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Feb. 13, 2019

What's Really Happening in the Vancouver BC Real Estate Market?

Typically, the Vancouver real estate market experiences a balanced or seller’s market conditions. However, as you’ve probably heard, it’s now a buyer’s market. Historically, these shifts in the market last 6-12 months. The market conditions for strata properties started to change in the summer of 2018 (for detached, it was the summer of 2017). So, if you’re thinking of buying, now is the time to take action.

We’re starting to see signs of an increase in market activity, with some instances of multiple offers (for both condos/townhouses and detached houses). For instance, we sold our listing (detached house) in New Westminster with multiple offers, and recently a house on Main St, Vancouver received 46 offers. Interestingly, there were only 44 sales for the entire Eastside of Vancouver (for detached properties) in January 2019.

This is a sign of two things: (1) Multiple offers and buyer activity seem to be returning, (2) The buyers have not stopped looking, rather they’re just sitting on the sidelines waiting for conditions to change.

Another factor which isn't taken into account when analyzing the statistics, is the quantity of homes for sale which are really "in" the market, as opposed to "on" the market. Meaning, some homes are not really contenders for the typical buyer. For example, the homes being sold as land assemblies for development, and homes which are unrealistically overpriced and will likely be either taken off the market or significantly price reduced to be competitive. Therefore, the number of homes which are appealing to home buyers is less than the statistics indicate.

The savvy buyers are acting now before the market shifts back to balanced (and then a seller’s market). It’s rarely a wise decision to “wait for the bottom” of the market, because the only way to know we’ve reached “the bottom” is when we notice an increase in pricing and the frequency of multiple offer situations. At that point, it’s too late to re-engage because once conditions start to shift back, experience tells us that a rapid increase in competition and pricing will follow.

Please let us know if you have any questions, or would like to discuss how this information affects your decision on when to buy or sell.

Posted in Market Update
Feb. 9, 2019

January 2019 - Home Listings Increase While Many Buyers Remain in a Holding Pattern

To view  all the details of the current Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver West and Vancouver East real estate market statistics and graphs, just click the desired buttons below to open a detailed PDF report.

Posted in Market Update
Jan. 22, 2019

BC Speculation and Vacancy Tax

BC Speculation and Vacancy TaxYou must declare! If you live in one of the areas targeted by the B.C. Speculation and Vacancy Tax, every person on the title of your home will receive a letter with instructions on making your declaration.

Regardless of whether it's your primary residence or not, and whether it's vacant, tenanted, or you live in it, each owner must make a declaration.

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Posted in News
Jan. 15, 2019

December 2018 - Home Sales Decline below Historical Averages

To view  all the details of the current Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver West and Vancouver East real estate market statistics and graphs, just click the desired buttons below to open a detailed PDF report.

Posted in Market Update
Dec. 7, 2018

November 2018 - Greater Vancouver Home Sales Down Across All Property Types

To view  all the details of the current Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver West and Vancouver East real estate market statistics and graphs, just click the desired buttons below to open a detailed PDF report.

Posted in Market Update
Nov. 15, 2018

October 2018 - Home Listings At Four-Year October High As Sales Remain Below Typical Levels

To view  all the details of the current Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver West and Vancouver East real estate market statistics and graphs, just click the desired buttons below to open a detailed PDF report.

Posted in Market Update
Oct. 13, 2018

Eagle View Heights - Condo & Townhouse Development in Gibsons, Sunshine Coast BC

Eagle View Heights - Gibsons BC - New Condo & Townhouse Development

PRESALE - Eagle View Heights in Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast, BC is the newest project by the reputable and local developer TC Development Group. These 1, 2 and 3 bedroom condos and townhouses are designed with with comfort, tranquility and livability in mind. Built in small groupings with only one attached wall to maximize privacy. Each home has high-end finishings, large rooms, potential for air conditioning and most have beautiful views of the water, islands and North shore mountains.

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Posted in New Developments
Oct. 11, 2018

September 2018 - Greater Vancouver Home Prices Continue to Decline

To view  all the details of the current Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Vancouver West and Vancouver East real estate market statistics and graphs, just click the desired buttons below to open a detailed PDF report.

Posted in Market Update
Oct. 8, 2018

How to Sell Your House with these Easy Curb Appeal Ideas

Discover how to sell your house with these easy curb appeal ideas!

Ideally, you would like buyers to wait until they’ve viewed your whole property before they judge it. However, the reality is, buyers start forming an impression of your home as soon as they see it from the curb. So, it pays to do everything you can to improve your property's "curb appeal".

Here are some quick and easy curb appeal ideas for your home.

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Posted in Selling, Staging
Oct. 3, 2018

Ovation New Westminster - Presales Start Soon!

Ovation - Condo Presale in New Westminster

PRESALE - Ovation in Downtown New Westminster, BC is a great investment opportunity and the newest project by the reputable and local developer Domus. This 32-storey tower in the heart of downtown New Westminster will feature 204 homes loaded with high-end finishings, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms.

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Posted in New Developments