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empty house tax?

(June 19, 2017, posted in Tips)


Beginning in December 2017, all owners of residential property in Vancouver will have to make a property status declaration for the 2017 calendar year, to determine if they will be subject to the Empty Homes Tax.

If a residence was empty or under-utilized in 2017, according to the Vancouver Vacancy Tax Bylaw, the owners must pay a tax of 1% of the assessed value of the property, unless they qualify... read more.

supply not keeping pace with demand

(June 13, 2017, posted in BC Market Update)


The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 12,402 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in May, down 7.9 per cent from the same period last year. Total sales dollar volume was $9.33 billion, down 4.0 per cent from May 2017. The average MLS® residential price in the province was $752,536, a 4.2 per cent increase from the same... read more.

understanding our market

(June 12, 2017)


The housing market returned to near record levels in May.  To understand what's going on let's look at four key indicators:
  1. Sales
  2. Listings
  3. Prices and
  4. Sales-To-Active Listings Ratio

The first is home sales.  REALTORS registered 4, 364 sales on MLS last month.  This down 8 1/2% from our record breaking 'May' last year but still stands as the third highest May on record.

The second key indicator is home list... read more.

condominium market uptick

(June 11, 2017, posted in North Vancouver Strata)

Take a look at the past month North Vancouver condominium activity.  Click here!

low inventory levels define market

(June 10, 2017, posted in West Vancouver Strata)


Check last month to this months WV Apartment stats!  Click here.

strong home buyer confidence

(June 09, 2017, posted in North Vancouver Homes)

Check out April's infographic.  Click here!

symptoms of a buyer's market

(June 08, 2017, posted in West Vancouver Homes)

Compare to last month!  Click here.

could we see a market shift?

(June 07, 2017, posted in North Shore)


In West Vancouver, there were 63 sales in the month of May. The sales to new listings ratio was 31% which represents a buyer’s market. For May 2017 the sales to total active listings percentage was 14%, a decrease from 27% in May 2016. Sales for May 2017 were down by 39 units compared to May 2016.

The West Vancouver listing inventory has increased by 46 homes compared to April 2017 and increased b... read more.

What is the best color for your home?

(June 04, 2017, posted in Tips)

When it comes to color, the line between bold—and distracting—is often in the eye of the beholder. A cheerful bright yellow might look great on the paint swatch, but could end up just giving you a headache in a few months’ time. Even a “safe” neutral could just appear drab if your color choices aren’t part of a larger design plan.

To make sure you don’t end up with a case of serious color regret, h... read more.

buying in a sellers' market

(June 03, 2017, posted in Tips)


If there’s one subject that dominates local headlines in Metro Vancouver, it’s real estate. With so much happening in the market, it can be hard to make sense of it all.

That’s especially true for home buyers, who may be as overwhelmed as they are excited about making the biggest purchase of their lives.

The long-term effects of last year’s government interventions into the market won’t be fully kno... read more.

cool B.C.'s hot real estate market?

(June 02, 2017)


An NDP government supported by the Greens would act quickly to cool British Columbia’s hot real estate market by creating more affordable housing and cracking down on speculators and tax evaders, the parties say.

But many of the specific policies they plan to implement aren’t spelled out in a signed agreement between the two parties released this week, nor are they saying how they would reconcile d... read more.

return to near record levels

(June 02, 2017)


Home buyer activity returned to near record levels across the Metro Vancouver housing market in May.

Residential property sales in the region totaled 4,364 in May 2017, a decrease of 8.5 per cent from the 4,769 sales in May 2016, an all-time record, and an increase of 22.8 per cent compared to April 2017 when 3,553 homes sold.

Last month’s sales were 23.7 per cent above the 10-year May sales average... read more.

who is buying

(June 01, 2017)

Every month, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver surveys REALTORS® who’ve recently represented a buyer in a sale.

This feedback paints a picture of what’s happening 'on the ground' in the market.

The survey asks demographic questions about the buyers. Are they single or married? Do they have children? Are they seniors?

There are also questions about the nature of their purchase. Are they first... read more.