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2018 Real Estate Pricing 10-Year Overview

Vancouver obscure a Major Market Correction

For years the Real estate industry has been among the most lucrative sector in the world. The sector has made some people who decided to invest in the sector super rich. Over the years the sector has grown tremendously. It is not surprising to see foreign investors pouring millions of dollars in the same industry. In the past real estate in Vancouver, was dominated by the local investors. However, recent stats have shown that the trend is slowly changing with non-resident slowly taking a piece of the real estate pie. These recent findings can be attributed to the hues and cries caused by activists and academics who believed that recent increase in Vancouver properties prices was due to non-resident purchases.

Greater Vancouver Real Estate pricing May 2018
Greater Vancouver Real Estate pricing base on May 2018 Stats from Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board

 

In 2017 research was conducted by Statistics Canada to determine the claims from activist and the academics. In December 2017, the agency released its first poll of data. According to the data provided by Statistics Canada, 7.1 % of the property owned in Vancouver are owned by individuals who do not resident in Canada (nonresidents).

Areas like Sun Peak, Whistler and Strathcona Electoral Area B (15.4 percent), have the highest rate of non-resident ownership. Leading the way is Sun Peak at 17 % non-resident ownership followed by Whistler is at 16% non-resident ownership then Strathcona at 15%. According to a statement by Andy Yang the director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University

“Out of that 16 percent (for Whistler), it’s about 1,900 units that are non-resident occupied,” He adds, “What it really gives to you is the type of marketplace that is a global one … It touches upon the ongoing challenges of housing in Whistler and Sun Peaks as workers in those cities can’t compete with this non-resident marketplace.”

Other areas which have a relatively high number of non-residents include; West Vancouver and Richmond which are 7.1% and 6.5% owned by non-residents respectively. Let’s not forget about popular tourist destination like Tofino, Fernie, and Revelstoke which are 7.5%, 6.6% and 5.2% owned by non-residents respectively.

Data from Statistics Canada also shows that 6% of the homes owned in Vancouver by residents are owned by corporations. For non-resident property, there is a general declined of properties owned by foreign corporations. Instead, most foreign investors set up Canadian Corporation then transfer the property to the Corporation saving millions of dollars in terms of tax

Studies from Canadian Housing Statistics Program (CHSP) show that more than 60% of nonresidents properties are condominium apartments. It is also important to note that these condominium apartments 50% of them are located in City of Vancouver, while 14% in Richmond

How does foreign ownership affect Vancouver Real Estate Industry?

Findings from Statistics Canada, shows that there is a big difference when it comes to the prices of houses owned by non-resident and residents. In Metro Vancouver, the average price of a single-detached home owned by non-resident is worth 2,275,900 while the average price for a single detached home for a resident is worth $1,568,100, which is 45 % lower as compared to homes owned by non –resident.

The same difference is still evident in some other municipalities across Vancouver. For instance, in the City of Vancouver, homes owned by the non-resident are valued at 26% higher than homes owned by residents. For single detached homes owned by non-resident on average are valued at $3,638,500 while for residents their single detached homes on average are valued at $2,882,60

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Not only are the values of the non-resident higher but also the sizes of their homes. From the same finding by Statistics Canada shows that non-resident own close to 4,800 sq. feet while for resident there single detached homes are close to 3600 sq. feet which are 32 % smaller than non-resident

The same price differential gap also exists in condominium apartments.  In Metro Vancouver there exist a huge differential gap between the resident owned condominium apartment which values at $ 530,800 while non-resident apartments are valued at $692,000 which is 30% higher than those of resident

Elsewhere in the City of Vancouver, non-resident condominium apartment are worth 26% more than resident condominium apartment. On average resident-owned unit is worth   $741,000, while for a non-resident-owned unit is worth $930,600, approximately 26 percent more.

It is important to note that even though the value of a non-resident real estate is higher than that of a resident. There is a significant increase in growth of the real estate industry. Findings from the Canadian Real Estate Association Home Price Index show that from January 2005 to November 2017, there has been an increase of 173.7% in the value of properties across Vancouver

However they are gaps in the study says Andy Yan, director of SFU’s City Program.  He emphasizes that the study did not take into account cover presales, which can be subjected to flipping. Flipping a unit before the completion of a unit allows non-residents to take advantage of Canada tax system and avoid foreign buyers’ tax. This existing gap has made presales especially in Vancouver to double

CONCLUSION

It is expected that the prices of real estate properties in Vancouver will continue to grow as foreign ownership continues to grow. Steve Zaretsky, Vancouver realtor explains why the real estate industry is expected to grow in the coming years

“There’s a strong belief that prices will go up and they’ll continue to go up because foreign ownership is predominant,” he said. “So as long as that narrative continues to play out, it allows locals to speculate on higher prices.”

