The Winnipeg real estate market is keeping its momentum into the last part of 2021 and staying red hot.
According to October’s Market Report released by the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board, October’s home sales helped beat several records.
“October this year was an amazing month. First off, it was only beaten by last year, and we had a major surge going on in the second half of 2020 because of the pandemic, and we were making up for sales lost in the spring,” said Peter Squire, vice president of external relations and market intelligence at the Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board.
“October 2021 is our second-best month ever. Our best month in terms of dollar volume with well over $500 million, which again says a lot for a latter month in our year.”
A new record of the most annual MLS sales has been set at 16,411, with October contributing more than 1,500 sales. It’s an 18.3 per cent increase over the same period in 2020 and a two per cent rise over the 16,033 sales transacted by the end of 2020.
In context, in a pre-pandemic October, Squire said there would have only been around 1,200 sales.
“We are not a seasonal market. You can sell a home at any time of the year,” noted Squire. “Certainly, this year is bearing that out with a lot of activity going to the latter part of the year.”
BUYERS OR SELLERS MARKET
Squire said it’s prime time to cash in on the market with records still being broken.
“We need more listings. We are still in a seller’s market,” said Squire. “From a seller’s point of view, we are still exceptionally strong.”
Squire said the average price of a home in the city is around $380,000, up around 11 per cent from 2020.
“I think there’s still plenty of opportunities for sellers to take advantage of that brisk demand,” he said.
While the second and third quarters proved challenging for buyers, Squire believes it isn’t all bad news.
“As we get to the slower months, which are November, December, I think there should be more opportunity to have more of a chance because they are still going to be involved in multiple offers.”
ALL PROPERTIES BENEFITTING
Winnipeg Regional Real Estate Board data shows single-family home sales in coveted Winnipeg neighbourhoods like Southdale, East Kildonan and Waverley West are still very strong.
Squire, however, said many other property types are also seeing the benefits of a hot market this year.
“It’s happening in all property types whether it be not just the condominiums, but vacant lands have set new records, we’ve seen it in townhouses, in duplexes and even some commercial properties.”
According to Squire, October’s 228 condos sold is well ahead of last year’s record.
“So condos have managed to stay ahead of last despite how strong those months were in 2020.”
Squire said that although condo prices are rising, it still presents a cheaper option than a single-family home.
As 2021 reaches the latter part of the year, Squire said the market shows no signs of slowing.
“There’s nothing I really see on the horizon that shows the Winnipeg market will slow down that much,” he said.
“It may not be able to stay pace with another record year in 2021, but I never count it out because there will be more first-time buyers getting back into employment.”
Squire said interest rates will still be historically low but could inch up as early as spring, tempting buyers to purchase earlier in the year.
“So that will spur on some buyers to get into the market where they might have held off.”
Overall, Squire said 2022 is looking like another strong year.
“I’m still optimistic that 2022 is going to be a really solid year.”
For China, reining in real estate a high-stakes balancing act – Aljazeera.com
China’s bid to rein in its debt-ridden property market has become a high-stakes balancing act: clamp down on excessive real estate construction without squeezing so hard that it sends developers under.
Even as Beijing doubles down on reducing the Chinese economy’s reliance on the country’s vast real estate sector, authorities are loosening restrictions on lending and home approvals to avoid a market collapse amid a liquidity crisis that has pushed developers such as China Evergrande Group close to bankruptcy.
Bank credit is being rolled out to property firms at a higher level than in any period during the second quarter or third quarter, according to data collected by China Beige Book International, with mortgage lending in October increasing to 200 billion yuan ($31bn) from 150 billion yuan ($23.5bn) the previous month.
In Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, officials are accelerating approvals for home sales and property loans, while easing restrictions on using proceeds from pre-sales. Because cash-strapped developers have become reluctant to make bids for land – which are a key revenue source for municipalities – some cities have begun relaxing rules for land parcel sales.
“Beijing wants to ensure that there’s sufficient liquidity to maintain construction in the property sector,” Janz Chiang, an analyst at Trivium China in Beijing, told Al Jazeera. “But it also doesn’t want a sudden flow of easy credit – the very practice it has been trying to stamp out for years. So, their challenge is to find out where that magic point between sufficient liquidity and preventing a reinflation of the property sector will be.”
Shehzad Qazi, managing director of China Beige Book International, told Al Jazeera there were signs of increased borrowing across the economy as a whole.
