Saturday, December 27, 2014

Swans - Honk If You Like Me - Chilliwack's Winter Visitors



If you hear a loud honking overhead this time of year in Chilliwack, Agassiz, and the eastern BC Fraser Valley it will most likely be a large flock or "bevy" of Trumpeter or Tundra Swans. These birds fly down from parts as far north as Alaska in an effort to escape the winter cold and find food in our fields and farms.  
A Wedge in Flight©Stephen Mullock

The Trumpeter Swan is the largest native bird in North America and can weigh over 33 pounds. They are distinguished by their white feathers and dark beaks. These birds mate for life - so long as eggs are produced, otherwise, "divorce" may occur. An adult male is called a "cob" and a female a "pen".  Their offspring are known as a "swanling" or a "cygnet".

Trumpeter Swans

At one point, this fine bird was almost hunted into extinction.  A big, white target in the sky. So it is reassuring to see their return in numbers each year to Chilliwack, Agassiz and the eastern Fraser Valley. Mahatma Gandhi once said "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Perhaps there is hope for us yet.

Still, they are the noisiest bird in the sky. Not at all like our sweet trilled song birds in the spring these swans, honk and hoot like a drunken choir moving onto the next bar. Their flying could be improved as well - although they were doing pretty well on the day I took the picture above.

There are a lot of great places to see these birds including almost any large farm field but two areas in particular are worth the visit.

"Sardis Park" is a 14 acre park nestled into a southern part of Chilliwack. Its' large pond provides "birders" a wonderful opportunity to view many different types of fowl  at close range. A great place to take a walk with the family.

The Cheam Wetlands is a much larger park some 265 acres in size with a sizeable lake. It is not groomed like the more urban Sardis Park and requires some long lens if you want to take pictures.  Birds in flight as the sun is setting are a pretty sight.

Chilliwack and eastern Fraser Valley communities such as Agassiz, Harrison or Hope offer a special closeness to the wild. The arrival of the Trumpeter and Tundra Swans in November signals that late fall has begun and the winter season approaches.


Imagine living here....


Stephen Mullock
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 16, 2014

Christmas Stocking Drive 2014 - BIG Success


A BIG thank you goes out to everyone that contributed to the success of our 5th Annual Christmas Stocking Drive!



Now all the stockings, 121 in all, are filled and capped with toques.  The Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty members and staff pose for just a moment with the goodies.  Soon these stockings will be on their way, with our hopes, that many Christmases will be a little brighter for the effort.

Love, peace and understanding are sewn right into the fabric of the stocking drive. Merry Christmas everyone and thanks again.

Helping you is what we do...

Imagine living here...


Stephen Mullock
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.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Spirit / 2014 Rotary Chilliwack Santa Parade


Having a blue Christmas?  Lacking that certain Christmas Spirit?  You need to come out to one of the many holiday events being held in our area of Chilliwack, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs. Events like the Rotary Christmas Parade which was held in downtown Chilliwack this past Saturday. Despite a steady rain drizzle, the streets were lined 5 people deep with the kids at the front. What fun!

Watching the parade on Wellington Ave.
The parade began at 5:30 p.m. and the magic continued for an hour and a quarter. A start and finish just right for families with babies/children to meet bedtime schedules.

The crowd, despite the rain, was in a very good mood and those on the floats were evidently having a fine time as well.

Hey, we're having fun on a Christmas Float
I had been asked by a Rotary member, buddy of mine, fellow Realtor© Ian Meissner, to help out with the photography. He would shoot the floats and I would take pictures of the crowd's reaction.  What a great assignment as it gave me a chance to talk to people along the route.  I was struck, once again, no surprise here, at how nice the people of Chilliwack are.

A special thanks should go to the Rotary clubs of Chilliwack and the City of Chilliwack whose financial support helped bring the Christmas Parade back in 2013.  The Christmas spirit is still alive and well in these Rotary clubs and just a single look at the smiling faces of the parade crowd would tell them this - this was money well spent.

While most folk viewed the parade standing at street grade I spotted some other interesting spots to take in the parade as well. On balconies, on shoulders, on chairs, bleachers and our Royal LePage Star 98.3 Kindness Crew partners even had a tent set up right at Five Corners. Free hot chocolate was offered to me numerous times as I made my way up and down the streets.  Christmas cheer.

