When is the best time to buy Real Estate?


Many of you have heard the way-too-often overused cliché “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION”.

I believe “TIMING, TIMING, TIMING” is much more important for any investment and very strongly in Real Estate.


Yes, you can find a great location but if your timing is off, then maybe you’re not getting the best deal. What constitutes a “good deal” depends on individual perception of value received. Most investors will calculate what a property is worth by the amount of money they can rent it out for and costs to run the property such as maintenance, insurance, taxes and vacancy rate.

When someone is buying a property where they want to live sometimes these basic principles go out the window. You get excited about the property and you’ll do whatever it takes to get it. I believe in the power of attraction and how important it is to dream big, but I also understand that home ownership can come with unexpected costs and as a buyer you must consider them.

Based on statistical patterns best time of the year to buy a home is in January. Typically, there are not many buyers actively looking to buy a home. I want to emphasize “typically”, because the health crisis has caused some abnormalities in the usual statistical patters. This year in January for example we saw a huge surge in sales. A lot of listings available in January are homes that didn’t sell before Christmas and the sellers might be more motivated and flexible with the price.

February onward usually sees more active listings before the spring market madness starts. The logic behind buying a home during the spring is to get possession during the summer months when kids are on summer vacation.


Spring markets are busiest, most competitive and most expensive time to buy. It’s also easier for sellers to make their home look more presentable; with curb appeal and more natural light outside some homes are just more appealing.

Prices normally peak in June and July when the demand is the most active, with lots of active listings and lots of buyers. As the school year approaches, in August and September, the number of active listings is reduced.


Into the winter months there is a higher probability of prices dropping because not many buyers are looking. In a normal year December is very slow for sales and in my opinion it’s the best time to be a buyer.


Buy a home when demand is low. If at all possible, buying a home in a “buyer’s market” is your best strategy. Prices are low and there are lots of homes for sale. 

A “seller’s market” is the opposite, where the inventory is low but the demand is high. This is the current market with multiple offers being so prevalent and the skyrocketing prices, it’s very frustrating to be a buyer.


Every person has a different situation, finances and circumstances, that’s why timing the market could proof to be a difficult task. During the most disruptive times there are people that make enough money to go to space for a few minutes while others lose everything. It’s a matter of timing and planning ahead of time.

Planning to purchase a home? I would love to help you, starting with getting you connected with a financial planner and a mortgage broker. Take your time, plan, prepare your finances and don’t allow your emotions to control you. Hire me and I’ll guide you through the process.


If you have any suggestions or feedback…or have any topics you would like me to cover, please let me know. I would love to hear from you.


Roman Krzaczek Realtor
Quadrarealty.ca
250-285-2141

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10 Things to be done to your homes before fall starts

I can’t believe the summer is nearing the end. Although I always enjoy the hot summer days a bit of rain would be welcome even by sun worshipers like myself. In a couple of months, I will surely regret these words but in the mean time I like to make sure my home is ready for the rainy season. I would like to share with you some tips on what is important before the rains come to avoid unpleasant surprises. Perhaps they will help you slowly start mentally preparing for the change of season.

Gutters
We are all used to them working properly and draining lots of water. Over the years however most people forget about checking them for damage or just a simple cleanup. When gutters are clogged, water can seep through into the house and cause major damage. A simple cleanup and a visual inspection can save you a lot of grief and possibly a lot of money.

Roof
Inspection of the roof is much easier to be done in the summer months before the rains start. If there’s any repairs needed to be done now is probably the best time.

Windows and doors
Check the exterior of your windows and doors. They may need re-calking.

Insulation
Take a look in your attic if there’s any holes made by critters. Sometimes squirrels or birds get inside your attic and build nests out of your existing insulation. Inspect and seal any possible points of entrance.

Chimney and wood stove.
Now would be a good time to inspect your wood stove, clean it out and do any repairs if necessary.

Fix any cracks in your driveway.
If you have a concrete driveway and it has cracks in it, this is the best time to take care of that. When winter comes it will be very difficult to get the right conditions to fix it.

Get your composter ready.
This is a big one for the gardeners like myself. There will be a lot of “greens” and soon enough “browns”. I like to make sure I have enough space for all that goodness.

Test winter equipment
Luckily we didn’t have much snow last year but it’s always a good idea to check your snow blower if it needs any repairs or maintenance.

Change your furnace filters
Another thing in your house that might be costing you more money than it should be. If your filters are clogged, it's harder to keep your home at the temperature you want it to be which will increase your heating bills. Clean these filters monthly, not just before the fall, for optimal performance.

Last but not least Change your batteries. Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors are very important devices that should work properly.

This might look like a long list but there is still a lot of time. If you are a procrastinator or are busy with other more important projects this could be a good to-do check list before September ends.


If you have any suggestions or feedback…or have any topics you would like me to cover, please let me know. I would love to hear from you.


