JUST LISTED – GREAT INVESTMENT PROPERTY – 1 BED – 1 BATH CONDO – CENTRAL SURREY

Location, Location, Location! Welcome to D’COR, where you can literally walk to everything, NO CAR NEEDED! This 1 bed 1 bath condo is about as central as you can get! Walking distance to the beautiful Holland Park, minutes from S.F.U, walk to Surrey Central Mall, Surrey Rec Centre and Sky Train, bus loop and big box stores. The functional, open plan layout has 9 ft ceilings, cheater ensuite, in suite laundry and spacious patio off the living room. Amenities in the building include bike storage, exercise facility and club house with kitchen! Rentals are allowed, making this home the perfect investment or call this your first home. Pets are allowed with restrictions. Comes with a secure underground parking space as well as the all-important storage locker! Don’t wait on this one!

For more information call Garry Voigt 604 789 2140 or email info@garryvoigt.com

 


A FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO WHY THE REAL ESTATE MARKET HIT ALL TIME HIGHS DURING A PANDEMIC

On the heels of the busiest, most unexpected December in our Board’s history and half a year of the market out-performing all expectations during COVID-19, we turned to one of the most in-demand, economists in our province for insight for you to share with your clients.

We were fortunate to get exclusive, in-depth market intelligence – specific to our Fraser Valley region – from BCREA’s Brendon Ogmundson, who as you can imagine is currently busier than a snow-making machine at local mountains due to 2020’s astounding market numbers.

He details: What happened in Fraser Valley’s market last year, and answers the million-dollar question, can it sustain in 2021?

This is part one of two with the second installment coming in next week’s NewsReal. First, we look back at a year like no other and next week, we look at what’s ahead.

FVREB Communications in conversation with Brendon Ogmundson, BCREA Chief Economist:

Q: How would you describe Fraser Valley’s real estate market in 2020? Walk us through what happened starting from what looked like a decent start of the year…?

After two years of demand being stifled by various government policies – principally the B-20 stress test – and new taxes on housing, the Fraser Valley market was set to continue to recover and record an average, typical year. However, as members know, that return to normal was swiftly upended by a worldwide pandemic that threw a blanket of uncertainty over the entire global economy.

With the industry and society in lockdown during the spring months, the housing market slowed dramatically. Sales in the early spring fell to unprecedented lows and it was anticipated that sales would remain below normal through the summer months and possibly beyond. No one knew.

Then the unexpected happened.  Home sales in the Fraser Valley began to climb in the early summer, eventually setting or nearly setting monthly sales records through the fall and winter.

By year’s end, in the midst of a global pandemic, with BC facing a jump in the unemployment rate to a 30-year high, with borders closed, and with immigration halted, sales in the Fraser Valley finished the year up over 28 per cent while benchmark home prices were up over 13 per cent.

“The housing market in 2020 was nothing short of remarkable.”

Q: No one knows BC’s economy and the housing market like you, how unusual was this post-lockdown response?

The performance of the housing market in 2020 was nothing short of remarkable. The COVID-19 recession battered many sectors of BC’s economy, but looking at the housing market, it would be difficult to tell that there was a recession at all.

In a typical recession, housing sales decline as job losses and heightened uncertainty prompt potential buyers to pull back from the market. At the same time, the supply of listings accumulates as some households are forced to sell due to rising unemployment and falling incomes. The COVID-19 recession, however, has been anything but typical. Instead, this recession has seen a remarkably swift rebound in home sales and prices, not only to pre-COVID-19 levels but to historic highs.

Hindsight is indeed 2020 when it comes to 2020

Q: Did the rebound surprise even you?

A: The speed and strength of the recovery was absolutely surprising, but with the benefit of hindsight we can see clear factors that propelled the market forward.

First, the real estate industry did an excellent job in ensuring that transactions could continue without undue risk to the public. Secondly, the impact of the COVID-19 recession on the provincial labour market was not equal across sectors. Most job losses afflicted low wage sectors of the economy, like front-line service sector jobs, while employment in above-average wage sectors that tend to drive the ownership market has risen about 5 per cent above pre-COVID-19 levels.

Most importantly, a swift and overwhelming policy reponse from the Bank of Canada pushed mortgage rates to new record lows.  All of those factors, along with a surge of pent-up demand after the initial crisis phase of the pandemic, meant that demand for housing returned with vigour.

Homes became all things to all people all the time

Q: We saw some specific home sale trends in the Fraser Valley due to COVID-19 – can you delve into those more?  

A: There’s no question COVID-19 altered the needs of BC families as homes suddenly became a workplace, a school, an entertainment centre, and a refuge.  We’ve seen a pronounced shift towards demand for larger homes and for those working from home, a commute becomes less relevant.

The extra space afforded by a single-family detached home that fulfills those needs, along with record-low borrowing costs, resulted in the sales numbers we’ve seen. In the Fraser Valley, sales of detached homes almost doubled in December, rose over 40 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019 and approached 50 per cent of total sales for the first time since 2017. So, it’s no surprise that prices for detached homes closed the year up with double-digit increases.