Shoulder View
The Royal Box

At the very end of the parade just as the last float was going by I noticed this small group of kids holding hands....on top, Santa Claus.

That, my friend, is a Christmas moment to remember.

May you always enjoy the Christmas spirit of peace, love and understanding.

Take my hand, here comes Santa Claus

Next must see event is the CP Holiday Train in Agassiz - December 17th, 2014.  Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo will be performing. Cash or food donations requested.  See you there.


Imagine living here....



Stephen Mullock
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 8, 2014

Chilliwack* Real Estate Sales Review and Analysis November 2014


The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District recorded 114 sales of single family houses and 57 sales of strata homes such as town houses, and apartments in November 2014.  A total of 171 for all housing types; a 49 sales unit drop from the 230 sales in October.  Do not be alarmed - this is normal.  Generally, fewer sales take place in November when compared to October. Plus last October was an abnormally "hot" month for Chilliwack real estate sales so the drop seems larger.  The Chilliwack real estate market has simply returned to a more expected seasonal pattern. 

When compared to the 10-year average for November both the sale of single family detached homes and strata homes were pretty much on target.

Life on Harrison Lake - Click Picture


Prices, especially median LISTING prices, for "single family houses" have increased throughout in 2014 by about $10,000 to November's $370,000.  Interestedly, the median SALE price has not increased significantly it is only $3,500 higher than a year ago.

Price determination for "strata" homes are often more difficult as smaller overall numbers can be easily impacted by sales of newer higher or lower priced developments.  So while the average sale price is surprisedly low this month $196,000 - once again do not be alarmed.  I am fully anticipating this to recover very shortly.  In fact, if I look back 30 days from today Dec 8th  that average sale price would be $215,000 - a number in keeping with most of the chart.

Low mortgage rates and a recovery in the economy are the 2014 driving forces behind the strength in the market. 

Inventory levels are currently dropping due to an increase in demand and seasonal factors. 

Some of the best buys can be discovered in the Agassiz community a 20 minute drive from Chilliwack.

This report divides Chilliwack* residential properties into two classifications; single family detached and strata.  There is often a significant difference in market vigour between the two classifications and for this reason I like to view them separately.

 


Sales of Single Family Detached Houses



The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District recorded a total of 114 sales of single family houses in November 2014. 

Not surprisingly the number of single family detached homes sales in November (114) was less than those in October(159). This is to be expected and follows a cyclic pattern. Plus, October 2014 was a "hot" sales market that has since cooled. 

Based on a 10-year average for November we should expect about 116 sales - so the 114 sales we had is normal.  This was the third best November for single family detached houses since 2007.
  
A list to sale ratio of 14.5% was down from the 18% of last month.

There is a balanced competitive market for Chilliwack*.

Median sale prices look pretty stable at this point hovering in a price range since the beginning of the year between $335,000 to $340,000.

Average sale prices look steady as well.

MONTHSales/Average Sale Price/Days on Market/Active Listings
Nov
2014
114$351,00071735
Oct 2014159$350,00067834
Nov
2013
89$364,00069n/a




As "average sale prices" can be impacted in a disproportionate manner by the sale of high-end properties the "median" is often considered a better measure of where values are, as follows:  


Median SALE Price of Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Homes (SFD)
  • November 2014 - $337,500
  • October 2014 - $334,500
  • September 2014 - $338,500
  • August 2014 - $339,500
  • July 2014 - $346,000
  • June 2014 - $337,500
  • May 2014 - $349,000
  • April 2014 - $341,500
  • March 2014 - $347,500
  • February 2014 - $339,000
  • January 2014 - $348,000
  • December 2013 - $334,500
  • November  2013 - $334,000
  • October 2013 - $321,000
  • September 2013 - $336,000
  • August 2013 - $309,500
  • July 2013 - $347,500
  • June 2013 - $349,500
  • May 2013 - $339,500
  • April 2013 - $338,000
  • March 2013 - $364,000
  • February 2013 - $315,000

