Residential Real Estate Market Ready To Take Off The Pause Button

KELOWNA, B.C. – May 5th, 2020. Residential sales across the region of Revelstoke to Peachland totaled 299 in April, down from March’s 551 sales and down 58% from this time last year reports the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB).

New residential listings, which totaled 806, declined 41% compared to last month’s new listings. Overall active listings saw a 4% uptick over March’s inventory of 3,341 totaling 3,467 yet not reaching April 2019’s inventory of 4,046.

“Market activity for this time of year is usually quite healthy,” says OMREB President Kim Heizmann, adding that “the economy has taken a big shock to the system due to the pandemic and, no surprise, so has the real estate market.”

“This will change in the coming weeks and months once businesses reopen and consumers who temporarily pushed pause on their buying or selling activities due to the virus, will resume their real estate plans.”

The average number of days to sell a home dropped down 6% to 83 days. It’s important to note that OMREB reports an average of days on market for the entire Board region and that the indicator will vary depending on home type and sub-region.

Whether you are a buyer or a seller, it’s always a good idea to work with a REALTOR® who will protect your interests on such a significant financial transaction.

OMREB is a member-governed not-for-profit association representing approximately 1300 REALTORS® and 88 real estate offices within the southern interior region of British Columbia (Peachland to Revelstoke). The Board is dedicated to providing leadership and support to its members in their pursuit of professional excellence.

OMREB serves three diverse markets within the region: the Central Okanagan Zone (Peachland to Lake Country), the North Zone (Predator Ridge to Enderby) and the Shuswap- Revelstoke Zone (Salmon Arm to Revelstoke). For detailed statistics, by zone, visit

For more information, please contact:
Board-wide statistical information: Email [email protected]
For comprehensive Board-wide statistical information, please visit our local public site:

Province-wide statistical information:
BCREA Chief Economist, Brendon Ogmundson, [email protected]

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Posted: May 5, 2020

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