The Vancouver Observer has some good articles from the Real Estate trenches.
This one looks at what it’s like to shop for your first apartment in Vancouver.
What does $350k get you?
Not insuite laundry.
She lined up four apartments, all under $350,000. The cheapest is $250,000. None of them have ensuite laundry. If you think that giving someone a third of a million dollars would get you a washer/dryer, then clearly you’ve never apartment-shopped in Vancouver.
East Vancouver is heating up, because nobody who works for a living can afford to buy in the West End anymore. Rising rents make an investment property in East Van a more viable option than it once was, though proper houses remain out of reach for anyone on a Canadian wage. This keeps the pressure up in the apartment/condo market.
My Realtor says that the sales market is slower than it’s been in a long time: properties will sit for an average of 70 days. Still, there are vacant units that she won’t touch with a ten-foot pole: “I’m afraid to sell in Olympic Village, to be honest. I steer my clients away.” Dead neighborhood, small units, renovations that “probably won’t stand the test of time”.
Read the full article here.