       
    Median LISTING Price of active Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Real Estate Homes:
    • December 3, 2014 - $370,000
    • November 3, 2014 - $369,000
    • October 1, 2014 - $364,000
    • September 2, 2014 - $358,500
    • August 1, 2014 - $359,900
    • July 1, 2014 - $359,900
    • June 2, 2014 - $359,900
    • May 2, 2014 - $364,900
    • April 8, 2014 - $359,900
    • March 3, 2014 - $354,900
    • February 1, 2014 - $349,900
    • December 3, 2013 - $359,900
    • November 1, 2013 - $359,000
    • October 1, 2013 - $364,900
    • September 3, 2014 - $358,000
    • August 1, 2013 - $349,900
    • July 2, 2013 $359,900
    • June 4, 2013 $365,000
    • May 2, 2013 $369,900
    • April 1, 2013 $359,900


      2014 - 2011 Market Strength for Chilliwack* Single Family Houses

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

      MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulyAugSeptOctNovDec
      2014 - %94%100829510011010411610512798
      201397%68%60%75%82%83%82%87%105%79%83%80%
      201281%67%77%77%83%70%88%54%70%88%91%80%
      201185%91%75%70%68%93%74%86%86%70%86%92%

      Please remember to use the services of 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 of Strata Homes (Apartments, Townhouses etc.)




      The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District recorded a total of 57 sales of strata homes (apartments, townhouses) November 2014.

      Beach Front Strata Living in Harrison - Click Picture


      The 57, Chilliwack* real estate board strata November sales returned to an anticipated seasonal pattern.  Based on a 10-year average for October, we should expect about 57 sales, which as it turns out is exactly what was achieved.  There were 71 sales last month.
        
      A list to sale ratio of 13% was less than last month's 14.6% but still indicates that the market remains in balanced territory.

      
      MONTHSales/Average Sale Price/Days on Market/Active Listings
      Nov  2014 57$196,00067436
      Oct  2014 71$216,000100463
      Nov  2013 40$200,00096n/a




      October 2014 - $224,500

      Median SALE Price of Chilliwack* Strata Homes
      • November 2014 - $217,500
      • October 2014 - $216,000
      • September 2014 - $245,000
      • August 2014 - $234,500
      • July 2014 - $234,000
      • June 2014 - $219,500
      • May 2014 - $220,500
      • April 2014 - $220,500
      • March 2014 - $243,000
      • February 2014 - $239,000
      • January 2014 - $216,000
      • December 2013 - $232,500
      • November 2013 - $202,000
      • October 2013 - $199,500
      • September 2013 - $212,500
      • August 2013 - $209,900
      • July 2013 - $231,500
      • June 2013 - $211,000
      • May 2013 - $211,000
      • April 2013 - $204,000
      • March 2013 - $229,000
      • February 2013 - $208,000



        Median LISTING Price of active Chilliwack* Strata Real Estate Listings:
        • December 1, 2014 - $199,900
        • November 3, 2014 - $232,500
        • October 1, 2014 - $210,000
        • September 2, 2014 - $216,900
        • Aug 1, 2014 - $214,900
        • July 1, 2014 - $219,000
        • June 2, 2014 - $219,900
        • May 2, 2014 - $214,900
        • April 8, 2014 - $219,000
        • March 3, 2014 - $219,900
        • February 1, 2014 - $219,900
        • January 2, 2014 - $212,500
        • December 3, 2013 - $214,900
        • November 1, 2013 - $214,900
        • October 1, 2013 - $214,900
        • September 3, 2013 - $194,500
        • August 1, 2013 - $212,000
        • July 2, 2013 - $213,900
        • June 4, 2013 - $214,900
        • May 2, 2013 - $210,000
        • April 1, 2013 - $212,500
        • March 1, 2013 - $209,900
        • February 1, 2013 - $217,500


        2011 - 2014 Strata Market Strength

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

        MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulyAugSeptOctNovDec
        2014 - %90%6672106105134869710210492
        2013100%81%89%73%87%99%84%85%79%10868%90%
        201293%78%96%70%87%85%97%67%89%76%11482%
        2011100%10585%86%84%66%66%91%

        Once again, please remember to use the services of a Realtor© to maximize your chances for a successful purchase or sale. Let me have a call if you are looking for professional service in the Chilliwack, Agassiz, Kent or Harrison Hot Springs areas.

        The information reported in this post has been prepared by the author Stephen Mullock, using information from the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board.  The information has been drawn from sources deemed to be reliable, but the accuracy and completeness of the information are not guaranteed.

