Real estate sales up slightly across the North in 2017

 

Real estate sales were up slightly in 2017, according to the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board.

It reported that 4,981 property sales worth $1.3 billion in 2017, up from last year’s 4,737 sales worth $1.2 billion.

“Most communities in our board region have seen an increase in sales when compared to last year,” said board president John Evans.

Regionally, average sales prices have increased one or two per cent  over inflation. Overall, most markets have been steady in the face of the weak commodity prices of the last few years and the boom and bust cycles since the 1970s have not been repeating themselves.

Fraser Fort George Region

In the Mackenzie area 81 properties worth $12.4 million were reported sold in 2017, compared with 2016’s 75 properties worth $13 million. The median value of the 58 single family homes that sold in 2017 was $164,000. At year end, there were 67 properties of all types available in the Mackenzie area, down from the 81 properties at the same time in 2016.

In the City of Prince George, there was an increase in sales and listings, and a slight drop in inventory when compared to 2016. Members report that single residential homes are selling quickly, and activity for commercial property has increased. The economy in Prince George is more diverse and boasts a higher level of service as compared to smaller neighbours, ensuring that the effects of lower commodity demands are largely mitigated. Prince George remains a stable market.

City of Prince George showed 1,562 properties worth $461.3 million sold in 2017, compared with 1,424 properties worth $400.6 million in 2016. At year end, there were 448 properties of all types available through MLS® compared to 487 properties at the end of 2016.

In the area west of the by-pass, half of the 273 single family homes sold in 2017, sold for less than $283,000. As well, 27 apartment units and 48 townhomes changed hands in 2017. As of December 31st, there were 26 single family homes available  in this area of the City, compared to 36 at the same time last year.

East of the by-pass 16 apartment units, 37 half duplexes, and 27 townhomes sold in 2017. The 224 single family homes sold had a median value of $231,000. At the end of December there were 25 single family homes available for sale in this area compared with 22 at the end of 2016.

In the northern part of the city, 28 homes on acreage, 23 manufactured homes in parks and a further 58 manufactured homes on land sold in 2017. Of the 232 single family homes sold, half sold for less than $322,500. As of December 31st, there were 25 single family homes available in this area of the city compared with 43 at the end of 2016.

In the southwest sector 18 half duplexes, 16 townhomes, 13 homes on acreage, 16 manufactured homes in parks and a further six manufactured homes on land sold in 2017. Half of the 277 single family homes sold in 2017 sold for less than $390,000. At year end, there were 56 single family homes available for sale through MLS® in the southwest sector, compared with the 57 at the end of 2016.

Cariboo Region

The Cariboo was affected by the wildfires in the 2017 summer. 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and some smaller surrounding communities were evacuated, causing uncertainty for consumers needing property insurance or those with uncompleted real estate transactions. Although Quesnel was not evacuated, the community was close enough to the wildfires for consumers to have difficulty finding property insurance. With the wildfires over, Quesnel and Williams Lake appear to have returned to expected levels of market activity while 100 Mile House remains somewhat sluggish.

In the 100 Mile House area 550 properties worth $126.9 million sold this year, compared with 630 properties worth $140.3 million in 2016. The 153 single family homes that sold in 2017 had a median value (half sold for less) of $270,000. In addition, 193 parcels of vacant land, 131 homes on acreage, 24 manufactured homes on land, 4 manufactured homes in a park, and 27 recreational properties changed hands in 2017. At the end of December, there were 292 properties of all types available for sale in the 100 Mile House area, down from the 363 properties at the end of 2016.

In Williams Lake, 469 sales worth $110.5 million were reported in 2017, up from 441 sales worth $100.1 million the previous year. Half of the 195 single family homes sold in 2017 sold for less than $244,000. 23 parcels of vacant land, 99 homes on acreage, 28 townhomes, 39 manufactured homes in parks and 48 manufactured homes on land were also sold in 2017. At the end of December, there were 226 properties of all types available in the Williams Lake area, down from 264 properties at the same time last year.

A total of 345 properties changed hands in the Quesnel area in 2017, up from 311 that were sold in 2016. The value of these properties was $68.7 million ($59.9 million in 2016). The median value of the 152 single family homes sold in 2017 was $195,000. In addition, 25 parcels of vacant land, 94 homes on acreage, 21 manufactured homes in parks and a further 27 on land were reported sold in 2017. At year end, there were 110 properties of all types available for purchase in the Quesnel area, down from 156 properties at the end of 2016.

Northwest Region

Prince Rupert has been the strongest market in this region for 2017, while Terrace remains stable. While Kitimat has seen small increases in the number of sales this year over last, there has been a 20 per cent drop in the price of the average single-family home.

In Prince Rupert 205 properties worth $54.8 million changed hands in 2017 compared with 198 properties worth $51.3 million in 2016. Half of the 156 single family homes sold in 2017 sold for less than $274,000. In addition, 12 parcels of vacant land, 3 townhouses and 12 half duplexes sold in 2017. At year end, there were 164 properties of all types available in the Prince Rupert area, up from the 150 properties at the same time last year.