“Property firms are actually leading the pace with bond issuances as well,” Qazi said. “Not only are they seeing recovery in lending through banking channels, but they are also clearly being provided the space to sell bonds to plug the holes in their businesses too.”
Qazi said that keeping track of non-bank lenders would be a key indicator of the market’s direction going forward.
“In the third quarter, we saw historic levels of non-bank lending in the sector with 46 percent of all loans taken by property firms coming from shadow lenders such as trust companies or small loan firms,” he said. “The state-controlled banks were not loaning to private companies at all, so they had to resort to non-bank lenders.”
Nonetheless, Beijing has indicated it will not deviate from its “houses are for living, not for speculation” campaign.
In an essay earlier this month, Vice Premier Liu He said officials should “focus on stabilising land prices, house prices, and stabilise expectations,” in order to “solve household’s housing problems and promote the healthy development of real-estate companies”.
“Top officials have made it crystal clear that they are satisfied with their policies and have also consistently reiterated their intentions to cool the market,” said Chiang.
“While they are most likely to continue with their policy trajectory to cool the property market, we expect some degree of credit control loosening from banks after regulators indicated that their excessive reactions to policies are to blame for the slowdown.”
China’s real estate sector accounts for more than a quarter of the nation’s economy, which officials have cast as a threat to economic stability. Eight of the 10 most-indebted property developers are based in China, and Beijing was aware of the problem of overleveraging even before Evergrande’s debt binge sent investors reeling.
In August 2020, Beijing began restricting borrowing with the “three red lines” policy, which stipulates that developers looking to refinance need to have a 70 percent ceiling on liabilities to assets, excluding advance proceeds from projects sold on contract, a 100 percent cap on net debt to equity, and a cash to short-term borrowing ratio of at least one.
The restrictions have contributed to a fall in new construction, house sales and house prices this year. Growth in real estate investment, which peaked at 38.3 percent in January, dropped to 21.6 percent in April, 10.9 percent in July, and 7.2 percent in October.
“There is the realisation that the former growth model – which involved high levels of debt, high levels of investment, and high levels of growth – doesn’t work anymore,” said Qazi. “Beijing realises that it needs to shift to a more sustainable model, which means a slower pace of growth.”
But Qazi said Beijing appeared to be taking a flexible approach to restructuring the sector.
“Beijing is working with local governments in some 200 cities where Evergrande has unfinished projects,” he said. “They’re creating task forces to evaluate the status of these unbuilt properties and transfer them to new developers so Chinese households are delivered what they’ve paid for. Here the government is adopting a flexible policy vis-a-vis leverage, by allowing for the outstanding debt on these properties to stay off those developers’ balance sheets.”
‘Balanced and sustainable growth’
Sam Xie, head of research at CBRE China, told Al Jazeera that while there were signs banks had expedited loan approvals for reasonable financing needs, he did not expect any major loosening of lending in the near term.
“The policy stance remains that ‘housing is for living in, not for speculation’, and the ‘three red lines’ remain firmly in place to curb excess speculation and overleveraging in the sector,” Xie said.
According to CBRE, Chinese-listed developers will have almost $100bn in corporate bonds expiring in the next two years.
“As such, highly leveraged developers are expected to continue their focus on offloading non-core assets and put off any aggressive expansion plans while the authorities’ emphasis remains on balanced and sustainable growth,” Xie said.
Chiang, the Trivium China analyst, said Beijing’s policy was driven by a long term view of the market.
“Regulators likely believe that once the temporary correction blows over, the sector will be healthier than before, which is precisely what they have been working towards for years,” she said. “Policymakers won’t let this crucial sector starve to death, so some policy rejiggering is possible and looks increasingly probable. We have seen some level of easing up, such as encouraging developers to issue bonds on the interbank market. Still, an all-out U-turn on tight property policy is not in the cards.”
Savills and SRS Real Estate Partners Form Strategic Alliance – Canada NewsWire
“The United States is one of the biggest retail markets globally with estimated retail sales expected to total nearly $4.5 trillion in 2021, making the US a key target for expanding international brands,” Mitchell E. Rudin, Savills North America chairman and CEO, commented. “We already have one of the strongest retail teams in Canada. Aligning with SRS, a widely respected and accomplished national retail advisory firm, deepens our capacity for solving clients’ real estate challenges and cultivating a formidable global retail presence in the US also.”
