Junuary is in full swing and it seems like summer is still just a dream for now. Working in the garden in between the cold rain is not as much fun but I hope summer will arrive soon enough.

Real Estate markets across the country have been showing signs of slowdown. I suspect that it will be short lived because even though the higher interest rates will discourage some buyers, the demand is still very strong across the whole country. There simply is not enough houses for sale to meet everyone’s demand.

Campbell River
The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) housing market appears to be shifting amidst lighter demand and increased inventory


The increased inventory is good news for buyers, giving them more options to choose from and easing the pressure to move too quickly when making an offer. However, the market still favours sellers, and balanced conditions seem to be some distance away. According to the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA), it will take a substantial decline in demand to return active listings on Vancouver Island to a healthy state.

In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home hit $76,200 in May, up by 29 per cent from the previous year.
Benchmark Price for an apartment: $385,700.
Benchmark Price for a Townhouse: $527,100.
Quadra Island
Quadra Island in May had 3 new listings, 1 sold (pending), 1 sold, 1 expired.
If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website, sign up and log in for free to members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca
Cortes Island
May on Cortes Island had 3 new listings and 1 sold (pending).
If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website, sign up and log in for free to members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca

Calgary
“For the second month in a row, sales activity trended down after all-time record high sales in March. “While higher lending rates are weighing on sales activity, the market is still struggling with supply levels and rising prices which could also be contributing to slower sales, especially in the detached market. Nonetheless, if this shift continues, we could begin to see more balanced conditions in the market over the next several months, slowing the pace of price growth in the market.
The benchmark price of detached homes in the city of Calgary hit $648,500;
semi-detached: $584,700;
row home: $363,300;
apartments: $275,300.”

Vancouver
VANCOUVER, BC – June 2, 2022 – After reaching record-setting levels in 2021, home sale activity has returned to more typical seasonal levels in Metro Vancouver* this spring due, in large part, to rising interest rates.
“With interest rates rising, home buyers are taking more time to make their decisions in today’s housing market,” said Daniel John, REBGV Chair. “Home buyers have been operating in a frenzied environment for much of the past two years. This spring is providing a calmer environment, with fewer multiple offer situations, which is allowing buyers to explore their housing options, understand the changing mortgage market, and do their due diligence.”

 “Upward pressure on home prices has begun to ease in the housing market over the last two months,” John said. “Where home prices go next will depend on housing supply. While we’re beginning to see modest increases in home listings, we still need housing supply totals to more than double to bring the market close to balanced territory.”

The benchmark price for a detached home is $2,093,600. This represents a 15 per cent increase from May 2021.
The benchmark price of an apartment home is $779,700. This represents a 15 per cent increase from May 2021.
The benchmark price of an attached home is $1,141,200. This represents a 21.5 per cent increase from May 2021.

Toronto
TORONTO, ONTARIO, June 3, 2022 – Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market conditions continued to evolve in response to higher borrowing costs. Similar to April results, May 2022 sales were down on a monthly and annual basis.

“Bank of Canada rate hikes, including the 50-basis point hike on June 1, are impacting home buyers in the short term. There is now a psychological aspect where potential buyers are waiting for a bottom in price. This will likely continue through the summer. However, as home buyers adjust to higher borrowing costs, housing demand will be supported by extremely low unemployment, high job vacancies, rising incomes and record immigration,” said TRREB President Kevin Crigger. 

The average price for a detached home in area (416) is $1,914,890.
The average price of a semi-detached home (416) is $1,426,273.
The average price of a townhouse (416) is $1,045,874.
The average price of a condo (416) is $793,124 as reported by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TREBB).

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Roman Krzaczek REALTOR ®
Home number: 250-285-2141
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Finally, Spring is here, and we can finally work in the garden! I missed being outside doing what I love.

When it comes to Real Estate, it seems like the desired results of cooling down the market have been achieved by the government. The increase of interest rates seems to be slowing down some purchasers from committing currently. More rate hikes coming in June.

Here is a brief summary of what each real estate board is saying about their region: 

Campbell River
Additional inventory positive news for buyers.
“Higher interest rates may also be tempering how much buyers are willing to spend when making an offer. However, it is too early to say whether conditions are beginning to shift towards a more balanced market. According to the British Columbia Real Estate Association, housing markets in British Columbia are so lopsided that it will take a substantial decline in demand to return active listings to a healthy state.

