Ask the Real Estate Expert – Francesco De Frenza
Competition continues to drive Metro Vancouver’s housing market
Metro Vancouver* home buyers spent the summer months searching for their next home. Between June and August, home sales were between 25 and 30 per cent above the ten-year sales average.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales in Metro Vancouver reached 3,362 on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in August 2015. This represents a 21.3 per cent increase compared to the 2,771 sales recorded in August 2014, and a decrease of 15.5 per cent compared to the 3,978 sales in July 2015.
Last month’s sales were 27.9 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month.
“There was no summer lull in our market this year. Home buyers have been working with their REALTORS® throughout the summer months,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said. “They’re motivated, but they’re competing for a smaller supply of homes for sale than is typical for this time of year — that’s the dynamic driving our market right now.”
New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 4,281 in August. This represents an 8.7 per cent increase compared to the 3,940 new listings reported in August 2014.
The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the region’s MLS® is 10,897, a 26.2 per cent decline compared to August 2014 and a 5.3 per cent decline compared to July 2015.
“Those who have a sound buying strategy and an understanding of current price trends are having the most success in today’s market,” McLeod said.
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $708,500. This represents a 12 per cent increase compared to August 2014.
The sales-to-active-listings ratio in August was 30.9 per cent. This is the sixth consecutive month that this ratio has been above 30 per cent in Metro Vancouver.
GOOD QUALITIES TO LOOK FOR IN A REALTOR…
- Honesty and Integrity: A good realtor must always put their clients’ needs and well-being ahead of their own.
- Negotiating Skills: A good realtor maximizes price when on the listing side and exploits a weakness when representing a buyer.
- Problem Solving: A good realtor always keeps his cool under adverse circumstances. Experience and a stable, positive personality are great assets in these scenarios.
- Consistent Communication: A good realtor conveys news to his/her clients in a timely fashion and if needed, using a solution based approach.
- Market Knowledge: A good realtor is up to date in this ever changing market. Pricing and information on inventory are of paramount importance.