South Kamloops is a great area of Kamloops to live. It is near a number of amenities; schools(elementary to high school), downtown shopping and the hospital. All of these things are within walking distance of this home. If you are needing to get to TRU, a short bus ride is all that it takes.
There are a number of MLS listings in the South Kamloops area. This three bedroom one bathroom old timer is a great home for a first time home buyer, investor or someone who wants to downsize. From the front entrance you enter into the dining room and living room. This home is on a corner lot, which allows for a lot of natural light to come into the home through the large north and east facing windows.
There is one bedroom on the right and the entrance to the kitchen straight ahead. The Kitchen is very large, it has updated floors and newer counter tops. The second main floor bedroom is just off the kitchen as is the four piece bathroom.The floor plan of this home is great and for the right person can definitely be modernized to an open floor plan.
Downstairs there is a single bedroom, den and laundry room. The basement does need flooring but otherwise is in good shape. There is a lot of storage space in the basement as well as a separate entrance.
This home has a lot of character, there are a number of features such as original doors and doorknobs, crown moulding above the doors and high ceilings. The electrical has been updated to 100 amp service. There is a small deck off the back of the home as well as a storage shed.
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Over the past couple days I have been through a whole variety of single family homes in Kamloops; upwards of 25 or so listings. I have found that in today’s market the pricing of these properties is all over the place. It appears that there is no consistency in the pricing of listed properties and I think this is because of either the home seller or agent confusion.
First, in my opinion, since the market has dropped some sellers are stuck at 2007 values, where homes were 10% or so higher than today’s market value. We were living in a real estate bubble where housing prices “would never go down” or “buy now or be priced out forever”. It is a fact that when we are in the midst of a housing bubble, people feel like it will never end, probably because of human nature. It is easy to get caught up in the euphoria of it all. I have to admit, that was the feeling I got from a lot of people around me, but I personally felt the change coming. We are now getting back to reality and working towards a balanced market, but are still far from it. Sellers have to price their homes competitively to sell, there are far more homes rejected from the market because of price in comparison to the number of homes that sell. To get your home sold, price your home right from the beginning. If you as a seller want to reduce, approach your agent, they should welcome the idea.
Secondly, there is this belief out there that prices will return to previous levels in the spring. This is felt by some sellers and Realtors alike. I have a very hard time believing that this could be remotely true. With the incredible uncertainty in today’s economy from job losses to a lack of confidence in the markets, there are no indicators out there that show that the market will return to previous levels anytime soon. This is my opinion of course.
The encouraging news to sellers is that over the past couple weeks I have seen an increase in the number of buyers looking to purchase a home. There are always people that have to sell their home and buy another. The Kamloops Real Estate Board has been reporting more sales lately than we saw last month. The statistics will come out in early February and I will include them here.
If you are thinking about selling your home, my suggestion would be, get it on the market sooner rather than later. There are a number of sellers wanting to go on the market in the spring. Beat the rush and get your property on the market and advertised to the public before the spring rush and increased competition.
The recently announced federal budget gives some relief to homeowners, but it is not expected to change the current condition of the real estate market in Kamloops, provincially or nationally. The number of listings on the market not only in Kamloops but nationally are up and the number of home sales are down. It would take a number of factors to change before this ratio adjusts.
The federal budget offered the following: first time home buyer’s RRSP allowance was increased and tax credit was increased. There are also tax write-offs for home renovations.
In an uncertain market these allowances and tax cuts most likely won’t change the rate at which real estate is selling in B.C. but it will encourage current home owners who are on the fence about renovating their home to take the tax write-off as it will not be available forever. The positive aspect of the new home renovation tax write-off is it will keep people working. Some trades people in Kamloops have felt a slow down in their business. This stimulus should encourage home owners to consider hiring a professional to help with renovations.
Below I have included an article from the Vancouver Sun.
Potential home buyers won some small gains out of the federal budget that won’t necessarily re-spark activity in the declining residential real-estate sector, but do go along with the theme of offering incentives for consumers to spend.
In Tuesday’s budget, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty raised the limit for how much first-time home buyers can withdraw from RRSPs to make a down payment to $25,000 from $20,000 for individuals and $50,000 from $40,000 for couples.
Also for first-time purchasers, Flaherty included a 15-per-cent tax credit on home-purchase closing costs to a maximum of $5,000, which would be worth $750 off a buyer’s federal tax bill.
“Perhaps none of these things in and of themselves will be the turning point, or whatever,” Jim Murphy, CEO of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals, said in an interview. “But they all help, and really it’s the issue of government trying to deal with the whole issue of consumer confidence.”
Murphy said the RRSP home buyer program, first initiated in 1992, has been a very popular program, and that more buyers “than you might think” take advantage of it.
The program allows buyers to withdraw money from their retirement investments tax free for use as part of their down payment so long as they pay it back into their RRSP accounts within 15 years.
The federal government has estimated increasing the limit will cost $15 million a year over the next two years.
The tax credit on closing costs is expected to be more expensive, costing the federal treasury $30 million in fiscal 2008-09, $175 million in 2009-10 and $180 million in 2010-11.
