I have listed a new property at 105 3110 Havenwood Lane in Colwood. See details here

Serene, spacious, & timeless describe this fantastic 2 bedroom, 3 bath townhome at Pacific Landing...one of Colwoods most prestigious neighbourhoods! Located adjacent to picturesque Esquimalt Lagoon & Hatley Castle, this home is one of only two exclusive "Brownstone" units in the complex. The warm & bright open concept floor plan welcomes you to a spacious & airy contemporary living/dining area that's basked in natural light (corner unit). The kitchen is a chef's dream, featuring two-tone soft close cabinets, quartz countertops, a deluxe stainless appliance package, & ample cupboard/pantry space. Additional main floor features include a mud room, a large laundry, a separate storage room & 2 car garage. The second floor offers two bedrooms with a primary providing ample closet space and a spa-like 5 piece ensuite with heated flooring. The 23'X7' balcony is great for entertaining, & the spacious family room is hit when the grandkids or company arrive! The den could easily be a 3rd bdrm

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I have sold a property at 2554 Penrhyn St in Saanich.
Urban Oasis in the core of Cadboro Bay Village! Welcome to this exceptionally well-maintained property that offers plenty of character & charm in one of Victoria’s most sought-after neighbourhoods. Nestled on a quiet side street, yet just steps away from all of the fitting commercial amenities in the Village center. This prime location is also very close to Gyro Park & all levels of schools incl. UVIC. The front & rear yard garden areas are very private & offer a peaceful sanctuary that is sure to impress. Main level living provides a bright living room with wood fireplace & adjoining dining room, large kitchen with nook, primary bdrm & 4-pc bath. Downstairs has 2 more bdrms, 3-pc bath & 2 dens. All in all, an ideal layout suitable for a variety of home buyers. BONUS is a detached studio with many options as an artist studio, home gym, or private office. Come see for yourself...this property has been well loved for many years by the current owners and an opportunity not to be missed!
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Please visit our Open House at 4778 Elliot Pl in Saanich.
Open House on Sunday, August 28, 2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM Immaculate 3 bd, 2bath no-step rancher in fabulous Sunnymede (Cordova Bay). Fully landscaped 11,300 s.f. corner lot with private fenced back yard, 3 car garage, and a 5 ft crawlspace under the entire home. Close to schools, parks, beach, Lochside Trail, and shopping. 2060 s.f.; in move-in condition, ideal for those looking to downsize without having to sacrifice space or storage.
A rare find...seldom do meticulously maintained, move-in-ready rancher's come on the market in the prime and pristine Sunnymead area. Ideal for those wanting one-level living, without having to sacrifice space and storage, this 2,065 s.f. custom-designed home features an open concept plan with chic solid oak hardwood flooring. Timeless and elegant describe this fine 3 bed, 2 bath home nestled on a fenced and beautifully landscaped 11,300 s.f. corner lot. Located only steps from Lochside Elementary and the Lochside trail, this home is conveniently located near shopping (Broadmead Village) and access to the Pat Bay Highway (airport/ferries) and the Trans-Canada (up island). In addition to having a 3-car garage, this stunning home features a 5 ft high crawlspace (ample storage), stunning crown moldings, plenty of natural light, and a backyard patio for those summer bbq get together's. This gem won't last long, have your realtor set up your private showing today!
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Please visit our Open House at 4778 Elliot Pl in Saanich.
Open House on Sunday, August 21, 2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM Immaculate 3 bd, 2bath no-step rancher in fabulous Sunnymede (Cordova Bay). Fully landscaped 11,300 s.f. corner lot with private fenced back yard, 3 car garage, and a 5 ft crawlspace under the entire home. Close to schools, parks, beach, Lochside Trail, and shopping. 2060 s.f.; in move-in condition, ideal for those looking to downsize without having to sacrifice space or storage.
