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20 years of recognition and support result in high quality donations to the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive

December, 11 2014 08:49:19 am, by FVREB
Categories: Community, Blanket Drive, Events

VANCOUVER, BC - For the 20th year, REALTORS® across the Lower Mainland gathered warm clothing and blankets to help over 17,000 working poor and homeless people in our region and what stood out most during this year’s Blanket Drive – November 17 to 24 – was the quality and specificity of donations.

Sue Mukerji, Surrey REALTOR® and Blanket Drive volunteer for over ten years, observes, “The message that it’s not about quantity is really getting through now. Our goal has always been to collect the highest quality items to meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens in each of our communities.

“Some of our charities request only blankets; others indicate they need mainly socks or underwear. Surrey’s Hyland House specifically asked for new pillows. Because we have REALTORS®, clients and members of the public who have been supporting us for many years, we have a network to help fulfill the unique requests as best we can.”

One group that regularly receives donations from the Blanket Drive is the Hope Central Ministry at New Heights Church in Mission. They provide food and other services to both low income families and to individuals living outdoors. Carrie Prentice is the ministry coordinator and the church’s only staff person. “For many of our clients, their only source of warmth is a blanket and winter clothing provided by the Blanket Drive.

“We were very touched when two REALTORS® returned after dropping off donations to bring us literally bags of socks. Something as simple as a clean, new pair of socks can really make a big difference to someone’s quality of life.”

Harvest Project Development officer Kevin J. Lee, said, “Thank you REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive! The donated items allow us to provide coats and clothing to women and men returning to the work force or school and help those simply in need of proper clothing for the winter season.”

Established in 1994, the Blanket Drive is the largest, most recognized warm clothing and blanket collection in the Lower Mainland and has assisted more than 250,000 people. Donations from REALTORS®, their clients, the general public, corporations, retailers, community groups and schools are dropped off at over 100 real estate offices from Whistler to Hope.

The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is a partnership between the REALTORS® of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board and their communities.

For more information or to obtain a photo or video link, please contact: Michael Gleboff, Communications Coordinator Phone: (604) 930-7630

www.blanketdrive.ca
www.facebook.com/blanketdrive
www.twitter.com/FVREB and www.twitter.com/REBGV (#RCBD)

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2014 trend towards increased sales and steady pricing continues into November

December, 02 2014 11:04:13 am, by FVREB
Categories: Statistics

SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,136 sales on its Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in November, an increase of 15 per cent compared to the 986 sales during the same month last year and 22 per cent lower than the 1,448 sales processed in October.

New listings in the Fraser Valley decreased by 2 per cent in November, going from 1,774 last year to 1,748 last month taking the number of active listings to 8,302, a decrease of 4 per cent compared to the 8,641 active listings in November of 2013.

“This is the time of year when families are settling in for winter and the holidays, so we expect to see a decrease in activity,” explains the Board’s president, REALTOR® Ray Werger. “After a busy fall with volumes reaching 5-year highs, we’re winding down the year with sales on par with the ten-year average, but about 8 per cent fewer new listings therefore home buyers will notice a shortage of inventory in certain price ranges.”

Pricing continues along the same trends as seen for most of 2014, with single family detached prices continuing to rise; townhouse prices remaining steady, and apartment prices decreasing. The MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) benchmark price of a detached home in November was $575,400 an increase of 4.6 per cent compared to November 2013, when it was $550,300.

The MLS® HPI benchmark price of townhouses increased 2.2 per cent from $292,400 in November 2013 to $298,900 last month. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 3.5 per cent, going from $196,200 in November of last year to $189,400 in November 2014.

“Prices are a function of supply and demand - which your REALTOR® will explain varies considerably from area to area and within the different property types - as well as local amenities, transportation options and future community development, underscoring the importance of expert guidance when you’re looking to list or buy,” says Werger.

“Overall, 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for Fraser Valley real estate,” continues Werger. “We hit a bit of a trough during the summer of last year, but since then sales have recovered and we’re tracking towards a 15 per cent increase in year-to-date sales for 2014 compared to 2013 with prices remaining relatively stable.”

Find the November Statistics Package here.

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REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive delivering warmth for 20 years

November, 05 2014 12:54:11 pm, by FVREB
Categories: Community, Blanket Drive, Events

Link: http://youtu.be/Q1wqDVL3NBM

VANCOUVER, BC - This year marks the 20th anniversary of the largest and longest running blanket drive in the Lower Mainland. Over two decades, the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive has helped bring warmth to more than 250,000 residents across the Lower Mainland.

From November 17 to 24, REALTORS® across the region will work with their clients to coordinate donations of blankets, sleeping bags, warm winter clothing, and new socks and underwear for those most in need. The donations are then sorted and delivered to charities and organizations in the same area in which they were collected.

We’re asking anyone with donations to please drop them off at any of our 100 plus participating real estate offices. To find a participating office near you, go to www.blanketdrive.ca.

The NightShift Street Ministries in Surrey is a longstanding recipient of this program. They recently told us about a young boy who approached a volunteer last year, shivering from living in a cold, damp building. “Could I please have a blanket?” he asked. Not for himself, but for his younger sister.

