The pandemic has blurred the line between recreational real estate and primary residences, with the former catching the incredible upturn in prices being seen by the latter.
On the Sunshine Coast, a recreational region a BC Ferries ride from West Vancouver, the median price of a detached house increased 34.6 per cent in March, compared to a year earlier. This was the second- highest increase of any market, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, second only to Bowen Island, and twice as high as the average price increase in Greater Vancouver.
Across Canada, average property prices in the recreational regions will increase 15 per cent in 2021 to crest over $500,000, according to Royal LePage, which has upwardly revised its November 2020 price forecast to reflect a shortage of inventory and soaring demand.
“From coast to coast, the line between primary residence and recreational property is blurring,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “The trend began last summer when the option of traveling abroad was taken away, and continued to gain popularity as it became clear that with access to high-speed internet, many people can do their jobs from just about anywhere.”
In 2020, the average price of a house in Canada’s recreational property regions increased 16 per cent year-over-year to $437,156 in 2020 compared to 2019. During the same period, the aggregate price of a waterfront property increased 9.8 per cent to $813,385 and the aggregate price of a condominium rose 10.5 per cent to $310,257.
A survey of 190 Royal LePage recreational real estate professionals across the country, found that 91 per cent said that their market has less inventory than typical for their region, including 72 per cent that reported significantly less inventory available.
Houses in the recreational regions of Ontario and Atlantic Canada are forecast to see the highest price appreciation in the country this year, set to increase 17 per cent, while prices in Quebec and British Columbia are forecast to increase 15 per cent and 13 per cent, respectively.
In B.C., 52 per cent of agents said a shortage of listings and rising demand is forcing buyers into multiple-offer situations, which often result in properties selling above the asking price. As in Atlantic Canada, two-thirds of B.C. agents say they have seen an influx of buyers from out-of-province during the pandemic, Soper added, and many of them are young buyers.
A Royal LePage survey released in February found that 47 per cent of Canadians aged 25 to 35 said they would choose to small town or country living over living in a city if given a choice. Fifty-two per cent said the availability of remote work has increased their likelihood to move further from their current or future place of work. Overall, 39 per cent of this cohort are considering a move from their current home to a less dense area as a result of the pandemic, the study said.
” Access to high-speed internet and the ability to work remotely are among the top criteria for those seeking properties in recreational regions, followed closely by four-season usability,” Soper said.
The average price of a house in B.C.’s recreational regions is forecast to increase 13 per cent in 2021 to $781,918. In 2020, the aggregate price of a house in the province’s recreational markets increased 12.9 per cent year-over-year to $691,963 compared to 2019. During the same period, the average price of a waterfront property increased 2.7 per cent to $1.74 million, according to Royal LePage.
Despite its 34 per cent price surge, year-over-year, the benchmark price of a Sunshine Coast house in March was $765,000, compared to a Greater Vancouver benchmark of $1.7 million.
In the central Okanagan, where the B.C. Real Estate Association reports that detached house prices increased 12 per cent in 2020, compared to 2019, to $588,000, local agents are bracing for a record-setting year.
“Our biggest challenge right now is extremely low inventory and increased buyer demand,” said Francis Braam, broker, Royal LePage Kelowna. “I expect we’ll see double digit price gains this spring.”
In Whistler and Pemberton, remote work and low borrowing costs remain a driving force behind increasing prices, agents say.
On the Sunshine Coast region, a BC Ferries trip from West Vancouver,
In Alberta, the average price of a detached house in recreational markets, such as in the Rockies or Sylvan Lake, is expected to increase 6 per cent this year to $942,881.
“Canmore is seeing unparalleled demand from people,” said Brad Hawker, managing broker, Royal LePage Rocky Mountain Realty. “A growing segment of young and middle-aged buyers are seeking primary residences in the area.”
On the Prairies, recreational real estate prices are forecast to increase 9 per cent in 2021 to $260,862. Top areas are Manitoba’s interlake regions close to Winnipeg, agents say.
Hot real estate market sparks warnings to potential buyers as complaints to regulator double
As home sales in the province continue on a dizzying trajectory, the province’s real estate watchdog and regulator are warning buyers to be wary of what they may be getting into.
The Real Estate Council of B.C. (RECBC) and the Office of the Superintendent of Real Estate said that in the first three months of 2021, they have seen an increase in inquiries and complaints.
Calls to the regulator were up 42 per cent over the previous year, while complaints, such as how offers were made and accepted, were double the number received in the same period in 2020.
“Buying a home is one of life’s biggest financial decisions. There are potential risks at the best of times, but with the added pressure and stress of the current market conditions, those risks are amplified,” Micheal Noseworthy, superintendent of real estate, said in a statement.
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The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says sales in the region have continued at a record-setting pace.
Residential home sales covered by the board totalled 5,708 in March 2021, up 126.1 per cent from March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and up 53.2 per cent from February of this year.
Rural and suburban areas have experienced the biggest spikes.
For the past two weeks, Jay Park has been in the middle of the buying frenzy.
He and his partner are trying to upgrade from their one-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom condo or townhouse in Vancouver.
“I wish we had done this a month or two ago,” he said.
Park put an offer on a $1-million condo, $4,000 above asking price.
“To entice the [seller], we put in a subject-free offer, but it wasn’t successful,” he said. “They accepted $110,000 over asking price that was also subject-free.”
