What a fabulous summer it is turning out to be. We do hope that you are able to take time out from the daily grind and enjoy some time with family & friends over the summer. Are you doing a staycation? Or do you have company in town? How about taking them to one or all of the following events in Ladner & Tsawwassen. Show off our great community. It is going to be a busy one, mark your calendars!
- Boundary Bay Airshow, Saturday July 21st: Doors open at 11:00am, Airshow starts at noon. Free Admission AND Free Parking at Boundary Bay Airport, 7800 Alpha Way, Delta.
- 3rd Annual Primerose Hot Rod & Classic Car Show, Sunday July 22nd 10:00am to 2:00pm held at #220-6165 Highway 17A, Delta parking lot of the Primerose Mediterranean Restaurant.
- Tsawwassen Sun Festival, Friday August 3rd through Monday August 6th. Various activities through-out the weekend, view https://sunfestival.ca/ for more info.
- Drive-in Movie Nite at Beach Grove Elementary in Tsawwassen showing 'Grease', Sunday August 5th at 6:30PM.
- Rotary Club of Tsawwasen Parade is Monday August 6th starting at 11:00 along 56th Street ending at Winskill Park where there is a Kids Fun Zone set up with activities & entertainment.
- New Event in Tsawwassen! Wait for it ... Tsawwassen Bathtub Race, yes you read that right! Saturday August 18th at Centennial Beach. Event starts at noon with kids programs and entertainment. Boat race at 2:00, Food and more entertainment from 4:00 to 8:00 and ending with an outdoor movie! Full day event! Thanks to Rotary Club of Tsawwassen for bringing this fantastic event to Tsawwassen!
- Don't forget about the Ladner Village Market held every other Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00pm on 48th Avenue between Delta & Elliott Street in ladner Village. Upcoming dates are July 22, August 12th & 26th And September 9th.
This month's article highlights some common blunders that can cause a case of buyer's remorse. Purchasing a home is an emotional time when serious mistakes can be made by even the savviest of buyers. We also examine the advantages of taking a staycation this summer as well as a few tips on how to naturally keep away those pesky mosquitoes.
Thanks so much for checking out this month's newsletter. Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments regarding the articles, or Real Estate in general -- we always love to hear from you!
Richard,Todd, Amy & Kim
Vancouver Real Estate Market Update
Home seller supply grows as demand declines.
With home sale activity dipping below long-term historical averages, the supply of homes for sale in Metro Vancouver reached a three-year high in June.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 2,425 in June 2018.
This was a 37.7 per cent decline from the 3,893 sales recorded in June 2017, and a 14.4 per cent decrease compared to May 2018 when 2,833 homes sold.
Last month’s sales were 28.7 per cent below the 10-year June sales average.
“Buyers are less active today. This is allowing the supply of homes for sale to accumulate to levels we haven’t seen in the last few years,” Phil Moore, REBGV president said. “Rising interest rates, high prices and more restrictive mortgage requirements are among the factors dampening home buyer activity today.”
There were 5,279 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in June 2018. This represents a 7.7 per cent decrease compared to the 5,721 homes listed in June 2017 and a 17.2 per cent decrease compared to May 2018 when 6,375 homes were listed.
The total number of homes currently listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 11,947, a 40.3 per cent increase compared to June 2017 (8,515) and a 5.8 per cent increase compared to May 2018 (11,292). This is the highest this total has been since June 2015.
“With reduced demand, detached homes are entering a buyers’ market and price growth in our townhome and apartment markets is showing signs of decelerating.”
For all property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for June 2018 is 20.3 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 11.7 per cent for detached homes, 24.9 per cent for townhomes, and 33.4 per cent for condominiums.
Generally, analysts say that downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below the 12 per cent mark for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.
The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver is currently $1,093,600. This represents a 9.5 per cent increase over June 2017 and is virtually unchanged from May 2018.
Sales of detached homes in June 2018 reached 766, a 42 per cent decrease from the 1,320 detached sales recorded in June 2017. The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,598,200. This represents a 0.7 per cent increase from June 2017 and a 0.6 per cent decrease compared to May 2018.
