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Strong sales volumes continue through April

May, 04 2015 10:04:31 am, by FVREB
Categories: Statistics

SURREY, BC – Property sales in the Fraser Valley soared in April compared to one year ago increasing by 37 percent.

There were 2,009 sales processed on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in April, compared to 1,470 in April of last year. These volumes rank third highest of all time for the month with the next best April in 2004 and prior to that in 1991.

“April was a very active market,” says Jorda Maisey, Board President. “The low cost of borrowing continues to attract first-time buyers and families looking to either downsize or upsize as they take advantage of the equity they’ve built up in their existing homes.”

Though there was a 2 per cent increase in new listings processed in April, as compared to April 2014, the increase was not enough to balance out the market. Total active inventory on the MLS® at month’s end was 8,384 properties, the lowest for the month of April in eight years.

As Maisey explains, what sellers are most looking for is a single family detached home, “In some of our areas, sixty to seventy per cent of inventory is selling. Depending on the location, some detached homes are selling in a matter of days, not weeks, which is why if you’re a buyer it’s so important to work with a professional who knows your neighbourhood and is networked with other REALTORS®.”

With demand high and available product slim, the benchmark price of single family detached homes continues to increase in most areas. In April, the MLS® HPI benchmark price of a detached home was $595,600, an increase of 5.2 per cent compared to April 2014 when it was $566,000.

The benchmark price of townhouses in April was $300,400, an increase of 0.6 per cent compared to $298,700 in April 2014. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 2.6 per cent, going from $196,300 in April 2014, to $191,200 last month.

Maisey adds, “For apartment owners, take heart, the condominium market in the Fraser Valley is improving. We are starting to see more activity at open houses and an increase in the number of sales; however, that market remains firmly in balance with plenty of selection and prices still flat or declining in certain areas.”

Find the April Statistics Package here.

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March property sales climb in the Fraser Valley

May, 04 2015 10:02:18 am, by FVREB
Categories: Statistics

SURREY, BC – In March, sales on the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) reached the highest they’ve been in nine years. The Board processed 1,857 sales, a 47 per cent increase compared to the 1,259 sales in March of last year. Sales during March of 2006 were 2,072.

Jorda Maisey, President of the Board, attributes the strength in the market to a number of factors. “Our population is growing, interest rates continue to remain supportive of housing demand and consumers are confident. It all adds up to a desire to invest in real estate now.”

In March, the Board processed 11 per cent more new listings compared to March 2014, however higher sales eroded the number of active listings. March finished with 8,193 active listings of all property types, 7 per cent fewer than available during the same month last year.

Maisey adds, “It’s important to emphasize that supply and demand vary depending on property type and location. Currently, demand for single family detached homes is outpacing supply in most Fraser Valley communities resulting in lower inventory levels, upward pressure on prices and homes selling faster than they did last year.

“For buyers looking for a detached home or in certain areas a townhome, your REALTOR® will advise that selection is limited, you will have less time to make decisions and their ability to negotiate a lower price for you is diminished. This is not the case if you’re looking to invest in an apartment or an acreage property where the market continues to favour buyers.”

The MLS® HPI benchmark price of a Fraser Valley single family detached home in March was $588,500, an increase of 4.5 per cent compared to March 2014 when it was $563,400.

In March, the benchmark price of townhouses was $299,700, an increase of 0.9 per cent compared to $297,100 in March 2014. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 2.4 per cent, going from $195,400 in March 2014 to $190,800 in March 2015.

In March, the average number of days to sell a single family detached home in the Fraser Valley was 38 days, down from 44 days in 2014. Townhomes took 48 days on average to sell, while apartments took 61 days, both comparable with March of last year.

Find the March Statistics Package here.

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FVREB announces new 2015/16 board; Cloverdale REALTOR® awarded top honour

March, 04 2015 04:14:34 pm, by FVREB
Categories: Announcements, Events

LANGLEY, BC - The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) elected its new Board of Directors for 2015/2016 at its Annual General Meeting held on February 25.

Also at the event, the Board awarded Cloverdale REALTOR® and Managing Broker Rick Dubord with its top honour, the John Armeneau Professional of the Year award for 2014.

Jorda Maisey will replace outgoing President Ray Werger. Maisey is a licensed REALTOR® of over twenty years, and is a representative of RE/MAX Little Oak Realty in Fort Langley.

“I am honoured and proud for this opportunity to help lead the seventh largest real estate board in Canada,” remarked Maisey. “For nearly a century, our organization has been recognized for its dedication and commitment to helping Fraser Valley REALTORS® provide exemplary service to their clients. Along with my fellow directors, we look forward to building on that reputation.”

Maisey has served as a Director at the Board for seven years and has chaired several member-led committees including finance and government relations.

The incoming President-Elect is Charles Wiebe, RE/MAX Little Oak Realty, Fort Langley and the Vice President is Gopal Sahota, Sutton Group – West Coast Realty, Surrey.

“During the meeting, Rick Dubord of HomeLife Benchmark Realty (Cloverdale) received the John Armeneau Professional of the Year award for his tremendous contribution to Fraser Valley real estate. The award is the highest honour the Board bestows, recognizing outstanding leadership and dedication professionally and within the community.

