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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Interested in seeing more detailed statistics about your area? Send me an email or call me and I will get you a copy delivered right to your inbox.

 

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!

4 Ways to Get Your Listing Noticed!

Curb Appeal. It is one of those terms you hear all the time in real estate.  Essentially, it’s a buyer’s first impression of the outside of your home.  Curb appeal is absolutely key to getting you a top dollar SOLD price.  Here are 4 simple ways to make your home stand out from the rest in its curb appeal!

  1. Fresh Coat of Paint 

Nothing compares to the fresh look and feel of new paint. Consider painting your front door, trim, shutters, etc. to liven up and freshen up the exterior of your home. A simple touch up job can do wonders to the overall look and feel.  Ask your realtor about colours that buyers love.

  1. Update Fixtures

It is powerful to update the fixtures in your home, but you can also upgrade and change the fixtures on the outside of your home to good effect. Updating house numbers, replacing outdated door-knobs, and changing your mailbox can often make you money.

  1. Add a Bit of Light

Buyers need to be able to see your home, especially in winter months! Highlight the entrance and create a warm and inviting atmosphere by adding some simple lights around the entrance of your home. This will help create the emotional response in the buyer that you want.

  1. Landscaping and Yard 

It can be easy in the winter months to let yard work and maintenance slide, but when you are preparing to list your home it’s so important.  Make sure your yard is well tended. Simple fixes like planting new greenery, adding fresh soil, and clearing away leaves and debris can instantly increase your home’s appeal to buyers.

Are you getting ready to list your home? Give us a call today and we will show you what we do so differently that is proven to get homes is SOLD for better prices…guaranteed.

Al Young

Cell: 604-720-5353

Top 1% of BC Realtors

Market Update: January 2018

 

 

Another month has come and gone–and that means it’s time for a market update! This month was a strong month for sales in real estate. The market speed was listed as 41%  making it a seller’s market, however, the market speed is down slightly from the previous month. The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board states that:

“High prices, increasing interest rates and new mortgage rules are all expected to reduce housing demand in 2018.”

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the stats for this month.

Total listings: 2,579 (down from 2,882 the previous year)

Total Sales: 1065 (up 847 from previous year)

Sale Price: 17% increase from the previous year

So what does this mean moving forward? Homes are still selling at an above average rate and at an above average price. This is the perfect time to list your home because the full effect of the mortgage guideline changes have not taken full effect.

Are you or someone you know thinking of selling? Give me a call today: 1.604.720.5353 or info@alyoung.ca

4 Home Updates That Get You Top Dollar

Right now is the perfect time to list your home. Mortgage changes are coming  January 1, 2018 that could reduce buying power by uo to 20%.  Also, with interest rates rising, and market prices still high, listing your home now makes sense. However, before you put a For Sale sign on your lawn, here are 4 home updates that can help get you top dollar for your home.

  1. UPDATE FLOORING

Flooring is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to put value back into your home. Updating your floors can instantly update the entire look and feel. A simple swap is to replace outdated carpets with hardwood or laminate, and for bathrooms and kitchens look to classic, simple tile designs.

  1. SWITCH OUT HARDWARE AND FIXTURES

Kitchens and bathrooms can instantly make a home appear outdated. One simple update that is to switch out fixtures and hardware. Replace dated brass hardware on cupboards and drawers with a more modern, clean look. Also, consider updating your faucets and light fixtures too-these are budget friendly and can be installed in a few hours.

  1. FRESH PAINT

One of the easiest ways to give your home a facelift is to refresh your paint colours! Choose light and neutral, inviting tones that will work for all buyer types. In addition, select a single colour to use in each room. Keeping it simple, clean, and neutral will add value back into your home and instantly make it easier for buyers to see themselves living there.

  1. DECLUTTER AND DEPERSONALIZE

Your home is just tha…your home. It has pieces of you and your family throughout. However, when you are selling it is important to remove some of those more personal items. That wallpaper you love, the quote over your entry way, or that funky piece of artwork might not appeal to all buyer types. Remove or place these things in storage. At the same time, look at your home objectively and pinpoint any areas that are “clutter zones”. Sort and organize these areas and put any items you don’t use day-to-day in storage as well.

By taking the time to update your home and showcase its best features you will instantly see a return on your investment. Buyers are more willing to buy a home that they can picture themselves living in.  Keep in mind that at Young Real Estate Group we have a network of trusted individuals who can help you with these projects! We know moving and listing a home can be a stressful time…and having someone do it for you just makes life easier! Give us a call today and we will be thrilled to meet  you and discuss the next steps in getting your home ready to sell for top dollar!

604.720.5353