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Squamish, Whistler and Sunshine Coast Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

Squamish, Whistler and Sunshine Coast Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Squamish, Whistler, and Sunshine Coast listings and sales in August 2020.
Find all the infographics related to the May Market Statistics by visiting the Facebook Album.

Whistler 

In August 2020, there were 18 sales of detached homes and 116 active listings in Whistler. The benchmark sale price was $1,685,100.
The condo market had 20 sales and 148 active listings at the end of the month.  The benchmark sale price was $506,200.
The townhome market had 27 sales and, the active listings were 85. The benchmark sale price was $922,400.
It’s a Buyer’s market for homes and condos in Whistler.

 

Sunshine Coast

 In August 2020, there were 105 sales of detached homes and 306 active listings in Whistler. The benchmark sale price was $639,100.
The condo market had 12 sales and 62 active listings at the end of the month.
The townhome market had 15 sales and, the active listings were 62.
It’s a Balanced market for condos and townhomes in Sunshine Coast.

Squamish

 

 


Looking for more information about the real estate market in specific neighbourhoods in Squamish, Whistler, and Sunshine Coast? 
Macdonald Realty has offices in Squamish, Whistler, and Sunshine Coast.  Please email macrealty@macrealty.com or call 1-877-278-3888 to be matched with a REALTOR® working in your area.

MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price
Average and median home prices are often misinterpreted, are affected by change in the mix of homes sold, and can swing dramatically from month to month (based on the types and prices of properties that sold in a given month). The MLS® HPI overcomes these shortcomings and uses the concept of a benchmark home, a notional home with common attributes of typical homes in a defined area. Visit www.housepriceindex.ca for more information.

This blog post is based on market data provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) www.rebgv.org

Greater Vancouver Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

Greater Vancouver Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on the Greater Vancouver listings and sales in August 2020.
Find all the infographics by visiting the Facebook Album.

According to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, home buyers and sellers remained active across Metro Vancouver in August, with home sale and new listing activity outpacing the region’s historical averages.

“People who put their home buying and selling plans on hold in the spring have been returning to the market throughout the summer,” Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair said. “Like everything else in our lives these days, the uncertainty COVID-19 presents makes it challenging to predict what will happen this fall.”

Colette also has talked about the impact of low interest rates:

“Low interest rates and limited overall supply of homes for sale are creating competition in today’s housing market,” Gerber said.

Bowen Island

In August 2020, Bowen Island had 11 sales of detached homes and 37 active listings. The benchmark sale price was $1,067,300.

While the condo market had  1 listing, there were no sales of condo or townhome market.

Burnaby East

In August 2020, there were 14 sales of detached homes and 42 active listings in Squamish. The benchmark sale price was $1,257,500.

The condo market had 13 sales and 45 active listings at the end of the month.  The benchmark sale price was $721,000.

The townhome market had 9 sales and, the active listings were 36. The benchmark sale price was $708,200.

It’s a Seller’s Market for Homes and Condos in Burnaby East.

Burnaby North

In August 2020, there were 58 sales of detached homes and 132 active listings in Squamish. The benchmark sale price was $1,477,400.

The condo market had 104 sales and 397 active listings at the end of the month.  The benchmark sale price was $614,400.

The townhome market had 27 sales and, the active listings were 55. The benchmark sale price was $732,500.

It’s a Seller’s Market in Burnaby North.

Burnaby South

In August 2020, there were 26 sales of detached homes and 182 active listings in Squamish. The benchmark sale price was $1,555,100.

The condo market had 81 sales and 397 active listings at the end of the month.  The benchmark sale price was $656,300.

The townhome market had 19 sales and, the active listings were 67. The benchmark sale price was $802,400.

It’s a Buyer’s Market in for Homes in Burnaby South.

