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Kristi Holz Market Update

April 2020 Vancouver Real Estate Update

Hi Everyone. So we’re into April now and a few weeks into our Stay at Home” measure. This measure started about halfway into March, so the month of March tells two different stories. April’s numbers are going to be a much more realistic measure of the change in activity. As per the Real Estate Board, the first half of the month were “the busiest days of the year for our region with heightened demand and multiple offers becoming more common” and boy was that the truth. Anything good was getting multiple offers and a lot of Buyers were excited about the additional influx of inventory we were expecting to see in the Spring. Interest rates were good and Buyer confidence was back after a slow 2018-2019. This allowed Sellers to upgrade to a bigger home and produced a lot of activity and excitement.

As the province forced restaurants and bars to close, and asked anyone who could work from home to do so, the number of real estate transactions dropped quickly. There were still some people who needed to buy or sell and they continued on their quest, and I expect we’ll see more of that activity in the next few weeks as people have had time to consider their situation and  needs. I would imagine that anyone who has their home listed for sale right now is pretty keen to sell and with an expected recession, there are going to be opportunities for Buyers to get into the market if they have retained their job and didn’t see a huge hit to their financial situation. 

I wrote a longer blog post about some initial thoughts (from mid-March) on Covid-19 and the Real Estate Market in addition to a blog about Navigating a Slow Market.

Listing Agents are ensuring people are only viewing if they aren’t showing any symptoms, and are asking people to wash their hands before the viewing, using protective gear and cleaning units before and after all showings. Many realtors are also asking all parties involved in the showing to sign a waiver indicating that everyone is following proper procedure themselves, and are waiving liability in case anyone gets sick. 

Mortgage interest rates have dropped (again!) and are expected to stay low for awhile. I’m on a variable rate mortgage and as of this week my rate dropped to 1.5% (thankfully that results in some much appreciated monthly savings, though rates will increase again in the future). A lot of Buyers are taking this opportunity to defer their mortgage or re-finance with these low rates as well, so check in with your mortgage broker for more information. As always, don’t hesitate to ask me if you need a referral to a great mortgage broker

I have been spending a lot of my time researching economic cycles, recession and the Vancouver market over the last few decades in an effort to be prepared and knowledgeable from what we’re experiencing now. We just came out of a slow market in 2018-2019 so the memories of a slow market and how to attack it are still fresh. I had a lot of clients waiting for the market to drop during the slow market, only to miss the boat and end up in competing offer situations. This sentence remains true: “How do you know we’ve hit the bottom of the market? Prices have increased”. When the market is slow, you have to be an active Buyer negotiating with Sellers in order to find the deals. And in the excitement of finding a deal, don’t lose sight of the fact that you’re trying to find the right home. Good properties in good buildings in good locations will be a better option for you long term, and will always be an easier sell when it comes time to move.

Onto the stats. 

The stats below are for the entire month of March, and can’t be split up into days or weeks, so it’s hard to see the difference this month. April’s numbers will be more interesting as that will likely be a full month indicating the impact on the market. 

On the Westside of Vancouver: 

– HPI Price remained steady this month, across the board. Prices in this market have been really consistent all year despite a huge decrease in median Days on Market and a huge increase in the Sales to Active Ratio. That tells me that Sellers hit a point where they weren’t willing to budge on price and waited for the market to improve.

– The detached house market has been really robust this year, and still, despite the pandemic. I have heard that there has been an increase in foreign buyers over the last few months which isn’t a surprise given how much the market has dropped over the last year or two. Not only does BC look like an amazing, well managed city during the pandemic, but the decline in price makes up for the extra foreign buyers tax that foreign buyers would have to pay. Check out the median Days on Market drop from January!

– Westside Condos saw a big increase in both inventory and new listings. I imagine a lot of this is attributed to downtown investor owned condos being listed for sale at the start of this pandemic. Sales were up as well so that was the extra boost in confidence many Sellers likely needed to list ASAP.

