2015-08 Statistical Release

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Vigorous Housing Demand Unabated in August
                                        Vigorous Housing Demand Unabated in August 

Vancouver, BC – September 11, 2015. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 8,811 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August, up 20 per cent from the same month last year. Total sales dollar volume was $5.5 billion, a 32.8 per cent increase in comparison to the previous year. The average MLS® residential price in the province rose to $619,881, up 10.6 per cent from August 2014.

"Housing demand continued at an elevated level in August," said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. "More homes were sold in BC during the first eight months of the year than in the entire 12 months of 2012." A total of 67,637 residential transactions were recording in 2012, compared to 70,617 year-to-date in August.

"Many BC regions are now exhibiting sellers' market conditions, with home prices rising well above the overall consumer price index," added Muir. Eight of the 11 BC real estate boards recorded a higher average home price than a year ago.

The year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume increased 35.9 per cent to $44.3 billion, when compared with the same period in 2014. Residential unit sales climbed by 22.4 per cent to 70,617 units, while the average MLS® residential price was up 11.1 per cent to $627,008.

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For more information, please contact: 

Cameron Muir
Chief Economist
Direct: 604.742.2780
Mobile: 778.229.1884
Email: [email protected]

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) is the professional association for over 19,000 REALTORS® in BC, focusing on provincial issues that impact real estate. Working with the province's 11 real estate boards, BCREA provides continuing professional education, advocacy, economic research and standard forms to help REALTORS® provide value for their clients.

To demonstrate the profession's commitment to improving Quality of Life in BC communities, BCREA supports policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better 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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