December 2009

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Some great news! Interest rates are definitely helping. What do you think will happen when interest rates inevitably go up?

VANCOUVER — B.C. home sales in November climbed 165 per cent over the same month last year to 7,182 units, the B.C. Real Estate Association (BCREA) reported Wednesday.

The month reflected the highest number of residential sales for November since 2005, when 7,721 units changed hands.

“Since the beginning of the year, we’ve seen a dramatic rebound in sales in the province, led by Greater Vancouver, Victoria and the Fraser Valley,” BCREA chief economist Cameron Muir said in an interview.

“It’s been driven by first-time buyers getting into the market due to increased affordability and low mortgage rates. A lot of it is because of the pent-up demand that welled up last fall and winter.”

Muir said the elevated sales level in November was largely regional.

“There’s a dichotomy in the province, [with] significant regional differences. There was a very strong seller’s market on the coast, with upward pressure on prices. But in the Okanagan and the Kootenays, the market is now just trending towards balanced conditions, meaning stabilized prices.

“Prices today [in Greater Vancouver, Victoria and the Fraser Valley] are beginning to scratch record levels, but certainly not elsewhere in the province.”

Muir also said that despite the high sales numbers, the BCREA expects consumer demand to moderate in the new year as pent-up demand is largely expended and higher costs erode affordability.

“Going forward, sales levels [in Greater Vancouver, Victoria and the Fraser Valley] will come off their lofty heights as pent-up demand is drawn down. In 2010, sales will more closely reflect the moderate recovery.”

According to a BCREA news release, the year-to-date MLS residential sales dollar volume increased 21 per cent to $36.8 billion over the same period last year. A total of 79,325 units were sold in the first eleven months of 2009, up 19 per cent from 2008, while the average price increased two per cent to $463,555.

Greater Vancouver saw a 252-per-cent increase in the number of units sold compared to November 2008, from 889 to 3,133; the Fraser Valley a 192-per-cent increase, from 483 to 1,409; the Okanagan Mainline a 104-per-cent increase, from 219 to 447; and Victoria a 165-per-cent increase, from 2,707 to 7,182.


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Kamloops Real Estate 353 Seymour St Front of home for sale

This West end South Kamloops home has lots of character. There are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large single car garage with extra storage. Beautiful terraced, private yard with view of mountains and the river. Recent updates include roof, siding, flooring, kitchen counters, bathrooms, paint & light fixtures. This home is within walking distance of downtown shopping and transit. Priced at $234,900

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This weekend’s open houses will be held in North Kamloops and Westmount.

444 McGowan Ave Front of Home for sale Kamloops Real Estate

Sunday December 5, 2009: 444 McGowan Ave, North Kamloops, 11:30am-1:00pm

3+1 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms. Hardwood floors, large open kitchen and spacious rooms. Fully finished basement with a spacious rec room. There is a single oversized garage with lane access. Large lot with tons of fenced yard space. This is a great family home! $319,900

Baywood Crescent, Westmount Front of Home for Sale

Sunday December 5, 2009: 550 Baywood Crescent, Westmount: 1:30pm-3:00pm

This fantastic family home is located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Westmount. There are 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms with over 2,100 square feet of living space. Recent updates include the roof, furnace, flooring, insulation and all windows. This home is located on a 9,512 square foot fenced lot. There is a single car carport with extra parking. The basement has a separate entrance making it easy to suite. $324,900

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Guerin Creek Kamloops Real Estate For Sale

Fantastic South Kamloops west end apartment. Over 600 square feet of living space with a private south facing patio. Many recent reno’s including: kitchen, bathroom, flooring, light fixtures and paint. Very quiet location close to the Thompsons Rivers University, transportation and shopping. Great for the first time home buyer, investor or student. Priced at $149,900. Call or email to book a private viewing.

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