Coquitlam

Ladner

Maple Ridge

New Westminster

North Vancouver

Pitt Meadows

Port Coquitlam

Port Moody

Richmond

Tsawwassen

Vancouver East

Vancouver West

West Vancouver

Looking for more information about the real estate market in specific neighbourhoods in the Greater Vancouver?
Macdonald Realty has offices across the Greater Vancouver.  Please email macrealty@macrealty.com or call 1-877-278-3888 to be matched with a REALTOR® working in your area.

MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price
Average and median home prices are often misinterpreted, are affected by change in the mix of homes sold, and can swing dramatically from month to month (based on the types and prices of properties that sold in a given month). The MLS® HPI overcomes these shortcomings and uses the concept of a benchmark home, a notional home with common attributes of typical homes in a defined area. Visit www.housepriceindex.ca for more information.

This blog post is based on market data provided by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) www.rebgv.org

Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Okanagan listings and sales in August 2020.
Find the infographics by visiting the Facebook Album.

Central Okanagan: Kelowna and Lake Country

There were 317 sales, 961 active listings, and an $816,767 average sale price for detached homes in the Central Okanagan market, including Kelowna and Lake Country.
The condo market featured 146 sales and 667 active listings at the end of the month. The average sale price was $370,620.
Townhome sales were 110, active listings were 364 and the average sale price was $582,185.
It’s a seller’s market for homes and townhomes in Central Okanagan.

North Okanagan: Vernon and surrounding area

In North Okanagan, including Vernon and the surrounding area and the average sale price was $643,995. At the end of the month, there were 139 sales and 451 active listings.
There were 18 sales and 90 active listings for condos. The average sale price was $256,889.
In comparison, townhomes featured 47 sales, 114 active listings and a $371,089 average sale price.
It’s a seller’s market for homes and townhomes in North Okanagan. 

Looking for more information about the real estate market in specific neighbourhoods in Okanagan? 

Macdonald Realty has offices in Kelowna and across BC. Please email macrealty@macrealty.com or call 1-877-278-3888 to be matched with a REALTOR® working in your area.
This blog post is based on market data provided by Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) www.omreb.com.

Abbotsford, Mission, Surrey and Fraser Valley Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

Abbotsford, Mission, Surrey and Fraser Valley Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

According to the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) saw the second-highest number of property sales and the highest number of new listings in August within the last two decades, when 2,298 sales were recorded in August 2005.

The FVREB processed a total of 2,039 sales in August, a decrease of 2.9% compared to sales in July, but an increase of 57.2% compared to the 1,297 sales during August of last year. Last month’s sales were 39% above the ten-year average for August, representing the highest August in the last decade and second only to what was recorded back in August 2005.

Chris Shields, President of the Board, indicated that, “we are seeing better sales volumes increase month over month because buyers are recognizing that the Fraser Valley offers increased choice and diversified housing opportunities, while offering more value as well.”

“In an unusual situation given the pandemic, we remain cautiously optimistic and are encouraged by the numbers we are
seeing,” added Shields.

Find all the infographics related to the May Market Statistics by visiting the Facebook Album.

Abbotsford

Cloverdale

Langley

Mission

North Delta

North Surrey

Surrey Central

White Rock / South Surrey

 

 

Looking for more information about the real estate market in specific neighbourhoods in Surrey, Langley and Fraser Valley

Macdonald Realty has offices in North Delta, White Rock/South Surrey, and Langley.  Please email macrealty@macrealty.com or call 1-877-278-3888 to be matched with a REALTOR® working in your area.

MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price

Average and median home prices are often misinterpreted, are affected by change in the mix of homes sold, and can swing dramatically from month to month (based on the types and prices of properties that sold in a given month). The MLS® HPI overcomes these shortcomings and uses the concept of a benchmark home, a notional home with common attributes of typical homes in a defined area. Visit www.housepriceindex.ca for more information.

This blog post is based on market data provided by the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) www.fvreb.bc.ca

Greater Victoria, Parksville and Nanaimo Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

Greater Victoria, Parksville and Nanaimo Real Estate Market Statistics – August 2020

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Greater Victoria, Parksville/Qualicum, and Nanaimo listings and sales in August 2020.
Find all the infographics related to the February Market Statistics by visiting the Facebook Album.