Increasing the limit on RRSP withdrawals to keep step with rising home prices is something the mortgage industry and realtors have been advocating for a long time, Murphy said, and he expects there will be buyers who do use the extra money.
And while the $10,000 increase in the limit for a couple might not be a huge increase, Murphy said it can help reduce the principal of mortgages buyers take out, or help push them over the threshold for not requiring mortgage insurance on their transaction.
“Every little bit helps,” Murphy said.
Dave Watt, president of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, added that home sales have considerable spin-offs in terms of the furniture new homeowners tend to buy and home improvements they tend to make.
And the whole thrust of Flaherty’s budget was to encourage average people to spend, says Lincoln Schreiner, a Vancouver-based tax-practice partner in the firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“When you go into a situation where people start to talk socially about whether their job is going to be there or not, you’re going to be more cautious,” Schreiner said. “People start cutting back on spending, and it becomes like a tidal wave.”
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The district of Logan Lake is located in the Highland Valley between the City of Kamloops, the city of Merrit and the village of Ashcroft. Logan lake originally was a mining town set up in the early 1970’s. It was set up to support the expanding copper mine development, Highland Valley Copper, located 15 kilometres west. Logan Lake developed into more than just a mining town over the following decades and became a beautiful rural community boasting a population of over 2300. Mining is still the main industry in Logan Lake. Highland Copper has the largest open pit copper mine on the North American continent.
There are numerous outdoor activities to do in Logan Lake such as: cross country skiing, fishing, golfing, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, ATV riding, dirt biking and pond hockey. With over 30 lakes in the immediate area Logan Lake is know for amazing fishing including Lac le Jeune with it’s famous fighting rainbow trout.
Golfing is a popular activity, Meadow Creek Golf Club just east of Logan Lake located in the lush pine and aspen forest is a nine hole course (3,124 yards, par 36). The golf course is within walking distance of downtown.
Logan lake also has a recreation centre with an ice rink, curling rink and weight room. There are also other seasonal sports fields such as ball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts and a swimming pool. This is also an elementary and high school located within the city centre, completing this family orientated community.
There are a variety of residential properties for your choosing in Logan Lake. Single family homes, townhouses, apartment units, duplexes and 1/2 duplex homes, farm properties, acreages, and mobile/modular homes.
This area has a home available for every budget. The Kamloops Real Estate Board is reporting that there are 46 listings currently on the market in Logan Lake. There are nine lots ranging in price from $45,000 to $295,000 and ranging in lot size from 0.18 acres (7840 Sq. Ft.) to 75 acres (3,267,000 Sq. Ft.). There are nine apartment listings ranging in price from $69,900 to $128,500, four modular homes ranging from $129,900 to $165,900 and townhouses $159,900 to $172,900. Finally, single family homes currently on the market; there are 21 single family homes on the market ranging from $169,o00 to $765,000. To view current MLS listings in Logan Lake and surrounding areas click here.
The Demographia 5th Annual International Housing Affordability Survey for 2009 is out. It rates metropolitan markets for affordability of the housing in each market. Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States are all discussed.
The Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey employs the “Median House Price to Median Household Income Multiple,” (“Median Multiple”) to rate housing affordability. The ratings are as follows 3.0 or Less is defined as “Affordable”, 3.1 to 4.0 “Moderately Unaffordable”, 4.1 to 5.0 “Seriously Unaffordable” and 5.1 and above “Severely Unaffordable”.
In recent decades, the Median Multiple has been remarkably similar among the nations surveyed, with median house prices being generally 3.0 or less times median household incomes. This historic affordability relationship continues in many housing markets of the United States and Canada. However, the Median Multiple has escalated sharply in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and in some markets of Canada and the United States.
Over the past year, house prices have declined in most markets. This “bursting of the housing bubble” followed an unprecedented increase in housing prices in all markets except some areas in the United States and Canada. The result is that housing affordability has generally improved, though remains at Median Multiples well above the historic norm in many markets.
Vancouver came in at 8.4, Victora 7.4, Kelowna 6.8 and Abbotsford 6.5 to name a few. All the previously named markets are defined as “Severely Unaffordable”. The province of British Columbia was generally described as severely unaffordable based on the calculations employed in this survey. However, many of these severely unaffordable markets have experienced steep price declines in the last year. Among the major markets, Vancouver is the least affordable. The Kamloops market was not specifically cited in this survey, but as a part of the province of British Columbia one can draw the conclusion that we too are at least “seriously unaffordable”.
To read the entire PDF document from The Demographia Survey click HERE.
Neighbourhood: Lower & Upper Sahali, Kamloops, B.C. Real Estate. The area described as Sahali is on the south shore of the Thompson river. It is bordered by South Kamloops and the Downtown district (to the south), Southgate and Dufferin to the west and Aberdeen to the south west. Lower Sahali is the portion of Sahali that falls below the #1 highway and Upper Sahali is above the #1 with the Highway 5A being the dividing line between Sahali and Aberdeen. Click here to see the map.
Properties & Real Estate
Lower Sahali is a very popular residential area with decent sized lots and beautiful views of the valley below. It is within minutes of downtown, schools, including TRU and the hospital. Many of the homes in this area are older with the exception of some areas. There are also a number of multi-family residential units within Lower Sahali such as townhouse complexes and apartment units. The Sahali area always has a variety of properties for your choosing if you are looking for a home.
