“People are making up all kinds of stories, but (the houses) are not for sale.” — Realtor Bob Cheng
Posts advertising Meng Wanzhou’s Shaughnessy mansion for sale have been circulating on messaging app WeChat since the Huawei Technologies Co. executive was freed from house arrest and returned to China.
And a former listing agent has been getting messages and calls, even some cash offers.
But both Vancouver realtor Julie Wei, who was the listing agent, and Bob Cheng, who was the buying agent, for the home in 2016 when it was purchased in the name of Meng’s husband, Liu Xiaozong, say the property is currently not for sale on MLS or off-market.
The house, where Meng stayed during her house arrest when she was fighting extradition to the U.S., has a current assessment of $13.7 million and is at 1603 Matthews Ave.
“They’re a lot of people who have too much time on their hands,” said Cheng.
He’s the buying agent who sold the couple their first home in Vancouver’s Dunbar area in 2006 for $2.7 million and also represented them in their $15 million purchase of the Shaughnessy home. He was also a guarantor who pledged part of the $7 million surety Meng needed as a bail condition of her being able to live under house arrest during the court case.
“People are making up all kinds of stories, but (the houses) are not for sale,” said Cheng.
Wei first became aware of the posts a few days after Meng departed Vancouver for Shenzhen on Sept. 25. She has been getting dozens of messages asking for information.
One post that has been circulating includes a quip speculating that Meng will “forever never return again to Canada” next to a laughing-crying emoji.
“Some even offered cash, but some are also sending along very funny numbers, low offers,” said Wei. “I’m eager to get it out there that these posts are untrue.”
Neither agent had any comment about Meng’s future plans for the homes, except that they had no indication of any interest to sell them.
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Grand real estate sales on pace to set record in 2021 – Sky-Hi News
This year is on track to see record real estate sales in Grand County, driven by a high demand for mountain properties and limited availability.
Data from the Grand County Board of Realtors shows that October was the 115th month of gains in median sales prices compared to the same month of the previous year, while the available inventory has dropped consistently during that same period.
In October, the one-year change in the median sales price for all properties was up 11.8% while the number of active listings was down 14.4%, according to the board of Realtors.
“Due to the lack of inventory and the need for housing up here, when properties do get put on the market, they’re just going so fast,” said Lindsey Morrow, an agent with Keller Williams Top of the Rockies. “This has been a really strong year for real estate in general.”
The September report from the Land Title Guarantee Company shows the average sales prices for single family and multi-family properties are at their highest reported rates with single family homes reaching an average of $876,425 and multi-family properties going for $510,367 on average.
So far this year, real estate sales have totaled more than $861 million, which is a 41.7% increase over the same time frame last year, according to the Land Title Guarantee Company.
Last year saw record sales with more than $994 million in transactions.
The high demand for property in Grand County can be credited to a number of factors, including more people working from home, low interest rates, rising sales prices in surrounding mountain communities and recreational opportunities.
“Grand County is only an hour and a half from Denver … we have the infrastructure and internet for people to (work at home), and I think people are realizing that Grand County has a great work-life balance,” Morrow said.
A majority of the buyers are from the Front Range, which has accounted for 61% of sales so far this year, per data compiled by Land Title Guarantee Company.
All the demand means that active listings go quick.
Properties sold in October saw a 52% decrease in the number of days on market compared to October 2020. The average townhouse or condo sold after only 48 days and single-family homes sold at 72 days, according to the Grand County Board of Realtors.
Morrow said the demand has slowed toward the end of the year, though it remains comparatively high when held up to previous years. Demand is the highest for properties priced below $600,000.
“It’s definitely calmed a little bit compared to the summer where there were multiple offers and properties spent two or three days on market,” she said. “Though as soon as you get into those properties in the $400,000 or $500,000, which are desirable, those are going off within five or six days.”
According to the Grand County Board of Realtors’ data, a majority of properties sold so far this year range from $600,000 to $999,999.
Inventory below $600,000 in Grand County is increasingly rare with only 13 single-family homes currently on the market.
On top of the incredible demand and low inventory, external factors such as rising building costs, labor shortages and problems in the supply chain have also contributed to the extreme sale prices.
Single-family properties going for $1 million to $1,999,999 in 2021 have increased by 52-55% increase compared to last year, GCBOR data shows.
However, there are still opportunities out there for buyers.
With rental rates increasing, Morrow urged interested buyers to reach out to a lender while interest rates remain favorable
“If people are willing to spend $3,000 per month on rent, that could potentially get them a $600,000 or $700,000 house, which there is inventory for,” she said.
Morrow said the market is sustaining itself so, unlike the 2008 market, it’s unlikely there would be a crash and current trends will likely continue until more inventory is available.
“Appraisal values of properties are still coming in at or above contract price,” she added. “The biggest thing is we don’t have the inventory for people moving into the community.”
Building permit numbers indicate that Grand County is picking up the pace on construction with 2021 seeing a record number of permits for single family homes, according to Steve Jensen of the Grand County Builders Association.
Not including construction in Fraser, Granby or Winter Park, Grand County has issued 237 permits for single family homes so far this year compared to the same period in 95 in 2020 and 108 in 2019. Of the permits issued this year, 89 are fire rebuilds.
More Bad News For China’s Sorry Real Estate Market, UBS Says – Forbes
The hits keep on coming for China’s economy.
This time the news is the country’s already beleaguered real estate sector is set for more bad news.
“Property activities are likely to fall further in the coming quarters, and without policy easing, property sales and starts could fall 20% or more by 2022,” states a recent report from Swiss bank UBS.
The current and near-future prospects for China’s property sector is the result of spillover from the Evergrande debt debacle earlier this year, policy tightening by the Chinese government, and shifts in domestic demand, the report explains.
In turn, a real estate slowdown could hit the broader economy hard slowing growth to 4% or even lower. That’s a standstill from China’s perspective.
In other words, China’s economy is likely headed for a hard landing soon if its government doesn’t take swift action.
“Our baseline forecast is for gradual policy easing, but there is a substantial risk for policy easing being delayed or insufficient,” the UBS report states.
Policy easing would likely mean lower cost of borrowing for domestic Chinese companies and or easier loan standards.
Still, the news comes on the back of a sharp contraction in China’s steel production earlier this year, at the same time when the world’s other top steel producers were seeing growth in output.
It doesn’t augur well for China’s economy overall so investors in Chinese or Hong Kong stocks might want to be cautious for the immediate future.
Research: Small-business real estate lenders for San Francisco North Bay – North Bay Business Journal
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A list of SBA 504 lenders (certified development companies) is ranked by the value of debenture portion placed in Sonoma, Marin, Napa and Solano counites from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2021. Other information provided includes the number of loans made in each county.
Detailed information from the list is available for purchase as a spreadsheet via the links above.
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