 Greater Victoria

According to the Victoria Real Estate Board “Once again we saw a very active month in terms of property transactions”. On September 1, 2020, the board released a total of 979 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this August, 48.1% more than the 661 properties sold in August 2019 and exactly the same total as the previous month of July 2020. Sales of condominiums were up 29.1% from August 2019 with 262 units sold. Sales of single-family homes were up 45% from August 2019 with 509 sold.

“Once again we saw a very active month in terms of property transactions,” says Victoria Real Estate Board President Sandi-Jo Ayers. “And once again I will note that this is not a trend, but that this is our market at this moment in time during a unique situation. It is a challenging time to define what is happening in the market given so many factors that don’t exist in a normal year. We have been surprised by the pace of the summer market and are grappling with the evolving socio-economic effects of the pandemic and how these underlying factors will influence our fall real estate market.”

Nanaimo

Parksville / Qualicum


Looking for more information about the real estate market in specific neighbourhoods in Victoria, Parksville, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands? 

Macdonald Realty has offices in downtown Victoria, Sidney, Parksville and on Salt Spring Island. Please email macrealty@macrealty.com or call 1-877-278-3888 to be matched with a REALTOR® working in your area.

MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price

Average and median home prices are often misinterpreted, are affected by change in the mix of homes sold, and can swing dramatically from month to month (based on the types and prices of properties that sold in a given month). The MLS® HPI overcomes these shortcomings and uses the concept of a benchmark home, a notional home with common attributes of typical homes in a defined area. Visit www.housepriceindex.ca for more information.

This blog post is based on market data provided by the Victoria Real Estate Board (VREB) www.vreb.org and the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) www.vireb.com. Market data from the VIREB includes listings and sales in Campbell River, Comox Valley, Cowichan Valley Nanaimo, Parksville/Qualicum, Port Alberni/West, North Island, and the Islands.

What to do when you’re a first-time home-buyer – update response to COVID19

What to do when you’re a first-time home-buyer – update response to COVID19

Thinking of buying your first home during COVID19? 

We understand that buying a home might be the biggest purchase you make and based on the current economic situation brought on by COVID-19, together let’s eliminate some stress from the process with these essential tips from the team at Macdonald Realty.

We’ve also prepared a guide to buy and sell during COVID, which you can access for free by clicking HERE.

 

1. Asses your financial situation

  • Credit:

This is a critical first step in the home-buying process. You don’t want to start house-hunting and fall for a home you can’t afford. Understanding your credit score is important not only because you will want to make sure it is accurate and free of errors as it will be checked before getting your mortgage approved.

What else is important to be considered? Two other crucial factors are income and, of course, your down payment.

  • Income:

Most mortgages are long-term commitments: Keep in mind that you may be making those payments every month for the next 25-30 years.

Are you expecting a raise soon or changing jobs? You may want to consider if you will have more buying power in a few short months and wait the grace period for getting approved after you move.

Are you self-employed? There are different qualifications needed for different types of income earners, make sure you talk with a mortgage broker on your options.

  • Down Payment:

As a first time home buyer there are some programs to help you increase your down payment which will help your mortgage payments and buying power.

   1. First Time Home Buyers

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive helps people across Canada purchase their first home. The program offers 5 or 10% of the home’s purchase price to put toward a down payment. This addition to your down payment lowers your mortgage carrying costs, making homeownership more affordable.

According to placetocallhome.ca these are a few criteria to determine your eligibility for the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive:

  • you have your minimum down payment
  • your total annual qualifying income doesn’t exceed $120,000
  • your total borrowing is no more than 4 times your qualifying income
  • you or your partner are a first-time homebuyer
  • you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or non-permanent resident authorized to work in Canada

READ MORE!

