Market Update-May 2018

This month’s real estate stats are in! May was a busy month in Real Estate; with a 33% Homes Selling Rate the Fraser Valley Real Estate Market is still a seller’s market.

However the numbers are down slightly from last month:

  • 4859 Active Listings were listed in May
  • 1591 Sales this month
  • 10% increase overall in Sale Price for Homes

These numbers have fallen slightly due to the mortgage qualificatins hindering buyers capability to increase their buying power. Over the next several months, the impact of these qualifications is expected to soften due to people re-evaluating their budgets and finances to better accomadate these new mortgage regulations.

This article from Re/Max contains a few pieces of great advice on how to better afford a home and set yourself up for financial success!

Here are the breakdown of statistics for the Fraser Valley:

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Give me a call if you would like to chat about the statistics in your area and how we can help get you more!

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Market Update: April 2018

 

April was an interesting month in Real Estate! As the CMHC Chief Economist pointed out:

“The local economy has been very strong with jobs attracting people and increasing demand but without the supply, that demand goes into house price increases.” -CMHC Chief Economist

The increase in demand without the necessary supply leads to an increase in home prices. With that in mind, let’s look at this month’s stats!

The market remained as a Seller’s Market for the Fraser Valley. Total listings came in at 4014 an increase from last year which was 3169.

Total sales this month totaled 1512, a drop from last year’s record of 1989.

However, due to the increase in demand but a decrease in supply the sale price reached 20% above last year’s. The median sale price was at $751,000. An increase from last month’s $719,000.

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Market Update: March 2018

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A quick snapshot of the Fraser Valley’s real estate market today covering the following areas: Surrey, South Surrey, North Delta, Cloverdale, Langley, Abbotsford, and Mission. All single family home, townhome and condo data sourced from the FVREB MLS®.

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The Fraser Valley Real Estate Market is continuing to surge forward with no drop in sight. Springtime typically spurs along the market and gives sales a boost, making this an ideal time to place your home on the market.

This March the market speed indicator sits at 46% making the Fraser Valley a Sellers Market.

Total sales at the end of March totaled: 1488, up from last months total of 1237.

The median sales price of homes across the Fraser Valley came in at $719,000, dropping just 1% from last months high of $723,000.

There were a total of 3212 listings, a rise of 13% from February’s 2836.

Are you interested in listing your home or perhaps want to see the stats in your area? Get in touch with us today! 

 

Market Update: February 2018

 

With the announcement of the 2018 BC Budget, the NDP is working to ‘moderate the market’. Some of the changes outlined in the budget relating to housing include:

1. Moving to stop tax evasion in pre-sale condo reassignments.
2. taking action to end hidden ownership.
3. strengthen provincial auditing and enforcement powers.

With that in mind, the market over the next few months will be in the perfect position to place a home on the market.  Below is a quick overview of the market by area in the Fraser Valley:

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If you are interested in finding out the snapstats for you area, get in touch with me, I would be happy to send them to you!

What These New Mortgage Rules Mean For You

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If you are one of the 37% of Canadians who are not aware of the new mortgage rules, then this article is for you!

On January 1, 2018, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) made significant changes to the B-20 guidelines that have significant impact on those looking to purchase a home.

These new changes indicate that all uninsured mortgage borrowers (those with down payments of 20% or more) must now qualify against the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate (currently sitting at 4.99%) or at their contractual mortgage rate + 2% additional. For example, if your contract rate is 3.34% you must qualify at 5.34%. The purpose of this is to ensure that borrowers can service their mortgage debts as interest rates rise (as they are predicted to do so in 2018).

As some of you may recall, similar measure were issued in October of 2016. The stress-testing regulations at the time only applies to those with an uninsured mortgage (those with less than 20% down). These new rules and updates to B-20 essentially mean that ALL mortgages will have to abide by stress testing.

 

To better understand how this will specifically affect buyers, we spoke with Mortgage Expert, Geoff Lee of GLM Mortgage Group and he broke it down for us in the table below*

Picture1*based on a dual income family making a combined annual income of $85,000

As you can see, your borrowing power is drastically changed. You are able to borrow $105,000 less with these new changes, meaning you qualify to purchase a home worth $105,000 LESS than before these new rules were introduced.