With more than 300 professionals across 27 offices, SRS is the largest real estate firm in North America dedicated solely to servicing retail clients. In the last 12 months, SRS has represented over 1,100 clients and completed more than $4.5 billion in transactions while currently representing more than 1,700 property listings. The firm’s US client experience includes representing 83 of the top 100 restaurant chains, 74 of the top 100 retailers, and 49 of the top 100 retail owners.
“We are excited to strengthen our alliance with Savills – a globally-respected real estate advisor,” said Chris Maguire, CEO and chairman of the board for SRS. “This alliance is the latest example of SRS evolving to meet growing client needs. For our clients whose needs extend beyond retail and outside of the US, this is big news. We’ve taken meaningful steps to ensure consistent delivery of service across both firms so that you have a strategic partner you can trust for all of your real estate needs.”
Globally, Savills has positioned itself as a leader in the retail sector. In the last 12 months alone, the Savills Prime Global Retail Team have been involved in some of the most high-profile flagship retail transactions internationally, including 711 Fifth Avenue New York, 777 Saint Catherine in Montreal, the renowned Topshop building on Oxford Street in London and 270 Orchard Road in Singapore. On the occupier side, the team is working with some of the most interesting and evolving brands in the retail sector, including the likes of Restoration Hardware, Ralph Lauren, JD Sports and Polestar.
“We are thrilled with the opportunities this alliance has instantly created for us,” said Jordan Karp, executive vice president and head of retail services, Savills Canada. “Savills clients will receive extended, best-in-class service and advisory south of the border as a benefit from this alliance.”
About Savills Inc.
Savills helps organizations find the right solutions that ensure employee success. Sharply skilled and fiercely dedicated, the firm’s integrated teams of consultants and brokers are experts in better real estate. With services in tenant representation, workforce and incentives strategy, workplace strategy and occupant experience, project management, and capital markets, Savills has elevated the potential of workplaces around the corner, and around the world, for 160 years and counting.
SRS Real Estate Partners is the largest real estate company in North America exclusively dedicated to retail services. Headquartered in Dallas with more than 25 offices worldwide, SRS’ strong reach and international presence provide the company with unparalleled knowledge both globally and domestically. As a result, clients of SRS have a competitive edge through a full range of offerings including brokerage services, corporate services, development services, and investment services. Since its inception in 1986, SRS has built a strong foundation in the retail real estate world and grown into one of the industry’s most influential and respected leaders. Our success is measured in the achievement of our clients’ objectives, satisfaction and trust. For more information, please visit srsre.com.
For further information: Media Contact: Michael A. Lassiter, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Engagement, E: [email protected], T: +1 202 624 8539; Media Contact: Christina Wezwick, Director of Communications, E: [email protected], T: +1 214 560 3215
Grand County real estate sales, Nov. 21-27 | SkyHiNews.com – Sky Hi News
Grand County’s real estate transactions Nov. 21-27 were worth more than $16.4 million combined.
• Soda Springs Ranch Filing 2, Unit 1, TRT B – Michael Smith and Cathy Walton Smith to Michael and Michele DeGroen, $365,000
• Silverado II Condo Unit 214, Bldg 2 – Nicole and Jeffrey Kaiser to Richard Steven Barr Revocable Living Trust, $440,000
• Base Camp 9200 Second Replat Unit B2 – Sandhills Capital LLC to Eric Taylor and Stacey Miller, $395,000
• Val Moritz Village 1st Filing Lot 7, Block 4 – James V Dunphy Trust to Robert and Samantha Baumgarten, $88,000
• Riveracres 2nd Addn Mountain Meadows Lot 6, Block 5 – Robert and Sherry Millard to Meghan and Joshua Herald, $397,000