– Activity in the westside Townhouse market increased significantly in February like the detached market, and it has retained a steady HPI Price. Inventory is slightly down.

Vancouver Westside Real Estate Stats up to and including March 2020

HPI Price for Vancouver West

Median Percentage of Original Price for Vancouver West

New Listings for Vancouver West

Total Inventory for Vancouver West

Total Sales for Vancouver West

Sales to Active Ratio for Vancouver West

Median Days on Market for Vancouver West

On the Eastside of Vancouver:

– The HPI Price increased slightly this past month, across the board.

– The detached house market saw a drop in total inventory but an increase in new listings. I can imagine Sellers who already had their property for sale that wasn’t selling took their home off the market once this “stay at home” measure was in place, whereas a swath of new Sellers listed their home as the pandemic worsened in order to sell before things got really slow.

– Condo inventory slowed down this month, though sales continued. HPI and average sale price dropped ever so slightly. I find first time condo buyers to be the most nervous, so this market always slows the most whenever the general market slows, however, this was also a busy market so there is room to slow down.

– The townhouse market is generally the steadiest and smallest market. It saw fewer new listings and the smallest increase in sales.

East Vancouver Real Estate Stats up to and including March 2020

HPI Price for East Vancouver

Median Percentage of Original Price for East Vancouver

New Listings for East Vancouver

Total Inventory for East Vancouver

Total Sales for East Vancouver

Sales to Active Ratio for East Vancouver

Median Days on Market for East Vancouver

If you’d like to follow the ups and downs in the market, I can set you up on a Custom Real Estate Search. Contact me to get that started: kristi@realestatevancity.ca or 778-387-7371.

Sending you love and happiness during this crazy time! 

Kristi

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How to Navigate a Slow Market

Covid-19 is affecting all aspects of our lives including the Real Estate Market. With everyone trying to stay home and self-isolate this past week and likely for a few more weeks, we’re going to see what was a busy, prosperous market slow down significantly, but the expectation is that it will pick up again once we’re on the other side of this pandemic given the pent up demand.

This post is primarily for Buyers looking in a slow market, but if you’re a Seller, you’re still in a good position. There are going to be a lot of Sellers who postpone their listing so there will likely be less competition. If you bought prior to 2018 then you’ve likely made some money on your home and have some wiggle room when it comes to value. The biggest consideration to make is your next step. Are you buying again, and if so, what are you looking for? These details matter when it comes to my advice to you, so if you’re interested in chatting about what is best for you, contact me: 778-387-7371 or kristi@realestatevancity.ca.

I have a lot of clients who want to wait out the next week or to, mostly due to social responsibility but also because they anticipate the market slowing down. Everyone is asking me about timing the market, and when the best time will be to buy. Timing the Market is really, really hard:

  1. I always remember a quote a seasoned agent told me years ago: “How do you know when you’ve hit the bottom of the market? It’s started to go up again”. You won’t know you’re at the bottom until it’s passed you by. If you buy in a slow market, you’re likely buying close to the bottom of the market so you’ll be getting a deal anyways.
  2. You need to actually negotiate with Sellers to find out how low they’re willing to go.
  3. You need a lot of confidence to buy when no one else is willing too. After working through a few slow markets, I can tell you this is harder than it seems.

So, in order to have a chance at timing the market, you need to be active in the market.  By the time most Buyers feel comfortable jumping in after the market slows down, most other Buyers will be thinking the same thing, which is when the competition increases and the market picks up again! So, my advice to you is to stay on top of the market! Your opportunity could be there next week from now, or two months from now, or in the Fall. The more you know about your options, the more prepared you’ll be to take advantage of whatever the market becomes. Keep in mind that we were just dealing with a busy, multiple offer market that started this past Fall and continued up to this week. This pent up demand is still there, and I have no doubt that once the market picks up again we’ll be back in a multiple offer market.

When you’re looking to buy in a slowing market, compare the price of what you’re looking at to the last few months. How does it compare? If it’s a better price than you’ve seen for the last few months? I’m a numbers feen so you can rest assured I’ll be comparing your options and giving you my thoughts.

