Real estate still going strong

The BC Northern Real Estate Board (BCNREB) reports 2,363 properties sold in the first six months of 2013.

The BC Northern Real Estate Board (BCNREB) reports 2,363 properties sold through the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in the first six months of 2013, down from the 2,483 sales reported in the first half of 2012.

Gisela Janzen, BCNREB president  said, “The North and in particular the Northwest regions of our area continue to experience a strong housing market.”

Fort St. James: 10 properties worth $2.2 million have sold through the MLS® in the Fort St. James area so far this year, compared with 17 properties worth $3.6 million in the first six months of 2012. At the end of June there were 87 properties of all types available for purchase through the MLS® in the Fort St. James area.

Vanderhoof area reported 42 sales worth $9.7 million in the first six months of the year, compared to 54 sales worth $10.6 million to June 30 of 2012. As of June 30 there were 150 properties of all types available for purchase through the MLS® in the Vanderhoof area.

Burns Lake has had 31 properties worth $3.7 million reported sold through the MLS® in the Burns Lake area, compared to 32 properties worth $4.2 million in the same time period last year. At the end of June there were 137 properties of all types available for purchase through the MLS® in the Burns Lake area.

Houston has had  27 properties worth $4.4 million have changed hands so far this year, compared to 25 properties worth $4.1 million in 2012. As of June 30 there were 56 properties of all types available through the MLS® in the Houston area.

Smithers area reported 124 sales with a value of $31.8 million in the first six months of 2013, compared to 142 sales worth $35 million at this time last year. Half of the 58 single family homes sold so far this year, sold for less than $249,500 and took, on average, 83 days to sell.  Twenty-two parcels of vacant land and 18 homes on acreage also changed hands since January 1. As of June 30  there were 267 properties of all types available through MLS® in the Smithers area.