Friday, December 21, 2012

Peace, Love & Understanding

  I came upon this old loading dock door with a peace sign spray-painted on it, not once, but twice in emphasis.  I'd like to wish peace, love and understanding to you now and in the year ahead.
 
 
Happy New Year!
all the best to you in 2013      
Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Chilliwack Cat Charity Calendar 2013

Looking for a great locally produced calendar?  The Book Man has recently launched the sale of its second annual Community for Cats Charity 2013 Calendar featuring six fine felines of Chilliwack commerce.    
 If you have ever spent time in Chilliwack's Book Man, Video Tonite, Minter Country Gardens, Dargatz Glass or the Cottonwood Veterinary office then likely you have seen these stars of the cat walk - Pepper, Gatsby, Martin, Cotton, Darcat and Nietzsche.  Most days they appear aloof, like they own the place, if you are lucky they will let you pet them. They have attitude alright, plenty of it. They are, after all, much like the "pin-up" girls of WWII, they are Chilliwack's calendar cats. The 2013 Community for Cats Charity calendar is available at the Book Man, Dargatz Glass and Minter Country Garden for $16.99 with profits to support the Chilliwack Animal Safe Haven Society.  You can also order the calendor, bookmarks and ready for framing prints online at Community for Cats Charity 2013 Calendar.

Out takes - exclusive!

 I have been able to secure several "out takes" from the "Martin"  Video Tonite shoot from one of the calendar photographers, Chilliwack Realtor® Ian Meissner as an exclusive to our readers.  These pictures were not used in the calendar and are online for the first time! 
Martin "The Artist"


Martin's favourite movie "The Sound of Mewsic "


Please buy a calendar and help support the the Community for Cats Charity. All pictures © by Ian Meissner.


The people of Chilliwack love their pets.

Imagine living here....


Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Chilliwack* Real Estate Market Conditions and Sales Analysis - November 2012

Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Houses for November 2012

November was a good month for the sale of single family detached houses in the Chilliwack* real estate board area which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Regional District.  With a market strength indicator clocking in at 91% this was, comparatively, the best month the Chilliwack* single family detached housing market has seen in 2012. The market strength measure is derived by taking the number of sales in November 2012 (100) and dividing it by the 10-year average for November (110).  Chilliwack* real estate has seen a nice uptick in activity since an August slump, 54%, that was precipitated by new Federal government mortgage restrictions.  It looks like the market has worked its way through this interference as it usually does.


Single Family Bird Nest


There were 100 sales of single family detached houses in Chilliwack* in November down from the 117 in October but strong when seasonal factors are considered.  The lowest sale price was $11,000 and the highest $840,000. 

The average selling price of a Chilliwack* single family detached house in November 2012 was $354,000 very similar to the $353,000 in October.

The median sale price was $317,000 and quite a bit lower than the $329,500 of a month earlier.  This suggests that more inexpensive houses were bought than might normally be the case.  I note that the highest sale of $840,000 is quite a bit lower than we would usually see.

The list to sale ratio of 13% is stronger than the 12% of a month ago as well.

It is expected that the fall and winter Chilliwack* real estate markets will see a normal seasonal slowing. A competitive advantage for Buyers is present given a healthy inventory of 837 Chilliwack single family homes available on December 1, 2012. It is expected that inventory levels will decline as owners elect to take properties off the market until spring.

Please remember to use the services of a REIBC real estate professional or a Realtor© to maximize your chances for a successful purchase or sale. Give me a call if you are looking for professional service in the Chilliwack, Agassiz, Kent or Harrison Hot Springs areas.




Sales
Average Sale Price / Days on Market / Active Listings
Nov 2012 100 $354,000 74 877
Oct 2012 117 $353,000 88 918
Nov 2011 89 $307,000 71 n/a






Median SALE Price of Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Homes (SFD)
  • November 2012 - $317,000
  • October 2012 - $329,500
  • September 2012 - $326,500
  • August 2012 - $309,500
  • July 2012 - $344,000
  • June 2012 - $343,500
  • May 2012 - $328,500
  • April 2012 - $327,500
  • March 2012 - $340,500
  • February 2012 - $332,500


Median LISTING Price of active  Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Real Estate Homes :
  • December 1, 2012 $363,500
  • November 1, 2012 $369,500
  • October 2, 2012 $369,900
  • September 3, 2012 $369,900
  • August 8, 2012 - $369,900
  • July 1, 2012 - $369,900
  • June 1, 2012 - $374,900
  • May 1, 2012 - $368,500
  • April 2, 2012 - $365,000
  • March 2, 2012 - $369,900

2012 - 2011 Market Strength

Single Family House Monthly Unit Sales as % of a 10-Year Monthly Sales Average

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2012 81% 67% 77% 77% 83% 70% 88% 54% 70% 88% 91%
2011 85% 91% 75% 70% 68% 93% 74% 86% 86% 70% 86% 92%

Chilliwack* STRATA HOMES for November 2012

The sale of Chilliwack* Strata Homes, apartments, townhouses had a strong monthly performance with 65 sales in November.  Market strength which measures sales against a 10-year average was for November a whopping 114%!  Hooray.

The lowest sale was $54,000 and the highest $467,000.

The average selling price of a Chilliwack* Strata Homes in November 2012 was $188,000 down sharply from a month ago. While average prices were down from where they were a month ago they were very similar to values found a year ago in November 2011. This drop from October to November may reflect a seasonal factor - fewer new projects, with higher unit costs, come on stream in the fall and winter months.

The median sale price was $188,500 and quite a bit lower than the $239,500 of a month earlier. 

The list to sale ratio of 13% is an improving value, but, the sale of townhouses and apartments in the Chilliwack* real estate market remains very competitive with the advantage given to the Buyer. Sellers should pay attention to their Realtor® recommendations and ask for market comparison updates on a bi-monthly basis.

Please remember to use the services of a REIBC real estate professional or a Realtor© to maximize your chances for a successful sale. Give me a call if you are looking for professional service in the Chilliwack, Agassiz, Kent or Harrison Hot Springs areas.


MONTH Sales Average Sale Price Days on Market Active Listings
Nov 2012 65 $188,000 101 484
Oct 2012 51 $234,000 89 531
Nov 2011 39 $193,000 63 n/a

Median Sale Price of Chilliwack* Strata Homes:


  • November 2012 - $188,500
  • October 2012 - $239,500
  • September 2012 - $199,000
  • August 2012 - $232,500
  • July 2012 - $219,000
  • June 2012 - $224,500
  • May 2012 - $230,000
  • April - $230,500
  • March - $210,500
  • February - $204,000

Median Price of Active Chilliwack* Strata Real Estate Listings:


  • December 1, 2012 - $212,000
  • November 1, 2012 - $209,900
  • October 2, 2012 - $189,900
  • September 3, 2012 - $209,900
  • August 8, 2012 - $209,900
  • July 1, 2012 - $214,900
  • June 1, 2012 - $220,000
  • May 1, 2012 - $220,000
  • April 2, 2012 - $218,900
  • March 2, 2012 - $216,000


2012 - 2011 Strata Market Strength

Strata Home Monthly Unit Sales as % of a 10-Year Monthly Sales Average

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2012 93% 78% 96% 70% 87% 85% 97% 67% 89% 76% 114%
2011 100% 105% 85% 86% 84% 66% 66% 91%


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The analysis is based on my sole interpretation of multiple listing information gleaned from the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board and the Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board and does not take into account private sales. It is up to you to decide on the validity of these results and if necessary seek further information.



Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate specialist with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) of Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.