That said, sales did dip in April. By category, 507 single-family homes were reported sold on the MLS® System in April, a 13 per cent decrease from one year ago and down by three per cent from March.”
In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home hit $769,800 in April, up by 31 per cent from the previous year.
Benchmark Price for an apartment: $385,700.
Benchmark Price for a Townhouse: $527,100.
Quadra Island
Quadra Island in April had 5 new listings, 3 sold (pending).
If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website, sign up and log in for free to members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca

Cortes Island
April on Cortes Island had 2 new listings listed and 1 cancelled.
If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website, sign up and log in for free to members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca

Calgary
“Following an all-time record high month of sales in March, activity slowed down in April. However, with 3,401 sales this month, it was still a gain of six per cent over last year and a record high for the month of April. “Despite some of the monthly pullback, it is important to note that sales remain exceptionally strong and are likely being limited due to supply choice in the market,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “While further rate increases will likely start to dampen demand later this year, more pullbacks in new listings this month are ensuring the market continues to favour the seller, resulting in further price gains.”

The benchmark price of detached homes in the city of Calgary hit $628,900; semi-detached: $487,900; row home: $343,000; apartments: $272,600.

 Vancouver
“Metro Vancouver home sales return to more traditional levels in April. “So far this spring, we’ve seen home sales ease down from the record-breaking pace of the last year,” Daniel John, REBGV Chair said. “While a small sample size, the return to a more traditional pace of home sales that we’ve experienced over the last two months provides hopeful home buyers more time to make decisions, secure financing and perform other due diligence such as home inspections.”
The benchmark price for a detached home is $2,139,200. This represents a 20.8 per cent increase from April 2021.
The benchmark price of an apartment home is $844,700. This represents a 16 per cent increase from April 2021.
The benchmark price of an attached home is $1,150,500. This represents a 25 per cent increase from April 2021.

Toronto
“The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market continued its adjustment to higher borrowing costs, with the number of transactions down on a monthly and annual basis. As has been the case with previous rate tightening cycles, some home buyers have moved to the sidelines to determine how they will reposition themselves in the marketplace given the higher rate environment and related impact on affordability.

“Based on the trends observed in the April housing market, it certainly appears that the Bank of Canada is achieving its goal of slowing consumer spending as it fights high inflation. Negotiated mortgage rates rose sharply over the past four weeks, prompting some buyers to delay their purchase. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see the balance the Bank of Canada strikes between combatting inflation versus stunting economic growth and related government revenues as we continue to recover from and pay for pandemic-related programs,” said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.”
The average price for a detached home in area (416) is $1,947,975.
The average price of a semi-detached home (416) is $1,494,640.
The average price of a townhouse (416) is $1,086,986.
The average price of a condo (416) is $820,835 as reported by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TREBB).

I’m off, back to the garden before the rain comes! Enjoy the sun!

 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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February in Real Estate

 

Another month went by and we are seeing more listings coming on the market every day. How was February you may ask? Well, here’s a brief summary of each important market. The reason why I am including only these markets is because based on what algorithms show, most people that come to Campbell River and surrounding area, are from these cities across Canada.

Campbell River

February brought additional inventory to the table in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area. However, listings are still far below where they need to be to satisfy buyer demand.

“British Columbia is in the midst of a housing crisis,” says Erica Kavanaugh, 2022 VIREB President. “Organized real estate has data-driven insights into potential solutions, which is why BCREA just released a white paper on market conditions in the province.”

In a Better Way Home: Strengthening Consumer Protection in Real Estate, BCREA presents over 30 recommendations to the provincial government on how it can protect consumers today and provide affordable housing in the future. Using extensive data and expert analysis, BCREA focuses on real-life solutions in the paper instead of ineffective and temporary demand-side fixes, adds Kavanaugh. (To read or download the white paper, visit bcrea.bc.ca/whitepaper.)

Benchmark Price for a detached home in Campbell River in February reached: $699,900.

Benchmark Price for an apartment: $333,600.

Benchmark Price for a Townhouse: $514,200. 

Quadra Island
Quadra Island in February had NO new listings, 4 sold (pending) and 1 Sold.  

