May in the Okanagan

It’s been a fairly cool start to May in the Okanagan but the same cannot be said for the real estate market. Although it has slightly shifted to a more level market, it still remains to be a hot spot for many home buyers. We are finding it’s not just locals who are moving up from condos and buying single family homes. There are many buyers coming from out of province, and even out of country to purchase their own piece of paradise in Kelowna. And who can blame them!? The Okanagan, Kelowna in particular is the most amazing place to live.

There are countless opportunities in the city in careers, adventures, and your real estate portfolio. This summer is shaping up to amplify all three with many events making a come back after a two year hiatus. This brings more revenue to the city and with many tourists visiting the city, real estate will remain strong.

May in the Okanagan- Real Estate Recap

Real estate in April marked a decrease in number of units sold compared to April 2021. But that’s not to say they are low. They are just lower in comparison to the record breaking 2021 we saw. We are still seeing a fairly low inventory, which we know has been driving up the home prices, but it is starting to transition to a more stable environment.

The average days to sell is still on the decrease. Single family homes are sitting on the market just 22 days on average. Condos and townhomes are also seeing big decreases in days to sell. Townhomes dropped 54% compared to last April – with an average of 19 days on market.

Lakeview Heights in West Kelowna and South East Kelowna continue to be sought after neighbourhoods. These are popular with buyers because of the spaciousness of the homes, the peaceful settings, and larger lot sizes. Other neighbourhoods that are also popular are Joe Rich and Lake Country.

From affordable fixer uppers to large commercial lots, there are plenty of sales happening in the Okanagan. Like the 11 million dollar commercial deal on Truswell that I just firmed up, and the many single family homes throughout the region. I may specialize at Big White, but I’ve been bringing my expertise to the Okanagan and expanding!

SOLD! Lake Country
SOLD! Lakeview Heights
SOLD! Joe Rich
SOLD! Lower Mission

 

 

 

 

SOLD! $11 million commercial

Summer is just around the corner here in Kelowna. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that Kelowna in the summer is unmatched. Whether you are enjoying it in your backyard pool at your home in Lower Mission, or at a beach just down from your downtown condo, its the reason most of us live here.

If you are looking to purchase a piece of Kelowna to either start, or build your real estate portfolio, I am happy to assist you along the way. Feel free to contact me here or give me a call at 778-231-0308

Okanagan Real Estate Market Update: May 2021

The Okanagan real estate market has continued to showcase steady growth and chart topping numbers. Okanagan’s dynamic market displays fast moving inventory and competitive offers in many cases. A high demand, with predictions to remain steady into the upcoming months is becoming a common theme.

Okanagan is consistently seeing historically high numbers of sales and low inventory. This creates increases in value and remains apparent that the market still favor sellers as we continue in the second quarter of 2021.

The current market conditions are driven up by many factors. Some of which include; low interest rates, flexibility of remote working, and the intriguing Okanagan lifestyle. The “small town” feel that the Okanagan showcases is sought after with many buyers relocating from large cities.

With world-class wineries, sandy beaches, countless lakes and an abundance of outdoor activities, the Okanagan is a hot spot for people of any age. Many people are looking for more of that outdoor lifestyle. Whether its boating, golfing, or heading to Big White for some mountain biking our community offers all of that, and then some!

Okanagan Real Estate Market Recap

Market activity continues to exceed levels our area is accustomed to. We experienced 9845 sales totaling over 5.7 billion dollars in 2020. Year to date, we sit at 3.2 billion with 5002 sales. Value continue to climb and the increase of pressure will likely continue in the short term.

Not only are listings selling for more, but they are taking less time to sell, 28.23% less time compared to 2020 actually. In March 2021, residential listings were taking, on average, 33 days to sell.

A Closer Look

As we experience high level activity within our market, individual market segments performed differently. The number of residential sales increased by 115%, and the condo market is ahead of that with an increase of 130%. Townhomes are slightly behind at 114%. But the real dominator here was lot sales, as more and more people decide to build. We saw a 383%, yes 383% increase in number of sales compared to 2020.

Average prices in all segments have increased. The average price of residential soared to $930,251 a 28% change from 2020. Townhomes also increased by 24% to $621,485 and condos trailed with an average price of $415,411 compared to $352,444, a 17% increase.

Looking Ahead

With our current markets status, we expect a similar quarter. Demand remains strong throughout our region and combined with a high level of available capital market trends are expected to continue. We are in a time where market growth seems to remain stable and steady for the foreseeable future and sellers are still in a perfect pocket of opportunity.

For more information about the Okanagan real estate market contact me anytime.

Spring in the Okanagan – Real Estate Edition

Spring has arrived in the Okanagan. With above 20 degree weather, the grasses are greening and the homes are selling faster than ever before. It’s not new news that in the Spring time we see a rush in homes being listed and sold, but this year is taking it to another level. Because this is a strong sellers market, many of the homes are going into multiples and ending up going for above listing price with no conditions. It is a frustrating time for buyers looking for that perfect home but with a qualified, professional, knowledgeable agent, finding and purchasing your dream home is possible!

The Okanagan has so much to offer and people from all across Canada are discovering this little piece of paradise we call home. The outdoor lifestyle, great weather, and endless opportunity are appealing to everyone. That appeal however is driving up prices for anyone local trying to get into this market.

As we near the end of April lets take a quick peek at some stats:

  • We have already seen 597 sales in the Central Okanagan whereas last years April saw 214. That is a 178% increase and the month isn’t even over yet
  • $561,463 was the average price in April 2020, and with the sales conducted so far this April we are at an average sale price of $723,368
  • A home is sitting on the market an average of 36 days compared to last years 66 days (45% decrease!)

Even though its now closed for the Winter Season, Big White Ski Resort is seeing the same increase. Number of sales and average sale prices are up tremendously from previous years. With their summer season approaching, everyone is keen to get outside and enjoy the activities offered; like world-class biking, hiking, festivals and more. More and more people are purchasing vacation homes close to home to escape to during these restricted times. You can check out Big White’s summer season here.

The velocity of the recent COVID-19 third wave, driven by the variants, is likely going to cause further restrictions and the Okanagan market has proven to be resilient and is expected to remain fast paced.

This is the time for sellers who are debating listing to really consider all of the incredible options out there. The Okanagan has never before seen a demand like this making it the perfect time to sell. On the other hand, if you are a buyer looking to purchase into this market, don’t get discouraged. Low borrowing rates create opportunity to step into the market.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you have about the Okanagan and Big White real estate markets. Contact me today!

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