Roman Krzaczek Realtor
Quadrarealty.ca
250-285-2141

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I have sold a property at 1378 Heriot Bay Rd.
WATER FRONT LIFESTYLE. Facing the beautiful Rebecca Spit Provincial Park, Quadra Island. This property offers you a dream that comes around very rarely. There have been no houses for sale in this area in many years. Spectacular views, close to stores, close to Cortes Island ferry in Heriot Bay. Bring your renovation ideas or just enjoy the outdoorsy lifestyle in the most beautiful area in the world. Kayaking, hiking, whale watching, fishing, biking, or just sitting on the beach and enjoying your coffee. The possibilities are endless. Great small town community. A DREAM COME TRUE for someone trying to get away from the busy city life to enjoy Nature.
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July in Real Estate:

Busy long weekend came to an end and the sun keeps smiling. I can’t believe what I’m about to say… but I miss the rain (for my garden). My garden is feeling the stress of super hot sun but I’m still loving the heat and enjoying the time spent at the lakes.

July was a busy month across the board, maybe not as busy as we have seen recently but that’s probably due to the stress test changes and also summer vacations. A lot of people are taking some time off and enjoying the summer.

Campbell River

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board reports that;

“Inventory remains extremely tight in the VIREB area, tracking at a 21-year historical low. Active listings of single-family homes and row/townhouses dropped by 51 per cent from July 2020. In the condo apartment category, inventory decreased by 60 per cent from one year ago. Based on the demand VIREB is seeing, there is no doubt that sales would be higher if there were sufficient inventory.”

VIREB’s heated housing market continues to impact prices, which continue to increase throughout the board area.

The benchmark price of a single family home in Campbell River area is 639,100 up from $588,800 just 3 months ago.

Apartments in Campbell River area benchmark closed the $336,300 mark and Townhouses $465,700.

“Unless demand drops significantly or more housing supply comes online through new construction, the needle for VIREB’s inventory situation will not move by much,” states Mackay. “BCREA, VIREB, and other real estate boards continue advocating with policymakers at the provincial and regional levels to speed up the development process so that municipalities can expand supply more quickly to meet demand.”

In the month of July we saw:

Quadra Island had four new listings, and five pending sale (received offers and are waiting for completion)

Cortes Island saw one pending, one cancelled and two new listings.

Seems like a very busy month in such a small market.



Calgary

Price growth slows as supply to demand balance improves.

July sales totaled 2,319 units, which is well above long-term averages and the best July on record. The pace of sales growth has eased over the past few months, but so too has the pace of new listings growth. This has helped prevent any further monthly gains in inventory levels, and while overall supply remains slightly higher than last July, it’s mostly due to gains in apartment and row product.

The benchmark price of a detached home in the city of Calgary is $539,900, apartments: $254,100, semi-detached: $428,400 and row houses: $299,600.


Vancouver

Steady sales, reduced listings and virtually unchanged home prices

“Moderation was the name of the game in July,” said REBGV’s economist Keith Stewart. “Home sales and listings fell in line with typical seasonal patterns as summer got going in earnest in July. On top of moderating market activity, price growth has leveled off in most areas and home types.”

“Low housing supply remains a fundamental factor in Metro Vancouver’s housing market,” Stewart said. "Home sales remain above average and we’re starting to see price increases relent as well. Going forward, the supply of homes for sale will be among the most critical factors to watch. This will determine the next direction for house price trends."

The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,801,100. This represents a 21 per cent increase from July 2020 and is unchanged from June 2021.

The benchmark price of an apartment property is $736,900. This represents an 8.4 per cent increase from July 2020 and a 0.1 per cent decrease compared to June 2021.

The benchmark price of an attached home is $949,400. This represents a 16.7 per cent increase from July 2020 and a 0.3 per cent increase compared to June 2021.

TORONTO

JULY NUMBERS SHOW STRONG DEMAND CONTINUES FOR HOME OWNERSHIP IN GTA

“Demand for ownership housing has remained strong despite a pandemic-related lull in population growth. Of specific note is the condominium apartment market, which has seen a marked turn-around in 2021 with sales up compared to last year. First-time buyers, many of whom were slower to benefit from the initial recovery phase, remain very active in the market place,” said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.

“There is a huge backlog of people seeking citizenship or permanent resident status in Canada. A large share of these newcomers will ultimately choose to call the GTA home. This means ownership and rental market conditions will remain tight with upward pressure on prices for the foreseeable future. Policy makers at all levels must pursue a coordinated effort to bring on a greater diversity of supply in major metropolitan areas,” said TRREB CEO John DiMichele.


Average Price of a detached home in area (416) is $1,695,541, semi-detached: 1,285,347; Townhouses: $926,437; and the average price for a condo: $700,061


It seems that demand across the country continues but maybe just at a slower pace. What would cause such a slow down? Most likely in my opinion the biggest factor behind this trend is the Mortgage stress test that has been recently introduced. The government decided to step in and cool down the overheating real estate market. One of the tools that can be used is the amount of credit that consumers can access. To me, based on the current market conditions statistics there’s a clear co-relation between the stress test and the slow-down. Another big factor that I have also witnessed in the daily life of a realtor is that some buyers are just tired and put the whole idea of buying a home on hold for now. Both buyers and sellers realize that we’ve been stuck at home for too long and might as well just enjoy the summer months and spend time traveling and spending it with your family and close friends. I wonder what will happen with the markets when the new lockdown happens. It appears that it’s just a matter of time before new measures are introduced to control the public. I understand the severity of the health crisis but I don’t always trust what the media feeds us. I would rather enjoy my garden and focus on my family.


 

Are you thinking of selling your home? Call me for a free home evaluation.

Roman Krzaczek REALTOR ®

Home number: 250-285-2141

Quadrarealty.ca

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