   2. Home Buyer’s Plan / RRSPs

The Home Buyers’ Plan (HBP) is a program that allows you to withdraw from your registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to buy or build a qualifying home for yourself. If you’re buying with your partner you can contribute $50,000 together from your RRSPs.


2. Get your approval

“Getting pre‑approved for a mortgage before looking at properties gives you a more realistic expectation of what you can afford.” – CREA

According to CREA, a mortgage is a loan, generally used to buy a property. How much you pay depends on how much you borrow (the principal), the loan’s interest rate, and how long you take to pay it back (the amortization period). You can negotiate interest rates and mortgage terms with different lenders.

Assess mortgage products and different types of lenders to see what fits your needs helps you make an informed decision.

Recently, the Bank of Canada announced an emergency rate cut – the unscheduled March 27 reduction brought the overnight rate down to 0.25 percent, and the BoC described the level as being the policy rate’s “effective lower bound”. As such, many feel it is unlikely to be reduced any further.

“For its part, the Bank of Canada has taken measures to improve market function so that monetary policy actions have their intended effect on the economy,” the BoC said in a statement. “This helps ensure that households and businesses continue to have access to the credit they need to bridge this difficult time, and that lower interest rates find their way to ultimate borrowers.”

  • Types of Mortgages

What type of mortgage is best for you?

   1. Fixed rate mortgages: Your interest rate is locked in for a specified period called a term. Your payments stay the same for the mortgage’s term so you will not pay more if interest rates increase over time.

   2. Variable rate mortgages: Rate of interest you pay may change if rates go up or down.

   3. Conventional mortgages: Require a down payment of 20% or more of the property’s value. You are not required to get mortgage default insurance with a conventional mortgage.

   4. Closed mortgages: The mortgage cannot be paid off early without paying a prepayment charge.

   5. Open mortgages: A mortgage that can be paid off at any time during the term, without having to pay a charge. The interest rate for an open mortgage may be higher than for a closed mortgage with the same term.

READ MORE!


3. Determine your down payment amount

Just because the bank approves you for a certain amount doesn’t mean you have to spend it all. Think about what would happen if you lost your job and stay unemployed for three months or if you have any other unexpected financial situations.

Based on CREA’s Homebuyer’s Road Map, you may have to pay penalties if you prepay large portions of your mortgage early or if you break your mortgage due to unforeseen life changes. It is your right to know how lenders calculate prepayment penalties.

“Read your mortgage contract carefully and make sure you understand how penalties will be calculated before you sign.” – CREA


4. Find a real estate agent

If it’s your first time going through the process of buying a home, having a real estate agent by your side is extremely recommended. The agent knows essential information about the current market, fair pricing, neighbourhood amenities and so much more. They are there to guide you through the process and help you make the best decision for you.

The Real Estate Council of BC is the legislated regulatory agency that works to ensure real estate professionals have the skills and knowledge to provide you with a high standard of service.

Real estate professionals have a regulatory requirement to present you with some consumer information before providing services to you. When you become a client, you may be asked to sign a written agreement setting out you and the real estate professional’s responsibilities.

Contact us today to be connected with one of our agents who can help you achieve your goals.


5. Stay positive & open to opportunities

Maybe your first home will most likely look nothing like a multi-million-dollar property, but keep your options open for small renovations or upgrades that could help save money. Don’t concern too much about wallpaper, or lighting fixtures; these are easy to change or update. The things you should be more concerned about are the size and layout of the property, along with the condition of the roof, hot water system and plumbing, etc. — the reason why an inspection is one of the most important recommendations during this process.


6. Found your space, now what?

Buying a house requires a lot of time and effort but we can help you make the home buying process manageable and make the process as easy as possible. There are many things to consider along the process and an agent can help be your guide beyond finding your home. The home buying process is a long map all the way through your possession date!

You can count on Macdonald Realty to help you dream big and help you to make things happen. Visit our website to find more information: www.macrealty.com

 

 

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