Upper Sahali has much fewer businesses and is mainly residential. There are a number of different types of residential units in this area anything from apartments to townhouses to single family homes. There is a mix of newer and older homes throughout the Upper Sahali
region. In the Coach Hills and Albert McGowan Park area are a number of the homes are
newer than the surrounding areas where the homes are often defined as “old type”.
The lots in Upper Sahali are also a good size and have beautiful views. There are some specific regions where homes are located on steep slopes leaving little yard. Retaining
walls are often found in the Sahali region as it covers a large part of the south slope of the valley.
Home prices in the Sahali area tend to be more expensive than other residential areas of Kamloops. Being such a desirable place to live, home buyers are willing to pay a premium to live in Sahali.
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Thompson Rivers University is located in Southgate. The campus is positioned at the intersection of Summit Drive and McGill Road. TRU is a fully accredited University and offers a variety of programs and courses to students in many different areas of study. Sahali is often a very popular area for University students to stay due to the close proximity to the University.
Shopping & Services
Lower Sahali houses a number of Kamloops grocery stores and shopping. Save-on-foods, Superstore, Safeway, Toys-R-Us, Bed Bath & Beyond, Winners, Homesense and Target are a few of the major stores in the Sahali area. There are a number of restaurants and popular shopping destinations in this area as well.
There are a number of professional offices in the Sahali area. Sahali Centre Mall, Tudor Village and Sahali Professional Centre to name a few. You will find lawyers, doctors, mortgage specialists, banks, insurance brokers and much more in this area. Click here to view the map.
At the top of Summit Drive, there is a very popular water park called Albert McGowan Park, which is a popular place for neighbourhood kids to cool off in the summer and toboggan in the winter.
Throughout Lower and Upper Sahali there are a number of parks and green spaces. The Sahali area has everything close at hand, shopping, entertainment, schools for all ages, and park land. This is why it is one of the most popular regions of Kamloops.
Peterson Creek Park runs through most of Sahali from top to bottom. This is a 423 hectare park that is a natural creek corridor. There are over 30 kilometers of trails in the park and many sites to enjoy including panoramic valley views and Bridal Veil Falls. There are numerous access points and the park is equipped with picnic tables and grassy areas to enjoy.
Tournament Capital Centre is located in Southgate which is only a five to 10 minute drive from any Sahali neighbourhood. TCC has many different facilities all in one building such as gymnastics, swimming, indoor track, fitness facility, courts and much more. There are also a number of sports fields that surround the facility.
Sahali is serviced by BC Transit busses on a frequent and regular schedule. Click here to view the BC Transit website. Highway #1 is easily accessible to Sahali as it runs through the middle of it splitting the area into upper and lower Sahali.
To view current listings for the Sahali area clickhere.
1. Open House 693 St. Paul Street, South Kamloops 11:30am-12:30: South Kamloops home on a corner lot. 2 bedrooms on the main and 1 partially finished bedroom & den down (needs flooring). Large Kitchen with newer flooring. Basement is partially finished.
2. Open House 1143 Surrey Ave, North Kamloops 1:00pm-2:00pm: Priced to sell! Nicely updated 3+2 bedroom, 2 bath home. Original hardwood floors on main. Newer kitchen w/laminate floors. 5 appliances included. New hot water tank. Bathrooms are being reno’d & will be finished.
3. Open House 1725 Clifford Ave, Brocklehurst 2:30pm-4:00pm: RIVERFRONT fixer-upper mini estate w/indoor pool. Over 5,000 sf, 4 bdrms plus den. Bachelor suite w/sep entrance. Needs TLC, Definitely worth renovating.
I found this article recently by the Financial Post and thought it was worth posting…..
I’ve been hearing a lot of soothing sounds of late coming from the real estate and construction industries. “All is well,” they seem to say. “Don’t panic,” they encourage.
Two days ago, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, a lobby group, insisted “there is absolutely no merit” in drawing a parallel between the U.S. real estate meltdown and the “cooling” market we are currently experiencing.
In mid-December, meanwhile, the Canadian Real Estate Association announced that national averages aren’t down as much as previously thought, and that it would be changing the methodology by which it calculates home prices, taking into greater account the rural homes that haven’t depreciated as quickly.
Taken at face value, these recent press releases might suggest that now was a great time to buy a house — a convenient conclusion for home builders and real estate agents.
But don’t you believe them. Maybe it’s appropriate that the CREA is changing its methodology to be more inclusive, but now seems to be an awfully convenient time to be doing so. And while it’s true that the Canadian housing boom was not propelled by the loose lending practices and low interest rates seen in the U.S., that doesn’t mean our boom was any less heated. In Canada, housing prices skyrocketed alongside a commodities boom that brought enormous wealth, in particular to western provinces.
So what do you suppose might happen when such a commodities boom crashes down to earth, as has happened over the last four months? If you’re still not convinced, take a look at the numbers below. They show six years of annual housing prices, leading up to their respective peaks, in the United States, as well as four Canadian cities. Also included are the most recent prices, to give you a sense of how far we’ve come down so far. Numbers are from the U.S. Census Bureau and the CREA — before they decided to revise their methodology.
