Friday, 27 January 2012

Better News for Kelowna Real Estate in 2012 Q1 Housing Market Forecast from BCREA

Hi All,

To keep you up to date with the  latest BC Real Estate Forecast I have attached BCREA's report issued today.

It offers better news for Real Estate in the Central Okanagan, with higher sales and a modest increase in average MLS ® Price forecast for the next 2 years.

Average Performance for Housing Market in 2012
BCREA 2012 First Quarter Housing Forecast Update

Vancouver, BC – January 27, 2012. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) released its 2012 First Quarter Housing Forecast Update today.

“Modest economic growth at home and abroad is expected to limit growth in consumer demand both this year and in 2013,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist.

BC Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) residential sales are forecast to increase 2.1 per cent from 76,817 units in 2011 to 78,400 units this year, increasing a further 2.7 per cent to 80,500 units in 2013. The 15-year average is 79,000 unit sales. A record 106,310 MLS® residential sales were recorded in 2005.  

"While European sovereign debt concerns and a sluggish US economy will continue to impact consumer confidence, strong demand in the bond market is expected to keep mortgage interest rates at or near record lows for most of 2012,” added Muir.

Home prices in most BC markets are forecast to experience little change over the next 24 months as the supply of homes for sale more closely matches consumer demand. The average MLS® residential price in the province is forecast to edge down 2.2 per cent to $548,500 this year and remain relatively unchanged in 2013, albeit increasing 0.8 per cent to $553,000.

To Read the full report please view

Kind Regards
Trish Cenci
Tel 250 864 1707

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Where did the Kelowna Real Estate Buyers come from in December 2011?

Hi All,

The results of OMREB's December 2011 Buyers Survey are in.  
A total of 103 respondents participated in this survey – representing 48.6% of the 212 OMREB sales representatives who acted as Buyers Agents and 38.7% of the 266 deals closed on behalf of Buyers in December. 


Property Type:
23.8% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers
21.8% buying Revenue/Investment Property
19.8% by First Time Buyers
8.9% moving from Single Family Home to Strata Unit
7.9% Recreation Property Buyers
5.0% moving from Strata property to Single Family Home
3.0% moving into Retirement Home/Seniors Community
It is interesting to note that the number of revenue and investment property purchases improved significantly and rose to second on the list for December (from fourth) – pushing first-time buyers down to third place.   
Reported purchases of recreation properties saw a noticeable improvement as well.
Moving From:
68.9% from Within OMREB Board Area
12.6% from Alberta
8.6% from Lower Mainland/Vancouver Island
2.9% from Other Areas in BC
2.9% from Saskatchewan/Manitoba
2.9% from Outside Canada
1.0% from NWT/Yukon (third month reported)
0% from Eastern Canada/Maritimes

Kind Regards
Trish Cenci
Tel 250 864 1707

Monday, 23 January 2012

New Bus Service for Quail Ridge - September 2012 says City of Kelowna

Hi All,

I just wanted to share the really great news I have heard for the Quail Ridge area for September 2012 from The City of Kelowna.

There is provision in the 2012 budget for Quail Ridge service to commence September 2012.  We are just now starting the process of planning the service.  One of the immediate challenges is that we don’t have a smaller Community Bus available (an order is in place with a bus manufacturer, but that may take some time to receive it).  What this means is that the September service may be limited to the main roads (serving the multi-family buildings) with a full size bus, until we can get the smaller bus in place.
We also are developing the scheduling.  We don’t anticipate demand for an all day, high frequency service, but more of a service with morning and afternoon service runs geared towards class start and end times e.g., 7:30am run, 8:30am run, noon run, 2:30pm run 5:30pm run.  Frequency and routing could change based on ridership levels.
You will hear the details in the upcoming final budget in May, which will receive media coverage at that time. 
Jerry Dombowsky, Regional Programs Manager
Regional Services Department, Community Sustainability Division

 TEL 250 469-8735
FAX 250

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707

Friday, 13 January 2012

BC Home Sales Increase Last Year reports BCREA

Hi All,

BCREA announced their latest report on BC Real Estate today.

