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#POMOLIFE: Episode 7 – Suter Brook Village

PORT MOODY!⁣⁣⁣ What is your favourite place in Suter Brook?

We are coming for you in our newest episode of #PoMoLife. We are talking about our favourite places, what makes it great and why we visit on the daily! ⁣⁣It’s time you learn about one of the great villages surrounding Port Moody. An amazing place to call home, the city with a Deep Cove vibe and Lonsdale potential.⁣ Those who know….KNOW!!!⁣⁣

If you have any suggestions on where we should visit next, comment below!

 

 

#POMOLIFE: Episode 6 – The Legion

PORT MOODY! Who knew The Legion could be so fun? And who knew Monica was so good at darts?!

Beer, darts, pool, beer, a patio that allows dogs, cards… did we mention beer? Watch Lucas & Monica’s day at The Legion below!

If you have any suggestions on where we should visit next, comment below!

 

#POMOLIFE: EPISODE 4 – U-BICYCLE TOUR THROUGH NEWPORT

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”!

 

 

#POMOLIFE: EPISODE 3 – ESPRESSO, ESPRESSO & MORE ESPRESSO!

#PoMo Life – The Espresso Contest! Which espresso will be named the best espresso in all of Port Moody?!

On this episode Lucas & Monica tried a bazillion espressos from all of their fav local coffee shops in #PortMoody. They tired out The Beanery in Coquitlam (*they found out this is actually not in Port Moody), Black Sugar Coffee, Cafe Divano, JJ Beans & Romers.

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.

 

 

 

Vancouver Real Estate Stats

VANCOUVER REAL ESTATE STATS – MARCH 2019

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.

Below is some more Vancouver real estate stats: 

Vancouver Real Estate Stats 2019

TO BUY FIRST OR SELL FIRST? THAT IS THE QUESTION…

TO BUY FIRST OR SELL FIRST? THAT IS THE QUESTION…

Many of our clients find themselves in the dilemma of buying first or selling first, and there is no universal answer. We hope this article will give you some clarity on the questions to ask yourself when the time comes for your next purchase or sale.

Let’s assume the seller will not consider a ‘subject to sale’ offer… because if they will, go this route and don’t read any further. The negatives of a ‘subject to sale’ offer is that you could get bumped by another buyer, and in many cases a ‘subject to sale’ offer reduces your negotiating power as you’re not a ready to go ‘cash buyer’. Note that not all ‘subject to sale’ clauses written the same. The wording is crucial, and there are rare situations where you get bumped from a purchase (by another buyer) and end up selling your place anyway… call us to avoid this!

To Buy or Sell first? The main items to consider are your personal risk tolerance, finances, the subject properties involved, and the market.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

1) What is your risk tolerance? Will you sleep at night if you buy a property before having sold your own? If you buy first (and need to sell), you have to take whatever the market will bring. Plan conservatively. Make sure the purchase is feasible with a lower than expect sale price of your current property (maybe 5-10% below market).

2) How are your finances? Are you stretching yourself to make this purchase? or can you afford to carry two properties? If you’re stretching yourself on the purchase and you require top dollar for the sale of your personal property, it may make sense to sell first so you know exactly how much you can afford. We don’t want you to lose your deposit by committing to a purchase that the banks won’t finance (more likely for up-sizers or first time ‘House’ buyers). However, if you’re downsizing and are financial able to support the carrying costs of owning two properties, than buy when the perfect property is available.

3) What are you buying? Is it rare? If you find yourself looking for a property that’s on a certain block, or maybe a penthouse condo, or waterfront property that rarely comes available, you may not have a choice but to buy first or lose the property. If the property type you’re looking for is readily available (or maybe you’re just not picky) and it’s just a matter of time before the next one comes up… it may be best to sell first and put yourself in a strong negotiating position.

4) What are you selling? Is it very desirable, or is difficult to sell? If you have a very desirable property that would sell quick, it may make sense to purchase first. Alternatively, if you have a fixer upper, luxury home or busy street home (anything with a negative or very limited buyer pool), it may make sense to sell first.

5) How is the market? Is it hot or cold? In the hot market we experienced in 2016 everything sold fast, and as a result our clients were often buying first. In a hot market, sales are more predictable and risks of buying first is much lower. If the market is cold, like we’re experiencing now (2019), it’s typically best to sell first unless you’re prepared to own two properties.

Buying First: PROS
– You know where you’re going and when your Completion date is.
– Less likely to move twice. The challenge is to sell your place and match up the dates.
Buying First: CONS
– More financial risk, and potential loss of deposit (if you’re unable to sell current property).

Selling First: PROS
– Less financial risk.
– You know exactly how much you’re getting for your property, and will have a clear budget for your purchase.
Selling First: CONS
– You may not find a suitable place to buy right away. Be prepared to find temporary accommodation and move twice.

At the end of the day, every situation is different and needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. This is where we can help.’

