GREATER VANCOUVER SALES - Last month, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports a total of 3,022 residential property sales within the Metro Vancouver area (7.1% increase compared to September 2017). The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,042,300. This is a 12.4% increase over October 2016 and a 0.5% increase compared to September 2017.

"Conditions continue to vary significantly based on property type. The detached home market is well supplied with homes for sale, which is relieving pressure on prices," Jill Oudil, REBGV president said. "It remains a much different story in the townhouse and apartment markets. Buyers of these properties continue to have limited supply to choose from and are seeing upward pressure on prices."

Below you will find a comparative chart that depicts the Greater Vancouver residential sales from 2015 to present.

BC SALES - The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports a total of 8,677 residential property sales within BC (4.04% increase compared to September 2017). Total sales dollar volume was $6.25 billion, up 41.6 per cent from October 2016. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $720,129, up 18.7 per cent from October 2016.

"BC home sales trended higher in October, up 23 per cent from January on a seasonally adjusted basis," said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. "A lack of supply in the resale market continues to put upward pressure on home prices in most BC regions."

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The City of Vancouver has a desire to redevelop the Cambie Corridor and launched the three-phase planning program in 2009 with the purpose of guiding long-term, transit-oriented growth. The Cambie Corridor is located in central south Vancouver and encompasses approximately 2,471 acres. This area extends 6km from West 16th Avenue to the Fraser River and is bordered by Oak Street and Ontario Street. The Cambie Corridor has roughly the same population as the West End, but five times the land area. 4 out of the 9 Canada Line stations are within the Cambie Corridor. Map view can be found below.

Source: City of Vancouver, Cambie Corridor Phase 3 Community Profile

Currently, Phase 3 is underway by building on the plan, focusing on land use and new housing opportunities while remaining within close proximity to the Canada Line stations. On June 12, 2017, the City announced that there are 11,500 new homes planned for the Cambie Corridor, of which more than 4,000 are intended to be "affordable" homes, including social and rental units that are linked to residents' incomes.

“The third phase of the Cambie Corridor Plan is the first of many exciting steps that puts the City’s Housing Strategy into action with vision for the neighbourhood that delivers a housing mix that meets peoples’ needs,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “I’ve heard loud and clear that people want a mix of housing – rental, townhomes and row houses – near schools, parks and transit in Vancouver’s low-density neighbourhoods. This plan for the Cambie Corridor provides that and more.”

According to the City, the new interim 10-year housing targets will create housing that is "based on what people can afford, in new locations, and in housing forms that will meet the needs of our diverse population". These housing targets will be refined throughout the fall and will form part of the final Housing Vancouver Strategy.

For all your real estate needs, contact Amalia Liapis at 604-618-7000 or alternatively at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca.

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Overall, we have seen a decrease in residential sales when comparing January 2017 to January 2016. Last month, there were 4,487 residential unit sales recorded by MLS® which is a 23% decrease in comparison to January 2017. For the total sales dollar volume, it was recorded at $2.79 Billion which is a 36.5% decrease from the same period last year. There has been a decrease of 17.5% in terms of the average MLS® residential price in BC bringing it to $621,093.

"Housing demand across the province returned to long-term average levels last month," said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. "However, regional variations persist, with Victoria posting above average performance and Vancouver falling below the average." 

The decrease in the average MLS® residential price is largely attributed to there being more residential sales made in areas outside of the Lower Mainland. Vancouver residential sales fell from 43% of provincial transactions to 35%. In addition, Vancouver detached home sales have seen a decrease relative to multi-family units as they have skewed the average price statistic down. The MLS® Residential Benchmark Price in the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver area has seen a 3.7% decrease over the past six months, but is up 15.6% from January 2016.

For all your real estate needs, contact Amalia Liapis at 604-618-7000 or alternatively, at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca.

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Below you will find the commercial sales activity broken down by category for the Lower Mainland for Quarter 3 of 2016 and 2015 and the relevant percentage change. As well, there is a year-to-date comparison which encompasses the first three quarters. Quarter 4 statistics should be released in the next few weeks! The statistics for the Lower Mainland are inclusive of the following 18 cities: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, Mission, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver and White Rock. Thus, the first table is not representative of only Vancouver commercial real estate (a separate table will break down the statistics for Vancouver).

Below you will find information from the above table which has the Vancouver data extracted from it. While the Quarter 3 results year over year have primarily seen a decrease in both unit sales and sales dollars, the year-to-date figures show a different story. All four categories see an increase in sales dollars when comparing 2015 to 2016. 