The hot market has led to bidding wars. Some would-be buyers have even lined up outside for days to try to get a jump on a property.
Erin Seeley, the CEO of the council, is warning buyers to do their research and be aware of risks before making an offer.
“It’s really important that buyers have engaged with their lender before they’re making offers so they know how to stay within a reasonable budget,” she said.
Seeley said some of the complaints the council has heard from buyers is that they weren’t aware the seller has a right to take an early offer.
“And the seller was really in the driver’s seat about setting the pricing,” she said.
Aaron Jasper, a Vancouver realtor, advises clients to avoid cash offers and to include finance clauses even if it may mean they lose a deal.
“There’s a lot of frustration among buyers, feeling pressure to take some risk,” he said.
“You’re better to be delayed perhaps a year getting into the market as opposed to being completely financially ruined.”
Jasper also says realtors are limited in the advice they can give to clients on legal matters, home inspections, potential deficiencies with homes, and financing.
‘Caught up in the craziness’
Other tips from the council include seeking professional advice before making a subject-free offer or proceeding without a home inspection, and speaking to a professional to determine how market conditions may be affecting prices.
Meantime, people like Jay Park say they are still keen to buy. Park has more viewings scheduled and is optimistic.
“It’s a very exciting time for us, but I also don’t want to get caught up in the craziness and make a purchase that’s above our means.”
Source: – CBC.ca
Black Press Media introduces one of Western Canada’s best real estate platforms helping home buyers Find. Love. Live. that new home
Need an agent who knows the community?
Or, is it time to look for a new place to live, but you don’t know what’s on the market?
Whatever the real estate need is for residents in the communities of British Columbia, Yukon & Alberta, there’s a new way to do that one-stop shopping – by visiting Today’s Home.
The slogan for the site is “Find. Love. Live.”
“We want people to find their dream home, love it, and live in it,” said group publisher Lisa Farquharson.
Building on the success of Black Press Media’s niche digital platforms – Today’s Home brings the same wealth of knowledge and local expertise to the search for a home, be it buying, selling, or even just daydreaming about what changes you can make in the future.
Search hundreds of listings that local real estate agents have available.
The listings cover properties around the region, from a one-bedroom, one-bath condo for $339,900 to million-dollar acreages throughout the province of BC, Yukon, Central Alberta and beyond.
Click on a listing, and see not only the realtor handling the property sale, but links to his or her other listings and social media feeds. With the click of a mouse, take a virtual tour of the property, find the property’s walking score, and learn about nearby amenities.
There are links available to schedule a showing, or send the agent a comment or question.
Want to share a listing? When you click on the share button, you’ll actually send an attractive digital flyer of the prospective property, not just a link.
There’s even a button to help determine how much you have to spend, courtesy of the convenient mortgage calculator.
Plus, scroll down the page on Today’s Home and find a list of expert local real estate professionals who can answer questions or help with that home sale, Farquharson explained.
Today’s Home offers the advantage of the massive reach that Black Press Media has built throughout Western Canada with its network of community newspapers and online products. That allows the public to tailor real estate searches based on location, price, and other key factors while allowing real estate professionals to gain unprecedented audience reach with their listings.
Today’s Home will dovetail into the media company’s existing print real estate publications.
“Black Press Media has real estate solutions in print and now we can add in the digital component,” Farquharson said.
Watch for expansion of the Today’s Home platform in the near future, she added. That will come as Black Press Media adds a new component – the development community. Developers will be able to reach a huge audience when their projects are ready for presentation.
For information on Today’s Home, contact group publisher Lisa Farquharson at 604-994-1020 or via email.
Happy house hunting!
Source: – Aldergrove Star
PGIM Real Estate, Revera Affiliate Target UK Market in Newly Formed JV
PGIM Real Estate has been active in recent months providing capital to facilitate blockbuster senior housing acquisitions. Now the firm is looking to capitalize on demand for senior housing in the United Kingdom.
The Madison, New Jersey-based real estate investor and lender announced this week it is entering into a joint venture with Signature Senior Lifestyle, an affiliate of Revera, to develop and operate senior housing communities around greater London
Mississauga, Ontario-based Revera serves 20,000 older adults in long-term care homes and retirement residences in Canada. It is also the majority shareholder of Sunrise Senior Living, one of the largest senior housing providers in the U.S. The company operates a portfolio of 12 communities in the U.K. under the Signature Senior Lifestyle brand, with one community in development that is slated to open in autumn 2021.
The JV has one development underway — a senior housing community, or “prime care” home, in southwest London. PGIM worked with Elevation Partners, a London-based investor and asset manager in U.K. health care real estate, in sourcing, structuring and executing the venture. Additionally, PGIM will retain the firm to leverage its expertise.
PGIM and Revera did not respond to requests for comment from Senior Housing News regarding details about its development pipeline.
London is emerging as a future hotbed of senior housing development, spurred by favorable demographic growth trends and a lack of available supply, and the PGIM-Revera venture will find competition.
Maplewood Senior Living CEO Gregory Smith told SHN last month that demand for U.K. senior housing is comparable to major U.S. markets such as New York and San Francisco, where supply has historically been constrained.
Maplewood and its investment partner, Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) are looking to expand its luxury Inspir brand to the U.K., and identified five suburban markets around London with high barriers to entry that are favorable for the brand’s growth.
Revera CEO Tom Wellner sees similar untapped upside potential for senior housing in the U.K.
Source: – Senior Housing News
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