The gears of the Real Estate market are turning just as quickly as the weather has flipped from More Snow Than Calgary to our beloved rainy with a chance of extra rain. Housing activity has warmed like our weather eventually will.
Jokes aside, we are experiencing another spike in the market after our relatively calm winter months. The snow is gone, spring cleaning is progressing, the Evergreen Line is booming, and condos are selling! As observed by the graph below, the Coquitlam condo market has spiked to higher levels than even last year!
What does this mean for you?
Potential Buyers: Be prepared and on top of the latest listings. The Coquitlam condo market is in fierce competition and you need to be in the know-how to obtain that dream home you’ve been eying!
Potential Sellers: Your condo is the hot commodity in the real estate market this season! Take the extra time to make sure you are fully prepared to sell. Maximize the value of your house before putting it on the market! Ensure your home is strategically positioned and priced for maximum return.
Professional advice is always recommended when it comes to large transactions such as real estate, but it will always be beneficial to first do your own research.
In spirit of this news about the condo market, here are a few fun facts!
The Most Expensive Condo in Coquitlam
3002-3007 GLEN DRIVE :: Central Coquitlam
List Price: $1,250,000
- 2 Bedrooms
- 3 Bathrooms
- 1316 sq. ft.
- Breathtaking views
This two year old penthouse in the heart of Coquitlam boasts spectacular finishings and panoramic in a new building… at the cost of $1,250,000. Live in the lap of luxury!
Listed by: Roy Choi PREC, Keller Williams Elite Realty
The Fastest Selling Condo in Coquitlam
402 1438 PARKWAY BOULEVARD :: Westwood Plateau
- List Price: $469,000
- 2 Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms
- 948 sq. ft.
- Ideal for investors
A cozy two bedroom condo in a great neighbourhood. Pets and rentals both being allowed means that homes similar to this are ideal for investors! Stay on your toes if you’re on the lookout for homes like this.
Listed by: Louise Hendricks, RE/MAX All Points Realty
Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the Coquitlam Condo activity last month:
Condos in Coquitlam, particularly those around the Evergreen Line, are on our watch list for sure. Click here to start shopping!
The beautiful and classic city of New Westminster is an excellent place to live. With the addition of the Evergreen Extension and the two Expo Line routes that pass through, connecting New Westminster to Coquitlam, North Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey, we can only expect promising changes to this market.
Here’s the October market report from REBGV!
The condo market in New Westminster continues to be fast paced, with 87 sales and 157 listings in the last month! The benchmark price for a condo in New Westminster was $376,800 in the month of October. Many new condos are placed onto the market every day. It’s an ideal time for buyers as many homeowners are in the mindset of selling.
The benchmark price for detached homes was $1,046,000 and the market has not changed drastically over the last month. Homes continue to be listed and sold at a slightly faster pace than the previous month, lasting an average of 23 days on the market before being sold.
The market for townhomes in New Westminster continues to move at a fast pace. The limited inventory of 15 active listings means that listings to sell within 8 days of being listed! If you’re looking to get into the townhome market, let us know so that we can send you alerts as soon as a new property becomes available!
The majority of detached properties in New Westminster fall in the $900k to $1,500k range. Listings and sales are spread out throughout the entire city and do not have any tendency to concentrate in any specific neighbourhood.
Most condos in New Westminster fall within the $400k to $900k range, with a good number of lower priced ones available as well. Higher priced condos tend to be listed in the Fraserview NW region, while other hot locations include Downtown NW, Quay, and Uptown NW.
Townhomes in New Westminster also fall within the $400k to $900k range. Key neighbourhoods with townhomes for sale are Fraserview NW, Queensborough, and GlenBrooke North.
Despite the recent market craze, detached homes in New Westminster have dropped back to a balanced market. Prices of condos and townhomes are slowly falling and the sales-to-active ratios are falling back towards the buyer’s favour, but remain in a seller’s market.
Here are some properties for sale in New Westminster.
Thinking of buying or selling? Get in touch – we can help!
Demand for homes in Maple Ridge is at a record high! The drastic changes to the housing market in the Greater Vancouver area have rippled out east, and the numbers definitely show it.
Here are the latest market stats from REBGV.
The benchmark price of detached homes has remained relatively stable over the last month which was $714,600 in October. The market is speeding up with increased sales and new listings popping up. This offers lots of options for homebuyers looking to get in for showings, and also indicates a healthy and active market.
The majority of property listings for detached homes in Maple Ridge fall within the $400k-$900k range. The market for higher priced houses is slower but with plenty of inventory available. The neighbourhood of Albion has the highest number of sales, while West Central has the highest quantity of listings.