For Buyers looking to make a move, slow markets are a great time to move UP the ladder. If the market drops 5%, then even if your 1 bedroom condo isn’t worth as much now as it was last month, the townhouse you’re looking to buy dropped a bigger dollar amount, so the price gap has narrowed between your purchase and sale which is really beneficial in making the jump. Slow Markets are also a great time to get into your forever home. The Vancouver Detached Market has always been competitive when it comes to a livable, well maintained home with a suite, so if the opportunity arises to jump into a good house that you’ll presumably be living in for decades, go for it.

I’ve spent quite a bit of time over the last few days reviewing stats and information from the last couple Real Estate Market slow downs: the global 2008 recession, 2016 after the Foreign Buyers Tax was introduced, and the most recent one in 2018-2019. These market slow downs have lasted anywhere from 6 months to just over a year, and in 2008 and 2016 prices surpassed the previous high. We were on pace to do that now after the slow down in 2018, but this pandemic has thrown this wrench into a busy market. So if you were actively considering purchasing a property recently and lost in multiple offer situations, and now the market starts to slow down, why would you stop looking? It just got easier to buy and no one finds a deal if they aren’t looking.

During any market, it’s a personal decision as to when to buy: everyone has to consider their current financial scenario, their career and their short and long term plans. Right now, if you have the job security and have been seriously looking for real estate over the last few months, this is your opportunity to find something with much less competition and some negotiation room. My office – Stilhavn Real Estate – has a list going of “off market” listings (Sellers who are keen to sell but don’t want to list publicly). I’ll be following this list and contacting my Buyers if a colleague of mine has a listing that would work for them.

One final thought I’d like to leave you with – in this slow market and desire to find a deal, don’t forget about finding a property that you actually like and want to live in! As much as real estate is an investment, it’s also going to be your home so make sure it’s somewhere that you feel comfortable as the longer you’re willing to live in it, the more likely you’ll be able to withstand future changes in the market.

As always, Real Estate has an overarching trend, but what the best decision is for you depends on your particular situation. If you want to chat about what’s right for you given the current and future market, contact me: 778-387-7371 or kristi@realestatevancity.ca.

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A Quick Overview of Detached House Maintenance and Potential Issues

My favourite sector of Vancouver Real Estate are the houses and we have an interesting selection of styles and construction throughout the city. Most of our housing stock is older which means every Buyer and Home Owner has to be aware of the regular maintenance and upkeep required. When you’re in the process of purchasing a house, you need to remember that home inspections are of utmost importance in ensuring you understand the current quality of the original build (such as the exterior and foundation) as well as the quality of the renovations added over the years (such as the roof, electrical, decks, and basement suites). Below is a quick – and far from extensive – overview of some of the most common maintenance and repair found during an inspection of older houses

A couple details to keep in mind: 

  • I am not a professional home inspector and neither are you – get a certified home inspection! I must state the obvious – this post is not a replacement for specific and professional advice from a home inspector. The home inspector will go through all the details I mention below, and much, much more including maintenance tips.
  • This post is referring to older houses. Houses built in the last few decades have had to follow a specific building code and use different materials, construction and systems. You should still get a home inspection done on a newer house to ensure the work was done well and to code.
  • Houses built during different eras have different inherent defects due to materials used and the style of construction.  Early 1900’s homes may have lead based paint, oil tanks, and knob and tube wiring, whereas 1970s homes may have asbestos. 
  • Older homes are also typically a mix of permitted work and handyman work done at various times and often without much history as to when or why. Ensure you call the City to determine if any of the work was done with permits and get as much history of the house from the Seller as possible.

Roof

Every roof has a life span, so you need to know where yours sits on the spectrum. The house inspector will get on top of your roof to look for signs of issues. What material is the roof? Is there wear and tear, indication of animals or pests, incorrect flashing or gutter issues? Not only can an old roof lead to leaks in your property, but an incorrectly installed gutter or flashing can lead to moisture damage. Are the gutters cleaned or blocked? Does the attic have adequate ventilation? Is the chimney structurally sound? 