So if you are an investor who is looking where to invest his money. Vancouver real estate is the ideal place for both local and foreign investors. With the industry expected to grow by more than 20 %, Vancouver real estate sounds like a sound investment decision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vancouver Housing Market Just Had Its Cruelest April In the past Decade

Living in a comfortable place happens to be the dream of everyone. However, many people have not been able to live up to this dream, as the cost of such comfortable places is expensive- higher than they can afford. Many people are currently not happy with their dwelling place, but only little can be done to change what has already been made.

The C.D. Howe Institute in Vancouver, reveals a research made into housing in Canada, it was stated that in about nine (9) years, ranging from 2007 to 2016, around $600,000 has been added to the cost of an average home. This huge addition has been greeted by people with much dissatisfaction. In the Metro Vancouver new homes, the reasons for the continuous decrease is, due to the higher prices, rising rates, tax increase and also the inclusion of mortgage conditions.

Anyone who needs a luxurious home, should understand that Vancouver has a whole lot of packages to offer. The style of the homes would conventionally fit everyone’s taste. One can own his or her own property with the basic amenities in place to enable one live a comfortable life. However, such comfortable places could come with an expensive price. Early in 2016, house sales in Metro Vancouver dropped by a large percent.

A Housing Developer Addresses The Affordablitiy Issue Of Vancouver Properties

A particular website stated how Metro Vancouver has evolved drastically for close to 40 years. A housing developer which goes by the name Michael Geller, talks about some relevant and important real estate issues which is still must talked about even till now. Geller asserted that the thought of many people as regards the issue of affordability in Vancouver which seems to be a catastrophe, is not something which is just happening for the first time. Factors such as the effect of the investment from foreign bodies, a very low rental vacancy rate amongst others, which have plagued real estate experts in the past, are currently still being looked into. So, in order to fully grasp and solve the issues which are caused by these factors, it would be necessary to look into the past, and work with the results gotten then, comparing them side by side with the current issues. Once this is done, progress would undoubtedly be made, and the affordability of housing would surely be improved.

Comparing Sales Of 2017 And 2018

Taking a look at the spring sales in the luxury real estate market in Vancouver, the spring sales took a downturn, however the prices continued to rise. Reports further showed that in the first quarter of 2018, the sales activity in the region decreased, the luxury detached home sales lessened by 38.2 % as when compared to 2017, also the sales of luxury condominiums decreased by 26.5%.

It would surprise people to note that despite the lessening of sales, price gains were still gotten, this left people in bewilderment as to how that managed to occur. The president and CEO of Royal LePage, Phil Soper, revealed some reasons which people might hardly look into. He mentioned that the prices had not dropped, but remained high due to the fact that much was carried over from the previous year-2017, and there are strong indications that it would drop during this current year.

However, due to the recent happenings as regards the springing up of new policies which relate to tax, and which also affects buyers- both foreign and domestic ones, who purchase properties such as homes in Vancouver, the price appreciation was predicted to reduce or lessen in 2018, this price appreciation applies to the luxury market. Also, the volumes of sales would expectedly be lower than usual.

Buying Or Renting A Place In Vancouver, What’s Your Pick?

Now, for those who are contemplating between the cost of buying or renting in Vancouver, they should understand that there is really no difference, the returns gotten from the investment would not really be much when comparing both sides. A summary of the analysis which was conducted by a group called the Quantitative Rhetoric which provides monthly reports about the cost of buying or renting a place in Vancouver, stated explicitly that all what mattered, is the ratio of how much one intends to rent or buy, as the final calculated amount on both sides has little or no difference when compared.

 

 

 

 

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Housing Sales In Vancouver Going Sour

Higher prices, rising rates, new tax announcements, and latest mortgage requirements are all playing important factors towards the plummeting of housing sales in the Metro Vancouver area. As housing sales dipped to the lowest level in the recent years, Metro Vancouver’s new homes have soared in the initial quarter of the year, with stats in Vancouver alone being more than twice as high as the same period in 2017. There were 6,542 home sales on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) in Metro Vancouver during the initial quarter of 2018, which is a decrease of 13.1 percent from the same period last year. This represents the region’s lowest first-quarter sales total since 2013, reported by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV).

A Comparative Analysis

The overall housing sales in the first quarter of the year were the lowest in the past 5 years. In fact, even the local listings of detached, attached and apartment properties dropped by almost 7 percent in March as compared to previous year. But total housing stats across the region increased to 6,864 units in the first three months of 2018, up by 30 percent from the last year. Massive increments were also noticed in the Northern Vancouver area, where about 1,422 new homes were initiated, comparable to only 107 in the same period the preceding year. Even though there have been almost 43,000 new homes under construction across the Metro Vancouver area, the current inventory remains incredibly low.