Townhomes in Maple Ridge are selling quickly and steadily increasing in price. The benchmark price in October for a Maple Ridge townhouse was $405,000. On average, homes are selling within 18 days of going on the market. This is not outrageously quick, but a good pace. If you’re looking to buy in the market, you will need to keep on your toes to keep up with this pace!
The majority of property listings for townhouses in Maple Ridge fall within the $400k-$900k range. The majority of sales and new listing activity for townhomes is in the Cottonwood MR and East Central neighbourhoods. The Albion neighbourhood has seen a number of active listings with fewer sales.
Condos and apartments in Maple Ridge have remained relatively steady in price. Condos are selling slower than they were back in September. The benchmark price for a condo in Maple Ridge was $205,500 in October.
The majority of the Maple Ridge condos fall between the $200k to $400k range, and are located in the East Central neighbourhood. Higher priced condos tend to sell within the week they are listed, whereas lower priced condos will sell but sit on the market for longer periods of time. This is a great opportunity for first time buyers to get into the market and browse available inventory without feeling pressured.
The above diagram shows that despite the recent spikes in the housing market over the last year, the Maple Ridge housing market has begun to stabilize and is falling back towards the buyer’s favour. Maple Ridge is a great neighbourhood to move into and the real estate market is healthy.
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It’s an ideal time to buy a home in the City of Pitt Meadows! The housing market is shifting in favour of buyers. More homes are being listed, offering more options and less pressure on buyers. This beautiful city continues to expand and develop in terms of both community and economy. The addition of the Evergreen Extension to our existing skytrain routes on December 1st also means that staying connected will be easier than ever.
Here’s the scoop on REBGV’s market update.
The benchmark price of detached homes has remained relatively stable over the last month, from $793,200 in September to $792,500 in October. Home sales are slowing and properties are remaining on the market for longer periods of time, giving more opportunity to get in and see the homes you would like.
The majority of property listings for detached homes in Pitt Meadows fall within the $400k-$900k range, with the number of active listings exceeding the monthly sales. South Meadows and Central Meadows feature the highest activity, with Mid and West meadows following closely behind.
Much like the detached home market, townhomes in Pitt Meadows have remained stable in price over the last month. The benchmark price for October is $474,400. Townhomes are popular and selling quickly, with 8 sales and just 12 active listings! On average, a townhome will sell in less than two weeks after being listed – this is a drastic change from the 37 day average from last year.
The majority of property listings for townhouses in Pitt Meadows fall within the $400k-$900k range, with the number of active listings exceeding the monthly sales. South Meadows and Central Meadows feature the highest activity, with Mid Meadows following closely behind.
Condos and apartments in Pitt Meadows have also remained relatively steady in price. The market is active with 30 active listings and 11 new sales throughout the month of October, and the benchmark price was $305,900. It’s a good market to get into – with homes selling within 2 weeks on average, the pace is fast and you should make sure you are prepared to buy!
The majority of the Pitt Meadows condos fall between the $200k to $400k range, and are located in the Mid Meadows neighbourhood. Higher priced condos tend to sell within the week they are listed. Interested in receiving automated alerts as soon as something new crops up? Let us know!
As you can see from the above diagram, the housing market in Pitt Meadows is beginning to stabilize at the new prices after the exhausting housing market we have been experiencing over the last year. Below are some homes available in Pitt Meadows.
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Home sale and listing activity dip below historical averages in October
Reduced home sale and listing activity are changing market dynamics in communities across Metro Vancouver*.
Residential property sales in the region totalled 2,233 in October 2016, a 38.8 per cent decrease from the 3,646 sales recorded in October 2015 and a 0.9 per cent decrease compared to September 2016 when 2,253 homes sold.
Last month’s sales were 15 per cent below the 10-year October sales average.
“Changing market conditions compounded by a series of government interventions this year have put home buyers and sellers in a holding pattern,” Dan Morrison, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) president said. “Potential buyers and sellers are taking a wait-and-see approach to try and better understand what these changes mean for them.”
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 3,981 in October 2016. This represents a decrease of 3.5 per cent compared to the 4,126 units listed in October 2015 and a 17 per cent decrease compared to September 2016 when 4,799 properties were listed.
Last month’s new listing count was 9.5 per cent below the region’s 10-year new listing average for the month.
The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 9,143, a 4.5 per cent decrease compared to October 2015 (9,569) and a 2.3 per cent decrease compared to September 2016 (9,354).
The sales-to-active listings ratio for October 2016 is 24.4 per cent. Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 per cent mark for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.
“While sales are down across the different property types, it’s the detached market that’s seen the largest reduction in home buyer demand in recent months,” Morrison said. “It’s important to work with your local REALTOR® to help you navigate today’s changing trends.”
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $919,300. This represents a 24.8 per cent increase compared to October 2015 and a 0.8 per cent decline compared to September 2016.
