Kelowna Real Estate Market News

Concerns about the current state of our Kelowna Real Estate Market continue to be the source of dinner-table conversation.

My thanks to Chief Economist, Brendan Ogmundson of the BC Real Estate Association who has just released his Fourth Quarter Real Estate Forecast.

This report covers MLS® home sales in the Thompson-Okanagan region, which is serviced by our own Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board, South Okanagan Real Estate Board and Kamloops and District Real Estate Association. At present we are on pace for a third consecutive down year as the markets absorb the impact of the B20 stress test and the provincial speculation tax.

Recent Trends & 2020 Forecast Sales Numbers.

Like most markets around the province, home sales in the Okanagan Mainline and South Okanagan struggled in the first few months of the year, as rising mortgage rates compounded the negative effects of the stress test. However, a rapid and substantial decline in Canadian mortgage rates helped spur a recovery in...

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Vancouver, BC – October 15, 2019.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 6,938 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS® ) in September, an increase of 24 per cent from the same month last year.

The average MLS® residential price in the province was $697,943, an increase of 2.1 per cent from September 2018. Total sales dollar volume was $4.84 billion, a 26.5 per cent increase from the same month last year. “Markets across BC built on momentum from the summer,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “While the year-over-year increase in provincial sales was quite strong, home sales in most areas are simply returning to historically average levels.”

MLS® residential active listings in the province were up 4 per cent from September 2018 to 39,117 units and were essentially flat compared to August on a seasonally adjusted basis. Overall market conditions remained in a...

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We are now 3/4 of the way through the year, so it's time for my Q3 2019 report on the Quail Ridge & UBCO Kelowna Real Estate Market.

Single Family Homes







Sales*        18 13 6
Av Sold P.M    1.5 2.2 2
Current Listings   17 17 17
Months Supply   11 6 8.5
% Chance Selling   8.8% 12.9% 11.8%

* Figures for Single Family Homes and Bare Land Strata Properties.

Current Price Range for Sale   $599,900 - $1,699,000

Average Days on Market  2018 - 36 Days 2019 - 88 Days

We have just started to see homes being listed under the $600,000 mark again, and homes which are listed below the assessed value, a sign that prices have continued to soften.

Sales in the last 90 days have been between $640,000 & $1,009,000, with evidence of Sellers having to adjust their list pricing to the current market conditions and being prepared to negotiate.

At the time of writing, I am aware of 3 homes that are...

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The September Real Estate Market, in the Kelowna area, offered a very 'mix-bag' of results.

On the one hand, there were Properties that had little or no showing activity, others went into multiple offers rights away and suddenly multiple offers on properties that had been listed for some time.

Buyers have certainly been taking their time on making decisions, and it is essential that Homes are presented at their very best for showings and the pricing is 'sharp' and appropriate for the current Market. 

Kelowna & Central Okanagan Real Estate Sales September 2019.




Single Family




  Sep 19 428 225 156 22 25
  Aug 19 474 225 207 24 18

Jul 19

525 254 225 15 31

Jun 19

465 244 182 14 25
  Sep 18 375 203 141 11 20

Last month-:

- Total Sales were down 9.7% last month.

- Single-Family Homes sales held steady.

- Strata sales down 24.6%.

Compared to last year sales numbers continue to show a positive improvement.

- Overall sales were...

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As Ski Season approaches, Buyers tend to turn their attention to Buying Real Estate in Ski Resorts.

My thanks, this week, go to Peter Borszcz of Pihl Law Corporation, here in Kelowna who has put together a timely reminder of some of the issues you must consider when purchasing or selling a property at a ski resort:

  1. Unique Titles and Leaseholds – some examples of these include the leasehold strata units of Snow Pines, the Restrictive Covenants on titles preventing competitive ski businesses, or the Easements to allow for use of adjacent ski runs or lifts. 
  2. Use Restrictions – Many buildings have both title and strata restrictions on how and when that building can be used and by whom, these should be fully reviewed and you should not make common real estate assumptions like “I can live in this unit full time” if its part of a resort strata hotel complex.
  3. Short Term Accommodation Issues – AirBNB and VRBO and other short term accommodation...
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