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Meet Monica Harmse!

Meet Monica!

James Garbutt interviews our newest team member Monica Harmse. We’re excited for you to get to know her, watch the video below! And learn more about her here.

 

 

 

 

Burnaby’s Most Expensive Home Sold In May 2017

Property: 7505 Lambeth Drive

List Price: $3,198,000

Sale Price: Contact Us Today

Sold Date: May 8th, 2017

A stunning 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom home at 7505 Lambeth Drive fetched the highest sale price in Burnaby for May, 2017. Built in 1980, the beautifully maintained custom-built home in prestigious Buckingham Heights was sold by its original owner.

Situated on a private 15,000sqft corner lot, the 3 level home has 6,002sqft of living space and both city and mountain views from front and back balconies. The main floor features a tranquil garden patio and massive yard (with oversized double garage), as well as a large living room, formal dining room, bright, spacious kitchen and eating area, huge family room and bedroom/den. An indoor oasis completes the main floor with pool, hot tub and sauna. Upstairs, the huge master bedroom is rounded out by a walk-in closet and ensuite. With 3 more ample-sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms up, this is the perfect family home.  

Buckingham Heights is a small, upscale family neighbourhood, walking distance from Deer Lake, Burnaby’s recreational and cultural hub and is also midway between two of Burnaby’s most vibrant commercial centres, Edmonds and Metrotown, that each offer a huge array of shopping and services, as well as two branches of the Burnaby Public Library.

7505 Lambeth Drive

The home boasts a bright and spacious kitchen made for entertaining.

7505 Lambeth Drive

A formal living room denotes old world elegance.

7505 Lambeth Street

The luxurious mater bedroom is complete with ensuite and fireplace.

7505 Lambeth Drive

The custom built home comes complete with an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna

Burnaby House Market Update for May 2017

MARKET UPDATE BY BURNABY REALTOR JAMES GARBUTT

May is here–and it’s time for a Burnaby detached house market update. It’s been a bit of a crazy year that started off with a lot of snow followed by record amounts of rain and we feel that this held back the number of sales compared to previous years.

As of April 26, 2017, the year-to-date number of detached houses sold in Burnaby was 276 units*, compared to 1400 units in 2016 and 558 units in 2015. That’s basically 1/5th of the sales volume in terms of units sold compared to this time last year. Not surprising, however, because the weather has been awful, and Burnaby houses have become very expensive! The average list price of a detached home in Burnaby at the moment is $2,212,700 (as of April 26, 2017), and the average sale price over the past 60 days has been $1,696,600.

To get a good indication of how the market is doing, we look at the sales ratio. The sales ratio is the sales-to-active listings ratio, or the number of sales that take place in a given month, divided by the number of active listings. A seller’s market is considered to have a sales ratio of 21% or higher. Currently, Burnaby homes are on the fringe of a seller’s market. When looking at the last 60 days of activity, the sales ratio is 21% for all houses in Burnaby. However, if we isolate homes priced under $1,500,000, the sales ration climbs to 53%. If we isolate the $2 million plus price range in Burnaby, the sales ratio decreases to 9%. Basically meaning that 1 of out 10 listings in this price range are selling in a given month. As a Burnaby Realtor, what we’re seeing is that there are a lot of overpriced homes; there are a lot of higher end homes priced 10-20% above where they should be.

Moving forward, we expect to see the sales ratio increase in the seller’s favour. The market is starting to heat up and the weather is getting better. The high end market may still struggle, but we expect houses priced under $2 million in Burnaby to be in high demand over the coming months.

Some interesting stats for Burnaby:

There has been just 1 detached home sold in 2017 for under $1 million and it went for $998,800. It was a small older home on a very busy street (10th Ave). It’s official, the new entry price point to buy a detached house in Burnaby is $1 million. The high sale for 2017 is $3,180,000 and it was a newer home sold in ‘Upper Deer Lake‘.

*Note that this information was taken on April 26, 2017. They are likely firm sales that have not registered on the MLS. Actual 2017 figures may be slightly higher than noted above.

Full Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Stat Package for April 2017

If you’re thinking of buying, selling or just curious about the value of a property, contact us today!

 

Contact Us Today

 

James Garbutt
Burnaby Realtor

 

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Burnaby Condo Market Update for May 2017

BURNABY CONDO MARKET UPDATE BY REALTOR JAMES GARBUTT

May is here and it’s time for a Burnaby condo market update! It’s been a bit of a crazy year, we had a lot of snow at the beginning followed by record amounts of rain and we feel that this held back the number of sales compared to previous years.

As of April 26, 2017, the year-to-date number of condos sold in Burnaby is 636 units*, compared to 1022 units in 2016 and 708 units in 2015. Sales volumes may be down, but prices are up, and condos are hot. The REBGV just released the latest market stats and it shows Burnaby condos are up 25% compared to 1 year ago.

