Total real estate sales during the month of June 2020 for the Powell River area amounted to $14,259,400, considerably more than June 2019’s total of $10,133,400.
Powell River-Sunshine Coast Real Estate Board president Neil Frost said the 2020 to 2019 comparison was not only healthy in volume, it was healthy in variety.
“There are sales all across the board,” said Frost. “May was a solid month but if you look at the residential sales, we’ve done almost twice as much dollar volume from June over May 2020.
“That impacts the average price of the residential market. We are up considerably over 2019 if you compare June to June.”
In terms of the benchmark pricing, Frost said the average home is still listing in the $399,000 range and selling up to $430,000.
In the single-family homes category in June 2020, there were 25 homes sold, valued at $11,421,700, compared to 20 homes in June 2019, valued at $7,769,900.
For mobiles and manufactured homes, two sold in both June 2020 and 2019. In 2020, the value was $245,000, compared to $360,500 in 2019.
In the condos, apartments and duplexes category, there were four units sold, valued at $1,280,900 in June 2020, compared to five units, valued at $1,342,000 in June 2019.
Total number of residential units sold in June 2020 were 31, compared to 27 in June 2019.
In non-residential, there were 10 parcels of vacant land sold, valued at $1,311,800 in June 2020, compared to four parcels of land, valued at $661,000 in June 2019.
Frost said realtors are still seeing competing offers for properties and there are still a lot of out-of-town buyers.
He said July 2020 has started off “decent” so it will be interesting to see how summer sales go.
“It was nice to see not only the number of sales in June, but some higher-end sales, and the low-end is still very active. There are sales on Texada and Savary islands, plus lots. There has been a good mix of single-family homes, to waterfront homes, right down to condos and manufactured homes.”
Frost said there was pent-up demand because people were holding back or waiting to see what would happen with the market and the economy with COVID-19.
“People are still interested in real estate in Powell River,” said Frost. “There’s still a lot of market strength. It’s a good time to sell. The market is active.”
Total number of units sold in June 2020 amounted to 41, compared to 31 in June 2019.
The number of all active listings for the end of June 2020 was 222.
The average monthly selling price in June 2020 was $456,868 and the average days on the market were 56. The average selling price in June 2019 was $388,495, with average days on the market being 36.
Frost said people working in the real estate industry are taking COVID-19 precautions, following protocols, and adhering to WorkSafeBC standards and clients’ comfort levels.