Exterior

The exterior of every home and garage is so important, and there are quite a few things to consider: 

Does the house have proper drainage with a drain tile system, and if so, how old is the current system? Does the property slope away from the house? Is there vegetation or potential roots touching the house? Do the gutters drain away from the house? 

How does the current exterior look and what product is it made from? Is the paint missing or peeling? Is the exterior buckling or cracking? Is there any damage from rot, mould, pests or wind? Do the windows look like they have proper and consistent sealant? Is there appropriate flashing? Are the transitions between materials properly sealed? Does the wood trim look like it was recently painted? Is there any cracking on the foundation? Is the house on proper footings? 

Are the retaining walls structurally sound? Do the fences look deteriorated and damaged? 

Are the decks built appropriately? Has the wood been well maintained? Does the deck have any safety concerns with its design and are the railings sturdy? 

Electrical

The electrical work is one of the biggest questions for any potential house owners, only because it can be a big job if it needs to be replaced. Since most of the electrical is not visible to the inspector, try to find out the history of the electrical work from the Seller (and potentially, the City if permits were pulled) since electrical is often done in portions, rather than all at once. What kind of electrical does the house currently have? Was the panel updated and does it overheat? Do plugs near water sources have GFCI breakers?

The potential issues with electrical can be a blog post in its own right, so ensure you understand the type of wiring the home has and how much it could be to update, if needed. 

Heating

There are a variety of heating options in any house, so pose bigger potential maintenance and cost issues that others. Homes generally older then the 1960’s may have had an oil tank installed at one point in time, providing fuel for the furnace. These oil tanks have all been de-commissioned but they can pose a significant and expensive risk to the soil so they need to be removed if discovered. Ensure you do an oil tank scan to verify the existence (or lack thereof) of an oil tank so that the removal can be done by the current Seller. The potential issue with oil tanks is a huge concern and should be dealt with both in the contract and during your due diligence. 

Ensure you understand the type of heating in the house. Keep in mind that it may be different in various parts of the house due to previous additions and renovations. Observe the furnace. When was it installed? How is it powered? Is there any indication of recent maintenance? 

Plumbing

Have a look at the plumbing that is visible in the house. What type of plumbing does the house have and what condition are the pipes (that are visible)? Where are the water shut-offs? Have braided hoses been installed on appliances and fixtures? Observe the hot water system. Is it a tank or on demand system? How old is it? Has it been secured in case of an earthquake? Is it easily accessible? Is there a sump pump? Has the main supply line from the city been replaced? Were any bathrooms added over the years?

Interior

There are so many details in the interior to consider. Is there a fireplace? When was the last time is was maintained? Are the windows functional? Do the windows show any signs of age or issue? Is there any indication of mould or dampness in the kitchen or bathrooms? Are the bathrooms caulked appropriately? Is the tile grout in good condition and sealed? Is the laundry hooked up properly with appropriate venting and hoses? Are there any cracks in the walls indicating structural movement? Are the stairs to code? Is there a crawlspace or access to the attic? Is there any evidence of rodent activity in the attic? Is the attic insulation in good condition? Does the attic have good ventilatioN?

The chance to own a house is a blessing, but make sure you have as good an understanding of the house as possible so you can be prepared for the regular and potential maintenance you’ll need to do to keep the house in good shape. Be prepared to do regular reviews of your home to ensure you’re staying on top of maintenance (consider getting another home inspection does if it’s been a few years and you’ve done a few upgrades since you bought). You can create a yearly check-list so nothing gets missed. Ask your realtor for recommendations on service providers and solutions for odd issues. As with any purchase, ensure you have some money set aside for unexpected issues – they can be costly for a house, but it’s worth it!

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What you need to know about AirBnb and Strata Bylaws

NOTE: This column is not a substitute for professional legal advice when it comes to short term rentals. Please speak with a Lawyer to discuss your particular situation and options. Keep in mind all condo buildings and the Government can change existing policy at any time.