Whilst the news was good for the province as a whole figures were slightly disappointing for the Okanagan Mainline area.

Vancouver, BC – January 13, 2012. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA)
reports that the dollar volume of homes sold through Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in BC
climbed 14.3 per cent to $43.1 billion in 2011. A total of 76,817 homes were sold in BC in 2011,
up 2.9 per cent from 2010. The average annual MLS® residential price climbed 11.1 per cent to
$561,026 over the same period.

“Low mortgage interest rates and gradually
improving economic conditions contributed to a
moderate increase in consumer demand last year,”
said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist.
“BC home sales came in about on par with their 15-
year average, but fell well below their ten-year
average of over 88,000 units.”

Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the North
experienced the largest percentage increase in unit
sales last year, while consumer demand edged
lower in Victoria and on Vancouver Island.
BC residential unit sales in December dipped 1.7 per cent to 4,186 units, while the average
MLS® residential price was 2.8 per cent lower than in December 2010.

To read the remaining details please go to

Kind Regards
Trish Cenci
Tel 250 864 1707

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Excellent Advice for the Long Term Real Estate Investor in 2012

Hi All,

I was reading Don R Campbell's latest blog post this morning and felt that I had to share it with you.

It offers really excellent advice to the Canadian real estate investor who is looking for a reasoned approach to making long term real estate investment decisions.

2012: The Year Of Confusion, Concern and Consternation – The Perfect Environment For A Sophisticated Investor
2012 is going to be a year of confusing economic signals, mixed real estate messages and fearful investors. In other words: the perfect environment for the sophisticated long-term real estate investor.
Over the last 20 years, my research team and I have been analyzing the Canadian real estate markets from a unique point of view – we don’t look at the real estate numbers. This approach has allowed us and the sophisticated investors who understand this approach to move forward when real estate signals all seem to be showing “stop” – and stop when signals all seem to be green.
To read more please go to the attached link.

I hope you find this helpful!

Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707


Friday, 6 January 2012

Kelowna Real Estate - Don’t read too much into your Property Assessment value.

Hi All,

It's that time again when we receive our BC Property Assessments through the post.

For many people, particularly those who own property in Kelowna, as a second home, you will be anxiously looking at this report as an indication of the value of your property.

Before you get too concerned, it is important to know that there are many factors that affect your property value which will not be taken into account in making the Assessment.

This is particularly true if you have done extensive renovations, for example.

While Assessments in some areas of the City are fairly accurate, there are a number of areas where properties are either well undervalued or overvalued.

My suggestion is, that if you are really wanting to get some idea of the value of your property, give either myself or your own Real Estate Agent a call, as we are much closer to the latest market information.

For more details of the recent Assessments you may like to read the report in the CHBC News Article - see the link below.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Kelowna Real Estate Update January 2012

Hi All,

First and foremost may I take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

If you were reading the news and following my blog throughout last year you will know that Kelowna Real Estate went through another tough year.

Sales numbers in 2011 were up on 2010, but it remained a Buyers Market, as can be seen in the chart below showing the Months of Inventory available.

The good news for Sellers is that these numbers are falling, and providing we doesn't see a big increase in new inventory during the spring, we should see things moving closer to a more balanced market.

Other points to note are that the number of days to sell a property in 2011 compared to 2010 did vary according to category -:
                                            2011          2010
Single Family                      90                80
Condos                                115              118
Townhomes                       108              100
Lots                                     189              236

There was a modest increase in the number of days to sell Single Family and Town Homes while the was a fall in time to sell Condos and a big improvement for Lots.

Central Okanagan Sales Numbers December 2011













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*Figures are as at close of business 31st December 2011, and may be subject to slight change.

As you can see from the table above, sales were well down in December compared to November, but up on the previous year. This is quite normal for the Central Okanagan.

My Kelowna Real Estate Forecast for 2012

For those of you who may have missed my Real Estate Forecast for 2012, I have attached a link to my article

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Kind Regards

Trish Cenci

Tel 250 864 1707