A rare find...seldom do meticulously maintained, move-in-ready rancher's come on the market in the prime and pristine Sunnymead area. Ideal for those wanting one-level living, without having to sacrifice space and storage, this 2,065 s.f. custom-designed home features an open concept plan with chic solid oak hardwood flooring. Timeless and elegant describe this fine 3 bed, 2 bath home nestled on a fenced and beautifully landscaped 11,300 s.f. corner lot. Located only steps from Lochside Elementary and the Lochside trail, this home is conveniently located near shopping (Broadmead Village) and access to the Pat Bay Highway (airport/ferries) and the Trans-Canada (up island). In addition to having a 3-car garage, this stunning home features a 5 ft high crawlspace (ample storage), stunning crown moldings, plenty of natural light, and a backyard patio for those summer bbq get together's. This gem won't last long, have your realtor set up your private showing today!
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Please visit our Open House at 4778 Elliot Pl in Saanich.
Open House on Saturday, August 13, 2022 1:00PM - 3:00PM Immaculate 3 bd, 2bath no-step rancher in fabulous Sunnymede (Cordova Bay). Fully landscaped 11,300 s.f. corner lot with private fenced back yard, 3 car garage, and a 5 ft crawlspace under the entire home. Close to schools, parks, beach, Lochside Trail, and shopping. 2060 s.f.; in move-in condition, ideal for those looking to downsize without having to sacrifice space or storage.
A rare find...seldom do meticulously maintained, move-in-ready rancher's come on the market in the prime and pristine Sunnymead area. Ideal for those wanting one-level living, without having to sacrifice space and storage, this 2,065 s.f. custom-designed home features an open concept plan with chic solid oak hardwood flooring. Timeless and elegant describe this fine 3 bed, 2 bath home nestled on a fenced and beautifully landscaped 11,300 s.f. corner lot. Located only steps from Lochside Elementary and the Lochside trail, this home is conveniently located near shopping (Broadmead Village) and access to the Pat Bay Highway (airport/ferries) and the Trans-Canada (up island). In addition to having a 3-car garage, this stunning home features a 5 ft high crawlspace (ample storage), stunning crown moldings, plenty of natural light, and a backyard patio for those summer bbq get together's. This gem won't last long, have your realtor set up your private showing today!
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I have listed a new property at 4778 Elliot Pl in Saanich.
A rare find...seldom do meticulously maintained, move-in-ready rancher's come on the market in the prime and pristine Sunnymead area. Ideal for those wanting one-level living, without having to sacrifice space and storage, this 2,065 s.f. custom-designed home features an open concept plan with chic solid oak hardwood flooring. Timeless and elegant describe this fine 3 bed, 2 bath home nestled on a fenced and beautifully landscaped 11,300 s.f. corner lot. Located only steps from Lochside Elementary and the Lochside trail, this home is conveniently located near shopping (Broadmead Village) and access to the Pat Bay Highway (airport/ferries) and the Trans-Canada (up island). In addition to having a 3-car garage, this stunning home features a 5 ft high crawlspace (ample storage), stunning crown moldings, plenty of natural light, and a backyard patio for those summer bbq get together's. This gem won't last long, have your realtor set up your private showing today!
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I have sold a property at 4061 Holland Ave in Saanich.
Welcome to Strawberry Vale...an area coveted for hobby farms, equestrian properties, & private estates...all within the heart of the city! This spectacular farmhouse is nearly a century old and features beautiful mountain & valley views from its principal rooms. This very private and gently sloping 1.18-acre parcel is located just outside the hustle of the urban sprawl and features a 2200+ s.f. two-story home with 2 carports and a small barn/hobby shop. Lovingly maintained, this serene property is ideal for those looking for a bit of country, a bit of the city, and plenty of "island life" while living conveniently close to Downtown and all major amenities. On the market for the first time in over 50 years, this gorgeous property is bathed in natural sunlight from dawn to dusk and features a large east-facing patio where you lose yourself to the privacy & serenity of the valley, and a west-facing veranda to enjoy the evenings and sunsets. A rare find indeed!
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 Canada's housing market hit a boiling point last year as homebuyers clambered for real estate in regions with significantly more demand than supply. But now that homeowners and buyers alike are feeling the pinch of rising interest rates and record inflation, the market appears to finally be simmering down.

