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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

 

 

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

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

According to the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) saw the second-highest number of both property sales and new listings ever recorded in July.

The FVREB processed a total of 2,100 sales in July, an increase of 22.2% compared to sales in June and an increase of 44% compared to the 1,458 sales during July of last year. Last month’s sales were 25.5%  above the ten year average for July and second only to July 2015.

Chris Shields, President of the Board, observes, “In the context of the current pandemic environment, our market is significantly ahead of what we anticipated. We’re seeing market conditions representing a seller’s market for townhomes and single-family homes in the Fraser Valley. For example, in North Delta, Cloverdale, Langley, Abbotsford and Mission, for every 100 active detached listings, 40 or more sold in July.”

“We attribute it to continued pent-up demand from what would have been a strong spring market for us; and clearly, near record-setting low interest rates. Buyers should take note that in some of our communities, the lack of supply and increase in demand is putting upward pressure on home prices. The average price of a detached home in our region set a record high in July, last set two years ago during the same month.”

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 – July 2020

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

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Greater Victoria, Parksville/Qualicum, and Nanaimo listings and sales in July 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 “Victoria real estate market continues to adapt in the changing times”. In August 4, 2020, the Board released that a total of 979 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this July, 38.7% more than the 706 properties sold in July 2019 and 21.2% more than the previous month of June 2020. Sales of condominiums were up 11.2% from July 2019 with 239 units sold. Sales of single-family homes were up 61.1% from July 2019 with 559 sold.

“If we look at the numbers alone, June and July were unseasonably busy months and the number of sales this month are on the higher end of our market for a typical July,” says Victoria Real Estate Board President Sandi-Jo Ayers. “But we are not in a typical season. We cannot derive an ongoing trend nor forecast by looking at the activity because we know the market is subjected to unusual factors amidst a health crisis. Our spring market was delayed because of the pandemic. It is likely that our spring demand moved into summer now that folks are moving around our community more freely. Time will tell if these factors are resulting in a very compressed cycle of activity or if this trend will persist in the fall.”

 

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.

Custom “Modern Farmhouse” in Campbell Valley, Langley, BC

Custom “Modern Farmhouse” in Campbell Valley, Langley, BC

At Macdonald Realty, we’re proud to have a team of talented and experienced real estate agents who sell one of the best luxury listings currently available in the market.

Today we’re featuring a modern and unique farmhouse! This fantastic architectural masterpiece is everything you have imagined as a dream home. Perfectly situated on a private 6.23 acre, this south-facing residence has extraordinary landscape details including a dream kitchen, floor to ceiling solid copper fireplace and more.

Let’s take a tour and see how amazing this property is — listed at $5,550,000 by Emily Sandhack.

This cozy living room is the perfect space for lounging by the fireplace – sip a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter day while you enjoy the peace and quiet.   Read your favourite book or invite your friends over for a game night. Regardless of what you decide to do, this room surely radiates warmth as you hear the fire burning.

Don’t let another get together pass by as you prepare mom’s lasagna in the kitchen – those days are over! This open concept kitchen allows you to engage in a conversation without burning what’s in the oven. The natural colours of the cabinets with the minimalist décor welcome you as you entertain your family and friends.

Wine not? Never worry about wasting another bottle with this UV-controlled wine cellar.

Step out onto the massive green space and listen to birds chirping in the morning straight from the privacy of your own room.  Embrace nature from every room and enjoy the dazzling sunlight all day long.

Need I say more? A piece of paradise in your own bathtub.

Ready to make this dream home yours?  Click here for additional property details and request a private showing.

Want to see more beautiful homes like this?  Check out www.macrealty.com today!

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