October 2012 News

It has been an interesting summer - fabulous weather and a softer real estate market that we are used to in British Columbia. There is a correction taking place which is affecting the market. Certain areas that have seen astronomical increases are feeling a bigger percentage drop.


Examples of increases & decreases are as follows:


Area                              Benchmark Price               5 Year Change            1 Year Change           3 Month Change
Burnaby South            $1,003,700                            37.8%                             4.2%                             -1.0%
Richmond                    $962,900                                36.7%                            -4.2%                            -3.6%
Van. West Side           $33.6%                                   33.6%                            -6.25%                          -5.2%


Only 3 areas in the single family home category in the REBGV saw increases in the last 3 months:

  • .5% in Maple Ridge / .1% in Pitt Meadows / .9% in Port Moody

Other Stats for September:

  • 32.5% decline in residential property sales compared to September 2011

  • September sales were 41.6 below the 10 year September average

  • The major factor is the federal government elimination of availability fo the 30 year amortization on government - insured mortgages

  • The total # of residential property listings on the MLS increased 14.1% from this time last year.

  • Prices do remain relatively stable overall - with the exception of a few areas. 

Benchmark Prices:

  • Detached = $935,600 / decrease .5% from September 2011 / (37.9% decrease in number of sales)

  • Attached = $458,600 / decrease 2.7% from September 2011 / (33% decrease in number of sales)

  • Condo's = $368,000 / decrease of .7% from September 2011 / (26.7% decrease in number of sales)

Now that you know the stats - it is obviously a great time to be a buyer. If you are a seller it is the perfect time to buy a more expensive property (the higher the price the more dollars you save). It is always a good time to buy or sell if it fits in with your personal goals - whether you are moving for your career, to be closer to your family, downsizing or wanting a different kind of property.


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