Recycle, Reduce, Redecorate.

Ikea will buy back your used furniture for store credit, I love this idea!!

Time to handle some obligatory objections…

#1 They’ll only give you pennies on the dollar:
– Of course they will, this is your used furniture we’re talking about!
– Ikea is obviously aiming at those of us who were going to chuck our old furniture in the dumpster. For those of you who were already going to thrift, hand-down or donate – do that! This is not a better or mandatory option – this is just giving consumers more reasons to think before they dump, and maybe even help #maketheworldabetterplace

#2 Now you have to lug your butt (and furniture) all the way back to Ikea:
– Let’s face it, if you were going to toss that old dresser then you were going to have to lug it out of your room and down to the dump. And if you planned to replace it, a trip back to Ikea was already in store for your future. Why not do it and also earn little store credit!

So let’s pass this info along and help our fellow consumer earn a little buck while not completely trashing the planet as we style our homes!

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Economic Drivers of Real Estate in Vancouver – DELOITTE

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Real estate market overview and current challenges

October, 2016
Stepping into 2017

Come join me as we learn from Jennifer Podmore-Russell of Deloitte, and her take on where is Vancouver’s real estate marketing heading as we step into 2017. This presentation brought to us courtesy of Wealthminds!

Click here for the full presentation.

I’ve also highlighted below some notable changes in our market which may affect you! Give us a call at (604) 629-7515 or fill out the form below if you’d like to learn more.

Changes in the market – BC’s Foreign Buyer Property Transfer Tax

On July 25, 2016, the BC government introduced legislative changes directed at BC’s residential housing market. The key changes include the introduction of an additional 15% property transfer tax (PTT), effective August 2, 2016, on transfers of residential properties within the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) to foreign entities or taxable trustees

Government Responses – Preventative Measures for a “Healthy, Competitive and Stable Housing Market”

Legislation release on October 3, 2016 included a “Mortgage rate stress test” for all insured borrowers and closing loopholes for the Principal Residence Exemption.

Metro Vancouver home buyers set a record pace in February

Last month was the highest selling February on record for the Metro Vancouver housing market.

Residential property sales in the region totalled 4,172 in February 2016, an increase of 36.3 per cent from the 3,061 sales recorded in February 2015 and an increase of 65.6 per cent compared to January 2016 when 2,519 home sales occurred.

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Last month’s sales were 56.3 per cent above the 10-year sales average for the month and ranks as the highest February sales total on record.

“We’re in a competitive, fast-moving market cycle that favours home sellers,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said. “Sustained home buyer competition is keeping upward pressure on home prices across the region.”

New listings for detached, attached and apartment properties in Metro Vancouver totalled 5,812 in February 2016. This represents an increase of 7.1 per cent compared to the 5,425 units listed in February 2015 and a 30.8 per cent increase compared to January 2016 when 4,442 properties were listed.

“We’re beginning to see home listings increase as we head toward the spring market, however, additional supply is still needed to meet today’s demand,” McLeod said.

The total number of properties currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 7,299, a 38.7 per cent decline compared to February 2015 (11,898) and a 10 per cent increase compared to January 2016 (6,635).

The sales-to-active listings ratio for February 2016 is 57.2 per cent. This is indicative of a seller’s market.

Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 per cent mark, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it reaches the 20 to 22 per cent range in a particular community for a sustained period of time.

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $795,500. This represents a 22.2 per cent increase compared to February 2015.

Sales of detached properties in February 2016 reached 1,778, an increase of 37.2 per cent from the 1,296 detached sales recorded in February 2015. The benchmark price for detached properties increased 27 per cent from February 2015 to $1,305,600.

Sales of apartment properties reached 1,790 in February 2016, an increase of 43.9 per cent compared to the 1,244 sales in February 2015.The benchmark price of an apartment property increased 17.7 per cent from February 2015 to $454,600.

Attached property sales in February 2016 totalled 604, an increase of 15.9 per cent compared to the 521 sales in February 2015. The benchmark price of an attached unit increased 17 per cent from February 2015 to $569,600.

BC’s New PTT (Property Transfer Tax)

The new rules on BC’s Property Transfer Tax have been released with the potential to save up to $13,000 for some, and rate increases for others. The goal of the province’s 2016 budget to help put home ownership within the reach of more people, but you can weigh in – does BC’s New PTT achieve its stated goals?

Highlights

  • Exemption for buyers of new homes that priced at up to $750,000;
  • PTT increase to 3% from 2% for properties valued at more than $2 million;
  • Requirement that property buyers self-report their nationality when they register their property.