March 2002 – US$227,600
March 2003 – US$233,100 (2.4%)
March 2004 – US$262,900 (15.5%)
March 2005 – US$288,500 (26.8%)
March 2006 – US$305,300 (34.1%)
March 2007 – US$322,100 (41.5%)
May 2003 – $319,783
May 2004 – $370,545 (15.9%)
May 2005 – $418,757 (31%)
May 2006 – $518,176 (62%)
May 2007 – $591,722 (85%)
May 2008 – $624,639 (95.3%)
Most recent – $510,465
July 2002 – $196,472
July 2003 – $209,932 (6.9%)
July 2004 – $220,978 (12.5%)
July 2005 – $245,704 (25.1%)
July 2006 – $357,831 (82.1%)
July 2007 – $436,739 (122.3%)
Most recent – $384,243
April 2003 – $292,783
April 2004 – $321,131 (9.7%)
April 2005 – $342,032 (16.8%)
April 2006 – $366,683 (25.2%)
April 2007 – $379,025 (29.5%)
April 2008 – $398,687 (36.2%)
Most recent – $368,582
July 2003 – $190,402
July 2004 – $218,313 (14.7%)
July 2005 – $222,972 (17.1%)
July 2006 – $253,420 (33.1%)
July 2007 – $263,018 (38.1%)
July 2008 – $277,703 (45.9%)
Most recent – $263,734
Numerous factors affect the real estate market. There may be more buyers than sellers. There could be more sellers than buyers. Interest rates, employment statistics and pricing. The supply of resale and new homes are also considerations when selling a home. Generally speaking, there are three types of markets that affect the sale of your home. Understanding each of these can make a difference to your bottom line.
Buyers’ Market Description: There is an abundance of homes on the market. Supply exceeds demand. Characteristics: Many homes available for sale. Fewer buyers than homes. Homes remain on the market longer. Stable prices. Prices may also drop. Impact: Less panic in buying. Buyers shop longer for homes. Upon negotiation, they often have more leverage.
Sellers’ Market Description: There are more buyers than homes available. Characteristics: Few homes on the market. Many buyers. Homes are sold quickly. Prices often rise. Impact: Home prices are higher. Homes prices often rise. Buyers purchase quickly, and tend not to shop as much. Multiple offers are common. Sellers may prefer offers with no-conditions.
Balanced Market Description: There are roughly the same amount of buyers, sellers and number of homes on the market. Supply equals demand. Characteristics: Demand equals supply. Sellers accept reasonable offers. Homes sell within a reasonable time period. Prices generally remain stable. Implications: There is less tension among buyers and sellers. There is a reasonable number of homes to choose from.
We have seen exponential growth in the Kamloops real estate market over the past five plus years. Often buyers would have little time to place an offer to purchase a property because of the sense of urgency in the market. Multiple offers was commonplace at that time. This fortunately for buyers has changed recently with the economic downturn. Buyers have time on their side and an abundance of homes to chose from. Today in the Kamloops real estate market we are seeing a strong buyers market. It will not be a buyers market forever, but it is expected that it will be this way for a while. Eventually, the market will cycle into a balanced market, which we have not seen in quite a number of years.
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Many people don’t realize that selling a home is a complicated, time-consuming process. With numerous factors to consider such as open houses, advertising, pricing, negotiating and handling the numerous kinds of inquiries, it can be very exhausting and even worse – unfruitful. Many homeowners report the familiar grief after an open house: “I got lots of people, but most were just looking.” “They wanted it for next to nothing.”
You may be thinking, “Why would I need a Realtor to sell my home?” Let me give you just a few of the key reasons why a For Sale By Owners need Help in today’s difficult market:
1. Without working day in and day out in the real estate market it is quite unlikely that a FSBO will have complete understanding about pricing. Often a seller is forced to reduce the price and may have to accept less money for the home than the seller would have received had he or she started at the right price. When a Realtor goes to work with you, they ensure you will receive the most current market stats along with a thorough market analysis report to place your home in a solid market position.
2. A property depreciates the longer it is on the market. Many owners fail to take advantage of this excitement by limiting the market to their immediate contacts and advertising. Ensure your home is advertised 24 hours a day until it is sold. Realtors use a home selling system that is constantly being tested and improved to ensure your home is exposed to the largest pool of QUALIFIED buyers.
3. The two most common people who prey on FSBO’s are:
– #1. Investors / Bargain Hunters: these are people who are looking to capitalize on a FSBO’S lack of negotiating experience and market knowledge to score their next deal. Any time a buyer doesn’t buy from a store or through a sales person they expect to pay substantially less. In a sense they would expect to save the sales commissions or profits that would normally go to a sales person or store owner. Why should someone do all the work a salesperson would do and still pay the same price? For example if the seller is trying to save six percent and the buyer is trying to save six percent, now they are 12 percent apart!
– #2. People who can’t qualify to buy your home: These people will often approach FSBO’s because they have had previous financial difficulties and would want the owner to finance them. While for the right person, this could be a profitable investment, most sellers need to pull as much equity out of the property as possible to be able to move on with their next home.
