Monday, July 18, 2011

OMREB MEDIA RELEASE for July - Housing Market More Stable Moving into Summer

For Immediate Release:
July 6, 2011

Kelowna, BC – The Central Zone of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) reported June 2011 sales
activity of all MLS® property types were down compared to sales reported at this time last year but improved over
May as the market shows more stability moving into summer.

During June, overall sales dipped by 5.51% over last year to 343 from 363, with sales volumes of $133.1 million
compared to $156.8 million in 2010. However, sales improved 1.78% over May’s 337. While total residential
sales last month declined 6.89% compared to June 2010 (to 311 units from 334), single family unit sales were in
line with last year (182 compared to 181), and improved 13.75% over May (160). Inventory continues to decline
over 2010 down by 8.11% to 5,301 units in June compared to 5,769 last year. New listings for the month fell by
7.21% over last June (to 1,094 from 1,179) – a 9.48% decline over last month (from 1,212 in May).

“The slight rebound and gradual improvement in June is promising. We hope to continue to see modest gains in
sales if activity picks up with the warm weather and an influx of out‐of‐town buyers,” says Kent Jorgenson,
OMREB Director and REALTOR® in the Central Zone. “While many factors have affected consumer confidence,
created buyer hesitation, and deterred potential recreation, investment and retirement property buyers to date,
it is still too soon to tell if there will be a slow down over the summer. This next month (July) will be a good
indicator as to an ongoing trend.”

“Although inventory is on the decline, serious buyers enjoy an excellent selection of homes in the Central
Okanagan, and are taking advantage of good prices and wide choices while they are still available. Properties that
are priced to reflect current values in this competitive market are selling relatively quickly. Sellers can benefit
from working with a professional REALTOR® to price strategically and make the most of summer buyer activity.”

Jorgenson notes the results of OMREB’s Board‐wide monthly Buyers Survey – launched in September 2010 to
profile who the buyers are, what they are buying and where they are from – shows that the majority of buyers are
from within the Board area. Survey results indicate that buyers are leveraging the positive purchasing power
afforded by attractive prices and low interest rates, before inventory narrows and borrowing costs rise. First‐time
buyers are a driving factor and they stimulate the chain of ownership.

The Central Zone of OMREB covers an area from Peachland to Lake Country and east along Highway 33 to
Westbridge (including the Christian Valley). The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) is comprised of
1,151 member REALTORS® and 86 real estate offices in the Southern Interior of BC.

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All OMREB listings are published in the MLS® Real Estate Review magazine available at all real estate offices and
various locations in the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, the Shuswap and Revelstoke areas. For
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