 That, in turn, could create a welcome opening for shoppers to be more selective with their searches. However, buyers hoping for a major downturn in prices may be left disappointed. Although home values in some segments are beginning to sag under the weight of higher borrowing costs, a persistent housing shortage is expected to keep prices high.

 Read on for a closer look at some of the top factors impacting Canada's real estate market and how they could affect you.

 RISING MORTGAGE RATES ARE COOLING AN OVERHEATED MARKET

 Over the past couple of years, homebuyers have faced record-high price appreciation and intense competition—in part due to historically low mortgage rates that were a result of the Bank of Canada’s efforts to keep the economy afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.1

 According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), in 2021, both the number of sales and average home price hit an all-time high, with demand for new homes far exceeding supply.2 This trend continued through early 2022, despite widespread predictions that the Bank of Canada was gearing up to increase interest rates.3

 But now that the central bank has officially begun pushing its key interest rate back up from emergency levels, the housing market is responding, with the pace of home sales cooling in March and April.4 The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) predicts that the housing market will continue to moderate in the coming year.5


The feds plan to keep raising interest rates as necessary to fight inflation, which means target rates could rise by another 1 to 2% or more over the next year.6 That, in turn, will cause both fixed and variable mortgage rates to rise.

 As Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Rogers noted in May: “We need higher rates to moderate demand, including demand in the housing market. Housing price growth is unsustainably strong in Canada.”7

 What does it mean for you?

If you’re shopping for a new home, expect mortgage rates to keep rising into 2024.8 So, you’ll need to act fast if you want to get in at a lower rate. However, the cooling effect should make for a less competitive market. We can help you chart the best path.

If you’ve been thinking about selling, higher mortgage rates may shrink your pool of potential buyers, so don’t wait too long to list. And if you are up for a renewal, you should also act quickly or risk paying a higher rate. Contact us to discuss your options.

 

DEMAND AND PRICES ARE STARTING TO SOFTEN IN SOME SEGMENTS

 Nationally, home prices soared a record 26.6% last year, an unsustainable rate of appreciation by any measure.9 But now that the Bank of Canada has put rock-bottom rates in the rear view window, sales have begun to slow.

 Soon after the Bank of Canada began raising interest rates in early March, the real estate market responded. According to the CREA, in March, home sales fell by 5.4% on a month-over-month basis and the Aggregate Composite MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) ticked up just 1%, “a marked slowdown from the record 3.5% increase in February.”10 

By April, home sales dropped by another 12.6% over the previous month as homeowners and buyers continued adjusting to higher rates.. “Following a record-breaking couple of years, housing markets in many parts of Canada have cooled off pretty sharply over the last two months, in line with a jump in interest rates and buyer fatigue,” said CREA Chair Jill Oudil. Meanwhile, prices are still rising in some markets, but are sagging in others, causing the HPI to dip in April for the first time since 2020.11

 As the Bank of Canada continues pushing up rates, more buyers may give up on their homeownership dreams if they feel too squeezed by the combination of high rates and high prices. Still, many experts say a major downturn in prices is unlikely. That's in part due to the fact that there still aren't enough homes available to meet the demands of a growing population, says CREA CEO Michael Bourque. “The supply of new homes is not even close to keeping up with demographic changes and population growth.”12 As long as housing remains a scarce asset, prices will remain relatively elevated.

 What does it mean for you?

 If you’ve been waiting to buy a home, now may be the perfect time to jump in the market. There are deals to be found if you know where to look. But don’t wait too long, or higher mortgage rates will erode any cost savings. We can help you find the best opportunities in today’s market.

 For homeowners, the outlook is still bright. Governmental interventions are being put in place to stabilize the market–not crash it. And demand for housing and a strong job market should help protect your investment.

