PORT MOODY! THE U-BICYCLE TOUR… DOES MONICA SURVIVE THE SKATE PARK? FIND OUT BELOW!
We have passed by these U-bicycle stations all over Port Moody and finally decided to give it a go! Quick app download and we were on our way. Yes, we wore our helmets #safteyfirst!
Port Moody is surprisingly rideable, even for someone that hasn’t ridden in a hot minute. Guys, if you haven’t tried this you are missing out. We made it to Moody Ales from Newport Village in 8 minutes on our “Lunch Break”!
Surprise surprise… It’s slow. In terms of units sold, statistically the month of March was the slowest it’s been in 33 years! However, don’t let the media headlines fool you, it’s not that bad for all property types. It may be a ‘Buyers Market’, particularly for luxury homes, fixer uppers and land value, but many entry level homes, condos and desirable areas are experiencing more of a ‘Balanced Market’, we have even experienced a few bidding wars. Check out this video to learn more about our thoughts on the 2019 Spring Market.
Did you guys know the proper way to drink espresso was by pouring it directly in to your mouths however you see fit? Well now you do. You’re welcome.
Watch below & make sure to check back next week for our next episode of #PoMoLife.
There is a lot going on in our city, Port Moody and we are going to highlight new and old businesses AND events! We have some serious ground to cover and we are open to requests! If there is a new spot that you haven’t tried, let us know.
Adam and Shawn are back hosting another Real Estate Seminar. This event will be held on April 4th atOld Crow Coffee Co in New West from 7:00-8:00 pm and we will have coffee/tea available for all attendees!
At this Seminar, we are going to be having a general open conversation where we can address any and all of your questions!
Eventually we will take you through a 5-10 minute presentation to show you the current state of the market for seller/buyers, but overall, we want to achieve an open discussion to make sure that you get all of your questions covered and have you leave with the knowledge/education that you came for.
This event is open to all types including those who’s next transaction will happen right away or in the future. This will be beneficial for both buyers and sellers and we will provide information on both condos and homes.
RSVP is required for the event so that we can plan accordingly. Send us a message on social media, an email to email@example.com, or sign up on eventbrite to let us know that you’re attending and who you’re bringing, and we’ll save you a spot!
James Garbutt interviews our team member Shawn Kambo. Shawn does our bi-weekly blog “Shawn’s Deals of The Week“, is an investment expert and the most educated on our team! Watch the video below to learn more about him.
Vancouver, BC is one of the most beautiful places to live in Canada, but it comes at a high price. The average price for Vancouver Real Estate in 2019 is $1,019,600, which is 4.5% lower compared to 2018.
It is expensive to own a home in Vancouver, but it is also expensive to rent. The average 1 bedroom apartment price increased by 6.5% from 2018, which is the second highest rental price in Canada, right below Toronto. Burnaby ‘s 1 bedroom rentals increased by 9.8%, which is the third highest in Canada.
The unit is in a complex built in 1988, located near public transit. When the newlywed couple that purchased the unit walked through the door, they knew they wanted it, buyer’s agent Adam Senuik said. But their pre-approved mortgage was only $515,000. Mr. Senuik knew the condo had been on the market for two months at that time and had been reduced from $618,000. After three counter offers, the couple went back to the mortgage broker and came up with pre-approval of $525,000.
What they got
The 1,158 square-foot one-level townhouse has been fully renovated, with laminate floors, carpeted bedrooms and crown moulding, fireplace, quartz counters, heated bathroom floors and soaker tub. The complex was built in 1988 and is near transit and shops.
The agent’s take
Prices started dropping in the fall of 2018, Mr. Senuik says. “Vancouver’s property buyers are winning in a shifted market,” he says. “We have seen a lot of listings on the market much longer than the year previous.” In 2017, he’d see multiple offers drive the closing price above the asking price. It’s a different market today.
Every week I will be Shawn’s Deals which will include 3-5 listings that I think are great investments for those who are looking to buy and hold, build, and move in. The neighbourhoods that I explore are:
Why are you doing Shawn’s Deals of the week?
There are so many aspects to take in to account when finding the right investment property. You want to look at location, price point, location of that exact property, the details of the home and any issues with the lot. Whether it’s sloped, at a high point on the block that allows for a view or whether it’s riddled with trees that make it near impossible to build on without going through a lengthy process with the city halls. I will try to narrow searches down for you to make the selection process easier.
New Westminster – Downtown: #1103 – 813 Carnarvon Street
Price: $ 462,900 Maintenance Fees: $235.07 House size: 512 Sq Ft. Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1 Year Built: 2022 Zoning: CD-76
Why I Chose it:
Great price, brand new building (called the Ovation), and the location is great. Judging by the floor plans these units are efficient in utilizing the Sq Ft. Some units are still available through the developer. Be sure to give me a shout if you need help in purchasing a pre-sale.
New Westminster – Fraser View: #316 – 225 Francis Way
Price: $ 649,900
Maintenance Fees: $423.33 House size: 1,066 Sq Ft. Bedrooms: 3 Bathroom: 2 Year Built: 2010 Zoning: RM-4
Why I Chose it:
The location is key. It is nestled in a Victoria Hill and it’s not often that a 3 bedroom apartment comes up for sale in this neighbourhood.
