2012-05 Statistical Release

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Shifting Regional Demand Produces Similar Results

Vancouver, BC – June 15, 2012. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that the dollar volume of homes sold through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC declined 14.5 per cent to $4.0 billion in May compared to the same month last year. A total of 7,715 MLS® residential unit sales were recorded over the same period, down 1.8 per cent from May 2011. The average MLS® residential price was $519,923, 12.9 per cent lower than a year ago.

"BC home sales were back on track in April and May compared with last year's performance, after falling short of the unusually strong first quarter of 2011," said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist.

"Recovery of the BC Interior housing markets continued unabated in May," noted Muir. "Despite a nearly 16 per cent dip in home sales in Vancouver, provincial totals were down just 2 per cent from levels a year ago."

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume declined 15.5 per cent to $17 billion, compared to the same period last year. Residential unit sales dipped 7.9 per cent to 31,497 units, while the average MLS® residential price was 8.3 per cent lower at $540,270.

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For more information, please contact: 

Cameron Muir
Chief Economist
Direct: 604.742.2780
Mobile: 778.229.1884

Damian Stathonikos
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Direct: 604.742.2793
Mobile: 778.990.1320

BCREA represents 11 member real estate boards and their approximately 18,000 REALTORS® on all provincial issues, providing an extensive communications network, standard forms, economic research and analysis, government relations, applied practice courses and continuing professional education (cpe).

To demonstrate the profession’s commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that encourage economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, respect the environment and build communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods.

For detailed statistical information, contact your local real estate board. MLS® is a cooperative marketing system used only by Canada’s real estate boards to ensure maximum exposure of properties listed for sale.

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