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BC Home Sales Edge Lower in July

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential unit sales in the province rose 12.9 per cent to 6,533 units in July compared to the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price climbed 10 per cent to $540,877 last month compared to July 2010.

“BC home sales edged down 4 per cent from June to July, on a seasonally adjusted basis,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Less frenetic buying activity in Vancouver operated to pull total provincial sales lower.”

“The silver lining in the recent global economic uncertainty is that mortgage rates have the potential to reach record lows in the coming weeks as investors flock into bond markets,” added Muir.

“The increased affordability and added purchasing power from lower mortgage rates will help bolster
housing demand.”

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume increased 16.5 per cent to $28.2 billion, compared to the same period last year. Residential unit sales increased 1 per cent to 48,628 units, while the average MLS® residential price rose 15.3 per cent to $579,645 over the same period.