4. It is important to ensure that only prospects who can qualify are introduced to your home. This eliminates the hassle of “lookers” and non-serious buyers and reduces the chance of strangers who may have activities in mind other than buying a house will come. Realtors often also have some of the best mortgage brokers in the industry working with their team who can pull the necessary strings to help finance a purchase.
5. Did you realize that any time a private seller is away from home, the home is off of the Market? It is important that someone will always be available to handle and follow up with inquiries during both peak hours and off-peak hours.
6. A seller selling privately can expect to put a minimum of 80 hours “work” into the project, without a guaranteed result. This does not account for out-of –pocket expenditures such as advertising, lawn signs, etc. Selling a home can be extremely stressful! Often FSBO’s don’t have the time available to take care of the details, from the first step of marketing to the final sale, because you have a life outside of the sale of your home.
In past markets it was very easy for a For Sale By Owner to sell their home. By all means, if you can do it on your own, go for it! Don’t wait around for a prolonged period of time and hope for that qualified buyer to walk in your door. I have found in the past few months many FSBO’s have had a lot of inquiries about Rent to own options. This sometimes is possible and works for the seller, but not often.
For Sale By OwnerThere are a lot of sellers trying to sell their homes today, that have the advertising power and exposure behind them because they are listed on the MLS with a Realtor. The majority of buyers begin their search on the internet, including FSBO sites, unfortunately the bulk of the current listings exist on the MLS. Once buyers begin their search they often pick a Realtor to help them, they do this because Realtors are free for buyers. Buyers do not have to pay a fee to work with a Realtor and often Realtors have the most qualified buyers.
Selling your home For Sale By Owner is difficult, but can be done. Give it a try and if you get frustrated interview Realtors and find the right one for you.
The Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate to the lowest point in history on Tuesday. Why?
“The outlook for the global economy has deteriorated since the bank’s December interest rate announcement, with the intensifying financial crisis spilling over into real economic activity,” the bank said in its gloomiest statement yet.
As a result, the dollar plunged to the 78-cent level. It’s now expected inflation will soon be less than zero – which, of course, isn’t inflation any more. It’s deflation. Geez, was it only six months ago economists were saying that was impossible?
On Tuesday Bell said it would dump 1,500 workers, Bank of America sliced 4,000 and stock market traders drove markets hundreds of points lower as they watched the spectacle in Washington and worried about the global banking system.
On Monday came word real estate sales in Toronto have crashed by 50% this month. Last week Nortel went chips up. On the weekend the US bailed out its big banks once again. On Monday Britain did the same – after the mighty Royal Bank of Scotland announced a stunning $41-billion loss. Only a matter of time now before the UK nationalizes its banks. Then Washington.
Last week the Vancouver Sun stated that “B.C. to lose more than 42,000 jobs in ’09” and the Province wrote “Office vacancies on the rise. There will be a crisis of confidence in the big markets”
Kamloops is not immune to layoffs, as Highland Valley Copper recently announced it would lay off 70 regular employee positions and 14 full time contract positions. Highland Valley currently employs over 1,000 people. Recently Teck Cominco announced it will lay off 1,400 workers globally. The Vancouver-based miner said the move is part of a broader strategy to cut costs, and is expected to save the company about $85-million.
If these were normal times, any one of these events would freak people out. But, this is a developing crisis, so our media puts a positive spin on it or ignores it outright, as do many citizens. I meet property owners who need to sell their homes believing this is a minor blip in the real estate and global markets. Sometimes we need to look at the larger picture because ignorance is not bliss.
The media is overwhelmed with this Obama euphoria. I am not trying to take anything away from this historic event, but to believe one man will be able to reverse the damage done to the world economy over the past decade would be presumptuous.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I like to live in reality and prepare for what is coming instead of being surprised once it arrives. I hope I am wrong, but too many facts lead me to believe otherwise.
A condo developer in Vancouver who built a number of condominium projects all over the Lower Mainland is liquidating 375 properties at 20%-40% off of assessed value. This recent development is definitely a sign of the times. You have to ask yourself – why are they selling these units at such a discount? Why? Because maybe they see the storm on the horizon. If you owned these units would you discount them if you expected sales prices and activity to increase?
What do you think? Any opinions out there?
Here is the article by CBC…
A Vancouver real estate developer is making an unprecedented move to offer a liquidation sale of $350 million worth of its condominiums throughout the Lower Mainland.
The marketing strategy by Onni Group of Companies is aimed at selling off hundreds of condos in its inventory.
About 375 unsold condominiums in cities such as Richmond and New Westminster will be offered at 20 to 40 per cent off, a real estate insider told CBC News.
It is not known whether the big discounts are based on prices when the condos were completed or current market values. Onni was to hold a media event Thursday to announce details.
Onni’s marketing tool might nudge some reluctant home buyers off the fence, said Tim Silk, an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia’s business school.
“If you see the units being priced below comparable units, then you might see people jump in,” Silk said Wednesday. “But there’s still that hesitation of, ‘Have we reached bottom?’ ”
Home prices in the Vancouver real estate market dropped almost 11 per cent between December 2007 and the end of 2008, according to a special price index updated earlier this month by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.
