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2018 off to a slower start…

It’s not hard to believe Jan 2018 is slower in home sales vs tail end of 2017 with mortgage rule changes but I forecast a robust year regardless if inventory levels do not pick up more.  I think this spring will be a very telling season in Victoria real estate and how mortgage rule changes will have taken root.   http://www.timescolonist.com/business/greater-victoria-home-sales-slip-as-buyers-beat-test-1.23162355

Take your pick…Top 2017 Real Estate News

2017 was another Big Year in real estate.  Have a read of this article and let us know if you agree in top 5 order or have another big topic that you felt should have made this 2017 list!
Some pretty heavy talk and politically loaded year in real estate.  Wonder how 2018 will unfold.
As always, contact us anytime with your real estate questions and needs

New Mortgage rules BIG BLOW to Market…

Lots of questions coming on the wake of the recent Mortgage Stress Test rule announcement, so the good folks over @Spinmortage.com put together the following infographic to help answer a few questions.   Bottom line – big blow to purchasing power so worth a sit down to ponder your best course of action – buy now or wait patiently.  Feel free to call us or get in touch with the Spin Mortgage crew with any questions.

 

Money about to get a little TIGHTER!

Despite industry specialized lobbying against the need for it, the FEDS are pushing forward with the mortgage stress test for UNinsured (more than 20% down payment) mortgages. In short, even with 20% down, as of Jan1 2018 even if you can get an attractive 3.x% interest rate, you will still have to qualify for 2% higher! Have a read of the simplified article below.

https://betterdwelling.com/its-official-canadian-real-estate-buyers-to-face-osfis-tighter-mortgage-regulations-b-20/

Stay or Go – To move or Renovate

In today’s active Victoria real estate market, even if your home has risen in value, finding a new property can be a challenge.  Many people are instead considering staying where they are and renovating their existing home.   Here is a recently archived Houzz article I thought you may find interesting which speaks to renovation planing for your budget.

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/67249100/list/dream-to-done-how-to-build-a-renovation-plan-to-match-your-budget

Victoria Property Good Value or Overvalued?

No matter what the market there is always bears and bulls, but according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. Victoria property values are Overvalued. Could this me true? Maybe. Maybe not. Let’s not forget it’s a fluid marketplace with lots of moving parts. Nonetheless, the article is an interesting, albeit, superficial read. A quote I thought worthy of highlighting: ““For this reason, homebuyers should ensure that their purchases are aligned with their needs as well as the long-term market outlook.”

To me, this is how all real estate purchases should be made, even if hoping for a quick appreciation because not everyone can get lucky with timing. I think the fundamentals are still strong in Victoria and feel that, despite how expensive if has become to own a home here, much of the appreciation was overdue. 2017 will be an interesting year.

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