 

INVENTORY REMAINS TIGHT

 According to the CMHC, housing starts trended higher in April after a small downturn in March. Overall, new homes are still being built at a faster clip today than in the past, but at a slower pace than we saw in 2021, noted CMHC Chief Economist Bob Dugan.13 Homebuilders are facing a wide range of challenges, including persistent inflation, rising rates, and ongoing labour shortages.

 Increased federal investment could help counteract at least some of those challenges. The federal government recently announced plans to help double the pace of housing construction over the next decade by funding significantly more new and affordable housing. It also announced additional relief measures, including a temporary ban on foreign investment, doubling first-time buyers' tax credit, and halting blind bidding wars.14

 In addition to fewer homes being built, new listings are also down, according to the CREA’s sales report. But a decrease in demand is offsetting the impact in some areas. “A little more than half of the local markets were balanced markets…a little less than half were in seller's market territory.”11

 What does it mean for you?

While supply remains at historically low levels, even a modest bump in inventory can help take pressure off of buyers. If you’ve had trouble finding a home in the past, give us a call to discuss what we’re currently seeing in your target neighbourhood and price range.

If you’re a homeowner, it’s still a great time to sell and cash out those big equity gains. Contact us to find out how much your home is worth in today’s market.

 

WE’RE HERE TO GUIDE YOU

 While national real estate trends can provide a “big picture” outlook, real estate is local. And as local market experts, we can guide you through the ins and outs of our market and the local issues that are likely to drive home values in your particular neighbourhood.

 If you’re considering buying or selling a home, contact us now to schedule a free consultation. We can help you assess your options and make the most of this unique real estate landscape.


Sources:

  1. Bank of Canada -
    https://www.bankofcanada.ca/2020/03/press-release-2020-03-27/
  2. Global News -
    https://globalnews.ca/news/8516543/canada-home-sales-record-crea/
  3. CBC -
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/crea-housing-february-1.6385274
  4. Canadian Real Estate Association -
    https://www.crea.ca/housing-market-stats/stats/
  5. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/media-newsroom/news-releases/2022/housing-markets-moderate-historic-2021-levels
  6. Bank of Canada -
    https://www.bankofcanada.ca/press/press-releases/
  7. Reuters - https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/bank-canada-says-strong-demand-risks-higher-inflation-2022-05-03/
  8. Better Dwelling - https://betterdwelling.com/canadian-mortgage-rates-to-surge-demand-will-be-slowest-in-recent-history-moodys/
  9. CBC -
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/crea-housing-december-1.6317503#
  10. Canadian Real Estate Association - https://www.crea.ca/news/march-home-sales-and-new-listings-ease-back-following-surge-in-february/
  11. Canadian Real Estate Association - https://www.crea.ca/news/home-sales-drop-in-april-as-mortgage-rates-shoot-higher/ 
  12. Global News -
    https://globalnews.ca/news/8716412/canada-housing-market-cooling-bubble-interest-rate/
  13. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation - https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/media-newsroom/news-releases/2022/canadian-housing-starts-trend-higher-april
  14. Office of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau - https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2022/04/13/helping-young-people-get-housing-market
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Please visit our Open House at 4061 Holland Ave in Saanich.
Open House on Saturday, May 28, 2022 2:00PM - 4:00PM Fabulous mini-acreage (1.18 acres) in the heart of Strawberry Vale..." a little bit of country" located just outside the urban sprawl. This beautiful 1923 farmhouse features 4bds, 2 baths, a spacious country kitchen, and mountain and valley views from its principal rooms. Bathed in natural sunlight, this property is a gem awaiting your ideas.
Welcome to Strawberry Vale...an area coveted for hobby farms, equestrian properties, & private estates...all within the heart of the city! This spectacular farmhouse is nearly a century old and features beautiful mountain & valley views from its principal rooms. This very private and gently sloping 1.18-acre parcel is located just outside the hustle of the urban sprawl and features a 2200+ s.f. two-story home with 2 carports and a small barn/hobby shop. Lovingly maintained, this serene property is ideal for those looking for a bit of country, a bit of the city, and plenty of "island life" while living conveniently close to Downtown and all major amenities. On the market for the first time in over 50 years, this gorgeous property is bathed in natural sunlight from dawn to dusk and features a large east-facing patio where you lose yourself to the privacy & serenity of the valley, and a west-facing veranda to enjoy the evenings and sunsets. A rare find indeed!
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Please visit our Open House at 4061 Holland Ave in Saanich.
Open House on Sunday, May 29, 2022 11:00AM - 4:00PM Fabulous mini-acreage (1.18 acres) in the heart of Strawberry Vale..." a little bit of country" located just outside the urban sprawl. This beautiful 1923 farmhouse features 4bds, 2 baths, a spacious country kitchen, and mountain and valley views from its principal rooms. Bathed in natural sunlight, this property is a gem awaiting your idea
Welcome to Strawberry Vale...an area coveted for hobby farms, equestrian properties, & private estates...all within the heart of the city! This spectacular farmhouse is nearly a century old and features beautiful mountain & valley views from its principal rooms. This very private and gently sloping 1.18-acre parcel is located just outside the hustle of the urban sprawl and features a 2200+ s.f. two-story home with 2 carports and a small barn/hobby shop. Lovingly maintained, this serene property is ideal for those looking for a bit of country, a bit of the city, and plenty of "island life" while living conveniently close to Downtown and all major amenities. On the market for the first time in over 50 years, this gorgeous property is bathed in natural sunlight from dawn to dusk and features a large east-facing patio where you lose yourself to the privacy & serenity of the valley, and a west-facing veranda to enjoy the evenings and sunsets. A rare find indeed!
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I have listed a new property at 4061 Holland Ave in Saanich.
Welcome to Strawberry Vale...an area coveted for hobby farms, equestrian properties, & private estates...all within the heart of the city! This spectacular farmhouse is nearly a century old and features beautiful mountain & valley views from its principal rooms. This very private and gently sloping 1.18-acre parcel is located just outside the hustle of the urban sprawl and features a 2200+ s.f. two-story home with 2 carports and a small barn/hobby shop. Lovingly maintained, this serene property is ideal for those looking for a bit of country, a bit of the city, and plenty of "island life" while living conveniently close to Downtown and all major amenities. On the market for the first time in over 50 years, this gorgeous property is bathed in natural sunlight from dawn to dusk and features a large east-facing patio where you lose yourself to the privacy & serenity of the valley, and a west-facing veranda to enjoy the evenings and sunsets. A rare find indeed!
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Hedge Against Inflation With These 3 Real Estate Investment Types 

The annual inflation rate in Canada is currently around 5.1%—the highest it’s been in 30 years.1 It doesn’t matter if you’re a cashier, lawyer, plumber, or retiree; if you spend Canadian dollars, inflation impacts you.

Economists expect the effects of inflation, like a higher cost of goods, to continue.2 Luckily, an investment in real estate can ease some of the financial strain. Here’s what you need to know about inflation, how it impacts you, and how an investment in real estate can help.

 WHAT IS INFLATION AND HOW DOES IT IMPACT ME?

Inflation is a decline in the value of money. When the rate of inflation rises, prices for goods and services go up. Therefore, a dollar buys you a little bit less with every passing day.

 The consumer price index, or CPI, is a standard measure of inflation. Based on the latest CPI data, prices increased 5.1% from January 2021 to January 2022. In comparison, the CPI increased 1.0% from January 2020 to January 2021.3

 How does inflation affect your life? Here are a few of the negative impacts:

  1. Decreased Purchasing Power

We touched on this already, but as prices rise, your dollar won’t stretch as far as it used to. That means you’ll be able to purchase fewer goods and services with a limited budget.

           2. Increased Borrowing Costs

In an effort to curb inflation, the Bank of Canada is expected to raise interest rates.4 Therefore, consumers are likely to pay more to borrow money for things like mortgages and credit cards.