Over the last few years I have had a few clients interested in pursuing AirBnB style investment properties, so I have done a lot of research into their options and the wording of Strata rental bylaws. As I mentioned above, I’m not a lawyer so get appropriate legal advice if this is important to you, but here are a few things I’ve learned from the research I’ve done:

(1) The City of Vancouver requires that anyone looking to rent their unit for less than 1 month (on AirBnB or any other site) must satisfy the following (including, but not limited to) criteria:

(2) Short Term Rentals like AirBnB are considered “licenses” rather than “leases”. Many Strata Bylaws allow Owners to enter into a “lease” for the use of their Strata Lot, but do not allow Owners to enter into a “license” for use of their Strata Lot. This wording would be very important in a legal battle involving an Owner vs Strata, so review your Bylaws in detail. Again, I am not a Lawyer, but here is a general definition of the terminology. Consult your Lawyer regarding any legalities.

  • It’s a “license” when the Owner gives someone permission to use the space temporarily for a specific reason. As you can imagine, there is no BC Tenancy Agreement in place, but often, though not required, there is a written License Agreement between the two parties.
  • It’s a “lease” when there is an agreement in place giving the tenant exclusive possession of the property, often via a BC Tenancy Agreement. Keep in mind, even if a BC Tenancy Agreement was not signed, certain situations may still legally be considered a standard Tenancy.

(3) There is a particular issue to be aware of when it comes to roommates or renting out extra rooms. A couple things to keep in mind:

  • Some Strata Bylaws indicate that Owners cannot rent out “less than all of the unit”, which means you cannot rent out an extra room to a roommate. Bylaws often specify a certain length of time that someone is considered a “guest” so look for a Bylaw indicating this time period to determine if someone staying with you would be considered a renter or licensee (distinction would depend on your agreement with them).
  • If you are renting out a room on a license basis, ensure it is allowed as per your Strata bylaws, even if you are still living in the property during the rental period.
  • If you are renting out a room with a standard Tenancy Agreement in place, then technically this constitutes a rental as per Strata Bylaws, which means you should follow your building’s rental bylaws, including, but not limited to: submitting a Form K to the Strata, ensuring your Tenant knows the Bylaws and Rules, applying for permission to rent and following any rental bylaws regarding total number allowed by the Strata and minimum lease lengths.

(4) Review the Strata Minutes (going as far back as possible) to see if there is any discussion of short term rentals, standard rentals, bylaw wording, and fines for Owners not following the bylaws. If the building mentions that they have previously fined Owners for not following rental bylaws properly then you’ll want to tread carefully. Keep in mind new Strata Council members might have a certain desire to enforce these Bylaws even if previous Councils turned a blind eye. Strata Councils are technically required by the Strata Property Act to enforce Bylaws as written.

(5) I don’t own investment properties, nor do I rent my own home out on AirBnB, so I can’t speak for experience, but I have recently seen properties listed for sale that rent on AirBnB despite not satisfying the City of Vancouver Short Term Rental / AirBnB policy. I don’t know how these people are circumventing the rules, but I imagine it’s both the City (and in some cases, the Strata) not performing enough random audits to ensure people are following the rules.

In short, I say this to all of my clients looking for buildings that allow AirBnB: even if a building allows short term rentals right now, that Bylaw can change, along with Government policy, so your intention and investment planning should be to rent the unit on a long term basis with a standard BC Tenancy Agreement.

Here are a few sites to offer more information on the topics above:

Kristi Holz Market Update

Covid-19 and the Vancouver Real Estate Market

Oi vey. 

What a week. What a year. Obviously, Covid-19 has had a dramatic affect on how we all interact and changes in normal protocol seem to be finally hitting the Vancouver Real Estate Market. This blog features my own thoughts and insights from those in my circle during this strange time. In addition to conversations with my contacts in the financial world, I’ve been studying real estate stats and the recession in 2008 for some insight into what might happen over the next few months.

