Thursday, 30 June 2011

Quail Ridge Golf Course - reasons why we live in Kelowna!

Hi All,

I found this great new video of Dan Matheson, the executive Golf Professional at the Okanagan Golf Club talking about how to play the 18th on the Quail Course.


Posted by Kelowna Tourism

Good Luck!

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707


Monday, 27 June 2011

Newcomers to Canada Face Under-Employment Challenges: RBC Poll

Hi All,

For those of you who are thinking of emigrating to Canada, this is a good article to read and there is some sound advice to consider.

I followed the trend of changing careers, when I emigrated!

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707

Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Are Foreign Investors really driving Real Estate prices in the Lower Mainland?

Hi All,

I found this really great report today written by Urban Futures in conjunction with Landcor.

It goes much deeper into the data on sales during 2010 in BC and their conclusion is that foreign investors only accounted for 0.4% on sales.

That makes things more interesting, in terms of who is really driving the market!

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707

Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty.



Friday, 17 June 2011

BCREA Housing Market Video Update for May 2011 & June 2011 Mortgage Rate Forecast

Hi All,

Check out the latest BC Real Estate Market report video, for May 2011, and the June Mortgage Interest Rate Forecast from Cameron Muir, Chief Economist of BCREA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fMUTYyeGm0&feature=share

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Kelowna Real Estate - May 2011 OMREB Buyer Survey Results

The results of OMREB's May 2011 Buyers Survey are in!

A total of 151 respondents participated in this survey – 40% of the 376 OMREB sales representatives who closed the 538 deals on behalf of Buyers last month.

MAY SURVEY SUMMARY

Property Type:

27.4% of purchases were by Move Up Buyers
19.2% by First Time Buyers
9.6% moving from Single Family to Home Strata unit
7.5% buying Revenue/Investment Property
6.2% moving from Strata property to Single Family Home
5.5% moving into Retirement Home/Seniors Community
2.7% Recreation Property Buyers

Family Dynamic:

29.8% of Buyers were Two Parent Families with Children
23.2% Empty Nesters or Retired
21.2% Couples without Children
13.9% Single Females
9.9% Single Males
4.6% Single Parent Families with Children

Financing:

60% financed via Conventional Mortgage (with more than 20% down)
26% paid by Cash
14.7% by High Ratio Mortgage (less than 20% down)
0.7% required Rental Income to Qualify for Financing

Moving From:

53.6% from Within OMREB Board Area
19.2% from Alberta
11.9% from Other Areas in BC
6.6% from Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island
4% from Eastern Canada/Maritimes
3.3% from Saskatchewan/Manitoba
1.3% from Outside Canada

Moving To:

49.7% of purchases were in Kelowna/West Kelowna
25.2% in Vernon/Coldstream
9.3% in Central Okanagan (other than Kelowna/West Kelowna)
6% in Shuswap/Revelstoke (other than Salmon Arm)
6% in North Okanagan (other than Vernon/Coldstream)
4% in Salmon Arm

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

British Columbia Home Sales Edge Lower in May 2011 - reports BCREA

Vancouver, BC – June 15, 2011.
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential unit sales in the province edged down one per cent to 7,857 units in May compared to the same month last year.

The average MLS® residential price climbed 20 per cent to $596,872 last month compared to May 2010.

“Tighter mortgage rules, tepid employment growth and advance buying during the first quarter kept BC home sales on a lower note in May,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist.

“However, recent downward pressure on mortgage interest rates is expected to provide some incentive to consumers over the summer months.”

To read the full summary, which gives more detail on the Central Okanagan-: http://www.bcrea.bc.ca/news_room/2011-05.pdf

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Kelowna Real Estate Update June 2011

I am sure a number of your, particularly Sellers, will be anxiously waiting to see whether sales numbers have increased this month, after the fall last month.

Well I am pleased to say that they have, but they are still down on the last two years.

Central Okanagan Statistics for May 2011

Date        Total     S/F    Strata    Lot   Manuf

May 11    328    184      119        13     12

Apr 11     285    161       89         12     23

Mar 11     324    185     105        18     16

Feb 11     249    142       86          7      14

May 10     372    202    130         18     22

May 09     367    215    132        11        9

*Figures are as at close of business May 31, 2011 and may be subject to minor change.


My advice, to Sellers, is not to be too downhearted though! Everything from the garden, to the arrival of the Humming Birds has been weather delayed, this year, by 4 to 6 weeks!


Real Estate sales are no exception. Whilst we have started to see 'out of town' buyers looking, and I am starting to see an increase in showings on some of my 'lifestyle' type properties, the numbers are still down on previous years.

For Buyers, when you a ready to start looking, there are some really great deals around, and it remains a Buyers market, and will be for some time to come. 

The additional good news is that the ongoing forecasts for interest rate increases are now revised until September, and there are still some really good mortgage rates to be found in the marketplace.

In the recent past the demand for properties in the Central Okanagan has been affected by speculators who were looking to 'buy and flip' properties as there were good profits to be made. Now the market is being driven by local buyers, clients looking for vacation homes and investors who are prepared to 'hold' on to their investments for the long term, which is a far more sustainable Real Estate Market to be in.

By the end of this month, I hope to report stronger sales in the real estate market and lots of summer Okanagan sunshine!

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707