However, this is not all bad news for first-time buyers. This can effectively cool a relatively hot market here in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver. It can also limit the competition and allow for more buying options for buyers who are able to put the 20% down and pass the stress test.

This announcement also comes at a time when condo and townhome development is at an all-time high, providing affordable, accessible housing options for many buyers.

Buyers can also look to accommodate these changes by laying out a budget and sticking to it! Re/Max has a great layout for this:

  1. Maintain a financial buffer of at least three to six months, to soften the blow of interest rate increases and unexpected bumps in the road.
  2. The mortgage you qualify for and what you can actually afford are two very different things. Look at your lifestyle, now and in the future, and consider how your mortgage payments and ongoing home costs will impact you. When buying a home, you might have to make some compromises on lifestyle in the interest of homeownership.
  3. Buying a home involves more than just mortgage payments. Ongoing expenses include maintenance, home insurance, property taxes, and utilities.

Entering the market in 2018, or looking to purchase a new home need not be a stressful or worrisome experience. We work with some fantastic brokers who can help you get a sharper rate and we can help you find your next home well within your budget. Give us a call today and let us help you: 604-533-3491.

It Just Got Harder to Buy a Home in BC….

Did you know new mortgage changes and regulations are coming that will have a significant impact for home buyers?  Effective January 1, 2018 the new Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures (Guidelines B-20) will be applied to all federally regulated lenders.

The changes to the guidelines focus on:

  • the qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages
  • expectations around loan-to-value (LTV) limits
  • restrictions to purchases designed to work around those LTV limits.

What does this mean for homebuyers? I spoke with Geoff Lee of GLM Mortgage Group to give you the full details.

“The new guidelines will require that all conventional mortgages (those with a down payment higher than 20%) will have to undergo stress testing. Stress testing means that the borrower would have to qualify at the greater of the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada (currently at 4.89%) or the contractual mortgage rate +2% (5 year fixed at 3.19% +2%=5.19% qualifying rate).”

These changes effectively mean that a buyer’s borrowing power is directly impacted—up to a decrease of 25%. Let’s look at an example:

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When buying a home with these new guidelines, borrowing power is also restricted. Using the scenario of a dual income family making a combined annual income of $85,000 the borrowing amount would be:

Current Lending Guidelines 

Qualifying at a rate of 3.34% with a 25-year amortization and the combined income of $85,000 annually, the couple can purchase a home at $560,000

New lending Guidelines

Qualifying at a rate of 5.34% (contract mortgage rate +2%) with a 25-year amortization and the combined annual income of $85,000 you would be able to purchase a home of only $455,000.

OUTCOME: This reduces your borrowing power by $105,000.  I’m sure you’ll agree that’s a significant amount.

*For more information on the other guidelines, read GLM’s full article HERE

In the above scenario, it is a scary thought that you would qualify for 20-25% less than you would under today’s current lending guidelines. In our Fraser Valley markets, this is exceptionally significant when the average detached home price is well above $800,000.

What can be done?  If you are thinking of buying, you may want to do so before these new guidelines take full effect in January of 2018. The market has maintained high median prices and low inventory over the past several months—and with the rate increases plus this new announcement- it is getting harder and harder to buy a home. Don’t wait- give me a call today and let’s meet to discuss how you can win! And remember, here at Young Real Estate Group, we get you more.

Snap Stats September Edition

Housing has become a valued asset in an investment portfolio. Greater Vancouver has become viewed as a hotspot for global investors. This month, statistics explain why adding real estate to your portfolio just might be the way to go.

The market speed for the Fraser Valley is 36%  which officially makes it a seller’s market. This is due to a number of factors, but let’s start with sales. Total sales last month were 1464 which is 26% greater year over year and 14%  last month over month.

Next up, sale price.  The median sale price was $682,000 which is a 15% increase over this time last year and a 1 percent increase over the previous month.

Finally,  active listings. There were 4060 active listings last month which is a 9% decrease over this time last year and a 5% increase month over month. A property was on the market for 16 days before selling which is no change from one year ago and 23%  more than the previous month.

If you would like to see what the market stats for you specific area are, or would like to talk about listing your home please do not hesitate to contact us.

Don’t forget to visit our website too and check out our top tips for buying or selling a home…remember, at Young Real Estate Group we get you more!