        In providing such information, neither Stephen Mullock nor the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board assumes any responsibility or liability.

        Copyright © 2014 Stephen Mullock. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission.


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        Stephen Mullock
        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, November 18, 2014

        Agassiz's Pioneer Park in November



        Downtown Agassiz shares Pioneer Park with the Agassiz-Harrison Museum and the Agassiz Harrison Observer newspaper other than that it is a block long walk in an awesome urban forest.  Here the trees, some 80 feet in height, gracefully tower over grass yards, playgrounds and picnic benches - providing shade in summer and wonderful fall showing of colour.  Canada day celebrations are held here and recently a portion of the park was used for the Wayward Pines movie set.  Reseeded, the park is once again open for visitors.


        Agassiz Harrison Museum and CP Caboose ©

        The many tree species found here and most are unique to the area and identified by plaques. There are European Copper Beech, Acer Maple, Dutch Elm, Oak, Akebono Cherry and the London Plane deciduous trees just to mention a few.




        Pioneer Park details © Stephen Mullock

        I am so pleased that whomever selected these trees chose these now giant deciduous trees.

        There is a well known correlation in real estate between "green spaces" and property values.  Tree plantings can add aesthetic beauty throughout the seasons and a sense of grace year round.  Even now, many bare of their leaves they remain majestic.

        Imagine living here...take a walk in the park


        All pictures © Stephen Mullock


        Stephen Mullock
        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.

        Wednesday, November 12, 2014

        Maple Memories in Scarlet


        This time of year we see some pretty spectacular fall colour in the Chilliwack, Sardis, Agassiz and Harrison Hot Springs areas but not a lot of red maples unless you have planted them.



        Our very stately Norwegian maple was planted some 24 years ago in our back yard. During the spring and summer, the leaves are green providing us with privacy. In the autumn, the leaves are transformed into the most beautiful scarlet.





        I love catching a glimpse of its blaze of colour from the interior of our house - it is a fantastic backdrop.

        Of course, deciduous trees have to be raked and this can mean a couple of hours of work outside.  I picked the bright sunny, but somewhat blustery day we had yesterday for the job.  Usually I have helpers but not this year, everyone was away, getting some early Christmas shopping in at the Circle Craft show in Vancouver.  In years past, I have taken a number of photographs of my family being buried in a leaf mound or lying on top of them.  There might even be one of my daughter Emily with her published children's book "Go Away Unicorn" down then left side column of this blog.

        This year however, it was just me, my camera, a rake and a big tree....




        Turns out raking with someone else IS a lot more fun.  I recommend never doing this alone. Some jobs need more than one person.  For example, when I jumped into a big pile of crunchy leaves - there was no one to see it. :(  

        Maybe I should have taken a selfie.

        Selfie in Maple©


        Enjoy these beautiful fall days we having, what a great place to live.

        • FYI - raking up leaves will ensure that your property does not appear neglected.  Grass needs oxygen and sunlight for proper growth. Leaf removal will also ensure that garden pests will not find refuge in the decaying plant materials affecting the health of the next year's yard. 

         All pictures © Stephen Mullock



        Imagine living here....

        Stephen Mullock
        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, November 10, 2014

        Sardis Park - My Fall "Walk About"


        Sardis Park is a 5 ha (12.28 acres) park complete with a lovely circular path, some play equipment for the kids and a lot of birds.  I took a "walk about" this past week hoping to capture some fall colours.


        Sardis Park© Stephen Mullock
        Chilliwack is rich with parks both small and large. All are worth exploring with the family. There are 17 "major", 6 "nature" and 96 "neighbourhood" parks in total.  These open spaces are an important part of Chilliwack's charm as a family community.

        "Sardis Park" is one of the "major" parks and is surrounded by a wonderful and sought after residential neighbourhood.  It is an area that I quite often short list for my buying clients based on a number of superior locational attributes.  I have to admit I also like this area because I have a lot of fond memories growing up here - even swimming in this man made pond when it was still allowed.

        Let's take a walk.




        The place name "Sardis" was selected by Mrs. Vedder back in 1887, who when asked to provide a moniker, opened the Bible and choose "Sardis" the Fifth Church of the seven Churches of Revelations.