            3. Lower Standard of Living

Wage growth tends to lag behind price increases. Even as labour shortages persist in Canada—which would typically trigger pay raises—wages are not increasing at the same pace as inflation.5 As such, life is becoming less affordable for everyone. For example, inflation can force those on a fixed income, like retirees, to make lifestyle changes and prioritize essentials.

            4. Eroded Savings

If you store all your savings in a bank account, inflation is even more damaging. As of February, the national average deposit interest rate for a savings account was around 0.067%, not nearly enough to keep up with inflation.6


One of the best ways to mitigate these effects is to find a place to invest your money other than the bank. Even though interest rates are expected to rise, they’re unlikely to get high enough to beat inflation. If you hoard cash, the value of your money will decrease every year and more rapidly in years with elevated inflation.

 REAL ESTATE: A PROVEN HEDGE AGAINST INFLATION

 So where is a good place to invest your money to protect (hedge) against the impacts of inflation? There are several investment vehicles that financial advisors traditionally recommend, including:

  • Stocks

Some people invest in stocks as their primary inflation hedge. However, the stock market can become volatile during inflationary times, as we’ve seen in recent months.

      2. Commodities

Commodities are tangible assets, like gold, oil, and livestock. The theory is that the price of commodities should climb alongside inflation. But studies show that this correlation doesn’t always occur.8

      3. Inflation-Protected Bonds

Real Return Bonds (RRBs) are inflation-protected bonds issued by the Canadian government that is indexed to the inflation rate. Bonds are considered low risk, but returns have not been rising at the same rate of inflation, making them suboptimal investments.

        4. Real Estate 

Real estate prices across the board tend to rise along with inflation, which is why so much Canadian capital is flowing into real estate right now.10

 We believe real estate is the best hedge against inflation. Owning real estate does more than protect your wealth—it can actually make you money. For example, home prices rose 20% from 2021 to 2022, nearly 15% ahead of the 5.1% inflation that occurred in the same timeframe.11

 Plus, certain types of real estate investments can help you generate a stream of passive income. In the past year, property owners didn’t just avoid the erosion of purchasing power caused by inflation; they got ahead.


TYPES OF REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS


Though there is a myriad of ways to invest in real estate, there are three basic investment types that we recommend for beginner and intermediate investors. Remember that we can help you determine which options are best for your financial goals and budget.

  • Primary Residence

 If you own your home, you’re already ahead. The advantages of homeownership become even more apparent in inflationary times. As inflation raises prices throughout the economy, the value of your home is likely to go up concurrently.

 If you don’t already own your primary residence, homeownership is a worthwhile goal to pursue.

Though the task of saving enough for a down payment may seem daunting, there are several strategies that can make homeownership easier to achieve. If you’re not sure how to get started with the home buying process, contact us. Our team can help you find the strategy and property that fits your needs and budget.

 Whether you already own a primary residence or are still renting, now is a good time to also start thinking about an investment property. The types of investment properties you’ll buy as a solo investor generally fall into two categories: long-term rentals and short-term rentals.

       2. Long-Term (Traditional) Rentals

 A long-term or traditional rental is a dwelling that’s leased out for an extended period. An example of this is a single-family home where a tenant signs a one-year lease and brings all their own furniture.

 Long-term rentals are a form of housing. For most tenants, the rental serves as their primary residence, which means it’s a necessary expense. This unique quality of long-term rentals can help to provide stable returns in uncertain times, especially when we have high inflation.

 To invest in a long-term rental, you’ll need to budget for maintenance, repairs, property taxes, and insurance. You’ll also need to have a plan for managing the property. But a well-chosen investment property should pay for itself through rental income, and you’ll benefit from appreciation as the property rises in value.

 We can help you find an ideal long-term rental property to suit your budget and investment goals. Reach out to talk about your needs and our local market opportunities.

          3. Short-Term (Vacation) Rentals

 Short-term or vacation rentals function more like hotels in that they offer temporary accommodations. A short-term rental is defined as a residential dwelling that is rented for 30 days or less. The furniture and other amenities are provided by the property owner, and today many short-term rentals are listed on websites like Airbnb and Vrbo.

