Central Okanagan Sales Down By 26.59% in March 2024

Central Okanagan Sales Down By 26.59% in March 2024
April 3, 2024

The Central Okanagan real estate market displayed a significant shift in March 2024 compared to the previous year. Here's a data-driven breakdown of this transition:

Sales Activity

  • Total unit sales decreased by 26.59%, with 334 units sold in March 2024 compared to 455 in March 2023.
  • Sales volume dropped by 30.53%, reaching $256,572,954 in March 2024, down from $369,316,224 in March 2023.
  • All property types saw a decline in sales compared to the previous year, with Acreage/House (-18.95%), Duplex (-30.42%), Mobile Home (-58.45%), and Residential (-34.20%) experiencing the biggest drops.

Price Trends

  • Acreage/House saw a significant increase in both average and median prices. The average price jumped by 170.17% to $4,416,667, while the median price climbed 60.71% to $2,250,000 compared to March 2023.
  • The average price for Duplexes showed a slight increase of 4.36% to $731,813 in March 2024.

Market Pace

  • Days to sell for Acreage/House properties dropped dramatically by 75.24%, reaching 27 days in March 2024 compared to the previous year.
  • Conversely, Duplexes took longer to sell in March 2024, with days on market increasing by 18.83% to 51 days.

Duplexes: A Different Story

The market for Duplexes presents a contrasting picture. Though the average price saw a modest increase of 4.36% to $731,813 in March 2024, days on market painted a different story. It took an average of 51 days to sell a Duplex in March 2024, representing an 18.83% increase compared to the previous year.

What Does This Mean for You?

  • Buyers: With a wider selection of properties available and potentially more room for negotiation, this could be a good time to find your dream home, especially if you're drawn to larger properties. However, be prepared to move quickly for Acreage/House listings, as they seem to be selling fast.
  • Sellers: While the market isn't as hot as it once was, strategic pricing and effective marketing can still attract qualified buyers. If you're selling a Duplex, understanding the current pace and working with a realtor to optimize your listing is crucial.

Overall Observations

The Central Okanagan market shows a slowdown in sales activity compared to the previous year's hot market. However, there are some interesting trends emerging. Acreage/House properties are experiencing a surge in average and median prices, potentially indicating a shift in buyer preferences towards larger properties with quicker turnaround times. Duplexes, on the other hand, show a slight price increase but a slower selling pace.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Please consult with a qualified real estate professional for personalized guidance on your specific situation.