Sales of townhouses, a close substitute for single-detached, were up over 30 per cent in 2020, with more modest price gains of around 5 per cent year over year.

  1. And how about apartments? How did Fraser Valley condos fare in a pandemic year?

A: Apartments began the year with challenges due to strata insurance, and as an investment vehicle or entry-level home for first-time buyers, apartments were clearly held back by the pandemic’s impact on younger workers and renters. Still, even with those challenges, apartment sales across the Fraser Valley finished the year higher and prices appreciated close to 5 per cent.

In terms of the condo sector as a whole, as vaccinations progress, the economy heals, and borders open to tourism and immigration, we anticipate demand for apartments will post a strong recovery in 2021.

Thank you, Brendon! That wraps up the first part of our two-part series on Fraser Valley’s real estate market in 2020 and 2021. Don’t miss part two next week, when Brendon Ogmundson, Senior Economist, BCREA, forecasts what’s in store for hopefully a pandemic-recovery year.

For more market intel, head to www.bcrea.bc.ca and keep tabs on their COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard.

Source: FVREB Communications

 


CHECK OUT THE LATEST SNAPSTATS FOR THE FRASER VALLEY FOR FEBRUARY 2020

Check out the latest SnapStats for the Fraser Valley for February 2020. Sales are up and there has been a slight increase in sales prices indicating that we are in a ‘Sellers Market’. We are once again seeing multiple offer situations not only in condos and townhomes but also single family homes. Inventory is low and there are a lot of buyers out there!!

Contact Garry Voigt today for more information 604 789 2140 or info@garryvoigt.com

 

This report data was captured on March 2, 2020 from the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board MLS® . Refer to our YTD reports for sustained periods of the Sales Ratio % . The accuracy and completeness of the information is not guaranteed. In providing this information SnapStats® or Garry Voigt do not assume any responsibility or liability. More info at snap-stats.com .


JUST LISTED – BURNABY – 2 BED – 2 BATH CONDO – WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS

1003 2225 Holdom Avenue. Welcome to LEGACY by the very reputable BOSA. Corner, southwest unit with spectacular views of the city, mountains and Mt. Baker. Very OPEN floor plan with floor to ceiling windows all around for an abundance of natural light. This unit features 2 bedroom plus den, 9 foot ceilings, large 160 sq ft balcony to fit in house size patio furniture. Recently painted, open kitchen with Granite counter tops in both the kitchen and bath rooms. Comes with 2 side by side parking, 1 locker, 1 bike storage. 6000 sq ft rec facility including fully equipped exercise room, spa, steam room and sauna and lounge. Located next to Holdom Skytrain Station. Pets allowed (one cat or one dog). Rentals allowed.

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HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED THE BENEFITS OF BUYING VS RENTING?

There is no doubt about it, there are definitely some benefits to renting a home rather than taking the leap to purchase. Your costs can be lower than if you purchase but what about getting a return on that investment?

The article below sets out 5 really good incentives to buy instead of renting.

 

  1. Possible Tax Breaks
  2. Getting help from CMHC to purchase a home
  3. Using your RRSP contributions as leverage
  4. GST New Housing Rebate
  5. Building Equity and Credit

Click Here to read the article recently published in REW.ca

If you are looking to buy your first home and want more information about the benefits of buying a home call Garry Voigt today, email www.garryvoigt.com or call 604 789 2140. We have helped many happy first time buyers navigate their first purchase!

 


First Time Buyer Incentive

For more information CLICK HERE and watch Alex at Thrive Mortgage Group explain the new incentives.

As of March 2019 The federal Government introduced 2 measures targeted at helping first time buyers purchase a home

Incentive 1 – Borrowing from RRSP’s

The first step in buying Real Estate is finding out what financing is available to you and figuring out where your deposit will come from.

Many first time buyers opt to use the RRSP contributions they have saved. The Federal Government has now increased the amount allowable to withdraw from $25,000 to $35,000. Essentially giving first time buyers an extra $10,000 towards their Real Estate purchase.

Incentive 2 – First Time Home Buyers Incentive

There are a few qualifiers to apply for this incentive:
  • you need to have the minimum down payment to be eligible
  • your maximum qualifying income is no more than $120,000
  • your total borrowing is limited to 4 times the qualifying income
The Incentive enables first-time homebuyers to reduce their monthly mortgage payment without increasing their down payment. The Incentive is not interest bearing and does not require ongoing repayments.
Through the First-Time Home Buyer Incentive, the Government of Canada will offer:
  • 5% for a first-time buyer’s purchase of a re-sale home
  • 5% or 10% for a first-time buyer’s purchase of a new construction

Click on the link at the top to find out more information on how to qualify, how to apply and how much the repayments will be.

Call Garry Voigt, your Local Langley Realtor for all of your Real Estate needs.