If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website and sign up and log in for free to members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca

Cortes Island

February on Cortes Island had 1 listing “pending” and one “sold” but NO new listings.  

If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website and sign up and log in for free to members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca

Calgary

Thanks to a surge in new listings, sales activity reached a record high for the month of February with 3,305 sales. The rise in new listings caused adjusted inventories to rise above last months’ levels. However, with only one month of supply, the market continues to favour the seller.

The benchmark price of detached homes in the city of Calgary hit $596,400; semi-detached: $461,400; row home: $321,100; apartments: $257,500.

Vancouver

The Metro Vancouver* housing market saw steady home sales activity, modest increases in home listings and continued upward trends in pricing in February.

“As we prepare to enter what’s traditionally the busiest season of the year, the Metro Vancouver housing market is seeing more historically typical home sale activity and a modest uptick in home listing activity compared to last year,” Taylor Biggar, REBGV Chair said. 

The benchmark price for a detached home is $2.044,800. This represents a 25 per cent increase from February 2021.

The benchmark price of an apartment home is $807,900. This represents a 15.9 per cent increase from February 2021.

The benchmark price of an attached home is $1,090,000. This represents a 27.2 per cent increase from February 2021. 

Toronto

February home sales were down compared to the all-time record in 2021, but represented the second-best result for the month of February in history. New listings dropped, but by a marginally lesser annual rate than sales, pointing to a modest move to a slightly more balanced market. Competition between buyers, however, remained tight enough to support double-digit price growth year-over-year.


“Demand for ownership housing remains strong throughout the GTA, and while we are marginally off the record pace seen last year, any buyer looking in this market is not likely to feel it with competition remaining the norm. Many households sped up their home purchase and entered into a transaction in 2021, which is one reason the number of sales were forecasted to be lower this year and a trending towards higher borrowing cost will have a moderating effect on home sales. Substantial immigration levels and a continued lack of supply, however, will have a countering effect to increasing mortgage costs,” said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.


The average price for a detached home in area (416) is $2,073,989.

The average price of a semi-detached home (416) is $1,499,489.

The average price of a townhouse (416) is $1,131,809.

The average price of a condo (416) is $822,090 as reported by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TREBB).


If you keep tracking these numbers like I do, you must have noticed that prices keep going up significantly all across the country. Even when you look at a monthly change a lot of the times it’s substantially higher. With immigration policy accepting over 400,000 new immigrants this year, and now with Ukraine conflict I’m sure that number will at least double. We can only speculate that this will drive prices even higher, especially the lower priced units.


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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First and foremost, I would like to Wish you an abundant, joyous and prosperous 2022!


As of this writing, the real estate boards haven’t released the monthly stats for the month of December yet, so I’ll have to write on a different topic as I have originally planned.


By the time you read this article in the Discovery Islander you have probably already received your BC Assessment report, so I’d like to give you some information about what this report is and how it’s compiled.  


BC Assessment is a Crown Corporation created as an independent impartial party to keep consistency and order. The corporation employs 650 full-time staff positions in 17 offices throughout the province. B.C. Assessment's annual budget is just over $77 million.


The value is determined based on property type and which method was used. There are several types of methods but the most common method for residential properties is the “Sales comparison method”. This method determines market value of properties based on most current data of sold units that are comparable in any given area. Land assessments are based on its most reasonable and optimal use which is both physically possible and financially feasible.

For example, vacant downtown land may be valued at its development potential rather than existing use. BC Assessment will consider many factors when determining highest and best use; including zoning, official community plans and recent development trends.


The assessed value of your home is broken down into 2 categories: Land, and Buildings. The report also includes comparable information on your previous year’s value.

Please note that the value assigned to your property is already outdated when you get it in your mail, because it’s based on data of sold units provided by the real estate boards as of July of last year. There are 5 more months of active market that are not included in that report.
 

How relevant is Assessed value during a real estate transaction? This is the second most common question I hear on regular basis from my clients. The answer is as usual: “It depends”.

As a Realtor my job as a listing agent is to sell it to a potential buyer, to their agent and most importantly to the bank that will provide financing to the buyer.


