Rom’s August Real Estate Stats & Opinion

Okanagan Real Estate Report August 2021

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Rom’s Real Estate Opinion

The phrase of the month for August 2021 for the Okanagan Real Estate market is “Levelling Off”. I hate to be a broken record but this is what was expected. The insane market of the last 2 quarters of 2020 and the first 2 quarters of 2021 could not sustain itself. The market had to correct either by a crash or a levelling off; and levelling off is what it has done.

For the moment, it has stopped its minor correction and leveled off at a very strong market.

Why did it not crash?

That can be answered in 1 word: Inventory. (There isn’t any!) Low inventory will keep multiple offers coming and keep the prices rising. For the second month in a row the average price for the Central Okanagan is above $1,000,000. The demand from outside of the Okanagan continues to be strong which keeps the inventory low. Because the rental market is just as tight as the sales market, buyers have no alternative but to continue to push to buy in this market. I get a few calls per month from people who are desperately trying to find a place to live – buy or rent. For some reason they think I might have an “in” that other REALTORS don’t have. Of course the contrary is true.

The average inventory in August 2021 is 267. The average inventory in August 2020 was 536. That is slightly less than half the inventory of 2020, which was already low. That says it all about what is going on.


If anyone ever asks you what is going to happen to the Real Estate Market in the Okanagan you can most definitely state that it is going to stay strong for the next year at least. That inventory has to go up dramatically before the market direction will change. That can’t happen overnight. This winter we will have our seasonal slow down which will make a better time to buy for BUYERS! As always, that is just the real estate world according to Rom.

If you would like to find out what your home is really worth in a market like this give me a call or text me at 250-317-6405 and I would be happy to evaluate your home. It can be done completely remotely if you prefer. It is totally free.

About the Author Miranda Jacobsen