Sales of detached properties in October 2016 reached 652, a decrease of 54.6 per cent from the 1,437 detached sales recorded in October 2015. The benchmark price for detached properties is $1,545,800. This represents a 28.9 per cent increase compared to October 2015 and a 1.4 per cent decrease compared to September 2016.
Sales of apartment properties reached 1,178 in October 2016, a decrease of 23.7 per cent compared to the 1,543 sales in October 2015.The benchmark price of an apartment property is $512,300. This represents a 20.5 per cent increase compared to October 2015 and a 0.3 per cent increase compared to September 2016.
Attached property sales in October 2016 totalled 403, a decrease of 39.5 per cent compared to the 666 sales in October 2015. The benchmark price of an attached unit is $669,200. This represents a 25.7 per cent increase compared to October 2015 and a 1.1 per cent decrease compared to September 2016.
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Is now the time to buy real estate? Absolutely.
According to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver the past year has seen a tremendous increase in the value of real estate value in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody, making homes in these areas an incredible investment.
… that’s an average increase of $213 333 in only one year!
The Tri-Cities’ townhouse market experienced the same upswing as well, with the MLS HPI Benchmark Price increasing by an average of $77 ,833, and the condo market wasn’t far behind with an average increase of $52 500. Port Moody saw the most growth in respect to both, with Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam not far behind.
These trends indicate a unique (and incredible) opportunity for real estate investment, and they’re projected to continue. While it is apparent that the Tri-Cities have the potential for rapid and substantial return, homes in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody also provide a picturesque, family-friendly place for homeowners to settle down with a very positive outlook for appreciation as well.
There’s pride in homeownership; while owning a home offers greater privacy than renting, you’re more likely to become a part of the community when you own, and the Tri-Cities offer a variety of fantastic communities for you to plant your roots.
Maybe you’ve seen it in advertisements. Maybe word of mouth in the community is getting around. Maybe we’re about to tell you again – fact of the matter is, the housing market in Vancouver is on fire. It’s not just monster homes – apartments and townhomes are included.
According to Demographia, Vancouver is the third least affordable major market worldwide! Don’t believe us? Believe these facts!
On average, an apartment or townhome located in Vancouver will:
- remain on the market for 11 days. That’s not even two weeks! It’s important to know what you want to buy before you start looking, or it will be gone before you can put an offer on the table.
- list for $848,000. This figure includes bachelor suites.
- If you only look at properties with 2+ bedrooms, that average jumps to $1,100,000!
Need more? Here are a few examples:
The Average: 506-3382 Wesbrook Mall was sold by RE/MAX Select Realty. Listing price $1,098,000!
- 6 days on the market
- 1200+ square foot apartment
- 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
The Fast: 25-4957 Marine Drive was sold by Sotheby’s International Realty in under a day!
- $1,075,000 listing price
- 2300+ square foot townhouse
- 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
The High: Ph3301 – 501 Pacific Street is listed by Macdonald Realty Inc for $7,838,000!
- 6100+ square feet living space in a luxurious penthouse
- 1700+ square feet of terraces
- For more information on this listing, please contact Will McKitka.
Thinking of selling? It’s a great time. Looking to relocate? Look no further. Team Léo is your dedicated team of full time and professional Realtors® and community experts. We will help you get the biggest bang for your buck and find you the best home for your needs. Contact us today!
All facts on this article were based on active and sold listings in January 2016, generated by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley Real Estate Board which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy. This article is not intended to infringe on existing agency contracts.
The local housing market continues strong for sellers! Detached homes continue to be snapped up fast, for top dollar.
- 69 year old rancher on a 10,000 sq ft lot on Haversley Ave just sold for $1,201,000. The property was listed for $1,150,000! Sold in 4 days!
- Brand new house on Sprice Ave just sold for full price: $1,698,000
- 49 year old house on Draycott, on a 10,000 sq ft lot just sold for $1,183,000, asking price was $999,000!
- 54 year old house on Regan Ave on a 7900 sq ft lot just sold for $1,100,000, asking price was $948,000.
The inventory of houses for sale continues to be low, further fueling the demand and the increase in prices. Many of the houses are selling in multiple offer situations, resulting in buyers offering well above asking price in order to secure the property for themselves.
Right now there are 33 houses for sale in Central Coquitlam, 27 of those are above $1,000,000, and 7 are above $2,000,000. There are only 6 houses for sale in Central Coquitlam that are under $1,000,000.
If you are thinking of selling, now would certainly be a great time! The market is hot! Be sure to check out the 5 Top Mistakes Sellers Make.
Give us a call if you would like an opinion on the current value of your home. 604-936-1111.
View more statistics on the Greater Vancouver housing market here.