In a sellers market like we have seen over the last few years, the market can seem all over the place with prices. The bottom line is that the market will dictate what a property will sell for, provided that the bank is in agreement. For example, A buyer can be very excited about a property they’d like to purchase. They participate in a multiple offer situation where they have outbid all competing offers. What happens now? Depending if the buyer is a cash buyer or if financing is required, the bank will consider the BC assessment report as a factor in granting financing or in some cases, not.

If the offer is viewed as unreasonably high and not in line with how the market has behaved in the area, the banks can refuse to finance the mortgage for the buyers or assign conditions before financing can be finalized.


The truth is that the BC assessment report is used mostly for tax purposes. The market value of a property is determined by the economic forces of demand and supply. Our biggest issue in the real estate market is very low inventory and a very high demand for properties. There simply aren’t enough homes for sale to meet the demand. That’s what we are being told by the governments and it seems consistent with what we are seeing in the market place.


Is BC Assessment important in the purchase or sale of your home? Yes. It’s considered to determine what the property taxes will be for the current year, as well as qualifying for a mortgage.

In a strong sellers market, it is very common for properties to sell well above BC assessment values. When the market changes into a buyers market, and it will change one day, buyers and lenders alike will be paying much closer attention to what the BC Assessment numbers are.


The most accurate appraisal of your property can be obtained from a property appraisal company or your REALTOR®


If you haven't received your statement yet but you're curious, here's a link https://www.bcassessment.ca/


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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November in Real Estate

I can’t believe that it’s already December! A good reminder was the dump of snow we had last night, power outages and cancellation of schools; wow what a day! I almost missed the deadline for submitting this article but I’m very grateful that the hard working people at BC Hydro brought back the power just in time.

It’s statistics time, just like every month, this time for the month of November.

If you have any suggestions for any future articles, please email, text or call me. Your opinion matters to me.

Campbell River

Active listings in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area continue to drop, with demand far outpacing supply. Inventory has hit consecutive historical lows for several months running.
According to the British Columbia Real Estate Association, the supply situation is especially critical in markets outside the Lower Mainland. One of the worst inventory situations is on Vancouver Island. Even if sales were to return to long-run average levels, total listings would need to nearly double to achieve a balanced market, and the road to doubling those listings lies in building more homes.

In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home hit $683,500 in November, up by 30 per cent from the previous year. Townhouse: $485,900.

Quadra Island
Quadra Island saw a busy November with 3 new listings, 3 sold (pending) and one expired.

If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website and sign up for free to

members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca

Cortes Island

Cortes Island saw only 1 new listing in November, a beautiful almost 10 acre property.

If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website and sign up for free to members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca

Calgary

Driven by growth in demand for all property types, there were 2,110 sales in November, just shy of the record for the month set in 2005. “Lending rates are expected to increase next year, which has created a sense of urgency among purchasers who want to get into the housing market before rates rise,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “At the same time, supply levels have struggled to keep pace, causing tight conditions and additional price gains.”


 In November, the detached price reached $542,600 up over 10.6 per cent higher than levels reported last October.


The semi-detached benchmark price rose to $429,800 this month, 8.7% Y/Y.

Row Price: $299,100, Apartment $251,700.


Vancouver

As we near the end of 2021, home buyer demand remains well in excess of long-term averages and the supply of homes for sale continues to decline across Metro Vancouver’s housing market.

“The imbalance between supply and demand, coupled with some buyers wanting to use rate holds on lower rate fixed-term mortgages, is keeping upward pressure on home prices in this traditionally quieter time of year for the market,” Stewart said.


The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,870,000. This represents a 20.8 per cent increase from November 2020.

The benchmark price of an apartment home is $752,800. This represents an 11.4 per cent increase from November 2020.

The benchmark price of an attached home is $990,300. This represents a 20.2 per cent increase from November 2020.


Toronto

Home sales reached a new record for the month of November and the average selling price also reached a new all-time high. New listings were down substantially compared to last year for all market segments – further highlighting the inherent supply issue across all home types in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

“Governments at all levels must take coordinated action to increase supply in the immediate term to begin addressing the supply challenges of today, and to work towards satisfying growing demand in the future. The GTA remains the primary destination for new immigrants, and is at the centre of the Canadian economy”, said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.


The average price for a detached home in area (416) is $1,807,983.