Of Dubord receiving the award, Past President Ray Werger said, “Rick is a remarkable individual and an exceptional member of this Board. For four decades, he has led through innovation, hard work and a commitment to giving back setting a true standard of professionalism and inspiring those around him.”

He is the 30th Fraser Valley member to be recognized with a Professional of the Year award. The award was renamed in 1996 in honour of John Armeneau, a North Delta REALTOR® who for over two decades was a role model and mentor to other Fraser Valley REALTORS®.

The FVREB is a professional association of more than 2,700 REALTORS® in the Fraser Valley providing its members with a variety of membership services including the Multiple Listing Service®, professional development and technological innovation.

The full 2015/2016 FVREB Board of Directors is as follows:

  • President: Jorda Maisey, RE/MAX Little Oak Realty, Fort Langley
  • President-Elect: Charles Wiebe, RE/MAX Little Oak Realty, Fort Langley
  • Vice President: Gopal Sahota, Sutton Group – West Coast Realty, Surrey
  • Past President: Ray Werger, Royal LePage West R.E.S. (Sur), Surrey

Directors:

  • Larry Anderson, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey
  • John Barbisan, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey
  • Sandra Benz, RE/MAX Performance Realty, Delta
  • Manny Boparai, Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd., Surrey
  • Karen Conyers, Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Canada, Surrey
  • Chris Walters, RE/MAX Commercial Advantage, Surrey
  • Darin Germyn, Macdonald Realty, Surrey
  • Dharbinder Singh, Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd., Surrey

Fraser Valley's new Board of Directors takes office on March 1, 2015.

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Early spring fever hits Fraser Valley real estate market

March, 03 2015 09:10:17 am, by FVREB
Categories: Statistics

SURREY, BC – In February, sales of all property types in the Fraser Valley increased by 21 per cent in one year with demand for two property types in particular - single family detached homes and townhomes - outpacing supply.

Last month, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,337 sales on the Multiple Listing Service® compared to 1,102 sales in February of last year. New listings in February totaled 2,610 which added up to 7,864 active listings, up from January’s 7,307 but a decrease of 4 per cent compared to February 2014’s 8,210 active listings.

“It was our busiest February since 2007,” says newly elected Board President Jorda Maisey. “In my community of Langley, the average number of days to sell a detached home is now less than one month and it’s a challenge finding the right product for some of our buyers, however every area is different. To understand the market for your home in your neighbourhood, talk to your REALTOR®.”

A measurement the real estate industry relies on to gauge the health of the housing market is the ratio between sales and active listings. For the Lower Mainland, the balanced range is between 12 and 20 per cent; which means when it’s less than 12 it favours buyers and greater than 20 it favours sellers. The ratio in February for single family detached homes was 26 per cent; townhomes 22 per cent and apartments 12 per cent.

Maisey adds, “Our best seller in the Fraser Valley remains the single family detached home, followed by townhomes in part because almost half our buyers are families with children, but also because these products are so much more affordable in the Fraser Valley. With a typical townhome costing less than $300,000 and interest rates so low, many first-time buyers are finding they can get more for their money here.”

The MLS® HPI benchmark price of a Fraser Valley single family detached home in February was $581,400, an increase of 4.2 per cent compared to February 2014 when it was $558,100.

In February, the benchmark price of townhouses was $297,200, a decrease of 0.6 per cent compared to $298,900 in February 2014. The benchmark price of apartments also decreased year-over-year by 1.8 per cent, going from $193,200 in February 2014 to $189,700 in February 2015.

Across Fraser Valley, the average number of days to sell a single family detached home in February was 41 days, ten days faster than last year. Townhouses on average took 55 days to sell; one day faster than last February, while Fraser Valley apartments sold on average in 70 days, on par with February 2014.

Find the February Statistics Package here.

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The Residence in Mission receives $5,000 gift from Fraser Valley REALTORS®

February, 04 2015 10:45:29 am, by FVREB
Categories: Community, Quality of Life initiatives

SURREY, BC - On behalf of Fraser Valley’s 2,700 plus REALTORS®, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board has donated $5,000 to the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation in support of The Residence in Mission.

Established in April 2014, The Residence in Mission provides resident-centered support to seniors with complex care needs, dementia, and patients suffering from brain injuries. The donation will go towards providing furnishing for the clients living within the facility and up-to-date health care equipment for their needs.

Ray Werger is the Board’s president. “As REALTORS®, we understand the importance of home and having the amenities and features to meet the needs of those who live there. The Residence is home – a place of comfort and caring – for hundreds of clients supported by the facility’s incredible staff every day. We are very proud to contribute to their work with this donation.”

For Mission, it is projected that the demographic of residents aged 50 to 70 will see the greatest increase over the next decade. The Residence’s 27,000 square foot facility will be able to provide integrated care, affordable housing, and a community to live in for clients as their care needs develop with age.

Elizabeth Findlay, Director of Residential Care, said of the donation, “As a relatively new facility, we need every ounce of help we can get. This donation will go directly towards helping our clients and reaching our vision of innovative health care for seniors in the Fraser Valley.”

Aiding not only the community of Mission, The Residence aims to support the growing needs of the district and surrounding areas of the Fraser Valley.

For more information about The Residence in Mission, please visit www.fraserhealth.ca.

For more information about all FVREB community giving initiatives, go to www.fvreb.bc.ca.

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