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New condo and townhome sales slow


March sales for attached homes for the entire Sunshine Coast indicate a very small increase over last year’s total of 13 units. Out of the 14 sales, 7 were in Gibsons and only one sale was for brand new developments which are listed here for your information.


* Maplewood: 28 townhomes next to the Gibsons Community Centre.

* The Halyard: 12 townhomes & garden suites located between Lower & Upper Gibsons.

* EagleView Heights: 87 condos, garden suites and townhomes with gorgeous views.

* Cote: 4 luxury view condos overlooking Gibsons Marina.

* Touchstone at Gospel Rock: 49 condos and 22 townhomes for sale now, with approximately 350 homes in total to be built in this master-planned oceanfront community.


Georgia Mirage, Soames Place, Sunshine Ridge and Northwoods all saw sales with business as usual. However, we may begin to see a reduction in sales next month in light of the “Stay Home” order for all Canadians!


In these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am taking active measures to ensure all my clients are confident in working with me. While some of our business operations have veered from the traditional methods you may be used to, my commitment to your success is unwavering. In adhering to the new protocol of safety measures and social distancing practices, I am encouraging most of my Home Buyers to work from home (with my help) and view properties on the internet. Viewings can still be arranged for some properties for genuinely serious buyers. Virtual tours, video conferencing and of course personal phone calls are still in order for any matters you would like to discuss.


The reasons why people have to buy or sell is still the same now as it was before the pandemic hit us, but the process has changed. Perhaps a buyer bought earlier this year and now needs to sell, or a seller sold their home within the last 60 days and now needs to buy. Flattening the COVID-19 curve, however, means that there are no more open houses and few in-person showings. Real Estate has been deemed an essential service in BC and Canada and I am here for you.


I am a real estate Buyer’s Agent and Sunshine Coast Strata Specialist and will be happy to guide you and represent you in your search for a new home! You will have lots of questions and I will have or find all the answers for you. Call or email me anytime for more details about any one of the new developments or any other questions you might have about our local real estate market.


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Terri Murphy / 604-741-7774 /

Coast Lifestyles Network – ReMax City Realty in Gibsons

Self-isolation and buying real estate online: Sunshine Coast March 2020

It is my hope that this month’s Sunshine Coast Real Estate summary finds you all in good health and not yet stir crazy from self-isolation during these unprecedented times!


At Coast Lifestyles Network, Terri and I continue to provide real estate trading services to our clients, even in a pandemic, as people need to buy and sell homes.  Although our present situation is very fluid and changeable Terri and I are seeing sellers list their homes, and buyers are continuing with due diligence, waiving subjects and moving into their new homes.


Tenanted properties


Tenanted properties are the most problematic now due to the freeze on tenancy terminations (even if you plan on moving in) but each situation is different and no situation is impossible.


As with any interaction, meeting in person, moving in/out and viewing properties in person should be undertaken with the appropriate precautions regarding the spread of COVID – 19.


The Provincial government is responding to the emergency admirably and you can find their COVID – 19 information page here:


We are ready to help you navigate the current state of real estate!


As always, Terri and I encourage you to reach out to us if you have any questions about the Sunshine Coast real estate market, want to work on strategies for moving this spring/summer or just want to chat real estate.  We take our duty of agency seriously and remain available to help you!


The sales statistics for March 2020 are the reason for optimism!


Although we are over two weeks into the isolation protocols we are not (yet?) seeing this affect the market too greatly.  Detached sales are up significantly, condos and townhomes are down slightly (continuing to match the trend for 2020 so far) and land-only sales are down significantly!


Let’s see how this breaks out:


Detached sales


Detached sales are up 16% in dollar volume to $31,000,000 and up 15% in unit sales to 44 homes sold in March.  Total listings are down by 10% to 286.  Our sales success ratio (the number of sales versus the available inventory) is 15%.  This puts us on the cusp of a seller’s market…interesting indeed.


Year to date we are up 1% in dollar volume to $68,200,000 and up 3% in unit sales to 96.  The least expensive sale last month was $175,000 for a mobile home in a park in Pender Harbour. The most expensive home to sell last month was 1.9 million for a waterfront home in Sechelt.  The median sale, the sale in the middle, was $625,000.


Condos and townhome sales


Condos and townhome sales are down only 9% in dollar volume to $6,262,000 and up slightly by 7% to 14 units sold in March. Total listings are up by 26% to 118. Our sales success ratio (the number of sales versus the available inventory) is 12% putting us in a balanced market.


Year to date we are down 17% in dollar volume to $15,050,000 and down 6% in unit sales to 31. The least expensive sale last month was a 2 bedroom townhome in Sechelt for $299,000 and the most expensive attached home to sell last month was one of the presale townhomes at the Touchstone development in Gibsons for $870,000.  The median sale, the sale in the middle, was $390,000.


Land only sales


Land only sales are down 26% in dollar volume to $1,950,000 and, surprisingly, up in unit sales by 60% to 8 units sold in March. (yes, 8 sales compared to 5 same time last year). Total listings are up 7% to 210 putting much of the land-only market into the buyer’s hands.


Year to date we are down 31% in dollar volume to $6,300,000 and down 26% in unit sales to 17.  The least expensive sale last month was an 8000sqft lot in Pender Harbour for $97,000. The most expensive sale was a 4.2-acre parcel in Middlepoint for $460,000.  the median sale, the sale in the middle, was $215,000.


As you can see the market chugs along and us with it…:)


For market intelligence call or text Russ or Terri!

Russ 604-741-7119

Terri 604-741-7774