"It's the stories like these that continue to move us and motivate us to make a difference," says Ray Werger is the President of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board. "As REALTORS®, one of our core values is how we connect with and serve our communities, which is fundamentally what our Blanket Drive is all about; helping our neighbours live a little easier."

Werger adds, "Twenty incredible years would not be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers, media support and generous donations from the public. Each year, we're able to serve even more people like that young boy and his sister, by providing them with quality clothing items and blankets that they really need. Let's keep that going."

We’re looking for:

  • blankets, sleeping bags
  • warm clothing - coats, jeans, pants, sweaters
  • scarves, gloves, mitts, hats
  • socks (new), in high demand
  • underwear (new)
  • To find a participating office near you, go to www.blanketdrive.ca.

    The REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is a partnership between the REALTORS® of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board and their communities.

    Follow the activities on social media on one of the below channels between November 17 to 24.

    www.blanketdrive.ca
    www.facebook.com/blanketdrive
    www.twitter.com/FVREB and www.twitter.com/REBGV (#RCBD)

     

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    Increased demand for Fraser Valley townhouses and single family homes

    November, 03 2014 04:11:20 pm, by FVREB
    Categories: Statistics

    SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,448 sales on its Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in October, an increase of 16 per cent compared to the 1,249 sales during the same month last year and 2 per cent more than in September.

    Ray Werger, the Board’s president, says, “Sales overall continue to outperform last year and as we’ve seen for a number of months now are the best they’ve been in five years.

    “Demand remains steady in our region for single family detached homes and townhomes. Last month, the market share of sales of single family homes increased by almost five per cent compared to last year; while the share of condo sales decreased by the same amount and we’re seeing that preference reflected in prices.”

    The MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) benchmark price of a detached home in October was $573,500 an increase of 4 per cent compared to October 2013, when it was $551,400.

    The MLS® HPI benchmark price of townhouses increased 1 per cent from $295,500 in October 2013 to $298,500 last month. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 3.5 per cent, going from $199,500 in October of last year to $192,600 in October 2014.

    In the last five years, the MLS® HPI benchmark price of a detached home in the Fraser Valley has increased by 16.6 per cent. For townhouses, the price is flat having increased by 0.5 per cent and for apartments; the price has decreased by 6 per cent.

    Werger adds, “With the influx of new developments and a steady supply of resale units, we’ve never had a better selection of condos than we do right now at prices the lowest they’ve been in years. For those that say housing isn’t affordable in Metro Vancouver, you need to check out the opportunities currently for condo buyers in the Valley.”

    In October, new listings in the Fraser Valley increased by 3 per cent, going from 2,336 last year to 2,395 last month taking the number of active listings to 8,807, a decrease of 3 per cent compared to the 9,047 active listings in October of 2013. “Inventory is edging down, which is typical for this time of year,” says Werger. “The result is we’re seeing good quality homes that are priced right moving quickly.”

    Find the October Statistics Package here.

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    Strong summer for Fraser Valley real estate carries through to September

    October, 02 2014 09:26:09 am, by FVREB
    Categories: Statistics

    SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,419 sales on its Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) in September, an increase of 25 per cent compared to the 1,131 sales during the same month last year, and an increase of 9 per cent compared to sales in August.

    Ray Werger, the Board’s president, says, “Similar to this past summer, this is the busiest September we’ve had since 2009 with sales of all property types combined out-performing the 10-year average by 13 per cent.

    “Residentially, the single family detached home remains the preferred property type. From North Delta to Mission, sales increased in every Fraser Valley community compared to last year with the price range of $400,000 to $699,999 garnering almost sixty per cent of our total detached market.”

    New listing activity was also steady in September with the Board’s MLS® receiving 2,758 new listings, an increase of 16 per cent compared to last year, taking the total number of active listings by month-end to 9,156, a decrease of 7 per cent compared to September 2013.

    Werger adds, “An important factor underlying the housing market is consumer confidence and in our region that confidence has been bolstered by the stability of home prices. Since March, the benchmark price of our three main residential property types combined has remained flat, increasing by only 0.6 per cent.

    “Long-term, the value of single family detached homes has increased at a faster pace than it has for attached properties, particularly in areas such as Surrey, White Rock, Langley and Abbotsford where we’ve seen many new townhome and condo developments. The supply of new inventory has affected the price of resale product.”

    The MLS® Home Price Index (MLS® HPI) benchmark price of a detached home in September was $569,800; an increase of 3.1 per cent compared to September 2013, when it was $552,900. In the last six months, the benchmark price of a detached home has increased by 1.1 per cent.

    In September, the MLS® HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses was $299,600; an increase of 1.1 per cent compared to $296,200 in September of last year, and in the last six months has increased by 0.8 per cent. The benchmark price of apartments decreased year-over-year by 4.7 per cent, going from $203,100 in September 2013 to $193,600 last month, and has decreased by 0.9 per cent in the last six months.

    Find the September Statistics Package here.

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