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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 Real Estate March 2018 Update

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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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Luxury Home Sales In Vancouver Plummet

All around the world, people seek a luxurious and dream residence. Vancouver luxury homes are the perfect combination of beauty, style, elegance & more. The city offers amazing quality of life and all the modern amenities.

The previous years in Vancouver saw high demand for luxury homes. But the scenario has changed this year. Let’s understand exactly why and how this has happened:

Introduction of Foreign Buyer Tax & Its Impact

When compared to July 2016, Vancouver house sales over $1 million have plunged in the first half of 2017,

The city has witnessed a slowdown in luxury home sales. This is due to the 15 per cent foreign-buyer tax introduced in August 2016, in a struggle to cool the previously red hot market. Only after living through historic highs the previous year, sales activity in the $1 million-plus market stabilised in the first half of this year.

In the $4 million-plus market, overall luxury sales experienced a 52 % year-over-year slump to 211 units.

What’s more? The BC Government’s latest data suggests foreign buyers have been decreasing for months.

4056 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6N 2J1
4056 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver. Asking: $6,988,000.00

Chinese Cities Drive Up Luxury Home Prices

Limiting capital outflows has been China’s zealous effort.

In the first three months of 2017, luxury house prices in prominent global cities escalated by 4.3% compared to the same period last year, and this upsurge can largely be credited to China’s cities.

Chinese officials limited foreign currency transactions to a paltry $9,000 as of July 1.

The new controls are aimed at ceasing “ants moving house,” says Anne Stevenson-Yang, of J. Capital Research Ltd., one of the leading experts on the Chinese economy. The term is used in China for getting many people to make small money transfers to eventually transfer plenty to purchase property.

The Charleson Sales from $3,600,000
The Charleson Sales from $3,600,00. Source: buzzbuzzhome.com

Though folks discover ways around the rules, Anne says. Mostly, the rich already have their wealth overseas, thus they are not impacted by new controls. Irrespective, foreign exchange reserves have upturned every month since January.

In the present, the slowdown is already surfacing in Vancouver’s luxury home market. Single family home sales above $3 Million have jumped 27% year over year while inventory has hiked 24%.

It will be interesting to see how long China withstands the latest tightening. If China stays determined on limiting outflows, Vancouver housing market won’t be the only one to experience the impact. According to a report, there will be an 84% decline in offshore property buying in 2017.

The people of Vancouver may finally be able to heave a sigh of relief.

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Steady Drop in Vancouver House Sales; July Experienced Price Rise

Sales Slow In the Country’s Costliest Real Estate Market

Vancouver area house sales saw a steady drop in July. On the other hand, the short supply of properties on the market has led to price rise almost a year after the B.C. government put a foreign buyers’ tax to curb the once-hot market.

On August 14, 2017, British Columbia Real Estate Association published data that reveals the sink in the number of houses sold across Metro Vancouver in the last month compared with July 2016, and the growth in the prices.

In July 2017, in total, 3,012 houses were sold across Vancouver – an 8.8% depression compared to 3,301 homes sold a year ago. However, the region witnessed price rise, with the average outreaching $1,029,786. This inclines that year-over-year, there is a 2.2% spike in the home prices.

July Statistics – Image Source: rebgv.org

The Prices Do The Talking!

Last month, prices augmented across all regions of British Columbia. Vancouver, the most populous city of British Columbia, made highlights with 18% price hike over the year, hitting an average of $452,353. The average home price upturned 11% to $644,510 in Victoria. The South Okanagan region and Kamloops were up by 9.5% to $415,720 and 8.1% to $367,303 respectively.

More Balanced Market Conditions Expected Before 2017 Ends

BCREA chief economist Cameron Muir stated, “Strong economic growth, an expanding population base and a lack of supply continue to drive B.C. home sales and prices this summer.” Though, he added that the decline in sales and consistent rising inventory has been easing the harsh market conditions experienced lately.

