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2016 Vancouver Real Estate Market Update


Happy New Year Everyone!
2016 has been quite a roller-coaster in the real estate market and the overall industry. For us as Realtors, it felt like there was a tsunami! Buyers were frustrated after writing offers on 7 different properties, and came to realize that another buyer offered $100,000 or more on top of their offer. Sellers sometimes were disappointed as they expected to get more over asking price (i.e. instead of $100k over asking price, they wanted $200k!).  Some sellers were frustrated after selling their homes and couldn't find a home to buy. They were chasing home after home to see that the prices kept going up.  Some investors took advantage of assignments and made some pretty hefty $$$$ (If you haven't heard any stories about the assignment issues you can check out the link below:)
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/investigations/the-real-estate-technique-fuelling-vancouvers-housing-market/article28634868/

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It was very stressful for honest realtors who were trying to give prudent advice to their clients (I'm glad that 2016 is over). Now that we have all survived 2016, we are excited to begin 2017.  I hope all sellers, buyers, investors, and Realtors are wiser and learned something from the 2016 real estate market.
Now everyone is wondering; where is the market trend heading in 2017? Unfortunately, no one has a crystal ball, but if you plan your goals based on honest and professional advice, you will achieve better results than if you plan your goals based on news or hearsay.  Overall, it seems that the market is more active in the lower price ranges for apartments and townhouses.  We also see more activity for detached homes less than $1 Million.  So far, there is less demand for new detached homes.  We will have a better idea in the next few months where the market is going to stand.  As the weather gets better, more sellers will list their properties and hopefully more buyers will enter to match the supply.  If the buyers do not step in, we might see more price reductions in higher price ranges.
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I hope 2017  brings you more happiness, good health, and lots of success for you and your family!
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