To get a good indication of how the market doing, we like to look at the sales ratio. The sales ratio is the sales-to-active listings ratio or the number of sales that take place in a given month divided by the number of active listings. A seller’s market is considered to have a sales ratio of 21% or higher. Currently, Burnaby condos are experiencing a strong seller’s market. When looking at the last 60 days of activity, the sales ratio is 65% for 2 bedroom condos and 85% for 1 bedrooms. This tells us that condos are in demand, and even more so for lower price points.

Let’s look at Brentwood Park for a moment as it is a popular neighbourhood for many condo buyers due to it’s central location and ample supply of newer condos.

The price per square foot for a typical 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, mid level unit that is 850-880 sqft in a 10ish year old building at OMA (2345 & 2355 Madison Ave, and 4250 Dawson St) or Tandem (4118, 4178 & 4182 Dawson St) is currently selling for about $775/ sqft or $675,000 (as of April 2017). In April 2016, they were selling for $635/ sqft or $540,000, and in April 2015 they were selling for $520/ sqft or $450,000. It is a climbing market and Burnaby has seen back-to-back years of 20% plus appreciation.

The highest price per square foot recorded this year was $980/ft in Brentwood Park, and if that is the start of the new trend, expect Burnaby to get even more expensive!

*Note that this information was taken on April 26, 2017. They are likely firm sales that have not registered on the MLS. Actual 2017 figures may be slightly higher than noted above.

Full Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver Stat Package for April 2017

If you’re thinking of buying, selling or just curious about the value of a property, contact us today!

 

Contact Us Today

 

James Garbutt
Burnaby Realtor

 

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR MAY 2017 BURNABY HOUSE MARKET UPDATE

Burnaby’s Most Expensive Condo For Sale!

Property: #2602 5051 Imperial St
List Price: $1,955,900
Sold Price: TBA
Sold Date: TBA

A 1,541 sq. ft. wrap-around rooftop deck that’s almost as large as the indoor living space is one of the stunning features at Burnaby’s most expensive condo currently on the market. The 3 bedroom + den penthouse is at the top of the Imperial development by Amacon, currently under construction in the Metrotown neighbourhood.

The unit is one of only two penthouse suites at the Imperial that is comprised of 169 units inspired by the elegance of a fine boutique hotel. That attention to luxury and comfort is reflected in the fine finishings that include central air conditioning, nine-foot ceilings, a gourmet kitchen equipped with soft-close drawers and top-end appliances like a convection wall oven.

Each of the bedrooms in the 1,834 sq. ft. unit has its own ensuite, and there’s also a powder room for visitors. It comes with two parking stalls and a storage locker.

Amenities at the Imperial include a guest suite, games room, music room and meeting room as well as a grand entrance lobby with hotel-style concierge service. Residents will also have access to an electric BMWi3 and a bike share program.

The latter may be especially useful as the Imperial is located near the BC Parkway bike route that connects New Westminster to Vancouver along the Expo SkyTrain line. The Bonsor recreation centre, with a pool, fitness facilities and activity rooms is nearby, as is the massive Metropolis at Metrotown shopping complex.

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For more information, contact Burnaby Realtors James Garbutt and Denny Dumas

#2602 5051 Imperial St

Kitchen features luxurious cabinetry and high-end European appliances

#2602 5051 Imperial St

The elegant lobby also has concierge service.

#2602 5051 Imperial St

The Imperial is currently under construction.

 

Gold House Sets a New Standard for Condo Living in Metrotown

Project: Gold House
Developer: Rize Alliance

Gold is about to glitter in Burnaby’s Metrotown neighbourhood. Gold House that is.

Gold House is a stunning new development by Rize Alliance that will set a bold standard for architecture and luxury in the city. In fact, the project is so remarkable, the two towers have already sold out, but penthouse suites are still available.

Designed by the renowned architects at Chris Dikeakos, the two towers that comprise Gold House feature gold accents, expansive windows and generous patios that will make a glittering addition to Burnaby’s burgeoning skyline.

The bold exterior design is matched by lavish interiors that include Bosch appliances in the kitchens, custom Italian Armony Cucine cabinets and spa bathrooms with polished quartz and marble counters. Each unit is also air conditioned. That luxury is kicked up a notch in the penthouse homes with over-height ceilings, exclusive interiors designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates, and huge patios up to 1,230 sq. ft.

Amenities include a furnished outdoor terrace, fully-equipped fitness centre, yoga studio, social lounges and sound-insulated music rooms in each tower.

The development is perfectly located, across from the hundreds of shops, restaurants and services at Metropolis at Metrotown and Station Square as well as the main branch of the Burnaby Public Library, a short stroll from the Metrotown SkyTrain station and handy to beautiful Central Park.

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Gold House in Burnaby

The distinctive architecture of Gold House extends to street level

Gold House in Burnaby

Soaring penthouse suites are still available.

Gold House in Burnaby

Stylish interiors