Greater Vancouver Real Estate Market Statistics – March 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on the Greater Vancouver listings and sales in March 2018.

Vancouver – West

In the Vancouver Westside, there were 54 sales of detached homes and 800 active listings at the end of the month. The benchmark sale price was $3,449,000, with average days on market of 37. The hottest markets for sales were Kitsliano and Dunbar with 11 and 8 sales respectively.

In comparison, the condo market had 352 sales, 719 active listings and a benchmark sale price of $844,700 with an average of 18 days on market. The hottest market for sales was Downtown VW, 72 sales.

Townhome sales were 31, active listings were 142. The benchmark sale price was $3,449,000 with an average days on market of 16. Fairview VW with 6 sales was the hottest market of the month.

It’s a seller’s market for condos in Vancouver-West.

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Okanagan Real Estate Market Statistics – March 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Okanagan listings and sales in March 2018.

Central Okanagan: Kelowna and Lake Country

There were 183 sales, 801 active listings, and a $734,197 average sale price for detached homes in the Central Okanagan market, including Kelowna and Lake Country. The average days on market were 53.

The condo market featured 129 sales and 416 active listings at the end of the month. The average sale price was $364,062 with 42 average days on market.

Townhome sales were 63, active listings were 244, average sale price was $499,413, and the average

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Squamish, Whistler and Sunshine Coast Real Estate Market Statistics – March 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Squamish, Whistler, and Sunshine Coast listings and sales in March 2018.

Squamish

In March 2018, there were 25 sales of detached homes and 113 active listings in Squamish. The benchmark sale price was $1,006,100 with an average days on market of 47.

The Condo market had 8 sales and 32 active listings at the end of the month.  The benchmark sale price was $491,000 with an average days on market of 19.

Townhome sales were 14, active listings were 18. The benchmark sale price was $851,300, and the average days on market were 16.

It’s a buyer’s market for single family homes and condos.

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North Delta, Surrey, Langley and Fraser Valley Real Estate Market Statistics – March 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, and Fraser Valley listings and sales in March 2018.

North Delta

In the North Delta market, the benchmark sale price was $950,200 for detached homes. At the end of the month, there were 119 active listings and 42 sales.

The condo market had 6 sales and 15 active listings. The benchmark sale price was $425,900.

Townhomes featured 3 sales, 16 active listings and a $591,300 benchmark sale price.

It’s a seller’s market for condos and single family homes in North Delta.

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Greater Victoria, Parksville and Nanaimo Real Estate Market Statistics – March 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on Greater Victoria, Parksville/Qualicum, and Nanaimo listings and sales in March 2018.

Greater Victoria

In March 2018, there were 287 sales of single family homes and 549 active listings in the Greater Victoria. The benchmark sale price was $724,000 with an average days on market of 31. The hottest market for sales was Saanich East and Langford with 64 and 53 sales respectively. There were also 10 sales and 36 active listings at the end of the month for waterfront homes.

In comparison, the Condo market had 211 sales, 311 active listings at the end of the month.  The benchmark sale price was $479,000 with an average days on market of 21. The hottest market for sales was Victoria, 81 sales.

Townhome sales were 92, active listings were 84 and the benchmark sale price was $567,700. The average days on market were 28, and the hottest market was Langford with 22 sales.

It’s a seller’s market in Victoria.

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Luxury Homes Collection Magazine – Spring 2018

CoverOur Luxury Homes Collection Magazine has reached its sixth year of production and continues to showcase fantastic properties from across our regions in British Columbia. We are proud to present this Spring 2018 edition featuring a diverse range of specialized homes, luxury living and custom details, there is something for everyone.

It’s been interesting to observe all the changes in ever-evolving BC real estate industry and how the market was able to adjust to the numerous shifts. These changes will likely continue to happen in 2018 as well with the new government policies, advancement of the industry standards and the economy itself. Only time will tell the impact of the new property tax rate on the real estate luxury market and the industry on the whole.

Read the inside cover message from our CEO Lynn Hsu and her insights on the market trends and how Macdonald Real Estate Group showcased outstanding growth and an incredible number of sales over the years. We are inspired for another great year of new achievements and success for our clients, realtors, staff and management teams.

Our Cover Story is a custom designed modern dream home in Vancouver Point Grey. This contemporary home is a collective effort of designers and landscapers featuring open-space concept, simple yet elegant details and quality of materials. Among the modern amenities are; covered and outdoor patios, infinity pool, entertainment room and gym, private yards and in-home hi-tech systems. Conveniently located in a close proximity to renowned private schools, UBC and golf course.

CLICK HERE to view the digital edition on your computer or tablet

Luxury Homes Collection Magazine – Spring 2018

Cover

Our Luxury Homes Collection Magazine has reached its sixth year of production and continues to showcase fantastic properties from across our regions in British Columbia. We are proud to present this Spring 2018 edition featuring a diverse range of specialized homes, luxury living and custom details, there is something for everyone.

It’s been interesting to observe all the changes in ever-evolving BC real estate industry and how the market was able to adjust to the numerous shifts. These changes will likely continue to happen in 2018 as well with the new government policies, advancement of the industry standards and the economy itself. Only time will tell the impact of the new property tax rate on the real estate luxury market and the industry on the whole.

Read the inside cover message from our CEO Lynn Hsu and her insights on the market trends and how Macdonald Real Estate Group showcased outstanding growth and an incredible number of sales over the years. We are inspired for another great year of new achievements and success for our clients, realtors, staff and management teams.

Our Cover Story is a custom designed modern dream home in Vancouver Point Grey. This contemporary home is a collective effort of designers and landscapers featuring open-space concept, simple yet elegant details and quality of materials. Among the modern amenities are; covered and outdoor patios, infinity pool, entertainment room and gym, private yards and in-home hi-tech systems. Conveniently located in a close proximity to renowned private schools, UBC and golf course.