And the number of homes sold in 2008 fell more than 35 per cent from 2007 sales of more than 38,000 homes.
For the 2009 Property Assessment Roll only, BC Assessment will be providing property owners with the market value of properties as of both July 1, 2007 and July 1, 2008. The lower of these two values will become the 2009 assessed value for most properties.
On November 27, 2008, the provincial government passed the Economic Incentive and Stabilization Statutes Amendment Act (Bill 45), which provides special valuation rules for the purpose of the 2009 tax year only. Part 3 of Bill 45 provides that properties valued at market value will, on the 2009 assessment roll, be valued at the actual value calculated using either a July 1, 2007 or July 1, 2008 valuation date, whichever is lower. This initiative is part of the B.C. Government’s economic strategy to provide stability and predictability to British Columbians in response to the downturn in the real estate market which began mid-2008
About 94 per cent of property owners in British Columbia will see an identical or lower assessed value on their 2009 notice compared to 2008. Eighty-two per cent of BC’s 1.85 million properties will reflect last year’s assessed value. Another 12 per cent of properties will be assessed at July 1, 2008 values because that value is lower than July 1, 2007. The remaining six percent have undergone changes that are described online.
If you were wondering if your property taxes were decreasing this is not necessarily the case. BC Assessment does not have a direct role in setting property taxes. Taxing authorities (municipalities, regional districts) set their tax rates for property taxes based on their budget requirements.
For further information or questions about your property assessment visit BC Assessment online here.
Logan Lake is a small community 60 km outside of Kamloops and 47 km from Merritt just off of the Coquihalla Highway. Logan Lake sits at an elevation of 1067m (3500 ft.) In the summer enjoy warm days and cool nights. There are a lot of outdoors activities to enjoy in the warmer months such as hiking, golfing and dirt biking. During the winter months expect a fair amount of snow (average 4 feet) and a lot of sunshine; excellent for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Traditionally a company town, Logan Lake has developed into a dynamic, growing community.The current population of Logan Lake is estimated around 2300.
419 Opal Drive is located within one block of the city centre. The recreation centre, schools and shopping are right at it’s doorstep. This four bedroom home has three bedrooms on the main floor. It has a very open floor plan, newer kitchen and updated bathroom with a deep soaker tub. There is over 1,000 square feet of living space on the main floor. The basement has one large bedroom and a den. There is also a three piece bathroom, laundry room and ample storage. The extra long single car garage has room for a shop or storage.
This Logan Lake home is a great family home, with a lot of yard space for the kids to play and a large deck for summer barbecues. This home is listed at $229,900. To view the slide show clickHERE.
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East Barriere Lake is located less than an hour north east of Kamloops. This lake is one of the last undeveloped lakes in the interior of British Columbia. East Barriere Lake is clean, full of fish and uncrowded. It is a beautiful lake that boasts a variety of activities year round. It’s shallow bay and warm waters make water skiing, wakeboarding, tubing, kayaking, swimming, canoeing and fishing very popular activities in the warmer months. The shores are sandy, surrounded by beautiful scenery to hike for hours makes this lake an undiscovered gem. For those who love to fish, East Barriere has plenty of rainbow trout. There are 100’s of kilometers of logging roads and off road trails for dirt biking and ATV’s in the spring, summer and fall. There are many winter activities to enjoy such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating on the lake and sledding.
East Barriere’s elevation is only 2,100 feet above sea level. The Max. depth of the lake is 302 feet with a mean depth of 156 feet. East Barriere Lake is approximately 10 Km long. The average summer water temperatures are between 75 – 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Shuswap Highlands is a residential/recreational area on East Barriere lake where the lots are freehold parcels all belonging to a strata. Water and sewer system included in the strata. Telephone, internet & hydro are available to this area bringing the convenience of city life to the outdoors. There are a variety of homes located both on the lake shore and set back from the water. There are a lot of log homes custom cabins in this area. There is a shared sandy beach at the foot of the lake, as well as a boat launch, grassy recreational area and boat moorage. The access road to the development is plowed in the winter making it easier for property owners to access their homes.
The Sands is a leasehold area of East Barriere Lake. The Sands is directly beside Shuswap highlands (to the east) and covers a large part of the southern shoreline of the lake. There are many private beaches and beautiful log homes along this stretch.
Currently there are a number of properties for sale on East Barriere lake. There is a prime building lot that is located in the Shuswap Highlands. It sits at the foot of the popular South East bay of the lake and has beautiful views up the stretch of the lake. There is direct access to the shared beach and the boat moorage is seconds away. This lot is the only lot available in Shuswap Highlands. Properties with newer cabins on them in this development go anywhere from $450,000 +.
There are also eight waterfront building lots, and 19 water view sites. These properties are priced from $125,000 to $250,000. Roads, water and sewer are in for these properties. These properties are located on the north side of the lake.