The average price of a semi-detached home (416) is 1,431,988.

The average price of a townhouse (416) is $981,759.

The average price of a condo (416) is $745,951, as reported by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TREBB).


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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September in Real Estate

 


The monthly statistics report just came out for the month of September and it’s been my ritual for a full year now to read all the reports and share a summary with the Discovery Islander readers. When I write these summaries I don’t use my opinions or my own spin on things, I directly quote snippets from the reports, so please don’t shoot the messenger.


I’m re-evaluating if my column is seen as valuable information for readers and am curious if people are actually finding it helpful at all.

I would greatly appreciate to receive some feedback. Please text me at 604-787-4594 or call me at home 250-285-2141. All feedback is greatly appreciated and confidential.

 

 

Campbell River
Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) reported for the month of September:

“The housing market in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area finished summer the way it began, with historically low inventory and rising prices. Active listings of single-family homes were 47 per cent lower last month than in September 2020, while VIREB’s inventory of condo apartments and row/townhouses dropped by 57 per cent and 48 per cent, respectively, from one year ago.

In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home hit $653,700 in September, up by 29 per cent from the previous year. In the Comox Valley, the year-over-year benchmark price rose by 31 per cent to $771,300. The Cowichan Valley reported a benchmark price of $755,000, an increase of 34 per cent from September 2020. Nanaimo’s benchmark price rose by 28 per cent, hitting $745,400, while the Parksville-Qualicum area saw its benchmark price increase by 33 per cent to $869,000. The cost of a benchmark single-family home in Port Alberni reached $494,500, a 40 per cent year-over-year increase. The benchmark price for the North Island rose by 49 per cent, hitting $404,100 in September.”


Quadra Island
Quadra Island saw 4 listings sold (pending completion) and 2 new listings.

If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website and sign up for free to the members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca


Cortes Island

Cortes Island also saw 4 listings sold (pending completion) and 2 listings expired.

If you would like more details including “sold prices” go to my website and sign up for free to the members only area that will provide that information www.quadrarealty.ca


Calgary

 “While sales activity in the fall tends to be slower than in the spring months, the continued strong sales are likely being driven by consumers who were unable to transact earlier in the year when supply levels had not yet adjusted to demand,” said Calgary Real Estate Board (CREB®) chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “The market continues to favour the seller, but conditions are not as tight as they were earlier this year.”

Benchmark price of a detached home in the city of Calgary: $537,500 up 10% Year over Year.

Benchmark price of a semi-detached home in the city of Calgary: $424,900 up 8.4% Year over Year.

Benchmark price of a row-home in the city of Calgary: $299,600 up 7.2% Year over Year.

Benchmark price of an apartment in the city of Calgary: $253,200 up 1.2% Year over Year.”


Vancouver


“Home sale activity remains elevated across Metro Vancouver’s housing market while the pace of homes being listed for sale continues to follow long-term averages.

The summer trend of above-average home sales and historically typical new listings activity continued in Metro Vancouver last month. Although this is keeping the overall supply of homes for sale low, we’re not seeing the same upward intensity on home prices today as we did in the spring,” Keith Stewart, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) economist said.


The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,828,200. This represents a 20.4 per cent increase from September 2020.

The benchmark price of an apartment home is $738,600. This represents an 8.4 per cent increase from September 2020.

The benchmark price of an attached home is $963,800. This represents a 17.5 per cent increase from September 2020.


Toronto


“September marked the transition from the slower summer market to the busier fall market in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Every year, we generally see an uptick in sales, average selling price and listings after Labour Day, and September 2021 was no different. Sales increased relative to August and were also at the third-highest mark on record for the month of September. The average selling price was up both month-over-month and year-over-year.


The average price for a detached home in area (416) is $1,778,928. This represents a 19.5 per cent increase from September 2020.

The average price of a semi-detached home (416) is $1,304,504. This represents a 13.9 per cent increase from September 2020.

The average price of a townhouse is $930,056. This represents a 7.2 per cent increase from September 2020.

The average price of a condo is $744,730. This represents a 8.5 per cent increase from September 2020”, as reported by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TREBB)


 

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Roman Krzaczek REALTOR ®

Home number: 250-285-2141

Quadrarealty.ca

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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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