year.
“Sales activity is down compared to record levels at the start of last year,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “However, the level of sales activity remains strong compared to the long-term average and inventory is still incredibly low. As a result, it will take quite some time to get back to a healthy balance in the BC market.”
Total active listings remain near record lows with just 13,000 total listings in the province. For context, a healthy level of re-sale listings for the province is closer to 40,000 listings. As a result of this listings drought, markets all over the province are seeing significant upward pressure on prices.
Looking at the numbers compare to last January, the Interior area average prices are up 24.4% compared to January 2021, and inventory is down 40.5% compared to this time last year.
This has resulted in the percentage of active listings that have sold is 46%. When the sales to active ratio is higher than 20%, it becomes a Sellers Market, so as you can see, we are still in strong Sellers Market territory.