• Rabbit Ears Village Subdivision Lot 108 – G Daniel Whittaker to David and Monica Baker, $26,750
• Pines at Meadow Ridge Court B, Unit 10 – PI In The Sky LLC, PI Sky LLC to Shannon and Melissa Carver, $627,000
• Hi Country Haus Bldg 20, Unit 3 – Cizek Living Trust to Lynnda Gies, $515,000
• Shores of Shadow Mountain FP Lot 33 – Dana and Ralph Johnson to Jon and Kimberly Bourgain, $112,000
• Winter Park Highlands Unit 1, Lot 51 – Martin and Joy Nee to Martin Nee, $577,100
• Soda Springs Ranch Filing 2, Unit B1, TRT D – Michael and Claudia Dore to Elaine and Jay Menardi, $360,000
• Bussey Hills Subdivision Block 4, Lots 4-6 and 19-23; SEC 14 TWP 2N R 76W Partial Legal – Lorraine Bishard to Mark Bishard and Kathleen Drulard, $225,000
• Village at Elk Track 2nd Filing Grand Elk Ranch & Club Lot 21 – Philip and Joan Kluge to Susan Campbell, $875,000
• Granby Ranch Filing 6, Lot 21 – Bruce Hartley to Jason and Jennifer Newcomer, $80,000
• Trail Creek Estates Lots 16, 30 – Robert and Linda Spaet to Joseph and Jessica Mahoney, $175,000
• Gore City Addn to Kremmling Block 8, Lots 1-18 – Robert Smith to Lone Tree Trust LLC, $725,000
• Blue Valley Acres Unit #2, Lot 2, Block 2 – Tyson and Christy Parrott to Ryan Landis, $515,000
• 448 Condominiums Unit 302 and Storage Unit #1 – Virga Corporation to Glenn, Jackie and Heather Weissinger, Matthew O’Leary, $461,510
• 448 Condominiums Unit 102 and Storage Unit #2 – Virga Corporation to Matthew and Katherine Holden, $466,200
• 448 Condominiums Unit 203 and Garage Unit #3 – Virga Corporation to Gary and Mary Gatchell, $722,224
• 448 Condominiums Unit 103 and Garage Unit #6 – Virga Corporation to Carolyn Flynn, $719,852
• 448 Condominiums Unit 301 and Garage Unit #2 – Virga Corporation to Nicole Conard and Joseph Kuntner, $604,895
• 448 Condominiums Unit 201 and Garage Unit #4 – Virga Corporation to John Bobola and Kristin Johnson Bobola, $675,550
• Lofty Pines Store Exemption TRT 1; SEC 24 TWP 3N R 76W Partial Legal – Lonewolf Properties LLC to T Grand Lake Cabins LLC, $675,000
• SEC 32 TWP 2N R 76W Partial Legal – Troy Nelson to Phillip and Sarah Martin, $645,000
• Ten Mile Creek Estates Lot 18; SEC 29 TWP 1N R 76W Partial Legal – Jayson and Hannah Harris, Angela Kennedy Toon Revocable Trust to Garry and Carrie McLelland, $337,500
• East Mountain Filing 9, Lots 44, 44G – Daniel and Elba Brosious to Patrick Lavin and Jennifer Anderson, $881,600
• Moraine Park Lot 36 – Brian and Sofia Fisher to Cooljest Enterprises LLC, $182,000
• Hi Country Haus Bldg 9, Unit 4 – Dan and Martha Hedrick to Cameron and Jessica Curtis, $490,000
• Meadows at Grand Park Filing 1, Lot 64 – Grand Park Homes LLC to Peter and Seon Comeau, $1,056,983
• East Mountain Filing 6, Lot 117 – Jon and Caroline McClurg to Hallie and Kerry Veith, $1,050,000
• Base Camp One Condos Unit 315R – Robert and Rachel Leahy to Roni and Brittany Szigeti, $549,000
• 448 Condominiums Unit 202 and Storage Unit 3 – Virga Corporation to Theresa Lotspeich and Jeffrey Harrington, $445,300
Canada gets off on right foot in World Cup qualifying by sweeping Bahamas – Sportsnet.ca
The best Cyber Monday Apple Deals: AirPods Pro, Mac Mini, Macbook Air – Business Insider
Citing debris risk, NASA delays spacewalk to fix space station antenna – Financial Post
Silver investment demand jumped 12% in 2019
Europe kicks off vaccination programs | All media content | DW | 27.12.2020 – Deutsche Welle
Iran anticipates renewed protests amid social media shutdown
Business2 hours ago
4 Ways to Kill Your Chances With a Hiring Manager
Health23 hours ago
COVID-19 immunization clinics open to B.C. kids ages five to 11 today – Toronto Star
Health14 hours ago
COVID-19 in BC: Vaccine clinics open for kids Monday | CTV News – CTV News Vancouver
Health13 hours ago
Less than 20% of adults with arthritis attend self-management classes – Healio
Business14 hours ago
Canada’s power chip maker GaN Systems raises $150 million, pushes on electric car market
News4 hours ago
Canada Post employee COVID-19 vaccine mandate disrupts small town parcel service – Globalnews.ca
Business14 hours ago
Canada’s Capital Power and Enbridge to partner on carbon capture project
Health7 hours ago
Yukon reports 32 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths – Toronto Star