        It had originally operated as a gravel pit, but, I heard the operators struck a "spring" and the pit gradually filled with water.




        There are plenty of birds and at this time of year large flocks of Canada Geese descend to rest on their journey southward. Plenty of honking can be expected as these visitors are a little bit nervous around people and can really work themselves up.  Don't get alarmed if they take flight - it's not you - it's them.

        The ducks are a different story.  Whether watching them catch dinner amidst a swirl of colour or catching the last rays of sunset on a log - they are delightful to watch. 

        The park has changed with the times. The noisy days of summers past have been replaced with quiet and the hues of autumn.  Quiet, that is except for the occasional honk or quack.

        Imagine living here....




        Ducks all lined up in a row © Stephen Mullock



        MAP of Sardis, B.C. - the park can be accessed by vehicle off of Manuel Road, or by one of the three walkways around the park.





        Stephen Mullock
        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, November 3, 2014

        Chilliwack* Real Estate Sales Review and Analysis October 2014


        2014 continues to be an impressive time in the sale of Chilliwack* real estate.  In fact, you have to get back to 2007 to find comparable sale volumes.  A welcomed relief for many homeowners and would be sellers. Buyers too must be pleased with relatively stable housing prices and low mortgage rates. 

        The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District recorded 159 sales of single family houses and 71 sales of strata homes such as town houses, and apartments in October 2014.  A total of 230 for all housing types and 20 better than the 210 sales in September.  This is not normal, generally, fewer sales take place in October when compared to September. 

        The sale numbers of single family houses remain in solid territory 27% higher than the 10-year average for September.   Strata home sales are likewise showing strength 4% above the 10-year average for the month.

        Prices are for the most part are unchanged this year and remain very competitive.  Low mortgage rates and a recovery in the economy are the driving forces behind the strength in the market. Inventory levels are currently dropping due to an increase in demand and seasonal factors. 

        Some of the best buys can be found in the Agassiz community a 20 minute drive from Chilliwack.

        Mount Cheam Ridge Morning Fog © Stephen Mullock

        This report divides Chilliwack* residential properties into two classifications; single family detached and strata.  There is often a significant difference in market vigour between the two classifications and for this reason I like to view them separately.




        Sales of Single Family Detached Houses



        The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District recorded a total of 159 sales of single family houses in October 2014. 

        Somewhat surprisingly the number of single family detached homes sales in October (159) was higher than those in September (146). This suggests a very active market as sales tends to drop during the fall and winter. 

        Based on a 10-year average for October we should expect about 126 sales - so the 159 sales were well above the "norm".  In fact, this was the third best October for single family detached houses since 2004.
          
        A list to sale ratio of 18% was up significantly from the 15.5% of last month.  There is a balanced competitive market for Chilliwack* Single family detached homes at this time but upward demand can lead to price increases.  Median sale prices are still trending downward at this point however - a great time to get involved in a purchase.

        MONTHSales/Average Sale Price/Days on Market/Active Listings
        Oct
        2014
        159$350,00067834
        Sept 2014146$354,00064924
        Oct
        2013
        103$339,00075n/a




        As "average sale prices" can be impacted in a disproportionate manner by the sale of high-end properties the "median" is often considered a better measure of where values are, as follows:  


        Median SALE Price of Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Homes (SFD)
        • October 2014 - $334,500
        • September 2014 - $338,500
        • August 2014 - $339,500
        • July 2014 - $346,000
        • June 2014 - $337,500
        • May 2014 - $349,000
        • April 2014 - $341,500
        • March 2014 - $347,500
        • February 2014 - $339,000
        • January 2014 - $348,000
        • December 2013 - $334,500
        • November  2013 - $334,000
        • October 2013 - $321,000
        • September 2013 - $336,000
        • August 2013 - $309,500
        • July 2013 - $347,500
        • June 2013 - $349,500
        • May 2013 - $339,500
        • April 2013 - $338,000
        • March 2013 - $364,000
        • February 2013 - $315,000

