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853 marine Dr Gibsons BC Sunshine Coast

Cottage Country at 953 Marine Dr Gibsons BC Sunshine Coast

This delightful home is surrounded by mature perennials, Zen gardens, flowering shrubs, ornamental trees, a wired gazebo, hot tub, pond and outbuildings.

 

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Ponds, gazebo and back garden

With over 2,400 sq ft on two levels this immaculate home offers room to grow. Recent upgrades include new kitchen and bath and hardwood floors.

updated gourmet kitchen

updated gourmet kitchen

With a price reduction from $549,000 to $529,000 and just 5 minutes from the ferry your decision to start your Coast Lifestyle today is easy!

towering firs, cedars and ferns in the backyard

towering firs, cedars and ferns in the backyard

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Another Month of Increased Home Sales – Sunshine Coast Housing Market Update for June 2014

Deer shopping at the local paint store

Deer shopping at the local paint store

Another great month for increased sales for the residential detached and attached market.  We are definitely seeing an upward trend with unit sales and gross sales revenue.  Housing prices are still equal, generally, but we are selling more! Land only is not fairing as well and has seen another dip this past month.  Lets break it down:

Residential Detached Home Sales

Gross dollar sales equaled $29,314,000 for a 25% increase over last year’s $23,453,000.  Unit sales this past month totalled 67 for a 36% increase over last year’s 49.

Year to date total dollar volume is up 17% to $116,529,000.  Unit sales for the year are also up 18% to 267 from 226 last year.  Total available inventory is 770 listings.  This is only up 3% from the same time last year.  The average price per unit is $436,000 compared to last year at $439,000.

Music in the Landing, Summertime in Gibsons BC

Music in the Landing, Summertime in Gibsons BC

Residential Attached Home Sales

Gross dollar sales equaled $4,136,000 for a 20% increase over last year’s  $3,275,000.  Unit sales this past month totaled 16 for a 50% increase over last year’s 8.

Year to date total dollar volume is up 23% to $17,600,000.  Unit sales for the year are also up 27% to 62 from 45 last year. Total available inventory is up slightly to 187 units for sale.  This is a small increase of 6% over last year’s 175 units.  The average price per unit is $280,000 this year.  Last year the average price was $295,000.

From the top of Mt. Elphinstone looking at the Paisley Islands

From the top of Mt. Elphinstone looking at the Paisley Islands

Land Only Sales

Land only is slumping in dollar volume as we are down 23% to $1,749,000 from $2,292,000 last year.  Unit sales, surprisingly, are up to 10 over last year’s 6 units sold.

Year to date total dollar volume is down 13% to $5,887,000.  Unit sales are up 19% to 31 from 26 last year.  Total available inventory remains fairly even at 1421 units.  The average price per sale is down slightly from $402,000 to $389,000.

Land only sellers need to compete on price!  Cut that price to the bone and be prepared to wait, a bit anyway.

Cottage country, North Lake near Egmont BC

Cottage country, North Lake near Egmont BC

Sellers

Things are looking up for detached and attached Sellers! Demand is increasing each month, and while it’s not yet time to be too ambitious with asking price, you can enjoy a bit more certainty when it comes to getting sold.

Buyers

Buyers looking for detached homes now need to be a little more ready to make an offer rather than waiting to see what comes onto market “next week”.

Enjoy July everyone.  If you have any questions about the market give us a call and let us go to work for you!

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Canada and USA Celebrate!

Happy Canada Day!

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The sun is shining, the BBQ is lit, drinks are chillin’,
friends and family are calling!

Have a safe and happy
long weekend!

 

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sandy beach at porpoise dr

sandy beach at porpoise dr

6986 Porpoise Dr Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

6986 Porpoise Dr Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

6986 Porpoise Dr Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

6986 Porpoise Dr Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

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6986 Porpoise Rd Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

6986 Porpoise Rd Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

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6986 Porpoise Rd Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

6986 Porpoise Rd Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

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Hope all the dads out there enjoy a
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Upward Housing Trend Continues: Sunshine Coast Real Estate Market Update May 2014

Hello everybody!

May was another great month for detached sales on the Sunshine Coast!  Attached sales were up too and the land only market is holding its own.  Lets break it down.

Marina at Gibsons BC

Marina at Gibsons BC

Detached Home Sales

Detached sales for the month of May enjoyed a total dollar volume of  $32,294,000 which is a whopping increase of 35% over last May’s total dollar volume of $23,755,000.  Units sold are up 20% with 64 sales over last May’s 53.

Year to date results are also on good footing with an increase of total dollar volume of 14%.  So far this year we have sold $87,210,000 worth of detached homes compared to last year’s total of $75,892,000.  Year to date unit sales are also up.  We’ve sold 200 units so far whereas last year we were at 177.  This is an increase of 12%.  The average price per unit is up 1% from $428,000 to $436,000. Available inventory is also up 8% from 705 available homes last year at this time to 765 available homes presently on market.

 

Sandy Hook beach

Sandy Hook beach

Attached Home Sales

Attached home sales are doing very well too.  For the month of May we had a total dollar volume for condos and town homes at $3,861,000 compared to last May at $2,660,000 for an upswing of 32%!!!  Units sold in May totaled 11 compared to 8 last year.

Year to date numbers are a little more conservative but nonetheless very bright and reason for optimism.  Total dollar volume this year is at $13,530,000 compared to last year at $10,150,000 representing a boost of 25%.  Unit sales are very close to that percentage with 46 units sold so far this year and only 37 sold at this point last year for a difference of 19%.  The average price per unit is $291,000 which is up 7% from last year’s $272,000.  Available inventory right now is 164 units whereas last year we were at 175.

Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

Sandy Hook Sunshine Coast BC

Land Only

Land only sales are down ever so slightly by 3% from $845,000 last May to $815,000 this May.  Units sold this May were 4, last May enjoyed 5 sales.

Year to date dollar volume is down 8% to $4,138,000 this year compared to $4,500,000 last year. Unit sales for the year are 21 compared to last year’s 20.  The average price per unit this year is $197,000 compared to $225,000 last year for a difference of 12%.  Available inventory for land is now hovering at 441 units down 8% from last year’s 480.

Busy Spring…Is the trend continuing?

Traditionally, May is one of the strongest selling months on the Sunshine Coast, and this is the second month in a row that we have seen significant gains in both dollar volume and units sold.  Dare I say we are seeing a trend….Maybe it’s a bit early to say but it looks good.  Will next month see us come down slightly, as is tradition, or maintain a steady upward gain?  Stay tuned and find out!

 

 

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339 Burns Rd Bay area of Gibsons BC

339 Burns Rd Bay area of Gibsons BC

Marina at Gibsons BC

Marina at Gibsons BC

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339 burns rd living room

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339 Burns Rd backyard

339 Burns Rd backyard

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Here are a few quotes that embody what mothers and motherhood mean to us:

images    A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
~ Honore de Balzac

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Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.
~ Barbara Kingsolver

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Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.
~ Robert Browning

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Detached Home Sales Surge on the Sunshine Coast

Real Estate Market Update for the Sunshine Coast April 2014

We’re well into May now and the statistics for April are in!

The market is swinging to it’s own tune.  Remember over the last several months we have seen the detached market lag behind last years results and the attached and land only markets soar beyond last years heights.  Well, we have a reverse of that situation this month.

Porter Rd View Acreage in Roberts Creek

Porter Rd View Acreage in Roberts Creek

Residential detached homes

Residential detached dollar volume is up to $20,109,000 this month over last year’s $15,422,000.  This is an increase of 30%!  Unit sales closely match with 52 homes sold over last year’s 38 for a 36% increase.

Year to date is more modest but up nonetheless.  Total dollar volume for the year so far is $54,915,000 compared to last year at $52,137,000 for an increase of 5%.  Total units sold YTD is 136 compared to 124 from last year for an increase of 10%.

The total amount of available detached listings are 731 compared to last year at 661 for a 10% increase.  Total sales as a percentage against total listings available is 7.1%.

A balanced market is in the 15-20% range therefore we are still very much in a buyers market as we move into the last month of spring.

Park Rd Condo Gibsons BC

Park Rd Condo Gibsons BC

Residential attached homes

Attached housing dollar volume is $1,415,000 in April.  Last year we were at $2,350,000 which is a difference of -60%.  Unit sales for April are down 50% to 5 units sold compared to last year where we had 10 sold.

Year to date dollar volume is $9,682,000.  Last year by this point we reached $7,500,000 so we are up 12.5%.  Unit sales have totaled 35 compared to last year’s 29 for an increase of 17%.  The total amount of available attached listings 164 compared to last year at 171 for a negligible difference.  The sales as a percentage against total available listings is 3%!

 

Lower Rd Recreational Waterfront

Lower Rd Recreational Waterfront

Land only

Land only sales also “took a hit” this past April with no registered sales at all.  Year to date we have total dollar volume sales of $3,323,000. Last year we had reached $3,655,000 by the same time for a small difference of -10%.  YTD unit sales for 2014 equal 17 compared to last year at 15.

What do all these numbers mean?

The detached market is enjoying the usual springtime upswing and it is nice to see this surpass last year’s numbers!  As a seller you still need to show your home beautifully and be ready to sharpen your pencil when the offer does come in…don’t let that buyer go!  Buyers, it’s still your market, however we are seeing some robust action in detached homes sales so you can still cut a very good deal but don’t wait too long as the home you want may be gone next week!

Attached sellers need to continue along the same path of excellent showability & sharp price! I am hoping the month of April’s downward blip is short lived and we will see increased sales again in May.  If you want to be one of those sales then keep working with the process of making your condo or town home available and keeping it in good shape.  Consider a price reduction to add an edge of competitiveness.  If you are a buyer looking to get into the attached market then you have choice.  There is the right one waiting for you at a more than reasonable price!

View of North Shore, islands and ocean on the Sunshine Coast BC

View of North Shore, islands and ocean on the Sunshine Coast BC

Land only sellers….what can I say…I’ve never seen a month with no sales!  That is definitely a unique situation and unlikely to be repeated anytime too soon.  Depending on the kind of property you have to sell, do everything you can to make it accessible. If you have raw land consider clearing a building site.  Consider doing some tree clearing or limbing to provide a view.  Anything you can do to paint the picture for a potential buyer is positive.

Buyers for bare land you have excellent options available to you.  Acreages that can be subdivided or allow you to build multiple dwellings are available at very good prices!  More modest lots close to the beach and good for holding or building can be had as well.

Whatever your idea is about selling or purchasing real estate let Ria and Russ assist you.  Call us and we can go over your goals and provide you with a strategy to attain them!

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Local Spot Prawns caught off the shores of the Sunshine Coast BC

Colouring Contest Winners!!!

IMG_5201 Last Saturday we had the Grand Opening of our new office in Gibsons and Russ and I hosted a colouring contest. About 12 kids participated and the results were fantastic!

IMG_5211 Our daughter, Athena, was the official judge and here are the results: Congratulations to Gavin, Alexa and Brielle! Great job!! Each winner received a $10 gift certificate to GreatKids Toys, Games and Books Store.

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