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.


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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)


 

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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August in Real Estate

Another month has gone by and it seems like not much has changed in terms of pricing or demand for real estate in BC or across the country for that matter. It seems like things have been slowing down a little bit but the demand is still strong and the supply end is lagging behind. I love Real Estate and it's also part of my job to be informed so I can serve my clients better. Every month when statistics are released I analyze and review what's going on in the market and share all my findings. The sources of this information come from the Real Estate Boards that release it to the media. It's all public knowledge and easily accessible by anybody. All i'm doing is compiling a brief summary of each area to give my clients a snapshot of what's going on in the market. I could expand and provide you with much more information on each sector but I think most people are just interested in how much their home is worth today and also if the market is strong or if the sky is falling. Some of my clients have experienced some market corrections back in the 1980's but I was fortunate enough to witness just a short lived bump in 2009. Do I think we are way overdue for a correction? Maybe. I just don't believe things can go on indefinetely and one day there will be a correction but for now I don't think we are seeing any signs of that. The most current development is the news headline coming out of China regarding the Chinese property giant #evergrande   I will be paying closer attention to this developing story because it's related to global real estate. The company's share price has dropped over 80% from it's 52 week highs. Apparently the company is in financial troubles, and it has as much as 3 times debt as the Lehman Brothers did before the whole thing colllapsed. Will this company pull the global markets down? I personally believe that it may cause big ripples in the markets in the next couple of months. 

 

Campbell River
Slight cooling due to historically low inventory.
Inventory remains extremely tight in the VIREB (Vancouver Island Real Estate Board) 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 (Vancouver Island Real Estate Board) is seeing, there is no doubt that sales would be higher if there were sufficient inventory.

In Campbell River, the benchmark price of a single-family home hit $639,100.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) forecasts that market conditions may begin to even out somewhat by the end of the year. However, it would take approximately 2,500 new listings in the VIREB area to create an actual balanced market if activity continues at this pace. The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) in August saw sales of 450 single family detached properties compared to 531 in June.

 

Quadra Island
In the month of August we saw two listings “sold”, two were “pending” and three “new” listings. The lowest price was a 10acre empty lot that sold for just under $400,000. The highest Sold price was an Ocean front property in Drew Harbour that sold for $860,000

Cortes Island
August showed some activity on beautiful Cortes Island as well, with one sold listing, one pending and two new listings. The only sold listing was a 10acre lot with buildings that sold over $800,000.

 

Calgary

Market continues shift toward more balanced conditions after torrid start to the year.

“Sales have far exceeded expectations throughout most of the pandemic, driven mostly by demand for detached homes. At the same time, supply could not keep pace and conditions shifted to favour the seller, something that has not happened in over six years,” said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

Detached Homes prices remained relatively stable compared with July figures, but were more than 10 per cent higher than levels recorded last year. Price gains continue to vary significantly based on location. Prices have risen across all districts relative to last year, but prices trended down In the City Centre, North West, West and South districts compared to last month. Detached homes benchmark price was $538,700

The semi-detached homes benchmark price was $430,000. Despite strong price gains across all districts, prices still have not recovered from previous highs in the South, North East and City Centre districts

The row benchmark price in August pushed above $300,000, eight per cent higher than last year.

Apartment benchmark price $253,300 nearly 16 per cent lower than previous highs.


Vancouver

While home buyers have remained active in Metro Vancouver* throughout the summer, the supply of homes for sale has declined steadily since June.

Last month’s sales were 20.4 per cent above the 10-year August sales average.

“August was busier than expected, and listings activity isn’t keeping up with the pace of demand. This is leaving the market under supplied.” said Keith Stewart, REBGV economist.

The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,807,100. This represents a 20.4 per cent increase from August 2020

The benchmark price of an apartment property is $735,100. This represents a 7.6 per cent increase from August 2020

The benchmark price of an attached home is $952,600. This represents a 16.5 per cent increase from August 2020

 

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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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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