Though most units are still receiving significant interest and multiple offers, Agents are starting to have discussions with their Buyers and Sellers as to their short term plans. As with everything during this pandemic, we are re-evaluating plans on a daily basis. This scenario is unprecedented – I find people are reacting in a way similar to a decline in the market. Some fear the worst and want to act immediately, while others would rather wait it out. If you were looking to make a move before this situation hit, what you should do is your decision. Life will return to some semblance of normal, so it’s a matter your personal and financial position, as well as how long you want to wait to make a move.

Here are a few thoughts: 

  • The general consensus is for everyone to self quarantine as much as possible over the next 2 to 3 weeks to stop the spread of the virus, so I expect the next few months to be slower than normal.
  • Although no one knows what will happen in the future, the turnaround in Asia is a positive development for everyone, as well as the news reports that a variety of vaccines are in development and that Canada and the US are taking this situation very seriously.
  • The economy has been through similar drops in recent decades and history has shown that recovery, if not a stronger economy, will happen in time. The Government has done a great job thus far of supporting individuals and businesses, and we are lucky to live in a strong economy that will weather the storm. There will be hardship, especially if society is all but shutdown for a few weeks, but we have recovered from similar scenarios in the past. Certain industries will be more affected than others, but as the recession in 2008 proves, we will steadily recover.
  • In order to stimulate the economy, our Government and the Bank of Canada will likely keep interest rates on the lower end of the scale for the time being. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some changes in the rate, but it should stay fairly low. I can’t see the Government making any negative changes to policies (as in, changing any policies to make it harder to purchase property) anytime soon. If anything, there’s a chance they will relax lending policies to help folks recover quicker, but I wouldn’t rely on it.
  • There was a lot of pent up demand for Real Estate this year after the recent slow market that saw a lot of Buyers take the “wait and see” approach, and this pandemic will likely increase the amount of future pent up demand as Buyers do it again. Housing is such an important part of everyone’s life, and Real Estate is an investment into yourself, so even if things do slow down for a few months, it never stays down. Buyers will adjust their ideal price range, but the market will keep moving, albeit, slower.
  • There are going to be Sellers who continue with their plans to sell in order to take advantage of the current competitive Buyer activity while it’s still happening. I would imagine if this coming weekend’s open houses are abnormally slow, some Sellers will pull their listings and wait until things improve. Those who are really keen to sell will keep their listing up.
  • There are also Sellers out there who need to sell. Perhaps they just bought their next place, and have to sell in order to complete their next purchase, perhaps they have an investment property and want an influx of money given other losses, perhaps they’ve lost their job and need to re-configure their finances and perhaps they’re the doomsday type that feel it’s better to sell now, regardless of the situation, than to wait until things return to normal.
  • Properties have been getting multiple offers, so there are still a lot of Buyers looking to make some moves and I can’t imagine everyone will step back for the next couple of weeks. Some Buyers view these uncertain scenarios as an opportunity to take advantage of a slow weekend, especially since just about everything this year has gone into multiple offers. If a Buyer has been looking for a particular property for awhile now, and it finally hits the market, those Buyers will likely pursue it. 
  • As for prices.… the drop in the stock market will affect high net worth individuals the most, so we may see a decline in the upper end of the market. These individuals may re-focus their energy on investment properties, which is often seen as a more stable long term investment compared to the stock market. However, the focus of any investor will be specific to homes that can be rented so anything that allows rentals will have a lot more interest than buildings that do not allow rentals. First Time Buyers are always the most nervous about buying, and they have the ability to stall the market (if they don’t buy the 1 bedrooms, then the people who own 1 bedrooms can’t buy the 2 bedrooms, and those 2 bedroom owners can’t move up, etc) so once this pandemic proves to be on the upswing, I think we’ll see the market pick up again. This lack of activity will likely lead to some minor prices decreases and an overall stalling of the market – BUT – if you happen to be looking to buy a good unit in the most active Vancouver markets (the entry level detached market, entry level two bedroom, or rentable 1 bed condo market) then I would expect the activity to remain fairly steady. These units were often getting 5+, 10+, 20+ offers recently, so there are still a lot of Buyers out there even if many choose to step away from their search for the time being. I believe we’ll be in a strong, active market once this passes, so it’s a good time to take advantage of the opportunities now. Remember, if you’re buying a home to live in for 3+ years, you’ll ride out any short term changes in the market.
  • Some people are postponing listings and their searches until there is more certainty and confidence in the health of our community. For obvious reasons, this applies to those who are ill, immunocompromised or older, in addition to people who aren’t comfortable knowing who they are interacting with during viewings.
  • I’m hearing a lot of Agents talk about cancelling Open Houses and only allowing private showings. This will help to ensure some distance between Buyers as well as the chance to sanitize appropriately. UPDATE: The Real Estate Board will not be allowing Open Houses after the weekend of March 21/22nd though private showings are allowed.
  • I’ve had a few Buyers postpone their search for the time being mostly due to social responsibility, but a couple have cited declines in their investment portfolio (and thus down payment) and wanting to wait to see what happens. Similar to any slow market (which we just went through in 2019) a lot of Buyers step out of the market for fear of what might happen, only to miss the opportunities and realize this when the market picks up again. If you’re buying a unit to live in for the next 3+ years, you’ll ride out any short term market changes. Here’s my post about How to Navigate a Slow Market.
  • Overall, I don’t anticipate any major and long lasting, changes to the Real Estate Market. I bet that we’ll see strong activity in the market in the late Spring, throughout the Summer and into Fall (without the typical Summer slow down) to account for a few slower weeks now while everyone is trying to “stay the F home”. 