 A short-term rental can potentially earn you a higher return than a long-term rental, but this comes at the cost of daily, hands-on management. With a short-term rental, you’re not just entering the real estate business; you’re entering the hospitality business, too.

 Done right, short-term rentals can be both a hedge against inflation and a profitable source of income. As a bonus, when the home isn’t being rented you have an affordable vacation spot for yourself and your family!

 Contact us today if you’re interested in exploring options in either the long-term or short-term rental market. Since mortgage rates are expected to rise, you’ll want to act fast to maximize your investment return.


 WE’RE INVESTED IN HELPING YOU

 Inflation is a fact of life in the Canadian economy. Luckily, you can prepare for inflation with a carefully managed investment portfolio that includes real estate. Owning a primary residence or investing in a short-term or long-term rental will help you both mitigate the effects of inflation and grow your net worth, which makes it a strategic move in our current financial environment.

 If you’re ready to invest in real estate to build wealth and protect yourself from rising inflation, contact us. Our team can help you find a primary residence or investment property that meets your financial goals.


 The above references an opinion and is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended to be financial advice. Consult the appropriate professionals for advice regarding your individual needs.


 Sources:


  1. Reuters -
    https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/canadas-annual-inflation-rate-hits-51-january-2022-02-16/
  2. MacLeans -
    https://www.macleans.ca/economy/inflation-worsening-2022-canada/
  3. Statistics Canada -
    https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/220216/dq220216a-eng.htm
  4. Bloomberg -
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-25/canada-set-to-raise-rates-in-inflation-fight-decision-guide
  5. The Globe & Mail -
    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-the-stealth-pay-cut-wages-arent-keeping-up-with-inflation/
  6. Trading Economics -
    https://tradingeconomics.com/canada/deposit-interest-rate
  7. Reuters -
    https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/canada-stocks-tsx-down-after-hot-inflation-data-dismal-shopify-forecast
  8. Research Gate -
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/350016324_Gold_and_Inflation_in_Canada_A_Time-Varying_Perspective
  9. Maple Money -
    https://maplemoney.com/inflation-protection-are-real-return-bonds-or-tips-the-answer/
  10. Storeys -
    https://storeys.com/canadians-using-real-estate-outrun-inflation/
  11. WOWA -

https://wowa.ca/reports/canada-housing-market

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Our nation is in the midst of a shifting real estate market. But even as the buying frenzy begins to slow, many properties are still receiving multiple offers.1

So what’s the best way to compete as a buyer–especially if you’re wary about overpaying?

While a high offer price gets attention, most sellers consider a variety of factors when evaluating an offer. With that in mind, here are five tactics you can utilize to sweeten your proposal and outshine your competition.

We can help you weigh the risks and benefits of each tactic and craft a compelling offer designed to get you your dream home—without giving away the farm.

1.   Demonstrate Solid Financing

The reality is, that no one gets paid if a home sale falls through. That’s why sellers (and their listing agents) favour offers with a high probability of closing 

Sellers particularly love all-cash offers because there’s no chance of financing issues cropping up at the last moment. But all-cash offers are rare, and if sellers are assured that financing will come through, buying with a mortgage doesn’t have to be a disadvantage.

 The most important step you can take as a buyer is to get preapproved before you start looking for homes. A preapproval letter shows sellers that you are serious about buying and that you will be able to make good on your offer.2

It’s also important to consider the reputation of your lender. While sellers may not know or care about a lender’s reputation, their agents often do. Some lenders are much easier to work with than others. If you’re unsure who to choose, we are happy to refer you to reputable lenders known for their ease of doing business.


2.   Put Down a Sizeable Deposit

Buyers can show sellers that they’re serious about their offer and have “skin in the game” by putting down a large deposit. This, however, is not the same as a down payment.

 The deposit is typically held in a trust account by the seller’s brokerage or lawyer.3 If the purchase goes through, it is applied to the down payment and closing costs. If the sale falls through, however, the buyer could lose some or all of that deposit, depending on the contract terms.