The 239 properties that sold in the Terrace area in 2017 were worth $65.2 million compared with 2016’s 239 properties worth $67.3 million. Of the 148 single family homes that changed hands, half sold for less than $300,000. In addition, 14 parcels of vacant land, 25 homes on acreage, 19 manufactured homes in parks and a further nine on land sold in 2017. As of December 31, there were 196 properties of all types available through MLS® in the Terrace area, up from the 161 properties available at December 31, 2016.

In the Kitimat area, 98 properties worth $20.6 million changed hands in 2017 compared to the 91 properties worth $23.1 million that sold in 2016. The median value of the 83 single family homes sold in 2017 was $202,000. In addition, four half duplexes and seven townhomes were sold. At year end, there were 78 properties of all types available in the Kitimat area, compared with 112 at December 31, 2016.

Bulkley Nechako Region

54 properties worth $10 million changed hands in the Houston area in 2017, compared to the 50 properties worth $7.1 million that sold in 2016. The median value of the 29 single family homes sold was $187,000. As of December 31, there were 50 properties of all types available in the Houston area.

Smithers has seen an increase in sales and listings with some positive market activity from Brucejack mine employees looking to settle in the township. REALTORS® reported 270 sales worth $71 million in the Smithers area in 2017, compared to 251 sales worth $56.9 million in 2016. The median value of the 120 single family homes that sold in 2017, was $275,000. 32 parcels of vacant land, 65 homes on acreage, 18 manufactured homes in parks and a further 9 on land also changed hands in 2017. At year end, there were 152 properties of all types available in the Smithers area, compared with 179 at December 31st, 2016.

In Burns Lake 105 properties with a value of $15.2 million sold in 2017 compared with 73 worth $9.8 million in 2016. Half of the 44 single family homes that sold, sold for less than $85,000. 22 parcels of vacant land, 22 homes on acreage and 4 manufactured homes on land also changed hands in 2017. As of December 31st, there were 94 properties of all types available through MLS® in the Burns Lake area, down from 108 at the end of 2016.

The 116 properties sold in Vanderhoof in 2017 were worth $23 million, compared with 2016’s 108 properties worth $21 million. Of the 49 single family homes that sold in 2017, half sold for less than $220,000. In addition, 26 parcels of vacant land, 23 homes on acreage, 1 manufactured home in a park and a further 8 manufactured homes on land changed hands in 2017. As of December 31st, there were 89 properties of all types available through MLS® in the Vanderhoof area, compared with 90 properties a year ago.

In Fort St. James 61 properties worth $11.5 million sold in 2017, compared to 60 properties worth $11.6 million in 2016. At year end, there were 56 properties of all types available in the Fort St. James area, compared to 61 at the same time last year.

Northern Region

The Northern Region continues to show the effects of lower in oil prices, with Fort Nelson the hardest hit, seeing a 30% reduction in the average price of a single detached home. Fort St John saw a 3.5% drop in the price of the average family home, though there was an increase in sales activity year-over-year and a noticeable increase over the Christmas season, which may have been a result of the announcement in December of the continuation of the construction of the Site C Dam.

In Fort St. John 455 properties with a value of $174.2 million sold in 2017, up from 397 properties worth $161.5 million that sold in 2016. Of the 218 single family homes sold in 2017, half sold for less than $378,000. In addition, 25 parcels of vacant land, 44 half duplexes, 54 homes on acreage, 16 manufactured homes in parks and a further 43 on land sold in 2017. At the end of December, there were 662 properties of all types available in the Fort St. John area, up from the 642 properties at the end of 2016.

The 53 properties sold in the Fort Nelson area through MLS® in 2017 were worth $7.6 million, up from 2016’s 28 properties worth $5.8 million. Half of the 23 single family homes sold in 2017, sold for less than $145,500. There were six homes on acreage and one townhouse also sold in 2017. As of December 31, there were 137 properties of all types available through MLS® in the Fort Nelson area, down from the 145 properties on December 31, 2016.

 

The board serves  communities from Fort Nelson in the north to 100 Mile House in the south and from the Alberta border to Haida Gwaii.

Average Selling Price (Year to Date)

MLS® Reported Sales – Single Family Residential

BC Northern Real Estate Board

Community

December 31, 2015

Units

December 31, 2016

Units

December 31, 2017

Units

100 Mile House

226,984

114

250,312

178

286,708

153

Williams Lake

237,103

134

263,483

159

265,668

195

Quesnel

213,704

121

209,312

131

207,572

152

Prince Rupert

260,604

158

264,745

157

277,611

156

Houston

157,487

32

156,095

23

183,306

29

Smithers

273,241

113

248,386

103

272,974

120

Burns Lake

133,756

45

127,759

29

142,723

44

Vanderhoof

211,179

44

186,750

32

206,113

49

Fort St. James

171,139

27

191,768

22

208,879

29

Fort St. John

425,083

266

405,203

180

391,003

218

Fort Nelson

280,278

19

229,387

8

159,817

23

Mackenzie

169,321

47

176,871

55

168,196

58

Prince George

284,611

976

297,185

905

319,167

1020

Terrace

308,436

153

309,915

139

308,531

148

Kitimat

298,624

82

279,385

60

222,602

83