March in Real Estate

Spring is in the air and the nature is waking up from its wintery rest and hibernation (including myself!). Last few weeks have been quite busy for me therefore there was no time to contribute with an article in the last Discovery newsletter. In this edition however, I would like to share March statistics with you.

Campbell River

Inventory in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area is slowly inching up but is still far from ideal.

In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home hit $722,400 in March, up by 28 per cent from the previous year.
Benchmark Price for an apartment: $363,300.
Benchmark Price for a Townhouse: $537,300.

Quadra Island
Quadra Island in March had 2 new listings, 2 sold (pending), 2 cancelled, and 1 expired listing.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
March on Cortes Island had 1 new listing listed at $775,000 and 3 pending.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
For the second month in a row, sales activity not only reached a monthly high but also hit new record highs for any given month. Gains occurred across every property type as they all hit new record highs.
“While supply levels have improved from levels seen over the past four months, inventory levels are still well below what we traditionally see in March, thanks to stronger than expected sales activity,” said CREB® Chief Economist Ann-Marie Lurie. “With just over one month of supply in the market, the persistently tight market conditions continue to place significant upward pressure on prices.”

The benchmark price of detached homes in the city of Calgary hit $620,500; semi-detached: $478,400; row home: $335,400; apartments: $265,900.

Vancouver
“Market remained elevated in March."

“March of 2021 was the highest selling month in our history. This year’s activity, while still elevated, is happening at a calmer pace than we experienced 12 months ago,” Daniel John, REBGV Chair said. “Home buyers are keeping a close eye on rising interest rates, hoping to make a move before their locked-in rates expire.”

The benchmark price for a detached home is $2,118,600. This represents a 23.4 per cent increase from March 2021.
The benchmark price of an apartment home is $835,500. This represents a 16.8 per cent increase from March 2021. The benchmark price of an attached home is $1,138,300. This represents a 28.1 per cent increase from March 2021.

Toronto
There were almost 11,000 Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales reported in March 2022, capping off the third-best March and second-best first quarter on record. Tight market conditions continued to support a double-digit annual pace of price growth, with an average selling price of $1.3 million. The average selling price dipped slightly month-over-month, bucking the regular seasonal trend

However, we did experience more balance in the first quarter of 2022 compared to last year. If this trend continues, it is possible that the pace of price growth could moderate as we move through the year,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer. 

The average price for a detached home in area (416) is $1,920,018.
The average price of a semi-detached home (416) is $1,545,447.
The average price of a townhouse (416) is $1,117,469.
The average price of a condo (416) is $831,351 as reported by the Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TREBB).
Today we are facing the most serious housing crisis ever, in this country. Yet, we continue to keep faith that our government will come and save us, even though the government has created these problems in the first place. Have you seen the latest government proposals to “help” with the housing market? I may address those in my next article. As for now…. I’m once again excited about this new gardening season.
One thing I have learned last year, the hard way, is planting seeds too early.  The wait is hard, but in another week or so we should be good to go, my fellow gardeners. Thank you to all the gardeners for sharing valuable information with the community. I have lots to learn.

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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Radon (Rn) 101 – Understanding it within the Canadian Housing Context

 

Recently as part of Professional Development Course I took an interesting course and I would like to share with the readers of the Discovery Islander what I learned.

The course was put together by “Evict Radon” which is a volunteer-led Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to solving Canada’s large and allegedly worsening radon-gas exposure problem.

Why should you care about this?

Exposure to Radon may cause serious health issues including lung cancer.

The reason why it’s relevant to Real Estate is that Radon is a health concern and could be seen as a “latent defects” in a real estate transaction. Latent defects are hidden, unknown defects that are not generally discoverable by a prospective purchaser or a reasonable inspection.

In all of my years in the industry I have never seen a deal fall apart due to Radon reading. In fact, I have never even seen a Radon reading disclosed in the Property Disclosure Statement but I suspect that this trend of “healthy homes” will continue to push new ways of red tape. In my opinion, if it’s actually based on science and not on special interest groups and it will make us healthier than I think it’s worth looking into.

What is Radon?

“Radon is a tasteless, odourless and invisible radioactive gas that results from decaying uranium, and is a leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon filters up from the ground and into the air. It can enter buildings through openings where the buildings contact the ground. In the outdoors, radon is diluted to low levels. Inside buildings, however, radon can build up too harmful, concentrated levels. Breathing increased levels of radon increases a person’s chance of developing lung cancer. In fact, Radon is linked to 16% of lung cancer deaths. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.”

Who is at risk?
Everyone is at risk for radon inhalation, and any building that has contact with the ground has the potential to have high radon levels, including houses, apartments, schools, daycares, warehouses and commercial spaces.”

“Evict radon” is asking for participation with their research by testing your home and sending it back to them.

Participation in this research based study can help in better understanding what type of property produces a high or low radon environment and why. It will help in identifying who in society are the most at risk and also help in determining meaningful changes to policy and building codes in the future.

I am naturally sceptical when someone says “this is for your own health” because it usually means it will cost me something. However, I am open minded and passionate about learning so I purchased the test to see what it says about my home. The test cost me $53.99 plus shipping and taxes, total of $78.71.

The way to conduct the test is to place the little plastic device (the radon test) in the lowest level in your home that you spend about 4 or more hours a day. This could be your basement or the main floor. Do not place the radon test in well ventilated spaces such as kitchen, bathroom or areas with open windows or excessive airflow. Do not place them on the floor. The purpose of these tests is to give the research group a more accurate measurement of air quality. Typically, a location on the bedside table is a great place for the test. The test needs to stay in the same location for minimum of 90 days or longer.

If you would like to participate in this study go to the websites provided below. Both of the websites provide abundance of information about Radon, about the test and also mitigation process.


I think it’s a great resource for those of you that are curious or just health conscious. 

The website https://c-nrpp.ca/testing-for-radon/

 

The website to purchase the home test is here: https://evictradon.org/about/

 

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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