British Columbia home sales fell in February for the second consecutive month. Is it a trend? It is hard to say this early into the year: however, there is a general slow down in the market.
Does this mean price reduction? I do not think so. It means that houses are taking a little longer to sell, more possibilities for buyers to chose from unlike a few years ago when there were more buyers then sellers. We are heading toward a more balance market, and I feel a more stable market. Not everything goes up for ever. You may be asking yourself if this mean that we will see a sell-off like the US. This I do not see as the fundamentals in Canada are sound and the economy, particularly in BC is very strong. This in conjunction with lowering interest rates in Canada will help to maintain a healthy market for 2008.
For more information on the recent sales in BC please read the article below from the British Columbia Real Estate Association.
Vancouver, BC – March 17, 2008. British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports residential sales dollar volume on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC rose 4.5 per cent to $3.26 billion in February, compared to the same month in 2007. Residential unit sales dipped 9.8 per cent to 6,822 units during the same period. The average MLS® residential price in the province reached $478,172 in January, up 15.8 per cent from February 2007.
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