Housing Price Benchmark Reaching Astonishing New Heights

Sales have started to outstrip supply for condos and townhouses. The benchmark price for a condo was close to $700,000 in March. This is a leap of 26% compared to the preceding year. Standard townhouse prices across Metro Vancouver reached $835,300 last month, which is a 2 % hike over February and an overall 18% rise from March 2017.

Renters are paying the real price when it comes to living in these highly expensive areas. According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, average rent has nationally gone up previous year by 2.7 percent to $947 per month. Meanwhile, rental property is becoming tougher and tougher to avail. The CMHC says that the overall vacancy rate for cities across the country was three percent in 2017, down from 3.7 percent in 2016. In its annual report on housing rentals, the corporation said the demand for a purpose-built apartment is outpacing the growth in supply, while the rates of condos rented out are also declining.

This uncontrollable price outburst has taken the market by surprise. This is becoming a serious concern for both businesses and residents looking to recruit new candidates. It is becoming immensely cumbersome to buy quality real estate in Vancouver. The government of British Columbia is looking to follow new measures intended to mitigate the highly inflammable housing costs.

Increasing construction can meet the rising demand for rental studios and multi-family homes. Beyond that, it wouldn’t hurt for people to look for suitable accommodations adjacent to or on the outskirts of the Metro Vancouver area!

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Vancouver’s Housing-Affordability Enigma

It is easy to comprehend why people are moving up in the housing continuum and freeing up the real nature of rental homes. But the main question is – is it economically viable to shift the paradigm over to detached homes and condos? Let’s figure it out!

For a long time now, Vancouver’s real estate market showcases a high degree of vulnerability. Certain reports continue to signal strong evidence of staunch overvaluation as housing prices are still going north of expectations. Surveys noted that homeowners in Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area remain probably the most highly indebted in Canada, due to the speed in which their real estate market has expanded. Other measures designed to either cool down the housing market include Bank of Canada, raising key interest rates, Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan and a new mortgage stress test by Ottawa for insured mortgages. Unguaranteed mortgages remain slightly more expensive.

Condos Outpacing Detached Homes

We have found moderate evidence of price acceleration when it comes to the overall market, but it has been pointed out that low price acceleration among detached homes was causing an extremely high price growth influx among condos and townhomes. Instead of buying detached homes, families are now settling for the option of apartments and condos. The irony is that condos aren’t exactly on the cheaper side!

Renters Suffering The Biggest Blow

Renters are struggling to find homes because prices are skyrocketing and at the same time availability is rapidly declining. Vancouver’s housing market continues to overheat, as demand for multi-family units remains elevated, largely due to their relative easy affordability as compared to single-detached homes. As a result, inventories of both new and resale multi-family units are at or near all time lows. People believe that the Canadian government at one point in time was able to construct enough rental buildings annually, but after the arrival of private sector, it hasn’t been able to fulfil the rising requirements of the growing population. In turn, there has been a shortage of quality apartments and condos in Vancouver, and this has led to an enormous rise in housing rent.

So is it viable for the common people to start renting condos and apartments at over $1500 a month? No! In fact, it would be very troubling for average middle income families to invest that much money in rent alone. It was reported that last year, Canadians nearly spent more than 30% of their incomes on shelter costs, which is way beyond the line of affordability. All in all, it is becoming very difficult for families to survive, not to mention, save money with these rising costs.

The need of the hour is direct intervention from the government to help reduce proliferating housing costs.

 

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Vancouver Gas Price – April 13, 2018

It seems like Vancouverites are more concerned about gas price in the past 2 days than Vancouver/Yaletown real estate!  might as well talk about gas price!

Top Ten Lowest Gas Prices in Vancouver

Price Station Address City Time
141.9 Costco 20499 64 Ave Langley Apr 13, 8:42 AM
141.9 Super Save 20966 56 Ave Langley Apr 13, 7:59 AM
141.9 Safeway 20871 Fraser Hwy Langley Apr 13, 7:51 AM
141.9 Super Save 19415 Langley Bypass Surrey Apr 12, 6:36 PM
142.9 Costco 2370 Ottawa St Port Coquitlam Apr 13, 8:37 AM
143.9 Super Save 2390 200 St Langley Apr 13, 6:17 AM
143.9 Super Save 4061 200 St Langley Apr 13, 6:15 AM
143.9 Esso 19712 Fraser Hwy Langley Apr 13, 1:56 AM
143.9 Esso 6036 Glover Rd Langley Apr 12, 8:25 PM
143.9 Super Save 20502 Lougheed Hwy Maple Ridge Apr 12, 6:43 PM

Top Ten Lowest Gas Prices in B.C.

