Fraser Valley market stays quiet through November
SURREY, BC – Despite November’s market continuing at a slower pace and dropping compared to all-time highs in 2017, sales and inventory levels for the month were on par with historical averages for this time of year.
The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,028 sales of all property types on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in November, a decrease of 41 per cent compared to the 1,743 sales in November of last year, and a 11 per cent decrease compared to sales in October 2018.
Of the 1,028 total sales, 383 were residential detached homes, 241 were townhouses, and 286 were apartments.
“Lessening demand continues to impact our market significantly,” said John Barbisan, President of the Board. “In turn, that has given purchasing power back to buyers who now have more time and more options when it comes to making a decision.”
Active inventory for the Fraser Valley in November finished at 7,355 listings, decreasing 5 per cent month-over-month and increasing 43.4 per cent year-over-year.
A total of 2,077 new listings were received by the Board in November, a 25.2 per cent decrease from that received in October 2018, and a 10.6 per cent decrease compared to November 2017.
“The market is shifting, albeit slowly. But while buyers are enjoying a more comfortable real estate environment, sellers will have to pay attention to how these changes will affect their chances at success.”
“Work with a local REALTOR® who can help you put your home in the best position to move. There are always ways to elevate your home’s appeal and potential to sell, even when the market is slower.”
HPI® Benchmark Price Activity
• Single Family Detached: At $976,200, the Benchmark price for a single family detached home in the Fraser Valley decreased 1.1 per cent compared to October 2018 and did not change compared to November 2017.
• Townhomes: At $532,800, the Benchmark price for a townhome in the Fraser Valley in the Fraser Valley decreased 1 per cent compared to October 2018 and increased 5.4 per cent compared to November 2017.
• Apartments: At $422,500, the Benchmark price for apartments/condos in the Fraser Valley decreased 2.4 per cent compared to October 2018 and increased 12.2 per cent compared to November 2017.
Imagine this scenario...
You're shopping for a new home. You drive to visit a recent listing. As you walk through the front doors, you're impressed. Every room looks fantastic. You see yourself relaxing on the spacious patio, cooking in the modern kitchen, and enjoying evenings with the family in the cozy living room.
Your emotions are on overdrive.
This is your dream home! Should you make an offer? Probably. In fact, you should make that decision quickly in case there are other interested buyers.
However, your decision shouldn't be guided purely by emotion. You want to make sure you take practical matters into consideration too.
For example, you'll want to consider:
- Is the property within your price range?
- Does it have everything you need?
- Do you like the neighbourhood?
- How old is the property? Are there items, such as the furnace, that may need to be replaced soon?
- Will it need any major repairs or upgrades? · What are the average monthly costs of carrying the home? (Property taxes, utilities, etc.)
Once you've considered the purchase of the home from a practical standpoint, you'll have a lot more confidence in your decision when you make an offer.
Need help? Call us, we are here to help.
Aaron & Michelle
Open House. Open House on Saturday, November 24, 2018 1:00PM - 3:00PM Open House Saturday, Nov 24 1-3pm
In Today's Market Setting Your List Price Requires Calculation and Savvy
When you're having a garage sale, one of the toughest tasks is pricing your items. If you put a price tag on your old golf clubs that’s too high, no one will buy them. If you make the price too low, they might sell quickly, but you’ll spend the rest of the day wondering if you could have gotten more!
It's similar to selling your home — except with your home, the stakes are much higher. You want to price your property to sell, but you don’t want to leave any money on the table.
How do you accomplish that?
Setting the right list price for your home requires a combination of skilled calculation and industry savvy.
Let's start with the "calculation" part...
When you work with me, I'll review recently sold properties that are similar to yours in type, size, features and location. Then, using that data, we’ll calculate a range that represents your property's "current market value."
For example, consider a spacious 15-year-old bungalow in a nice neighbourhood. If similar homes in the area have sold for $475,000-$550,000 in the last six months, then it's obvious that your home should sell in that range too. A list price above or below that range would be in the danger zone.
But skilled calculation is only half the task.
Setting your list price also requires expertise in the local market, combined with good old-fashioned gut instinct. That instinct comes from being on the front lines of many property transactions.
That's why working with a good real estate salesperson is so important, when you’re deciding on the list price for your home.
Want to discuss selling your home? Call us, we are here to help.