the perfect picnic - location and eats

(May 27, 2015, posted in Community misc)

Here we are again, in that most beautiful time of year. Languid warm afternoons, gentle breezes and all the flowers in bloom, lush, just waiting for someone to notice them. These are the long days of Spring. The ones you enjoy on your veranda, back porch, balcony or at the beach until the late dusk brings us back inside around 9:30 or 10:00. It is also one of the best times of the year for a picni... read more.

house market nuances

(May 19, 2015)

Check out the handy infographic to help you, at a glance, get a grasp of what our North Shore house market is up to.

A variety of forces have been creating a strong North Shore house market.  They include low interest rates, a limited stock of detached homes, a devalued Canadian currency and continued interest from foreign buyers.

Looking for a lazy long weekend or?

(May 14, 2015, posted in Community misc)

A simple, slow and lazy weekend is what you crave? I can't blame you, it is always such a treat to just kick back and relax - enjoying that one extra day over a long and lazy weekend. BUT with summer looming, and so much to enjoy all across the lower mainland may I suggest a few distractions that don't include a porch swing?  Keep on reading for ideas that will get you up, and raring to go.

What to... read more.

North shore real estate - april 2015

(May 12, 2015)

slightly elevated demand

(May 11, 2015, posted in West Vancouver Strata)

Townhome options are much more limited in West Vancouver than North Vancouver and if available, the West Vancouver house-like choices are more often pricier.

West Vancouver townhome sales per month are not enough to establish a House Price Index for this type of property.  West Vancouver's ten year monthly sale average is 4 versus North Vancouver's 28.

The past few months West Vancouver's townhome ma... read more.

demand picked up

(May 10, 2015, posted in North Vancouver Strata)

Townhomes offer house-like options that are popular in today's market with buyers but their choices are limited in North Vancouver.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver breaks down North Vancouver into 35 neighborhoods of which most do not have townhome options for buyers to consider.

The Board reports that townhome sales in North Vancouver reached 50 in April. This represents a little over 56... read more.

what's driving our market?

(May 09, 2015)

Demand continues to rise across the Metro Vancouver housing market.

There were 4,060 sales in March.  This is up almost 54% compared to last year and nearly 27% above the 10 year March average.

On the supply side, there were 5,968 homes listed for sale last month.  That is up 13% from last year and about 5% higher than the 10 year March average.

The total number of homes listed for sale today is below... read more.

steady path

(May 08, 2015, posted in West Vancouver Strata)

April apartment sale numbers in West Vancouver were not much different  from the month before, year-over-year and just above the Ten Year Monthly Average; 17,16, 16 and 15 respectively.

New listings for apartments In West Vancouver totalled 30 in April. This represents a 25% decrease compared to new listings in April 2014 and about a 36% increase from 22 new listings in March. Last month's new listi... read more.

pretty darn good gains

(May 07, 2015, posted in North Vancouver Strata)

Apartment sale activity in North Vancouver was pretty darn good for April. Up 41.5% over the Ten Year Monthly Average, up about 51% over April 2014 however down from March by approximately 23%. 

March 2015 sale activity total of 141 carved out a new record for monthly sales since March 2005's 147 total!

April price gains were highest for North Vancouver Detached Homes year-over-year in comparison to... read more.

house market recap

(May 06, 2015, posted in West Vancouver Homes)

West Vancouver's detached house market recorded an improvement in sales, a continuing trend since January.  April was up about 10% over March, 41% over April 2014 and 75% stronger than the Monthly Ten Year Average (72).

New listings numbers in April were not too different than the month before (189 versus 182), down 21% from February (240) nonetheless still up 51% over the Monthly Ten Year Average... read more.

tilted to home sellers

(May 05, 2015, posted in North Vancouver Homes)

North Vancouver detached home sales this past April were down from the month before by 11% but still competitive and fast moving in favor of home sellers.

New listings in April were down 18% from March but still way ahead of the monthly 10 year average of 143 by 35%.

The benchmark price for a typical detached home was $1,138,300 in April, up almost 16% over April 2014 and up about 2% from the month... read more.