Let’s take a moment and focus on the resiliency of the Kelowna townhouse market over the past decade before looking at the rest of the market.

So far this year, there have been 213 townhouse sales in the Kelowna trading area with an average sale price of $336,000. While the 213 number might still be a little off where it ought to be the $336,000 is the second best number since 2008 (comparing the first 7 months also) when the average TH sale price was $355,000. Let’s call that the height of the townhouse market. Other years’ stats are as follows…

Year Unit sales Avg. sale price
2010 248 $325,000
2009 273 $325,000
2008 224 $355,000
2007 330 $315,000

For a long term reference point, the first 7 months of 2001, we recorded 179 unit sales at only $143,000. Demographically more people are considering townhouses who don’t want to spend weekends doing yard work yet don’t want to move into an apartment.

The rest of the market….

Anyone remember last July? July 2010 was first month of the HST era and it seemed as though we were heading into the apocalypse. It was the first time since I’ve been recording stats that any July was less busy than the previous December, which is always the slowest month in this market. There were only 126 sales in July 2010 and the average sale price was $597,000. This year, there were 164 July residential transactions with average sale price of $$611,000. The average sale price always seems to be higher during the Summer compared to the rest of the calendar, likely due to the influx of out of town money.

There are 1,618 Single family detached homes for sale right now in Kelowna, 993 apartment condos and 408 tonwhouses. Year to date, there have been 1,203 residential sales compared to 1,298 YTD last year, 1,184 in 2009 and 1,424 in 2008. Everything is blissfully normal and we’re expecting little change for the rest of the year.

We hope you’re enjoying your Summer.
Andy and Jo-Ann

Living in Kelowna,
Andrew Smith
Smith McLellan Group
Royal LePage Kelowna
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