Kelowna Real Estate Market News

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 11,463 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in March 2022, a decrease of 24.1 per cent from a record March 2021. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $1.096 million, a 15.7 per cent increase from $946,813 recorded in March 2021. Total sales dollar volume was $12.6 billion, a 12.1 per cent decline from the same time last year.



“Home sales in the province continue to moderate from record highs of this time last year,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “Given the sharp rise in Canadian mortgage rates and expected tightening from the Bank of Canada, activity will likely slow further in the second half of this year.”


Provincial active listings were 12.4 per cent lower than this time last year with the total inventory of homes for sale in the province at under 20,000 units. That level of inventory remains well below the roughly...

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Last month was yet another busy month for Kelowna Real Estate, but I was interested to hear people start to ask, is the market starting to cool?


It is true there may not have been quite as many showings with each property listed, and we are seeing more properties being listed than sold, so inventory is rising, but we are a long way away from a more balanced market.


I suspect it is more a case that the market was as busy as the previous month and not even busier.


When looking at Single-Family home sales last month, 52% sold over the asking price!


When looking through the sales last month, I saw one Development lot listed for $1million, selling for $2,450,000!


Two quotes stuck in my mind last month -:


UBCO associate professor of economics Ross Hickey in Castanet article March 18, 2022.


“It's going to become more and more expensive to live in places like Kelowna or Prince George. Why? Because we're not going to build housing fast enough,”


He also said -:


"Kelowna is growing at a...

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Here is my latest market performance report for Real Estate in Quail Ridge & the University District of Kelowna during January to March 2022,  based on MLS® listings & sales, together with my analysis of what to look out for in the coming months.


Quail Ridge / University District Real Estate

January 1, 2022, to March 31, 2022.

Sales Numbers



Summary for 3 Months January to March 2022 compared to 2021.


- Total MLS® Sales are down 2%.

- 22% decrease in Single Family Homes sales.

- 6% decrease in Condos sales.

- 71% decrease in Townhome Sales. 


Homes - sales range $948,000 - $1,675,000.


Town Home - sales range $624,900 - $935,000


Condos - sales range $330,000 - $620,000.

Single Family Homes


Listings are traditionally quite low at this time of year in the Quail Ridge / UBCO area, as traditionally Sellers tend to put their homes on the market in Spring & Summer. 


There have been some homes on the market this fall and winter, and there are currently...

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The Kelowna Real Estate Buyers Survey Results are now out for February 2022.


First-Time Buyers were busier again last month, with more Buyers coming from the Lower Mainland/ Vancouver Island than the previous month, and more Buyers purchasing in the Kelowna / West Kelowna Area.


Here is the full report below.


Best describe your most recent Buyer (moving to/from property type)


First Time Buyer – 17.28% (14.57%)

Revenue Property Investor – 18.98% (21.05%)

Moving Up – 11.9% (19.03%)

Similar Property Type – 18.98% (19.03%)

Downsizing – 13.03% (19.53%)

Single-family Res to Strata – 5.10% (3.24%)

Recreational Property – 7.37% (6.88%)

Retirement Community – 7.37% (0.40%

Strata to Single Family – 2.27% (2.02%)


Describe the Buyer (family dynamic):


Couple without children – 21.02% (24.21%)

Two Parent family /children – 29.26% (26.59%)

Empty nesters or retired – 21.31% (19.44%)

Single female – 11.36% (8.73%)

Single male...

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The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 8,902 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service ® (MLS® ) in February 2022, a decrease of 18.8 per cent from February 2021. The average MLS® residential price in BC was $1.109 million, a 24.9 per cent increase from $887,866 recorded in February 2021. Total sales dollar volume was $9.9 billion, a 1.5 per cent increase from the same time last year.



“While sales are not keeping pace with the unprecedented level of activity we saw this time last year, demand continues to be quite strong,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “There are some encouraging signs that listings are recovering from historical lows, but there is a very long way to go before markets achieve balance.”


Provincial active listings were 19 per cent lower than this time last year with the total inventory of homes for sale in the province at just 16,000 units. That level of inventory...

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, last month's real estate market really wasn't for the faint-hearted buyer!


Yet again, we saw many properties going into multiple offers and we saw properties at times sell $100,000 and $200,000 over asking, which in the past has been unheard of here.


For example, a 5 bedroom home in Rutland South listed for $1099,000 selling for $1,240,000 –  $141,000 over the asking price, and in Kettle Valley a 3 bedroom Townhouse listed for $699,000 sold for $911,000 - $212,000 over the asking price!


Looking at the previous month's Buyer Survey results, it seemed that the number of first-time buyers looking was down, whereas revenue and move-up buyers were up.


The additional restrictions caused by the rise in the Omicron virus, and the difficulty with roads between the Lower Mainland and Kelowna, may have affected some Buyers being able to visit, but interestingly there was a modest increase in Alberta buyers.


There were also fewer buyers in the...

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