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Real Estate in November

On the surface of things, it appears that prices of real estate are dropping however when you look deeper into the numbers it’s not conclusive in every sector of the market. Locally in Campbell River area listing prices are dropping visibly, and listings are priced much closer to the appraised values.

Due to higher interest rates over the last few months, buyers have lost a lot of purchasing power.  Today, December 7th, we saw BoC raise interest rates again by 0.5%

Scotiabank mortgage rates today are 6.14% for a 5 year closed mortgage
TD offers special rates of 5.54% for the same product.
Coast Capital Credit Union offers 5.34% rate. I’m not promoting any bank’s mortgages, just sharing what I see on their websites.

Just to give you a little bit of perspective, a mortgage of $400,000 with regular 25year amortization at 2.75% which was the rate last year, would have been a payment of roughly $1800/ month

Today, the same mortgage amount at 6.14% rate will be a $2600 mortgage payment per month.

Quadra Island.
 In November we saw very little activity, one new listing, one expired listing and one withdrawn. There were no sold listings. Yes, that’s correct there were no properties sold in a whole month.

Cortes Island- saw 2 new listings, 1 sold (pending), one withdrawn, one cancelled, and one expired.

In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home hit $679,200 in November, up one per cent from the previous year.

Victoria,"November saw a significant decrease from last year in the number of home sales recorded, but this was expected as the market continues to settle after the record setting pace of 2021," says Victoria Real Estate Board President Karen Dinnie-Smyth. "With a small month over month decrease in price, the autumn market has returned to its traditional rhythm as we approach the holiday season. Inventory levels dipped slightly but remain well above this time last year, which is providing buyers with more options."

There were 2,111 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® at the end of November 2022, a decrease of 3.7 per cent compared to the previous month of October but a 138 per cent increase from the 887 active listings for sale at the end of November 2021.

Full report HERE

VANCOUVER, BC – December 2, 2022 – While typically a quiet month of market activity based on seasonal patterns, November home sale and listing totals lagged below the region’s long-term averages. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 1,614 in November 2022, a 52.9 per cent decrease from the 3,428 sales recorded in November 2021, and a 15.2 per cent decrease from the 1,903 homes sold in October 2022

Sales of detached homes in November 2022 reached 486, a 50.8 per cent decrease from the 987 detached sales recorded in November 2021. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,856,800. This represents a 1.7 per cent decrease from November 2021 and a 1.9 per cent decrease compared to October 2022.

The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,856,800. This represents a 1.7 per cent decrease from November 2021 and a 1.9 per cent decrease compared to October 2022.

The benchmark price of an apartment property is $720,500. This represents a 3.5 per cent increase from November 2021 and a 0.9 per cent decrease compared to October 2022.

The benchmark price of an attached unit is $1,027,900. This represents a 2.7 per cent increase from November 2021 and a 1.5 per cent decrease compared to October 2022.

Full report HERE

NANAIMO, BC – Last month, 244 single-family homes sold in the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) area, a 30 per cent decrease from one year ago and down by two per cent from October. There were 54 condo apartment sales in November 2022, a decline of 50 per cent year over year and up by 29 per cent from October. In the row/townhouse category, 46 units changed hands in November, down 52 per cent from one year ago and 10 per cent from October.

City of Calgary, December 1, 2022 - Residential sales in the city slowed to 1,648 units, a year-over-year decline of 22 per cent, but 12 per cent above the 10-year average.

The benchmark price in November slowed to $619,700, down from the high in May of $648,500. While prices have eased over the past several months, they continue to remain nearly 11 per cent higher than levels reported last year.

The benchmark price for Semi Detached reached $562,800, Row homes- $358,700, Apartments- $277,000

Full report HERE

TORONTO, ONTARIO, December 6, 2022 – Homeownership market activity in November continued to be influenced by the impact of higher borrowing costs on affordability. Sales were down markedly compared to the same period last year, following the trend that unfolded since the commencement of interest rate hikes in the spring. New listings were also down substantially from last year, and at a very low level historically. The fact that the supply of homes for sale has remained low, has supported average selling prices at the $1.08 to $1.09 million mark since August.

Greater Toronto Area (GTA) REALTORS® reported 4,544 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in November 2022 – down 49 per cent compared to November 2021, but remaining at a similar level to October especially after considering the recurring seasonal downward trend in the fall. New listings, at 8,880, were down on both a year-over-year basis and month-over-month basis.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite Benchmark was down by 5.5 per cent year-over-year in November 2022. The average selling price for all home types combined was down by 7.2 per cent yearover-year. Annual price declines continued to be greater for more expensive market segments, including detached and semi-detached houses.

Full report HERE

Roman Krzaczek REALTOR ®
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July in Real Estate

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.


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.


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.



“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

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