Real Estate Statistics
Who is Buying Homes in the Okanagan-Shuswap?
Kelowna, BC – Ever wonder where home buyers come from? Since September 2010, the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) has been collecting information from our members with regards to where our buyers are coming from – both geographically and demographically. The purpose of collecting this data is to add another element to our market knowledge and a better understanding of current trends. The longer record, the more insight the Board will have. Results of OMREB’s Board-wide monthly Buyers Survey indicate that serious buyers are taking advantage of the current market and leveraging their positive purchasing power while it lasts.
Buyer profiles gathered through each monthly survey include property type, family dynamic, financing, and areas moving from and to. 2017: First Quarter Year-to-Date (January to March), Move-up Buyers have accounted for 17.07% of the purchasers while First-Time Buyers comprised 20.7%. Home Buyers have been coming from:
• Within the OMREB Board area (57.97%)
• Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island (16.93%)
• Alberta (9.97%) • Other Areas of BC (5.9%)
• Eastern Canada/Maritimes (3.77%)
• Saskatchewan/Manitoba (2.67%)
• Outside Canada (2.67%)
• North West Territories/Yukon* (0.10%)