Vancouver East:765 E 24th Avenue
Price: $ 1,398,000 Lot: 33 x 122 (4,026 Sq Ft.) House size: 2,054 Sq Ft. Bedrooms: 5 Bathroom: 2 Year Built: 1927 Zoning: Rs-1
Why I Chose it:
Great location. A 15 minute drive from downtown Vancouver. This is a great investment property for those looking to get in to the Vancouver market for a standard size lot. The homes needs some TLC. At 4,026 Sq. Ft. with the perceived buildable being 70% of the lot size for RS-1. There’s a potential for a 2,818.2 Sq. Ft. brand new home.
New Westminster – Glenbrooke North:208 Blackman Street
Price: $ 880,000 Lot: 52 x 116 (6,032 Sq Ft.) House size: 1,020 Sq Ft. Bedrooms: 3 Bathroom: 2 Year Built: 1953 Zoning: RS-1
Why I Chose it:
Price point. Located in one of the many great neighbourhoods in New Westminster. 208 Blackman Street is in Glenbrooke North. This home sits on a 6,032 Sq. Ft. lot and with the current bylaws, a 3,016 Sq. Ft. home can be constructed or someone looking to renovate and extend this home would be able to get it at a great price of $880,000. This home won’t last long at this price. Call us to schedule a viewing for you.
New Westminster – Glenbrooke North:212 Blackman Street
Price: $ 884,900 Lot: 52 x 116.1 (6,037.20 Sq Ft.) House size: 1,155 Sq Ft. Bedrooms: 2 Bathroom: 1 Year Built: 1913 Zoning: RS-1
Why I Chose it:
Price point. Located in one of the many great neighbourhoods in New Westminster. 208 Blackman Street is in Glenbrooke North. This home sits on a 6,037.2 Sq. Ft. lot and with the current bylaws, a 3,018 Sq. Ft. home can be constructed or someone looking to renovate and extend this home would be able to get it at a great price of $884,900. Call us to schedule a viewing for you.
If you’re a buyer, the market for condos and townhomes in Burnaby might be more favourable in the Metrotown neighbourhood. An abundance of available product there means 60 per cent of sales in the past 60 days have gone for below list.
And just as the market for high-end houses has been struggling a bit, the market for condos and townhomes in Burnaby above $600,000 is a little slower.
There’s a lot of new development coming down the pipe, so it’s hard to say how long the market for condos and townhomes in Burnaby will stay hot. But with interest in condos and townhomes high across the Lower Mainland right now, there’s no end in sight. That might be a little frustrating if you’re a buyer. But if you’re selling, you’ll be rewarded.
A great Realtor can make the difference between a good or bad experience when you’re selling your home. But before you sign a listing contract, here are 10 great questions to ask a Realtor when selling your home.
1. How many properties have you sold? How many did you sell last year?
Most people instantly focus on years in the business, but your Realtor’s sales volume is just as important; one agent can sell as many homes in two years than others do in 10. A Realtor with a healthy volume of sales in the local market in the past year is likely more in tune with that market.
But don’t just focus on the numbers; you should also feel comfortable with your Realtor.
2. What types of properties have you sold lately?
This will help you determine your Realtor’s focus and performance, whether they’ve had success selling similar types of products, and in your area. Ask for proven results, such as the average number of days their listings are on the market, the ratio of their list prices to actual sale prices. What about listings that aren’t selling; a Realtor who openly discusses their failures demonstrates honesty.
3. Who is the buyer and where are they coming from?
Your Realtor’s knowledge and experience with the local market will help them market your home to potential buyers and highlight the features that will be important to them. It’s important for your Realtor to know their target market for your home, whether it’s young families, downsizers, locals or buyers from out of town.
4. What is your marketing strategy for my home?
This is where the rubber hits the road, and your Realtor will earn their commission. Your home is likely your largest investment; it needs to be marketed well from the beginning if you’re going to realize a good return on that investment. It’s important your home presents well and buyers are aware of it.
Your Realtor should know how to present your home at its best, including professional photos.
In a hot market, just putting up a lawn sign might sell your home, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right strategy to get you the right price. Nice photos, a posting on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and Open Houses are a minimal expectation; but what else can your Realtor offer? Creative campaigns that include online marketing, an active presence on social media, print advertising and staging can gain extra exposure for your home.
5. What separates you from your competitors?
Here’s where you’re really asking “why should I hire you?” There’s no shortage of Realtors out there to sell your home, but what is your Realtor offering to separate them from that pack. Their marketing ability is important, but so are honesty and trust.
6. What is your recommended listing price for my home, and why?
You want an understanding of how your Realtor evaluates properties. It should be by more than guesswork, or intuition.
Their evaluation of your property should be supported by recent comparable sales in the area. A more detailed evaluation could include listings that didn’t sell, and current active listings that you’re competing against.
