Friday, May 2, 2014

Another 24Hours Vancouver Article! Spring Trends for 2014 in Home Buying

The April 10th Edition of the 24Hours Vancouver paper I talk about "A Sellers Market" and the "Top 2014 Trends for the Spring Market!" Coming soon Variable and Fixed Mortgage Rates, which is better? Is there a difference?

We are a Balanced Market here in the Fraser Valley!

News Release: May 2, 2014 BALANCED MARKET CONDITIONS IN THE FRASER VALLEY (Surrey, BC) – The growth in sales on Fraser Valley’s Multiple Listing Service (MLS®) outpaced the growth in new inventory in April, propelling the market into solid balanced conditions. In April, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board’s total sales volume increased by 8 per cent year over year and 17 per cent compared to March while new listings saw a 7 per cent increase compared to April 2013 and a 13 per cent increase compared to the previous month. Ray Werger, president of the Board, says, “There’s a lot of optimism right now. It will take a few more months of numbers, but our 2014 market is already on track to outperform last year. “A measurement we rely on to gauge the health of the housing market is the ratio between sales and active listings and in April that number was the highest it’s been in our region in three years. Last month, that ratio for both single family detached homes and townhomes was 21 per cent, meaning for every 100 homes available, 21 sold. That’s a strong, balanced market.” Werger adds that demand for apartments in the Fraser Valley remained softer. “In some of our areas we have an oversupply of condos and you’ll see that reflected in prices. Generally, prices of benchmark or typical apartments have decreased over the past year. However, both buyers and sellers need to be aware that it depends on the community and the age and quality of the condo.” In April, the benchmark price of single family detached homes in the Fraser Valley was $566,000, an increase of 3.4 per cent compared to $547,300 during the same month last year. For townhouses, the benchmark price was $298,700, virtually unchanged compared to $299,100 in April 2013 and the benchmark price of apartments was $196,300, a decrease of 3.7 per cent compared to $203,900 in April of last year. In April, the Board processed a total of 1,470 sales through its MLS® compared to 1,366 sales in April 2013 and 1,259 sales in March; and, received 3,153 new listings last month compared to 2,951 new listings received during April 2013. The number of active listings reached 9,400, 7 per cent more than were available in March however 6 per cent fewer than were available during April of last year. In April, the number of days on average to sell a detached home in the Fraser Valley was 43; 47 for townhomes; and, 59 days on average for an apartment. All, four days faster than they were in April 2013.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Interview on Shaw TV's GO Vancouver! with Sheri Brown on the Delta Rise and living in Delta

Sheri was recently interviewed for Shaw TV's GO Vancouver on Delta and the new Development the Delta Rise. Have a look and see the interview! Delta Rise is the 37 story tower which is located at 80th and Scott Road in North Delta. To be built for 2016. Delta Rise on Shaw

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Latest Fraser Valley Real Estate Board Press Release! March 2014

BUYERS SEE VALUE IN SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOMES IN THE FRASER VALLEY (Surrey, BC) – In March, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) processed 1,259 sales on its Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®), an increase of 12 per cent compared to the 1,128 sales during March of last year, and a 14 per cent increase compared to February’s 1,102 sales. Ray Werger, President of the Board, says, “We did see activity pick up last month with an increase in demand in particular for single family detached homes. Sales were noticeably higher in North Delta, Mission and Langley compared to last year. “Last March, sales of detached homes accounted for 55 per cent of sales of our three main residential property types and this year that increased to 58 per cent. It may not sound like much, but that translated into over 100 more sales. The property type that lost ground was townhouses.” Werger explains, “Our main buyers are families looking for the best value possible by taking advantage of continuing low interest rates and stable home prices.” The most popular price range for single family detached homes in the Fraser Valley last month was between $500,000 and $600,000. The benchmark price of a typical detached home was $563,400, an increase of 3.5 per cent compared to $544,300 during the same month last year. For townhouses, the benchmark price in March was $297,100, a decrease of 0.4 per cent compared to $298,200 in March 2013 and the benchmark price of apartments was $195,400, a decrease of 4.3 per cent compared to $204,200 in March 2013. The Board posted 2,799 new listings last month, an increase of 2 per cent compared to the 2,736 posted during March of last year bringing the total number of active listings in March to 8,763 – 8 per cent less than were available during March 2013. Werger adds, “We can’t emphasize enough that real estate is local. What’s happening with the Fraser Valley housing market in general may or may not be happening to the market for your home. Contact your local REALTOR® for detailed market information by community, neighbourhood and property type.” In March, Fraser Valley’s sales-to-active-listings ratio – a comparison of sales and inventory that measures the health of the market – was 14 per cent for all property types (residential and commercial combined); and, 18 per cent for the three main residential property types indicating stability in the marketplace. —30 — The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board is an association of 2,792 real estate professionals who live and work in the BC communities of North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford, and Mission. The FVREB marked its 90-year anniversary in 2011.

Friday, March 28, 2014

First Time Buyers Article 24Hours Vancouver

I was happy to be interviewed for these fantastic articles written by Joanne Richard. First time buyers are out there now and there is some great information here to review! Published March 27th 2014 in the 24Hours Vancouver, 24Hours Toronto, the Calgary Sun, Edmonton Sun, and Ottawa Sun.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Vancouver Sun Westcoast Homes Publishes a Sale!

The Vancouver Sun featured a home Sheri Brown, Realtor for Surrey and Delta in the Bought/Sold Section of the Westcoast Homes By Nicola Way. View the link here! This townhome sold in just 4 days for 99% of the list price. Another successful sale for Sheri Brown and happy Sellers!

Friday, January 3, 2014

RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award

I was thrilled to find out at the beginning of 2014, that I am receiving the RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award! Thanks to all my clients over the years for your support and who helped this be possible. I look forward to many more years helping people with their real estate needs.