             
          Median LISTING Price of active Chilliwack* Single Family Detached Real Estate Homes:
          • November 3, 2014 - $369,000
          • October 1, 2014 - $364,000
          • September 2, 2014 - $358,500
          • August 1, 2014 - $359,900
          • July 1, 2014 - $359,900
          • June 2, 2014 - $359,900
          • May 2, 2014 - $364,900
          • April 8, 2014 - $359,900
          • March 3, 2014 - $354,900
          • February 1, 2014 - $349,900
          • December 3, 2013 - $359,900
          • November 1, 2013 - $359,000
          • October 1, 2013 - $364,900
          • September 3, 2014 - $358,000
          • August 1, 2013 - $349,900
          • July 2, 2013 $359,900
          • June 4, 2013 $365,000
          • May 2, 2013 $369,900
          • April 1, 2013 $359,900


            2013 - 2011 Market Strength for Chilliwack* Single Family Houses

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

            MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulyAugSeptOctNovDec
            2014 - %94%1008295100110104116105127

            201397%68%60%75%82%83%82%87%105%79%83%80%
            201281%67%77%77%83%70%88%54%70%88%91%80%
            201185%91%75%70%68%93%74%86%86%70%86%92%

            Please remember to use the services of 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 of Strata Homes (Apartments, Townhouses etc.)




            The Chilliwack* real estate board area (CADREB) which includes the outlying communities of Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope and parts of the Fraser Cascade Regional District recorded a total of 71 sales of strata homes (apartments, townhouses) October 2014.

            Harrison Beach for $385,000 - Plan for 2015 with a Great Buy


            The 71, Chilliwack* real estate board strata October sales were also bucking the cyclical trend just like the sale of single family detached houses.  Based on a 10-year average for October, we should expect about 62 sales.  There were 64 sales last month.
              
            A list to sale ratio of 14.6% indicates that the market remains in Balanced territory but was stronger than last month's result.

            
            MONTHSales/Average Sale Price/Days on Market/Active Listings
            Oct   2014 71$216,000100463
            Sept  2014 64$235,00059503
            Oct  2013 73$198,00080n/a




            October 2014 - $224,500Median SALE Price of Chilliwack* Strata Homes
            • September 2014 - $245,000
            • August 2014 - $234,500
            • July 2014 - $234,000
            • June 2014 - $219,500
            • May 2014 - $220,500
            • April 2014 - $220,500
            • March 2014 - $243,000
            • February 2014 - $239,000
            • January 2014 - $216,000
            • December 2013 - $232,500
            • November 2013 - $202,000
            • October 2013 - $199,500
            • September 2013 - $212,500
            • August 2013 - $209,900
            • July 2013 - $231,500
            • June 2013 - $211,000
            • May 2013 - $211,000
            • April 2013 - $204,000
            • March 2013 - $229,000
            • February 2013 - $208,000



              Median LISTING Price of active Chilliwack* Strata Real Estate Listings:
              • November 3, 2014 - $232,500
              • October 1, 2014 - $210,000
              • September 2, 2014 - $216,900
              • Aug 1, 2014 - $214,900
              • July 1, 2014 - $219,000
              • June 2, 2014 - $219,900
              • May 2, 2014 - $214,900
              • April 8, 2014 - $219,000
              • March 3, 2014 - $219,900
              • February 1, 2014 - $219,900
              • January 2, 2014 - $212,500
              • December 3, 2013 - $214,900
              • November 1, 2013 - $214,900
              • October 1, 2013 - $214,900
              • September 3, 2013 - $194,500
              • August 1, 2013 - $212,000
              • July 2, 2013 - $213,900
              • June 4, 2013 - $214,900
              • May 2, 2013 - $210,000
              • April 1, 2013 - $212,500
              • March 1, 2013 - $209,900
              • February 1, 2013 - $217,500


              2011 - 2013 Strata Market Strength

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

              MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulyAugSeptOctNovDec
              2014 - %90%66721061051348697102104

              2013100%81%89%73%87%99%84%85%79%10868%90%
              201293%78%96%70%87%85%97%67%89%76%11482%
              2011100%10585%86%84%66%66%91%

              Once again, please remember to use the services of 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.

              The information reported in this post has been prepared by the author Stephen Mullock, using information from the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board.  The information has been drawn from sources deemed to be reliable, but the accuracy and completeness of the information are not guaranteed.

              In providing such information, neither Stephen Mullock nor the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board assumes any responsibility or liability.

              Copyright © 2014 Stephen Mullock. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission.


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