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Real estate sales in Okanagan, Kamloops record big drop in May

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Real estate sales in Kamloops and the Okanagan took a significant drop last month compared to May 2021.

"Residential real estate sales for the month of May suggests market activity on a path of normalizing in the region while demand still remains high," according to the Association of Interior Realtors, which includes the Thompson, Okanagan and Shuswap regions, in a press release.

A total of 1,687 residential sales were recorded across the region, marking a 24.9% decrease compared to the frenzied number of units sold recorded in May last year.

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“While the number of units sold seems like a drop when comparing it to the historically high activity experienced in May 2021, sales across the region really only slid down 1.2% compared to last month,” said association president Lyndi Cruickshank, in the release.

“At this time, that is a fairer comparison as it compares two normal months rather than comparing one month of unusual real estate movement with one that is within a normalized range. An apples to apples comparison, if you will.”

New residential listings are progressing as expected for the month of May with a 5.4% uptick within the region with 3,166 new listings recorded compared to the same period last year, as well as an increase of 5.9% over last month’s 2,990. The overall active listings also saw a healthy increase with 5,943 listings currently on market, an increase of 27% in year-over-year comparisons.

The benchmark price for homes in the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, South Okanagan and Shuswap/Revelstoke regions held their double-digit percentage increases in year-over-year comparisons for another consecutive month across all home categories, with the greatest increase being for condominiums in the North Okanagan.

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The benchmark price for condominiums in the North Okanagan saw a 30.9% increase compared to May 2021, coming in at $342,600, according to the real estate association.

“It is important for buyers and sellers alike to understand that sales are not the same thing as value. The value of homes in the region remains steady and hasn’t gone down, despite sales, which is the number of homes sold, dipping slightly. Demand remains high in the region, even with the tightening of mortgage rates. Hopefully we will see even more inventory coming on to market in the warm summer months to help meet that demand,” Cruickshank said.

The average number of days to sell a home, always a good barometer to watch, increased from 39 days in April to 41 days in May. It’s important to note that the average 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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