In addition to residential real estate and property management, we also do commercial real estate here at WeSellVancouver. We'd love to help you with your next investment or business venture. Contact the WSV Real Estate Services office at 604-801-6654 or at info@wesellvancouver.ca for all your real estate needs.

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We're not just selling a home, we're selling the community. With a walk score of 96, it's no doubt that our newest listing at 503-610 Victoria Street is in a prime location. Take a look at our community profile to see what's in the area! Contact Amalia Liapis at 604-618-7000 or at amalia@wesellvancouver.ca for more details. Additional information can be found here

 

 

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We understand your time is valuable and so our goal is to simply do the leg work for you, allowing you to make maximum profit from your investments, hassle-free. Let your property go to work for you, contact us today at 604-801-6654 or at info@werentvancouver.ca. For more information about how we can help you make the most of your rental property, check out our website at werentvancouver.ca - we look forward to hearing from you!

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Looking for major developmental projects happening in the Lower Mainland? Look no further! The BC Major Projects Inventory (MPI) gives details on projects within BC with a capital cost value of $15M or $20M within the Lower Mainland area. Take a look below for a snapshot of some private and public sector construction projects.

 
 

For a more comprehensive look at the projects, click hereFor all your real estate needs, contact us at info@wesellvancouver.ca or alternatively at 604-801-6654.

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Our last blog took a look at 2014 statistics in the realm of commercial real estate. Today we'll be exploring statistics for 2015 thus far. As noted in our last blog, commercial land sales have driven sales activity for the first quarter. It has been an upward trend for the past four years in terms of dollar value in land sales.

“It was the most active first quarter we’ve seen in our commercial market over the last five years,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said. “This activity reflects the growth we’re seeing in related sectors within our economy such as retail and manufacturing.”

Below you will find a comparison chart of Quarter 1 commercial real estate activity by category for the years 2014 and 2015. As you can see, the number of sales has seen an increase from 2014 to 2015 whereas the dollar value for each respective category has increased in some categories and decreased in others.

Category Classifications

Land - Includes properties that are holding properties, farmland, garden centres, redevelopment sites, land assembly sites, vineyards, etc.

Office and Retail - These properties are defined by the zoning according to each municipality and must have a building on the site. This includes office, office condo, retail, retail condo, shopping centre, gas station, car dealerships, banks, community centres, daycares, educational facility, institutional, golf courses, movie threatre, hotel, churches, restaurants, truck stops, etc.

Industrial - These are defined by the zoning according to each municipality and must have a building on the site. This includes warehouses, warehouse bays and multi-bay warehouses.

Multi-Family - These include nursing homes, high rises, low rises and any condo or townhome properties containing four or more units with at least one zoned for commercial use.

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Before diving into the statistics for the commercial real estate market in the Lower Mainland for 2015, let's back track and take a look at 2014. The Lower Mainland's commercial real estate market topped out at 1,963 sales allowing it to hit a five-year high in terms of the number and value of sales. The commercial real estate sales for 2014 were 4.4% above the region's five-year sales average totalling $6.086 billion in sales.

Ray Harris, REBGV president stated, "[o]ur commercial real estate market was up in 2014 thanks in large part to increased demand for raw land transactions within the development and investor community. An increase in land transactions is often a signal of confidence in the market because it required a multi-year investment."

Following in suit with the trend of growing sales in the area of raw land, an increase in raw land sales contributed to boosting commercial real estate totals for the first quarter of this year. Year over year, the commercial land sales has seen a significant increase in both number of sales and dollar value of sales. With the exception of the actual number of sales transactions in 2013, there have been continual increases from 2011 to 2014. Below you will find comparative data for the commercial land sales for the past four years.

The real estate market for 2015 so far has seen a positive start. In comparing 2014 Q1 and 2015 Q1 sales, the total dollar value of commercial sales in Vancouver has increased by 7.6%, totalling $1.5 billion. As for the number of sales transactions, there has been an increase of 8.6% compared between the first quarters of 2014 and 2015. “It was the most active first quarter we’ve seen in our commercial market over the last five years,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said. “This activity reflects the growth we’re seeing in related sectors within our economy such as retail and manufacturing.”

Stay tuned for our next blog post on the comparison of 2014 and 2015 first quarter commercial sales, broken down by category.

For all your real estate needs, contact us at info@wesellvancouver.ca or alternatively at 604-801-6654.

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