Archive for August, 2011

2011 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update, BCREA

Vancouver, BC – August 25, 2011. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2011 Third Quarter Housing Forecast Update today.

BC Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales are forecast to increase 3.8 per cent from 74,640 units in 2010 to 77,500 units this year, increasing a further 3.6 per cent to 80,300 units in 2012.

“Slower than expected employment growth is expected to keep BC home sales below their ten-year average through 2012,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “However, weaker global economic growth and recent uncertainty in the equity markets points to continued low mortgage interest rates which will help underpin housing demand.”

“Following a decade where unit sales broke all records, consumer demand over the next few years will be relatively moderate,” added Muir. The ten-year BC MLS® residential sales average is 87,600 units. A record 106,300 MLS® residential sales were recorded in 2005.

The full BCREA housing forecast update is available at: BCREA

BC Home Sales, July 2011

Vancouver, BC – August 11, 2011. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential unit sales in the province rose 12.9 per cent to 6,533 units in July compared to the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price climbed 10 per cent to $540,877 last month compared to July 2010.

“BC home sales edged down 4 per cent from June to July, on a seasonally adjusted basis,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. “Less frenetic buying activity in Vancouver operated to pull total provincial sales lower.”

“The silver lining in the recent global economic uncertainty is that mortgage rates have the potential to reach record lows in the coming weeks as investors flock into bond markets,” added Muir. “The increased affordability and added purchasing power from lower mortgage rates will help bolster housing demand.”

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume increased 16.5 per cent to $28.2 billion, compared to the same period last year. Residential unit sales increased 1 per cent to 48,628 units, while the average MLS® residential price rose 15.3 per cent to $579,645 over the same period.

REBGV Housing Market Update, July 2011

Appraisal vs Home Inspection

Both an appraisal and a home inspection are important steps of the home-buying process, so it’s well worth your effort to distinguish the differences between them and how they can uncover detailed information about the home’s value and condition.

Appraisal
Essentially, home appraisal is a survey activity performed by a professional in order to develop an expert opinion on the market value of a real estate property. Home appraisal is usually done for a lending company or a bank as a prerequisite for the approval of a mortgage application by a home buyer.

The essential elements of a home appraisal report include information and data related to the overall condition of the property, the neighbourhood, variables that contribute to the sale of similar homes and the time spent in selling similar properties. The appraisal report may be presented as a comparable sales analysis or a cost assessment of value.

Home Inspection
A home inspection is not used to determine property value, but will provide an assessment of the physical condition of a property. A well-trained home inspector will perform a comprehensive visual inspection to determine the condition of the building and all of its major systems (roof, structural, heating, plumbing and electrical systems, etc).

While an appraisal is intended to provide the lender with sufficient information to decide on mortgage financing, a home inspection will hopefully reveal to a potential home buyer whether the building and its systems are in sound working order.

If there are outstanding issues, a good inspector will provide the potential purchaser with a schedule outlining the estimated costs and a time line detailing when these repairs will need to be completed.

Active home sellers bring greater selection to the Greater Vancouver housing market

Vancouver, BC – Aug 3, 2011. While the balance between home buyer and seller activity remains in an equilibrium range in the Greater Vancouver housing market, last month’s home sale total was below the 10-year average for July.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales of detached, attached and apartment properties on the region’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) reached 2,571 in July, a 14 per cent increase compared to the 2,255 sales in July 2010 and a 21.2 per cent decline compared to the 3,262 sales in June 2011.

“We’re seeing less multiple offer situations in the market today compared to the last few months, but our members tell us that homes priced competitively continue to sell at a relatively swift pace,” Rosario Setticasi, REBGV president said. “It’s taking, on average, 41 days to sell a property in the region, which is unchanged from June of this year.”

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Greater Vancouver totalled 5,097 in July. This represents a 23.2 per cent increase compared to July 2010 when 4,138 properties were listed for sale on the MLS® and a 12 per cent decline compared to the 5,793 new listings reported in June 2011.

Last month’s new listing total was 8.6 per cent higher than the 10-year average for July, while residential sales were 17.3 per cent below the ten-year average for sales in July.

At 15,226, the total number of residential property listings on the MLS® increased 0.8 per cent in July compared to last month and declined 7.3 per cent from this time last year.

“The number of homes listed for sale in the region has increased each month since the start of the year, which is giving buyers more selection to choose from and more time to make decisions,” Rosario Setticasi, REBGV president said.

The MLSLink® Housing Price Index (HPI) benchmark price for all residential properties in Greater Vancouver over the last 12 months has increased 9.2 per cent to $630,251 in July 2011 from $577,074 in July 2010.

Sales of detached properties on the MLS® in July 2011 reached 1,099, an increase of 21 per cent from the 908 detached sales recorded in July 2010, and an 31.9 per cent decrease from the 1,614 units sold in July 2009. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 13.3 per cent from July 2010 to $898,886.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,040 in July 2011, a 6.2 per cent increase compared to the 979 sales in July 2010, and a decrease of 39.1 per cent compared to the 1,708 sales in July 2009. The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 4.5 per cent from July 2010 to $405,306.

Attached property sales in July 2011 totalled 432, a 17.4 per cent increase compared to the 368 sales in July 2010, and a 45.5 per cent decrease from the 792 attached properties sold in July 2009. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 6.9 per cent between July 2010 and 2011 to $524,909.

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