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Experts say housing market sales returning to normal in Vancouver, Surrey

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Summary

The average listing price in B.C. has increased by 17.2 per cent

Total active residential listings were down 37.9 per cent year-over-year in August

Total sales dollar volume was $8.6-billion in 2021

SURREY (NEWS 1130) — Record-setting home sales across the province in the spring have slowed down.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) says the market is returning to normal, even though the supply of homes hit a new low last month.

Sales for August dropped more than seven per cent compared to a year ago, with listings down more than 40 per cent compared to normal levels for the month.

The average price for a home in B.C. was a little over $900-thousand, up more than 17 per cent year-over-year.

For Metro Vancouver, the average home price was $1.17-million, a nine per cent increase compared to last August.

Even though prices remain high, the overheated buying market appears to be cooling.

“Home sales around the province have essentially returned to normal after a record-setting spring,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson.

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Vancouver Island is also seeing an unaffordability crisis, as the average Victoria home prices have also climbed. From $780,000 to $876,000 in a year, at a time where many people found themselves out of work during the pandemic.

The cost is being blamed on the decrease in active listings – a decline of more than 50 per cent over the year before occurred in Victoria. It’s the area with the biggest drop to active listings versus the year before.

B.C.’s Fraser Valley, which has seen a boom in home sales due to many people now working from home during the pandemic, have seen more than $160,000 jump to the average price. Last month, homes in that area were priced at close to a million dollars with an average listing price of $984,000.