Kamloops City Handed Out $191-million Worth of Building Permits in 2010

This article was written by Jeremy Deutsch and appeared in Kamloops This Week on January 7th, 2011.

It wasn’t a record, but it was pretty close. By the end of 2010, the city had handed out $191-million worth of building permits, eclipsing 2009’s total of $160 million by more than $30 million.

The city had originally estimated between $120 and $140 million worth of building permits to be taken out in 2010. “It’s a lot better year than we thought,” said David Trawin, the city’s director of development and engineering, adding Kamloops is doing “exceptionally well” compared to other communities in the province.

He attributed the growth in 2010 to a rise in the amount of residential construction around Kamloops, particularly single-family units. The number of residential permits — which includes single-family and multi-family units for 2010 — jumped to 660 from 430 in 2009. Of those residential permits, 300 were for single-family units, more than double 2009 totals.

It was such a busy year at city hall, there is extra money for city council to consider during upcoming budget discussions.

The development and engineering department built up an operating surplus of $1 million from the unexpected boost in construction. Trawin said it will be up to council to to decide what it wants to do with the extra cash.

The city is also taking another conservative approach to its estimates for 2011. Trawin said he expects his department to hand out between $120- and $130-million in building permits. He said the prediction is based on discussions with builders in the city, but noted that number could be larger if a couple of big potential projects come through this year.

However, Trawin wouldn’t divulge the details of the potential developments.

The city has only topped $200 million in permits once — in 2008. In that year, the city doled out $207 million worth of permits, which was a record. Before the beginning of summer, the city handed out $222.5 million in permits for 883 dwelling units in a 12-month period. That proved to be a record.

Kamloops Real Estate: B.C. Property Assessments Ease Up for 2011

This article appeared in the Friday, January 7th, 2011 issue of Kamloops This Week . Many of my clients have experienced an increase in their home’s assessed value. I find it interesting that the majority of them are listed either below their home’s assessed value (some significantly) or very close to the assessed value. Will BC Assessment continue to increase Kamloops home values even though real estate prices have not continued up? This makes it very confusing for home owners wanting to sell their homes especially when the assessed value is much higher than the asking price.

Large jumps in property values around the Tournament Capital that likely caused shock to most residents during the mid-point of the last decade are a thing of the past. For the second year in a row, the majority of Kamloops homeowners will see a modest increase in their property assessments.

According to BC Assessment, the average property owner of a single-family dwelling will likely see their property value increase by 4.7 per cent. Some 33,000 assessment notices in Kamloops for 2011 were sent out this week. The biggest change was in the downtown, where the average property jumped to $392,484 from $348,347, or about 12 per cent.

Other neighbourhoods around town saw more modest increases in assessments. “There was no hot spot in particular in Kamloops,” said Graham Held, a deputy assessor with BC Assessment.

Homes in Sahali and Aberdeen increased to $412,925 from $389,311 , East Kamloops including Juniper Ridge, Dallas and Barnhartvale were up to $394,653 from $375,069 and Batchelor Heights rose to $373,769 from $364,014.

Held said the city isn’t seeing the big market movement of years past, suggesting a diverse economic base in Kamloops has contributed to stability in the real estate market.

The overall assessment roll for the city increased to $13.5 billion from $12.9 billion the previous year. Last year, a majority of property owners in Kamloops were looking at an increase of up to 20 per cent on their 2010 assessments.

It was only a couple of years ago property owners were seeing assessments jump by more than 20 per cent year-after-year. Due to the economic meltdown at the end of 2008, the province decided to put what amounted to a freeze on property assessments for 2009.

There is recourse for residents who are unhappy with their property assessment. They can challenge their assessment by speaking to the appraisal staff or submit a written request by the end of January for an independent review by an assessment panel. The panel will be hearing complaints starting in February and running until March 15.

However, Held encourages residents to go to BC Assessment’s website bcassessment.ca to do as much analysis on their own. He noted a little less than two per cent of assessments in Kamloops end up being disputed.


Open House Weekend: Saturday, January 8, 2011: Aberdeen, Pineview Valley and Upper Sahali

This Saturday, January 8th, 2011 open houses will be held in Aberdeen, Pineview Valley and Upper Sahali.

Kamloops Real Estate MLS Listings 1927 Englemann Crt Pineview Valley Saturday, January 8th, 2011: 11:30-1:00: 1927 Englemann Court, Pineview Valley, $449,900

Beautiful two-storey home located in a quite cul-de-sac in Pineveiw Valley. The main floor features Acadian Walnut hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, slate fire place, and a bright dining room. more

461 Garibaldi Dr Upper Sahali Kamloops BC Real Estate MLS ListingSaturday, January 8th, 2011: 12:00-1:00: 461 Garibaldi Drive, Upper Sahali, $339,900

Immaculately maintained Upper Sahali rancher with a full basement and great floor plan. There are three bedrooms on the main floor and one bedroom plus a den down. There are two full bathrooms, more

Kamloops BC Real Estate MLS Listing 1189 Howe Rd Aberdeen Saturday, January 8th, 2011: 1:30-3:00: 1189 Howe Road, Aberdeen, $314,900

This Aberdeen doll house has had numerous updates over the past couple years. All the flooring (porcelain tile and laminate) and windows were recently replaced, new hot water tank and it has a fresh coat of paint throughout. more

To view all homes for sale in Kamloops click here.

Kamloops and District Real Estate Associations Statistics For December 2010

The Kamloops and District Real Estate Association has released the latest sales statistics for December 2010. I have also included the total sales by subarea for the 4th quarter of 2010 and all of 2010. Click on the image below to enlarge.

Comparative analysis by property type December 2010

Kamloops Real Estate Comparative Analysis By Property Type December 2010

MLS Activity December 2010 Kamloops Real Estate Statistics

Kamloops Real Estate MLS Activity December 2010

Sales by subarea December 2010 Kamloops Real Estate Statistics

Kamloops Real Estate Sales by Subarea December 2010

sales by subarea 4th quarter 2010 Kamloops Real Estate Statistics

Kamloops Real Estate Sales by Subarea 4th Quarter 2010

Sales by subarea 2010 Kamloops Real Estate Statistics

Kamloops Real Estate Sales by Subarea 2010

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