Friday Free-for-all! January 27th 2017

It’s that time of the week again…

Friday Free-for-all time!

This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

Freedom 85 for todays forty year olds?
CMHC: speculation driving up BC, Toronto & Hamilton
No foreign buyer tax for leasehold (cause you don’t own it)
White Rock: Waterfront ghost town
Interest free loans can hurt buyers

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes in the comments below and have an excellent weekend!

West Van population slip sliding away.

According to BC Statistics the community of West Van is seeing a steady population decline.

According to a B.C. Statistics report, the population in West Vancouver dropped by 2.1 per cent between 2015 and 2016 with just under 41,000 people now calling that community home.

The downturn in West Vancouver is the largest year-over-year decline of any B.C. municipality with at least 15,000 residents. West Vancouver has been in a slow and steady decline since 2011, which doesn’t follow the current trend of most municipalities across the province that have seen a steady increase in their populations.

So whats driving the decline? Housing prices? Aging Population? Lack of Bars and Restaurants? Lack of rentals? The mayor is concerned about all those factors.

“So we need more rental accommodation so when our young people are graduating and want to stay in West Van, have a place to rent.”

The business community, Smith says, is also suffering from the lack of vibrancy.

“We don’t have the bars and restaurants to create any vibrancy in the community. It’s a very serious situation,” Smith explained.

Read the full article at Globalnews.

Condo sales see big drop in December

So far it’s been single family homes that have seen the biggest drop in sales and prices in Vancouver with condo sales chugging right along.  That may be changing. Whether you blame it on market changes or weather, Vancouver condo sales saw a 23.7% drop in December.

Bubble talk might be impacting sales, as they declined significantly across the GVR. 915 sales were logged through the MLS, this represents a 23.7% decline from the month prior. Of those sales, 1 in 4 were in Vancouver West – which only experienced a 19.9% decline from November. Declining sales is expected in December, but this was a 25.3% decrease across the GVR from the same time last year.

Of course prices are still way up from a year ago.

Read the full article over at betterdwelling.com.

Three unaffordable real estate markets, number 3 will shock you!

Vancouver has just been ranked the #3 least affordable housing market in the world behind Hong Kong and Sydney according to a survey by Demographia.

This is the second year in a row Vancouver ranked third after hitting second place in 2015. The city has been ranked with the worst housing affordability in Canada in all previous Demographia surveys since 2004.

Demographia reported Vancouver’s year-over-year price growth was equal to a year of household income in the city. It also mentioned the city experienced a “modest” net domestic out-migration in 2016, meaning more people left the city than moved in.

Which city do you think those people that left Vancouver are moving to: Hong Kong or Sydney?

Read the full article here.

Friday Free-for-all! January 20th 2017

It’s that time of the week again, time for another Friday Free-for-all!

This is our regular end of the week news round up and open topic discussion thread for the weekend, here are a few recent links to kick off the chat:

Private mortgage insurer matching CMHC hikes
Housing market pits one generation against another
optimism in real estate
Future of BC housing
Vanguard says BOC will hike rates this year
The good, bad and ugly in the market

So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes in the comments below and have an excellent weekend!