December 2016 Market Statistics | Sunshine Coast BC

Please see the chart below describing the Market Trends for December 2016 on the Sunshine Coast BC.

When buying or selling a home, everyone wants the most advantageous situation. Both buyers and sellers want “the best price,” but this definition varies: Home buyers want to purchase the desired property at a good deal, while sellers want to receive their asking price.

A Balanced Market is a perfect solution being that you sell and buy within the same market (which is a huge advantage for those who are risk adverse in the Real Estate Industry).

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Sunshine Coast Sales in 2016

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The Sunshine Coast market activity by the end of November 2016, continued to demonstrative above average levels of sale activity and steady increases in value, compared to the same period in 2015.

Current market activity trends indicate that 2016 has been the busiest year for transactions since 2003.
With high levels of buyer interest combined with historically low levels of properties being offered for sale, the market continues to move in favour of sellers in all segments of the market place as of the end of November 2016. The number of transactions have increased by 43% in 2016, when compared to the same period last year, resulting in average sales prices increasing of: $487,000 for detached homes (a 19% increase in 11 months); $297,500 for attached (a 10% increase in 11 months); and $198,000 for land sales ( a 5% increase in 11 months).

As a result of the consistently strong levels of activity for the last 12-18 months, the number of properties being offered for sale has fallen during the third quarter of 2016. Looking forward in 2017, we expect the market to continue being a sellers market. With the increase of sales volumes and prices from this year, we expect that the 2017 market will demonstrate the characteristics of a low supply – high demand marketplace with strong support for prices at current or higher price levels.

How Much Is Your Property Worth?

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The latest assessed values of properties on the Sunshine Coast are now available online with estimated increases of up to 40 per cent in some cases:

“The 2016 assessments are indicating significant increases from 2015,”says Assessor Jason Grant. “Increases of 15-25 per cent will be typical for single-family homes in Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Burnaby, Tri-Cities, New Westminster and Squamish. Single-family market movement in Whistler, Pemberton and the Sunshine Coast is less dramatic, with typical increases in the zero to 15 per cent range. Typical strata residential increases throughout the region will be in the five to 10 per cent range.”

The assessed values of houses in B.C. can be found at E-Value BC.

Federal Changes in Lending Criteria

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On October 3, 2016, the federal government released new rules that apply to your ability to qualify for a mortgage. The following statements will be released.

To help ensure new homeowners can afford their mortgages even when interest rates begin to rise, mortgage insurance rules require in some cases that lenders “stress test” a borrower’s ability to make their mortgage payments at a higher interest rate. Currently, this requirement only applies to a subset of insured mortgages with variable interest rates or fixed interest rates with terms less than five years. Effective October 17, 2016 (TOMORROW), this requirement will apply to all insured mortgages, including fixed-rate mortgages with terms of five years and more. Homeowners with an existing insured mortgage or those renewing existing insured mortgages are not affected by this measure.

What does this mean?

1. As of October 17, 2016, any arranged mortgage that is an insured mortgage has to qualify at 4.64%. This means:

How this affects you?
Your purchasing power will likely decrease. Historically, clients have been able to qualify at the 5 year discounted rate (for example, current 5 year rates are at about 2.49%).

2. As of November 30, 2016, any mortgage that is back end insured (regardless of down payment amount or equity) has to qualify at 4.64%.

How this affects you?
The amount of equity that you can take from your owner occupied home could decrease, based on you ability to debt service. Although you can still mortgage up to 80% of the appraised value of your home, you will have to qualify at 4.64%.

3. As of November 30, 2016, any low-ratio insured loans (mortgages with more than 20% down) will have to comply to new criteria. Monoline lenders are notably lenders that do low -ratio insured mortgages.

How this affects you?
Property has to be owner occupied. No rental properties
Maximum amortization of 25 years
Maximum property purchase of $1,000,000
Minimum credit score of 600

For more information on these announcements please click on the following link:

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n16/data/16-117_1-eng.asp

http://www.fin.gc.ca/n16/data/16-117_2-eng.asp

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/first-time-homebuyers-take-hit-with-new-mortgage-rules-1.3795836

Live on the Sunshine Coast!

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What a place to live! I have recently moved to the Sunshine Coast and have enjoyed every minute of it. You are still so close to Vancouver – only a 40 minute ferry ride, or a 20 minute float plane ride – however, being on the Coast makes you feel like you are on constant vacation mode.

What made me want to move here?

Well first off, the Sunshine Coast has a great climate for most of the year and so many great amenities to offer. From an abundance of outdoor activities which include: boating, camping, fishing, hiking, biking, paddle boarding at the provincial parks, lakes and beaches, the beautiful scenery of the coast and island views are absolutely breathtaking wherever you are staying. There are also many locally sourced and produced farms, restaurants and coffee shops (which is a foodies paradise), as well as amazing spas (Painted Boat is my favourite!) – you feel much more relaxed and content on the Coast!

Vancouver has a very special place in my heart, but I was ready for a change and I thought that the Sunshine Coast would be a great place to live. I worked in the Vancouver real estate industry for seven years and saw many changes during that time. The media and real estate / economic professionals were always saying that Vancouver was in a “real estate bubble” and that prices would start going down. The matter of fact is that prices (relatively) continued to rise through out that time. We will have to see what the fall market brings due to the new Foreign Investment Tax in the areas it was implemented, however in my opinion, the Sunshine Coast is the place to live and invest in!

To move or not to move you might be asking yourself?

Firstly, you can actually buy a home for a reasonable price! Many people dream of living along the coastal waters with views of the Pacific (me being one of them!); but living on the Sunshine Coast makes that dream that much more attainable. The community offers so much more than downtown living, and it doesn’t matter if you are visiting for a weekend or if you have lived on the Sunshine Coast for years, there is always something new to discover. I know that buying a home anywhere, is a big step, but buying on the Sunshine Coast may be the best step you ever made.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you want to hear more ways of why living here is truly the DREAM!