CLICK HERE to view the digital edition on your computer or tablet

Luxury Homes Collection Magazine – Spring 2018

Cover

Our Luxury Homes Collection Magazine has reached its sixth year of production and continues to showcase fantastic properties from across our regions in British Columbia. We are proud to present this Spring 2018 edition featuring a diverse range of specialized homes, luxury living and custom details, there is something for everyone.

It’s been interesting to observe all the changes in ever-evolving BC real estate industry and how the market was able to adjust to the numerous shifts. These changes will likely continue to happen in 2018 as well with the new government policies, advancement of the industry standards and the economy itself. Only time will tell the impact of the new property tax rate on the real estate luxury market and the industry on the whole.

Read the inside cover message from our CEO Lynn Hsu and her insights on the market trends and how Macdonald Real Estate Group showcased outstanding growth and an incredible number of sales over the years. We are inspired for another great year of new achievements and success for our clients, realtors, staff and management teams.

Our Cover Story is a custom designed modern dream home in Vancouver Point Grey. This contemporary home is a collective effort of designers and landscapers featuring open-space concept, simple yet elegant details and quality of materials. Among the modern amenities are; covered and outdoor patios, infinity pool, entertainment room and gym, private yards and in-home hi-tech systems. Conveniently located in a close proximity to renowned private schools, UBC and golf course.

CLICK HERE to view the digital edition on your computer or tablet

Luxury Brokers in Vancouver Wary as Property Taxes Hiked | Mansion Global

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Vancouver’s luxury market, already experiencing a downturn since 2016, will likely take another hit with the introduction of higher tax rates for foreign and luxury home buyers, experts say.

The provincial government of British Columbia on Tuesday announced a basket of measures as part of its 2018 budget; among them was a hike, effective immediately, on property transfer taxes for foreign buyers and buyers of $3-million-plus homes (US$2.36 million and above).

Starting Wednesday, tax rates for foreign buyers were raised to 20% from 15%, while all C$3-million-plus home purchasers must now pay 5%, instead of the current 3% property transfer tax.

Not only will these taxes be applied to homes in Metro Vancouver, but they’ll also be levied in the Capital Regional District, the Fraser Valley, the Central Okanagan and the Nanaimo Regional District.

The taxes are expected to have a direct, negative impact on the area’s luxury markets, many brokers say.

“They are going to kill an already very, very slow market,” said Brock Smeaton, a veteran broker with Royal LePage West Vancouver.

In West Vancouver, arguably the most expensive housing market in British Columbia and even across Canada, according to Mr. Smeaton, there were only 505 single-family sales in 2017, down from 817 in 2016. On busy years, it used to reach 1,000 sales.

The area’s homes, for which an estimated 80% to 90% of buyers are Chinese, have a starting price point of C$2 million (US$1.58 million) and an average price of over C$3 million, Mr. Smeaton said.

“The market has been extremely slow ever since July 2016, when the 15% foreign buyers’ tax was introduced,” he said, “So far this year, only 18 homes were sold in the area, the lowest level on record since the 1980s; adding 5% transfer tax for foreign buyers will make it worse.”

In 2016, British Columbia imposed the extra 15% on foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver and hiked the “luxury home” tax rate to 3% from the previous 2%, amidst public outcry that foreign buyers pushed up home prices to levels locals couldn’t afford.

The New Democratic Party government was formed last May and promised to prioritize the housing affordability issues.

The new budget plan lays out “a comprehensive housing plan that introduces new taxation measures to tackle foreign and domestic speculation, to close loopholes and crack down tax fraud, and to stabilize housing prices,” said Finance Minister Carole James in a news release.

A speculation tax, a levy on non-resident property buyers who own vacant homes, will be revealed later this year.

However, while all of these taxes were put in place to improve housing affordability, they’re going to do just the opposite, said Dan Scarrow, vice president of Macdonald Realty, an affiliate with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.

“They will slow down the luxury segment of C$3 million and above but increase competition for homes at a lower price range,” he said.

To Mr. Scarrow, the housing affordability crisis in Greater Vancouver was caused by a lack of supply. “We have many millennials living in the basement of their parents’ houses, but not many starter homes are being built. The supply constraints need to be alleviated,” he said.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association, which represents approximately 23,000 realtors in the western province, took a similar stand.

“The new tax measures introduced by the government to ‘stabilize the housing market’ are unlikely to achieve the intended objective,” the association said in a news release Tuesday.

“Additional taxes, whether targeted at foreign buyers or speculators, do not reduce the gap between when a housing project starts, and when it is available to purchase,” it stated.

This article was originally posted on mansionglobal.com | February 21, 2018. | Written by Fang Block. | Please click on the link to view original 

Greater Vancouver Real Estate Market Statistics – February 2018

Here are the latest real estate market statistics from Macdonald Realty on the Greater Vancouver listings and sales in February 2018.

Vancouver – Westside

In the Vancouver Westside, there were 53 sales of detached homes and 772 active listings at the end of the month. The benchmark sale price was $3,500,600, with an average days on market of 52. The hottest market for sales was Dunbar with 8 sales.

In comparison, the condo market had 331 sales, 665 active listings and a benchmark sale price of $835,800 with an average of 21 days on market. The hottest market for sales was Downtown VW, 84 sales.

Townhome sales were 34, active listings were 129. The benchmark sale price was $1,250,100 with an average days on market of 21. Fairview and Kitsilano with 7 sales each were the hottest markets of the month.

It’s a seller’s market for condos and townhomes.

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