go easy on fall garden cleanup

(September 19, 2018, posted in Tips)

Time to rake up the yard, deadhead the perennials and till the vegetable garden? Not so fast.

Popular opinion is swinging toward letting things stay just as they are through winter — decayed and drab but serviceable.

Displaying a messy yard may not win any good-neighbour awards, but entomologists say our vital but dwindling insect pollinator populations would be much better off.

“People are increasin... read more.

property transfer tax return changes now in force

(September 18, 2018, posted in Tips)

Changes to the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) return came into force on Monday, September 17.

When buying real estate using a corporation or trust, buyers and transferees with significant interest in property will now be required to be identified on the PTT return and must disclose:
  • their name(s);
  • date of birth;
  • citizenship information;
  • contact details; and
  • tax identification numbers.
Changes aren’t retroac... read more.

status of our housing market?

(September 17, 2018, posted in North Shore)

Over the past week Vancouver's North Shore real estate market, which includes North Vancouver and West Vancouver, has seen 274 new residential listings, 67 price changes and 41 sales:

West Vancouver
Detached Homes

West Vancouver
Attached Homes which includes apartments and townhomes
North Vancouver 
Detached Homes
NEW L... read more.

momentum slowing

(September 10, 2018, posted in North Vancouver Homes)

North Vancouver's house market momentum over the past eight months has been showing signs of slowing.  Year-to-date monthly sale activity totals are below for the same months in 2017.  In addition below the 10 Year Monthly Sales Average of 92.

                 2018 versus 2017              DOWN
August    32                  75                    -57%
July           52                  81                   -36%
June         79                  122                  -35%
May          90                  139                 -35%
April         78                  110                 -20%
March      66                  98                   -33%
February 58                  88                   -34%
January    30                 35                    -14%

Th... read more.

tighter market conditions

(September 09, 2018, posted in West Vancouver Homes)

West Vancouver's detached house market year-to-date shows home buyers continue to be on the sidelines.  

No matter which way you look at it, the stats show West Vancouver's house market has been holding in buyer territory the past year and a half. Of course there are market nuisances, but the visual prepared for months of inventory, sales to active listing ratio and sales to new listings ratio, all... read more.