January sets the stage for fresh starts and residential real estate market sales activity is starting the year on strong footing with an uptick in sales after subdued December activity, reports the Association of Interior REALTORS®* (the Association^).
Residential Home Sales
A total of 603 residential unit sales were recorded across the Association region in January coming in above December’s 528 units sold and representing a 5.6% increase in sales compared to January 2023.
“Typically, we see less sales activity in the winter than the summer, however, not usually straight out of the gate after the holiday season. It seems Spring may be arriving early in terms of real estate activity along with the warmer temperatures,” said the Association of Interior REALTORS® President Chelsea Mann.
New residential listings saw a slight decrease of 0.9% compared to January 2023, coming in almost on par with 1,576 new listings recorded last month. The total number of active listings saw an increase of 16.5% of total inventory compared to January 2023 with 5,701 recorded across the Association region. The highest percentage increase in active listings was seen in the South Okanagan for yet another consecutive month with a total increase of 33.5% compared to January 2023.
Home Sales by Property Type
The benchmark price for single-family homes saw slight increases of 2.3% and 3.4% in the Central and North Okanagan regions in year-over-year comparisons, while the South Okanagan and Shuswap/Revelstoke regions saw decreases of 5.9% and 2.8% respectively. Benchmark price in the townhome housing category saw decreases in the Central and South Okanagan yet increased in the North Okanagan and Shuswap/Revelstoke regions compared to January 2023. In the condominium housing category, all regions, with the exception of the South Okanagan, saw decreases in the benchmark price for January 2024 compared to the same month last year.
Days on Market
The average number of days to sell a home, always a good barometer to watch, increased to 94 days compared to December 2023’s 78 days. It’s important to note that the average number of days on market is for the entire Okanagan region and that the indicator will vary depending on home type and sub-region.
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