The Real Estate Board has released statements to Realtors indicating that it is the decision of us and our clients as to continue, adapt or cancel any short term plans given the pandemic. UPDATE: The Real Estate Board is not allowing any Open Houses after the weekend of March 21/22nd for the time being. Any sales already under contract are still obligated to proceed and properties are still allowed to be listed and sold, though Agents and their clients need to understand the potential issues we might face during this time period, which could include unexpected and required quarantines and lockdowns, unexpected changes to the financial market and possible illnesses. 

In the meantime, remember to continue to support local businesses and workers, when possible, during these times. Order take out and tip your delivery drivers. Treat workers and fellow residents kindly. Get outside for fresh air and exercise. Don’t forget the fun in puzzles, music, games and books. Call your friends and family. Follow protocol if required. And stay positive! We live in a strong and prosperous economy, and everything will be okay. 

I wish everyone health and happiness. I’m here if you need me and happy to chat about any of your questions with regards to real estate, now and in the future: kristi@realestatevancity.ca or 778-387-7371.

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Multiple Offers and Vancouver Real Estate

Right now, the Vancouver Real Estate Market is BUSY! This activity, paired with low inventory, has lead to any good properties receiving multiple offers. Multiple Offers on properties for sale in Vancouver happen when the market is really busy (enough that inventory doesn’t meet demand) or when a listing agent strategically lists a property far under its value. Here’s what you need to know.

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Using Renovations & Staging to Increase the Value of your Home

I have a lot of clients ask if they should renovate their property before they sell. This question ranges from people asking if they should do a full renovation on an “original condition” condo to whether or not they should paint and replace the floors. There isn’t a blanket answer to this question – it depends on your financials, your timeline, the market and the condition of the property.

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February 2020 Real Estate Market Update

Hi Everyone! We’ve made it through January and the market is picking up steam. We’re seeing new listings every week and Buyers getting excited about their options, which is normal activity for January. What’s interesting this month is the number of multiple offer scenarios we’re seeing and the differences between the Eastside and the Westside. 

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January 2020 Real Estate Market Update

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you have a great holiday season filled with lots of holiday and family fun. The real estate market always slows down in December – full stop over Christmas – before gaining energy in January, so I’ll keep the stats review short this month, but instead offer a general recap of the market.

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