 Deposit amounts vary, but offering a higher deposit can help demonstrate to the buyer that you are serious about the property. We can help you determine an appropriate deposit to offer based on your specific circumstances.


3.   Ask for Few (or No) Conditions

Most real estate offers include conditions, which are clauses that allow one or both parties to back out of the agreement if certain requirements are not met. These conditions appear in the purchase agreement and must be accepted by both the buyer and seller to be legally binding.

 Two of the most common conditions are:4

  • Financing: A financing condition gives the buyer a window of time in which to secure a mortgage. If they are unable to do so, they can withdraw from the purchase and the seller can move on to other buyers.
  • Inspection: An inspection condition gives the buyer the opportunity to have the home professionally inspected for issues with the structure, wiring, plumbing, etc. Typically, the seller may choose whether or not to remediate those issues; if they do not, the buyer may withdraw from the contract.

 Since conditions reduce the likelihood that a sale will go through, they generally make an offer less desirable to the seller. The more conditions that are included, the weaker the offer becomes. Therefore, buyers in a competitive market often volunteer to waive or exclude certain conditions.

 However, it’s very important to make this decision carefully and recognize the risks of doing so. For example, a buyer who chooses to waive a home inspection condition may find out too late that the home requires extensive renovations. If you back out of a home purchase without the protection of a condition, you could lose your deposit.5 We can help you assess the risks and benefits involved.


4. Offer a Flexible Closing Date

When it comes to selling a house, money isn’t everything. People sell their homes for a wide variety of reasons, and flexible terms that work with their personal situations can sometimes make all the difference. For example, if a seller is in the process of planning a significant move, they may appreciate an option to advance or postpone their closing date.

 This flexibility can provide a powerful advantage for first-time homebuyers. If you have a month-to-month or easily transferable lease, for example, you may be able to offer a more flexible timeline than a buyer who is simultaneously selling their existing home.

 Of course, the value of these terms depends on the seller’s situation. We can reach out to the listing agent to find out the seller’s preferred terms and then collaborate with you to write a compelling offer that works for both parties.


5. Work With a Skilled Buyer’s Agent

In this real estate market, one of the greatest advantages you can give yourself is to work with a skilled and trustworthy real estate professional. We will make sure you fully understand the process and help you submit an appealing offer without taking on too much risk.

 Plus, we know how to write offers that are designed to win over both the seller and their listing agent. The truth is, listing agents play a huge role in helping sellers evaluate offers, and they want to work with skilled buyer agents who are professional, communicative, and courteous.

 Once your offer is accepted, we’ll also handle any further negotiations and coordinate all the paperwork and other details involved in your home purchase. The best part is, that you’ll have a knowledgeable, licensed advocate on your side who is watching out for your best interests every step of the way.

 Helping You Get the Right Offer

In many cases, a competitive offer doesn’t need to be condition-free or significantly above the asking price. But if you’re serious about buying a home in today’s market, it’s important to consider what you can do to sweeten the deal.

 If you’re a buyer, we can help you compete in today’s market without getting steamrolled. And if you’re a seller, we can help you evaluate offers by taking all the relevant factors into account. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at 250.704.6970.  ISLAND HOME MARKETING of RE/MAX GENERATION in beautiful Victoria, BC... we are "Redefining Real Estate" 



Sources:

  1. Bloomberg - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-12/home-prices-could-start-to-cool-in-canada-s-hot-housing-market
  2. NerdWallet -
    https://www.nerdwallet.com/ca/mortgages/what-is-mortgage-pre-approval
  3. Nesto -
    https://www.nesto.ca/mortgage-basics/house-deposit-vs-down-payment/
  4. Real Estate Council Alberta -
    https://www.reca.ca/2020/02/05/conditional-sales/
  5. Loans Canada -
    https://loanscanada.ca/mortgage/what-happens-when-you-walk-away-from-your-offer-on-a-house/
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