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Cost to buy Island homes rising, says real estate association

The Prince Edward Island Real Estate Association reports that last month set a record high price for July, with the average Island home selling for $274,630.

In addition to increased pricing, sales were up 3.2 per cent in July compared to last year

The average home sale price is up over 16 per cent compared to July of last year. (John Robertson/CBC)

The Prince Edward Island Real Estate Association says last month set a record high price for July, with the average Island home selling for $274,630. 

That's up over 16 per cent compared to July 2019. The total value of all residential homes sales in July 2020 was $62.3 million, up 19.8 per cent from the same month in 2019. 

This was a new record for the month of July. The association said this was also the largest dollar value of homes sold for any month in history on P.E.I.

In addition to increased pricing, sales were up 3.2 per cent in July compared to last year.

Last month, 227 houses were sold. That's one sale short of the July record from 2017.

July 2020 was one sale shy of breaking the July 2017 record. (The Canadian Real Estate Association)

Despite July being a good month, home sales are still down overall compared to 2019 by 8.8 per cent.

Greg Lipton of the P.E.I. Real Estate Association says P.E.I.'s continued population growth is creating a demand for more homes. He said about 500 families have moved to P.E.I. since January, many who are returning home after work dried up out west.

"Lots of people who have left for many, many years have decided now is a good time to move back to P.E.I.," he said.

The Canadian housing market also set multiple records in July. This comes after April produced some of the lowest housing numbers ever recorded across the country.

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The Canadian Real Estate Association credits the pandemic for the record lows in April, and said realtors, home buyers and sellers are now making up for lost time.

P.E.I.'s average residential home sale cost has been climbing over the past decade. (The Canadian Real Estate Association)

"A big part of what we're seeing right now is the snap back in activity that would have otherwise happened earlier this year," said Canadian Real Estate Association senior economist Shaun Cathcart in a written release.

"The new-found importance of home, lack of a daily commute for many, a desire for more outdoor and personal space, room for a home office, etc., will certainly also spur activity that otherwise would not have happened in a non-COVID-19 world."

Housing prices have been rising on P.E.I. over the past few years and vacancy rates on rentals have straddled the 1 per cent mark.

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With files from Elizabeth McMillan

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