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East Barriere Lake
Wakeboarding on East Barriere Lake
East Barriere Lake looking East
Moorage at Shuswap Highlands @ East Barriere Lake
Surrounding Wilderness at East Barriere Lake
View of the frozen lake in January looking North East
Looking towards the West bay of East Barriere Lake (The Sands & Shuswap Highlands)
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I found this article below that details foreclosures in B.C. We really have seen very little foreclosure action in the Kamloops housing market. It has been announced recently that B.C. is not immune to this recession and job losses, the drop in property values and the amount of debt carried by individuals is increasing. This extra pressure on individuals and families will definitely cause those who are highly leveraged to sell either on their own to prevent a foreclosure (where the lender will force the sale) or the lender will foreclose on the property. It is expected that we will see more foreclosures in Kamloops in the months to come, but nothing like we have seen in the U.S. due to many factors that are different with our lending system here in Canada. Read more below…
Media reports from the United States routinely list a litany of horrors about the number of foreclosures. According to an August 4 New York Times report, 8.41 percent of subprime-mortgage loans from 2005 were in arrears by 90 days or more or in foreclosure in the month of June. Of subprime-mortgage loans from 2007, 16.6 percent were delinquent, according to the report.
This is creating huge problems for U.S. real-estate lenders, who have to put properties in foreclosure and then find a buyer in a market that is already glutted with distress sales.
Fortunately, in B.C. there haven’t been nearly as many foreclosures, which are legal processes in court to extinguish all rights, title, and interest in an owner’s property so that it can be sold to pay a lien against it.
According to the Canadian Bankers Association, just 0.15 percent of B.C. residential mortgages were in arrears in April, the latest month for which figures are available. This is quite low when compared with other months dating back to 1990. The percentage of mortgages in arrears peaked in May 1999 at 0.66 percent—more than four times the most recent figure.
Vancouver real-estate educator and foreclosure researcher Kap Hiroti told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview that he expects the number of B.C. foreclosures to increase—but only because the numbers are so low. He noted that some high-risk borrowers who’ve previously relied on alternative-financing companies are finding themselves in trouble because those lenders have abandoned the market.
“What that means is that you’ve got people who’ve got a mortgage one or two years ago,” Hiroti said. “They’re coming up for renewal, and that company cannot renew because they pulled out of the market. Usually, they’re very highly leveraged loans.”
Those cases, however, are the exception to the current market norm here. Hiroti pointed out another difference between the U.S. and Canada when it comes to foreclosures: south of the border, information is readily available. In Canada, it’s much more difficult to find data on properties that are about to enter foreclosure proceedings.
ForeclosureList.ca, a Web site owned by Hiroti, does the legwork in digging up information on foreclosures. He explained that a foreclosure typically begins when a lender issues a demand letter to a property owner seeking repayment of a debt. If the borrower doesn’t respond appropriately, the next step is for the lender to file a legal document called a petition in B.C. Supreme Court.
The petition lays out the particulars, and normally asks for a court order quashing the owner’s rights, title, and interest in a property. At this point, the owner has a chance to file a response, which sets the legal wheels in motion. Prior to any judicial rulings, the owner still has control over the property and can usually sell it without obtaining permission from the lender.
Hiroti said his company compiles information from these petitions and distributes it for $99 per month to subscribers, most of whom are real-estate investors. He estimated that there are approximately 20 foreclosure petitions filed in B.C. Supreme Court each week. Doing this research isn’t cheap. In B.C., it costs $8 to research a court file and $1 per page to photocopy documents.
Ordinarily, a judge or a master of the B.C. Supreme Court will issue a decree nisi, which may require owners to pay down the debt within six months. Hiroti said the next step is for a judge or a master to issue an order for the conduct of sale. “That’s where they actually bring a realtor onboard,” he commented.
The agent has to list the property for market value on the Multiple Listing Service. Once an offer is made, the court must approve the sale. It can be a time-consuming process, which is why Hiroti thinks it’s useful for investors to find out about foreclosures much earlier in the process.
So can a buyer get a better deal by approaching a property owner who has just received a petition? “It’s a good question,” Hiroti responded. “There is the potential.”
A federal program is in place to assist first time home buyers with the purchase of a home. Under the federal government’s Home Buyer’s Plan, you can use up to $20,000 in RRSP savings ($40,000 for a couple) to finance a down payment on a first home. You are then required to repay your RRSP over 15 years.
You have to ensure that the RRSP funds have been deposited for at least 90 days. You will also have to sign an agreement to buy a new or resale home. Buyers have to qualify the home purchase.
Depending upon your situation, it might be to your advantage to access savings through the Home Buyers’ Plan. For example, if you had already saved $20,000 for a down payment – and assuming you still had enough “contribution room” in your RRSP for a contribution of that amount you could move your savings into a registered investment at least 90 days before your closing date. Then you could withdraw the money through the Home Buyers’ Plan.
Your $20,000 RRSP would then count as a deduction for the year. You could also use any tax refund you receive to repay RRSP or other home buying expenses.
Many home buyers looking to purchase a home in Kamloops are trying to find ways to ensure they have an adequate down payment. First time home buyers can definitely put this technique to use. Ensure, prior to making any major financial decisions, to check with your financial advisor, lawyer or tax specialist. These professionals can determine whether this strategy is practical for your financial situation.