If your home is difficult to evaluate because there’s been no recent comparable sales against which to measure it, a creative Realtor will look at similar properties outside the neighbourhood, or in similar neighbourhoods. Or they could use a “replacement cost” approach where they calculate the land value plus the cost of rebuilding the actual home.
Your Realtor’s pricing strategy for your home should align with your needs. If the market is hot and you have to sell quickly or you have specific requirements for the offer, such as a specific closing date, we typically recommend a lower price as it will generate more interest, more offers and cleaner offers that meet your terms. If the market is slow, or you have a unique property that could limit the pool of potential buyers, it may be best to price your home higher with room to negotiate; trying to set a price to spark a bidding war could be risky is these circumstances.
7. How do you, or your team, operate?
You want to know your Realtor is going to be there for you when you need them. It’s important to understand how communication will be handled, and who will be your primary contact. You want to know who will be showing your property and who is going to be handling the negotiations with buyers; you don’t want any surprises.
8. How much do you charge?
Commission fees are determined by your Realtor and they are negotiable. If a Realtor is hungry for a listing, they may reduce their fee. But top performing Realtors typically don’t.
There are many different types of fee structures out there, from flat fee listing services to discount brokerages to full service brokerages. Whichever you choose, you should establish how much they charge, and how much of that goes to the buyer’s agent. Make sure the commission for the buyer’s agent is in line with the rates prevalent in your area.
9. What if I’m not happy with your service?
This question will help you determine a Realtor’s level of commitment to you and how strongly they believe in their ability to get you a good result.
If, for some reason, you’re unhappy with their service, you need to know if they’ll release you from the listing contract and how. There are two ways to terminate a listing: Cancellation vs. Unconditional Release. The former has restrictions that could affect your ability to move on; the latter releases you freely with no further obligation. Most listing contracts run for 3-4 months, but contracts for luxury properties can run up to 12 months.
10. What else do I need to know?
One of the questions to ask a Realtor when selling your home should be open-ended. That gives them a chance to highlight a unique service they might offer, like staging, or to speak to areas you might have overlooked. That extra little tidbit of information could be the tipping point to your decision.
Requesting references is one of the questions to ask a Realtor when selling your home that is sometimes overlooked. But keep in mind, if you are given references they’ll likely all be good. To get a more complete picture of your Realtor, do a little online research prior to your first meeting. See what properties they have recently sold, then ask for references from those clients specifically. If they have online and social media presence, see what people are saying about them, check their reviews and how they engage with others. See what they are doing to stay in front of buyers on a daily basis.
There’s no general rule for forging a great relationship with your Realtor. It’s all about personal preference and trust.
Your Realtor should be responsive to your needs; they should be patient when you need to take a little time, and proactive when you’re anxious. They should be a good listener who will offer advice and help find solutions.
Winter may be hanging on tenaciously, but the housing market is waking from its seasonal slumber.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver reports 2,425 residential home sales in February; that’s 59.2 per cent more than were sold the month before.
And while it’s still 41.9 per cent less than the record 4,172 homes that were sold in February, 2016, it’s only slightly less than the 10-year average for the month.
REBGV president Dan Morrison says rotten weather may have helped keep buyers at home. But the supply of new listings is also tight. The 3,666 new properties for sale in February was 36.9 per cent less than a year ago, and 11.4 per cent fewer than January. It was also the lowest number of new listings for the month since 2003.
That’s keeping prices buoyant in the local housing market, says Morrison.
“While home sales are not happening at the pace we experienced last year, home seller supply is still struggling to keep up with today’s demand,” says Morrison. “This is why we’ve seen little downward pressure on home prices, particularly in the condominium and townhome markets.”
The ratio of sales to active listings actually increased 10 per cent from January to 31.9 per cent; experts say housing prices don’t start going down until that ratio dips below 12 per cent for a sustained period and they go up when the ratio stays greater than 20 per cent over several months.
Condo sales strong in local housing market
Condo sales are still hot in the New Westminster and Burnaby housing market, despite the wintry weather.
In fact, the benchmark price for a typical condo in Greater Vancouver increased 2.7 per cent in February to $526,500. In New West, the benchmark price for a condo went up 1.4 per cent to $392,400; that’s a 21.3 per cent increase over a year ago. The benchmark price for condos also increased in Burnaby, by as much as 2.6 per cent to $503,600 in North Burnaby, to 1.9 per cent in South Burnaby, where a typical condo now goes for $561,600.
The benchmark price for townhomes in Greater Vancouver is now $675,500, a 1.3 per cent increase since January and 18.3 per cent more than Feb., 2016. New West townhomes experienced similar increases to a benchmark of $545,500 while in North Burnaby, the benchmark price increased 3.1 per cent over the previous month to $539,500.
House prices are staying steady; in Greater Vancouver the benchmark price of $1,474,200 for a single-family detached home was unchanged from January. In New West, the benchmark price for a typical house went up .3 per cent in February to $1,026,700 while increases in Burnaby ranged from .1 per cent in the South to $1,636,100 to a 1.3 per cent jump in North Burnaby to a benchmark price of $1,499,600.