Let’s go back and recognize the PTT as a major source of BC’s revenue, Vancouver accounting for nearly one-quarter of the government’s $1.15-billion windfall from B.C.’s property transfer tax in the past fiscal year.

The property transfer tax was introduced in 1987 as a “luxury tax,” however thresholds have not changed since then, meaning it has turned into a revenue generator for the province.

Just Sold! 103 – 3075 Primrose

We have just sold this gem nestled in a resort-like complex. Welcome to Lakeside Terrace! If you missed this great opportunity, email us on the form below to get in contact today.262049031-3

The perfect balance of elegance and charm greet you as you enter the foyer, and continues into the large kitchen & open concept dining/living room. The tastefully decorated master suite has two closets/ 4 piece ensuite with separate shower.

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A huge private deck is your oasis perfect for entertaining. With water features/lagoon, and manicured gardens you are surrounded by beauty. Workout in the gym, dip in the pool or relax in the hot tub/sauna. A short stroll to mall/T&T, all levels of great schools, the West Coast Express, Lafarge Lake, Aquatic Center, and soon the Skytrain.

 

Just Sold! 601 – 111 East 13th

I have just sold this Beautiful Bright unit in a Gorgeous building! Welcome to The Prescott! If you missed this great opportunity, email us on the form below to get in contact today.

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Close to everything, from restaurants and shopping to transit and parks, location can’t be beat! Oversized One Bedroom Unit with High End Finishings and Modern Open Concept living. End Unit, so only has 1 shared wall. Complete with a wonderfully open view of City, Water and Mountains. Come live in the centre of North Van with a View!

 

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Just Sold! 7437 Moffat Rd #117

I have just sold this clean, cozy and move-in ready 2 bdrm, 2 bath unit in Colony Bay North. If you missed this great opportunity – email me below to find out about other similar homes in your neighbourhood that are coming up for sale!

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Great location within the building, this unit features an updated kitchen with newer appliances, newer cabinets, counter tops, and undermount lighting. Pantry/ Laundry features lots of storage and newer frontload washing machine and dryer. Italian tile throughout entrance, kitchen, hall and both bathrooms. Hunter Douglas blinds, window screens and phantom roll screen on door leading to one of the 2 lovely balconies on the quiet side of the building. Huge storage locker with private entrance. Cozy gas fireplace, new light fixtures throughout. Master features a generous walk-in closet. Building has a brand new roof and has been re-piped.

Tourists are back Buying Vancouver Waterfront Condos

Tourists Return To Buying Vancouver Coal Harbour Condos

The dropping Canadian dollar, along with Vancouver’s natural beauty, is bringing impromptu foreign buyers back to the Coal Harbour area, says one realtor.

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“It happened a long time ago and now it seems to be happening again,” Shaun Kimmins with Sotheby’s International Realty told The Huffington Post B.C. in an interview. He said his office fielded dozens of daily inquiries from tourists this summer.

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“People walk in and with no previous intention of setting out to buy property, end up just falling in love with the area on a sunny day, walking into our office and end up writing offers.”

While Chinese visitors buying property remains consistent, it’s the American clients that have returned, he said.

Kimmins has sold several waterfront condos ranging between $2 million and $4 million this year to U.S.-based clients who use them as vacation properties.

When the towers in Coal Harbour were going up around 2001, the low dollar attracted many Americans. But as it swung up to $1.05, many cashed in.

“They have to be objects of desire but they also have to represent a safe or secure investment,” said Kimmins. “Now that we’ve seen a reversal in the depression of the [Canadian] dollar versus the U.S. dollar, we’re sensing that there’s more money coming back and buying back in.”

One of Kimmins’ clients from Mexico, who already owns in the area, bought a $5.5 million waterfront property this summer.

Meanwhile, Canadians who left Vancouver to work in Hong Kong after obtaining citizenship appear to be moving back to Vancouver, realtor Winfield Yan told the Georgia Straight.

The cost of living in Hong Kong is high, with rich mainland Chinese pushing locals there out of the real estate market, he said.

Read the original article here

Just Listed! 1695 West 10th Ave #107

I have just listed this large 2 bedroom in fantastic South Granville – Sherwood Manor, very well run co-op in a great character building!

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– Map & Walkscore (98 – Walker’s Paradise!)

Affordable living on pretty, quiet, tree lined street. Walk to shops, restaurant, transit, Granville Island and seawall. Extra spacious with original solid oak inlaid hardwood floors waiting to be revealed restored. Lots of insuite storage with add’l storage locker, bike & trunk room.

Other Info:  1 cat welcome with council approval, no rentals and 16+ age restriction. Co-op housing is not a leasehold, nor is there any work-share requirement. Email me to discuss!