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January 2022 Central Okanagan Real Estate Market Update

January 2022 – have market conditions changed heading into the new year?

In December 2021, we saw a 19% decrease in residential property sales over the previous year, and our total listing inventory dropped by 39% to 682 total listings. That being said, sales are still 150% of the 10 Year Average – so the market is without a doubt still red hot. Average and median prices have continued to creep up monthly – currently the overall average price (all residential property categories combined) is 2% above last year, landing at $771,472.

The table below shows the breakdown on where the 364 total monthly sales came from, and shows the total inventory levels for each property category.

On average, it is taking right around 63 days to sell a home, depending on the property type.


In the Single Family Home bracket we saw a sales decrease of nearly 21% over December of last year. Although sales decreased, we are still holding position in a seller’s market when you couple that with the 37% decrease in inventory.

The average price for a Single Family Home in December continued to hold above the Million Dollar mark for the 6th month in a row, coming in at $1,009,016!


The townhouse market is also still going strong. A 51% reduction in inventory has led to townhomes making up only 12% of all available listings. The average sale price finished at $697,817 – an increase of 24% over the average from the same month last year


The condo market has seen a small increase in sales in comparison to this time last year. As with the other home categories we continue to see large decreases in inventory this year over last. The sales decreased by almost 7% while the inventory decreased by 48%!!


The months of inventory levels are our best way to determine the strength or weakness of the market…and to recap our benchmarks:

Less than 4 Months of Inventory is a Seller’s Market

4 to 6 Months of Inventory is a Balanced Market

More than 6 Months of Inventory is a Buyer’s Market

We’ve been tracking the Months of Inventory – the graph below outlines how all 12 months of 2021 have went compared to the same time periods in the previous 3 years. You will notice a difference – in 2020 there were 2.5 months of inventory whereas this year we are seeing only 1.9! This means if no new properties were listed, in just over 8 weeks, every single home in Kelowna would be sold and there would be nothing left to buy!

What does all this mean? Is now the time to make a move? I would love to discuss what may be right for you – Please feel free to reach out any time!

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