Are you aware of the Vancouver Realtor Hunger Index?
Across the city you’ll see used house salespeople who are having trouble making their german auto lease payments – a decline in the glory days of Vancouver real estate affects us all.
That lost commission translates into a deferred payment to a local auto dealer, who might not buy that extra big ad in the local newspaper. Will that editor buy his ounce of weed this month? Will that grow op have the money to expand?
These are the big issues to consider.
If you’re thinking about buying a house or apartment in Vancouver BC or know somebody who is, your commission can make all the difference.
Just jump in and do it. Now is the time.
The Vancouver Realtor Hunger Index for February 2014 stands at 62%.*
And while thats nowhere near the worst that we’ve seen it, it’s a hell of a lot worse that the halcyon days of 2004 where for two solid months every used house salesperson in the city was fed.
You can help. Buy a house or condo in Vancouver BC and lets keep this economy rolling.
*A big thanks to RFM for the data.
It’s that time of the week again! Friday is when we do our regular end of the week news roundup and open topic discussion thread for the weekend. Here are a few links to kick off the chat:
–Vancouver market in full retreat
–Championship of lost sales
–REBGV news release for July 2012
–GVREB news release for July 2012
–How much $ has left the economy?
–New site forces realtors to compete
–‘Think Housing’ contest winners
–BCSC alleges million $ fraud
–No new steps to cool market
–New framework for credit unions
–Global slowdown dashes hopes
–Unsold Toronto condos growing
And here’s a couple of charts, the first one is from VMD and shows what the average Vancouver house price has done in the last two years:
This second chart is from Ben Rabidoux and was linked by Jesse – you can draw on your own red line for July:
So what are you seeing out there? Post your news links, thoughts and anecdotes here and have an excellent weekend!
Over at the CBC there’s an article about the ‘uncertain fate’ of Vancouver real estate.
Vancouver’s real estate market has taken another interesting turn, with listings up and sales down during what is usually a busy time of year.
In May, average prices for houses have dropped about $150,000 compared to one year ago. That 12-per-cent drop wiped out two years of price increases.
The reason appears to be that too many more sellers are trying to cash in at the same time. Listings are up by 23 per cent, but fewer are buying: sales are down 24 per cent.
“Probably, on average, about a 150 or 160 homes in Vancouver are reducing their price every day in the hope of catching, getting ahead of the train and maybe get out before they can’t,” said realtor Larry Yatkowsy.
Larry is an interesting fellow, he seems to change opinions frequently, but isn’t it in most realtors interest to get sellers to lower listing prices to make a sale?