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You have established your budget. You have been pre-approved for a mortgage. You have contacted a REALTOR to assist you with the purchase of a home. Now the fun, and evaluation begins. You will probably be looking at a few homes before you decide on the perfect one for your family. Before you decide to purchase that home you have absolutely fallen in love with, be sure to be objective in your decision. On appearance alone, the fireplace, the new flooring, paint job and new carpeting create a warm and inviting feeling. Yet, is the home really that perfect? Take a deep breath. Take some time to think about the bigger picture of the home in terms of your needs. Carefully consider whether this home offers the features that will last beyond the first impression. Here are some essential factors to consider:
* Location is a significant factor in your choice of home. An established community, with a good reputation, a low crime rate and well-maintained homes, maintains home values. A garbage dump, industrious buildings disposing bad odours and major freeways surrounding your neighborhood are unattractive and disruptive to a peaceful lifestyle. Many communities within Kamloops have positive and negative aspects about each and every one of them. Ensure you are informed about every area that you are interested in.
* Also consider availability and cost of access to public transportation, major roads and highways. This is especially important when considering properties outside of Kamloops.
* Also consider the condition of public areas such as streets, sidewalks, parks and recreational facilities.
* Public services should also be established including street cleaning, snow removal, garbage collection, and emergency services.
* You will also want efficient access to medical services including hospitals, doctors and dentists.
* Be sure that schools and related school services are also within easy access.
* Recreational, shopping and entertainment needs should also be considered.
Buying a home is a big job and there are many things to consider. With the Kamloops real estate market being a lot slower, buyers have more time to make an informed decision on a purchase. Before making an offer on a home take the time to look over the home carefully and really consider the floor plan and how your furniture will fit. Ensure your Realtor shows you the comparable homes on the market in your chosen area. Remember, often homes look much better in person than they do in pictures on the MLS.
The Canadian Real Estate Association has made some improvements to realtor.ca (previously MLS.ca). I rarely search for real estate there unless I am curious about some area outside of the Kamloops region. As a result of two rounds of consumer testing, several enhancements have been made to REALTOR.ca.
* There is a new home page for residential real estate, designed to eliminate consumer confusion. The default is now set to a “Quick” search format, with an option to search by interactive map.
* The pop-up that had generated complaints has been eliminated.
* The results page has also been re-designed to make the photos larger and the interactive map space smaller. The address, if approved for display, has been added to the thumbnail. This has been a frequent request from consumers, although the address often is omitted.
* Zoom level restriction has been removed. There has been complaints that the site does not respond due to the number of properties in an area. Until this change was made, users would hit the restricted zoom level without displaying properties, creating the impression the map was zooming in and out, in effect, out of control.
Realtor.ca has received a lot of criticism since it debuted. I hope you like the changes and if not you can head over to my site and search there. I find that Realtor.ca is a very slow, time consuming website. Searches take a long time and often buyers are still left wanting more information in the end. Get ahead of Realtor.ca you can receive MLS listings days before they hit the web. To receive daily emails with personalized search results sign up here.
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If you’re trying to sell your Kamloops home, and your listing expired in the past few months, you’re certainly not alone. In fact, more MLS listings in the Kamloops area expired since September than the number of homes sold! In other words, you had a much better chance of an expired listing than you did selling your home. If you’re among the home owners that are faced with the dilemma of re-listing your home, there are ways to improve your odds of selling. Before you re-list, consider all your options and ask yourself these questions:
Marketing - How was your home marketed on and off of the MLS? Was there other marketing techniques used to promote your home to the public besides Realtor.ca (MLS.ca)? Or was there only a link to your agent’s home page, advertising other listings? Was your home advertised on other web sites? If you don’t think good online marketing matters, you should know that buyers today are turning to the web to start their search. If your property does not have a web presence you are at a disadvantage to those who do.
Presentation – Did your Realtor help you stage your home or give you tips about what you should do to improve you home’s appeal for showings? Did you take an objective look at your home, and fix the things that might not be appealing to buyers? Did your Realtor ensure the pictures taken of your home were high quality, clear and enhanced the look of your home? How about custom print ads? What were the highlight sheets at your home like? Dull photocopies or professionally produced custom colour sheets?
Communication – Did your Realtor communicate with you numerous times each month, sharing current market conditions and factors affecting the sale of your home? Did your Realtor keep you informed of sales in your neighbourhood? Did you receive feedback from every showing and open house held at your property?
Negotiations - Did your Realtor coach you on how to deal with offers and what to expect? Did they explain all your options? What about dealing with lowball offers (which we have been seeing a lot in the Kamloops area recently)? Did you feel you were prepared and in control of the offer process (if you even got any offers!)?
Price – How did your asking price compare to the sale price of similar homes that sold while you were listed? Did they help you determine a reasonable price for your home or just tell you what you wanted to hear?
If you want to sell now, should you try the same strategy that has already failed you, or a new strategy? Should you try selling your home with better marketing and presentation, a more experienced negotiator and a more realistic price?
The Kamloops real estate market is getting increasingly more competitive for sellers. With the number of listings increasing and the number of sales decreasing you need to be ahead of the curve. Buyers have numerous homes to chose from. If your home doesn’t get the exposure and marketing, doesn’t present well and isn’t priced competitively it will be overlooked.Be realistic, take an objective look at your home and price right from the beginning.