“Home sales have edged back 4% since May, with active listings beginning to bounce back from a 20-year low”, Cameron Muir stated. “If these trends continue, it may signal that more balanced market conditions could emerge before the end of the year.”

All over British Columbia, the number of homes sold diminished 6.3% year-over-year, with 9,275 homes sold in the month in total.

Repeat House Sales Ascent Last Month

The Teranet- National Bank Composite House Price Index indicates a 7.8% increase in repeat house sales and 8.56% year-over-year across Metro Vancouver last month. This indicates price modifications for repeat single-family houses’ sales.

The year-over-year progress was beneath the national average upsurge of 14.17%. The upturn country-wide was driven by growth in Toronto, however, according to Teranet, Vancouver’s growth is slowing as non-condo properties’ prices are tumbling.

Demand For Housing, Property Listing & Home Prices In Vancouver

According to the real estate board’s president, Jill Oudil, the demand for housing in Vancouver now differs by property type and location, with some parts of the real estate market still witnessing bidding wars.

There is only 0.3 per cent increase in the number of properties newly listed for sale from last year. If we talk about the sales-to-active listings ratio, the figure is 32.2 %.

According to sources, when the ratio is above 20% for many months, house prices often experience skyward pressure.

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Discover Yaletown – The most Happening Place in Vancouver!

At some coffee shop, you will find out from the tables around you, students discussing the sky-high costs of the city’s rent, girlfriends searching for ketchup to go with their cheese and ham croissants, and a trio of briefcase-toting experts comparing caterers for their office party. Yes! This is Yaletown life. You’ve got things to do, places to go, and people to know around Yaletown, Vancouver. It offers a very active lifestyle, beautiful condos, and the people here are really kind. Despite being a big city, it gives a great neighbourhood feel. Placed in between some of the city’s busiest lanes, Yaletown is small but crowded. Among the most patios in all over Vancouver, Yaletown is perfect for people – watching, eating, and travelling around some remarkable boutiques that aren’t found in another place. Here, you will feel like a Vancouver inhabitant. This little corner is one of the best places to live in the world.

Get a Look at a Few of the Great Things Yaletown Life Offers:

What to see and do in Yaletown?

The waterfront parks in Yaletown are a big attraction. The biggest green spaces: David Lam Park and George Wainborn Park get connected through the city’s Seawall, which runs right along the water. From walking and jogging to biking and inline skating along the Seawall, you can enjoy to the core; along with the excellent public art sprinkled along the waterfront. The neighbourhood’s chronological roots are also apparent in the form of Engine 374, pulled the foremost transcontinental traveller train into the city in 1887, on show at the Roundhouse Community Centre.

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How to Satiate your Appetite?

The platforms of old redbrick warehouses, which were once built to allow for simple loading of textiles onto trains to be sent back east are now redesigned as luminous, metropolitan patios for the ideal brunch, afternoon drinks, and great dinners. Yaletown is a wonderful place for a festive seafood dinner, a tranquil bistro meal or a comfortable family feast. You can stroll the area to choose from a bunch of dining options to have sumptuous food in Yaletown. You just need some time to discover the area’s cocktail scene and nightlife after that – with elegant lounges, sparkling and vivacious neighbourhood pubs, and clubs with lively dance floor-filling. Now, you must be craving to get the flight to spend the evening in this amazing and sparkling place!

Treat for shopaholics:

Yaletown has worth mentioning local shopping options for shopaholics as well as window shoppers. You will definitely love the stylish boutiques, gracious service, and exclusive items that the typically locally-owned shops offer. From fashionable to designer home-wares, the stores in this vicinity are peculiar, trendy, modish, and a lot of fun. You can explore Yaletown’s chic dog clothing, contemporary bathtubs, and historic chapeaus. No doubt it is the one place for the entire expert and sophisticated shopping, the most professional beauty services, and the on-trend fashions.

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To conclude, let us tell you that Rogers Arena, BC Place, and QE Theatre are only a short walk away from Yaletown. Just get the tickets to experience the best concerts and sporting events there!