Sales of apartment homes reached 1,240 in June 2018, a 34.9 per cent decrease compared to the 1,905 sales in June 2017. The benchmark price for an apartment is $704,200. This represents a 17.2 per cent increase from June 2017 and a 0.4 per cent increase compared to May 2018.
Attached home sales in June 2018 totalled 419, a 37.3 per cent decrease compared to the 668 sales in June 2017. The benchmark price of an attached home is $859,800. This represents a 15.3 per cent increase from June 2017 and is virtually unchanged from May 2018.
How to Avoid Buyer's Remorse
A bit of advanced planning will help you avoid buyer’s remorse.
Buying a home can be an emotional roller coaster which is why it's so easy to make mistakes. Here are a few common buyer blunders to be aware of:
- Not Thinking Ahead - If you’re hoping to start a family in your new home one day, it pays to consider features like local parks and school zones.
- Buying a Home that's too Expensive - Buyers who overextend themselves are often forced to sell at a loss. Avoid temptation by only viewing homes that are in your price range.
- Bad Location, Bad Location, Bad Location - Determining the location that best suits your lifestyle is critical so consider proximity to public transit, schools and other amenities.
- Choosing the Wrong Home - Make a list of all the features that are essential to you. It's easy to be taken in by curb appeal, but walk away if it lacks anything that you’re unable to live without.
- Uninspected Circumstances - Just because a house looks solid doesn't mean all is well behind the scenes. Making an offer conditional on a home inspection will help eliminate any regrets.
- Acting too Slowly - The home you fall in love with could be gone tomorrow if you wait too long. Do your research ahead of time so you'll have the confidence to act swiftly when the time comes.
- Not Using an Agent - It's important to have an agent to help you make crucial decisions, negotiate the offer and explain the conditions in order to have a positive experience and avoid buyer’s remorse.
Buying a home can be an extremely emotional process so it's important to stay grounded in order to avoid errors that could cause regret. If you conduct your research ahead of time and are well aware of your wants and needs you'll be able to move forward with confidence and peace of mind. If you ever have any questions about real estate, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
There's No Place Like Home
Exploring your local area can be just as much fun as going away!
When you go on vacation, not only do you have to pack and plan but you also have to arrange for someone to collect your mail and look after your pets.
Gas prices also take a huge toll on vacation budgets so this year, consider unwinding locally with a staycation! Here are a few ideas:
- Be a Tourist - Contact your local tourist board so you can plan a trip as if you were visiting your area for the very first time.
- Take a Hike - Check out a couple of local community trails that you’ve never been on before. Enjoy a hike, bike ride, picnic or geocaching experience.
- Overnighter - Head out to an unfamiliar place an hour or so from home to experience a true getaway. Book a night at a campground to really get into the spirit!
- Dine Out - Visit a few restaurants that you've been meaning to check out and research specials such as happy hours or 2 for 1 promotions so you can plan around the deals!
- Kids Stuff - Involve your kids by letting them each pick a new attraction to visit. Nearby amusement parks, museums and summer festivals offer endless hours of fun.
Staying home and seeing your area through the eyes of a tourist will give you a new appreciation of where you live. Not only will you save money but you'll also reduce your carbon footprint while supporting the local economy. Best of all, you won't need a vacation after your vacation!
Natural Mosquito Repellents
A few natural alternatives for all you mosquito magnets out there!
It’s so unfair :( Whenever the weather turns nice, we have to lather ourselves in chemicals so we don’t get chased inside by swarms of mosquitoes. Here are a few natural solutions to consider:
- Go Natural - Make homemade sprays and lotions with essential oils such as lemon eucalyptus, lavender, mint or tea tree oils.
- Not on My Watch - Eliminate breeding places by covering or flipping over backyard bowls, buckets, bird baths or any other spot where there’s stagnant water.
- Get your Garden On - Plant citronella, geranium, eucalyptus, rosemary, catnip and lavender in both your garden and in pots as they all help repel the little bloodsuckers.
- Gone Batty - Bats eat thousands of mosquitoes each night so attracting them to your yard by installing a few bat boxes is a great way to defend against skeeters.
It’s well worth giving some of these natural alternatives a try to avoid the nasty chemicals that come in spray cans. Don’t forget to also wear light or neutral shades as mosquitoes are attracted to people wearing dark clothing and avoid any heavy, perfumed scents.