Price Station Address City Time
117.9 Costco 2555 Range Rd Prince George Apr 13, 8:41 AM
119.4 Petro-Canada 1746 20th Ave Prince George Apr 13, 8:43 AM
119.4 Petro-Canada 2420 5th Ave Prince George Apr 13, 5:36 AM
119.4 Petro-Canada 3688 Austin Rd W Prince George Apr 13, 5:17 AM
119.9 Husky 1148B Pacific St Prince George Apr 13, 8:49 AM
119.9 Shell 4869 Continental Way Prince George Apr 13, 8:49 AM
119.9 Super Save 4832 Continental Way Prince George Apr 13, 8:49 AM
119.9 Esso 1085 Great St Prince George Apr 13, 8:49 AM
119.9 Esso 1977 Queensway St Prince George Apr 13, 8:43 AM
119.9 Superstore 2155 Ferry Ave Prince George Apr 13, 8:41 AM

Historical Gas Price Charts

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National Price Trends

NATIONAL GAS PRICE AVERAGES
Current CANADA
Average

130

Regular Gasoline

Trend
Current Trend
HIGHEST
PROVINCE

141.8

British Columbia

LOWEST
PROVINCE

114.7

Saskatchewan

Fueled By GasBuddy.com

Source: GasBuddy. Retrieved from cbc.ca/bc/gasprice

 

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Cost of Living Vancouver V.S. International Cities

“Vancouver is expensive to live” has been ring our ears for a while. We have the most expensive gas in North America (gas prices spike to $1.50CAD/Litre) , as well as high cost on housings..etc. On the other hand, we also believe that Vancouver is “very international” as we have

  • hosted at least one Olympic event (2010 Winter Olympics)
  • ranked top 3 most livable cities according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU)
  • lots of new immigrants & speaks over 200 languages

The’s  a cost for being a “popular” city so it is expensive to live in! However, how “expensive” is Vancouver compare to other popular ones?   Let’s have a look at cost of living compared with other well-known cities around the world. Looks like we are not too bad!

Cost of Living in Vancouver V.S. other major cities such as Tokyo, New York, Shanghai and more (data April 2018 from Numbo.com)

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Vancouver Real Estate March 2018 Update

Main Highlights

 

Vancouver Real Estate News - March 2018 Update
Vancouver Real Estate News – March 2018 Update

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Did You Hit the Jackpot on Vancouver Real Estate?

Were you part of this “WAVE”?

There isn’t an easy-to-read chart out there so we have decided to come out with an overview of how greater Vancouver & Fraser Valley Real Estate has grown in the past 10 years. Information is compiled from Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley Real Estate Board

Looks like everyone is a WINNER if you have purchased at least a piece of property in the past 10 years.

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Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley Real Estate – home pricing 10 years comparison

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The Yaletown Housing Deal 2018

The real estate in Yaletown, Vancouver BC, is perhaps going to be the probable central causes for a resurging housing bubble that hit the US a decade ago. Adjunct economic housing instability has engrossed a fury of housing spectators, disenfranchised students, and residents towards a political decry.

Most spirited candidates once believed that half a million dollars could get them a beautiful offshore mansion. The reality is however different. 500,000 $ is only equivalent to a small residential condo. This is exactly why most people believe that the housing market is out of control.


Now, certain spectators believe that the city’s housing market was being covertly restructured to supply millionaires in the third world countries with a medium to vent out their black currencies through investment. Others believe that extreme housing prices are due to a lack of political management of funds and resources, forcing the housing sector to collapse because of changes in the global dynamics. Now everyone has their own peculiar hunch, so here are certain trends that have really taken British Columbia aback.

  1.    Real Estate Tyranny

The law of capitalism says that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. This could exactly be the case here. Most multi-million dollar tycoons are investing from their pool of wealth into real estate to create secondary sources of income through investment. Exorbitant lumps of wealth need to be utilised and real estate, well, it’s the best way to block your money!

  1.    Property Hegemony

International agencies reckon that shell companies own most high-end properties in posh areas. Within Vancouver’s city limits, around 99 percent of the single detached houses are now assessed at $1 million. More than 20,000 Vancouver homes get vacant every year. Vancouver’s rental vacancy rate is hovering just below one percent! This means that property sale and purchase have taken a leap forward, and people other than the middle class are reaping vital benefits from this!

 

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  1.    Foreign Ownership and Immigration

Foreign nationals are taking advantage of having access to quality real estate. There are a plethora of opportunities for Non-Canadians to buy, invest, and extract profits from real estate. Most immigrants are finding it rather tough to attain affordable accommodation, yet there a rich group of ‘so-called’ sophisticated immigrants that spur up the real estate prices with their barrels of wealth.

Overview of population growth Canada. Image source: vancouversun.com

The trends of real estate in Yaletown, Vancouver aren’t on the people friendly side. Perhaps, proper governmental action and holistic mortgage policies could help control the snowballing effect of prices. Developing punitive housing taxes and other measures to prevent illegal money from entering into the Canadian economy is the right step forward.