27 Jan

Mortgage Highlights Of The Week


Posted by: Kimberly Walker



United States


*    The Federal Reserve committed to keep rates on hold through the end of 2014 this week, while today’s Q4 GDP released underscored the fragility of the economic recovery. Unfortunately, further monetary easing isn’t what is going to provide the jolt the economy needs.


*    What’s holding the economy back right now isn’t the price of credit; it’s the lack of quality borrowers. The pool of potential borrowers willing and able to take advantage of lower interest rates is limited. And as long as aggregate demand remains depressed, businesses will continue to put off investing until the economic outlook improves.


*    What the economy needs right now is more effective fiscal policy solutions. However, fiscal policy so far has tended to undermine the recovery rather than aid it.




*    With the U.S. Federal Reserve on hold until 2014, we expect the Bank of Canada to leave its key overnight rate unchanged until mid-2013.  In addition to this delayed start, we now forecast that the return to the neutral interest rate will take place over a longer period of time.


*    The revised interest rate outlook led the loonie to break through parity versus the greenback for the first time since November.  Canadian bond yields also fell across the curve.


*    The lower-for-longer interest rate profile implies an upward risk to our near-term domestic economic outlook.  At the same time, households are already heavily indebted and the national real estate market is overvalued by roughly 10-15%.  If both measures continue to ramp up in the presence of low interest rates, they will become heightened downside risks to the medium-term economic outlook.












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19 Jan

Housing Price Index – New and Improved – January 2012


Posted by: Kimberly Walker

How will the new MLS® Home Price Index help you help your clients?

The housing price index (HPI) has always been the best measure for home price trends and now it’s going to get even better.

In February, CREA and five of Canada’s largest real estate boards, including FVREB, will launch a national index replacing our regional FVREB/REBGV MLSLink® HPI that’s been in place since the mid-90s.

Like the old index, this new MLS® HPI is the best and purest way of gauging price trends in the housing market. It takes housing quality into account, such as housing category, location, number of rooms, living area, etc., in a way that no other method of price tracking does.

What’s changed? The new index:

  • Is more accurate because it’s been updated to reflect more sub-areas and new housing types (the old index was last updated in 2005)
  • Is national in scope with uniform housing types across the country to allow for “apples to apples” comparisons between markets across the country (the old index was only valid in the Lower Mainland)
  • Shows price trends at all levels: areas, sub-areas, municipal, regional and national (the old index excluded or combined certain Fraser Valley neighbourhoods)
  • Divides single family detached into one and two storey categories providing greater stability and accuracy

Thanks to the MLS®, REALTORS® across Canada and the industry are already recognized as a credible, reliable source of real estate data and now the new MLS® HPI will build on this reputation. It will keep REALTORS® at the forefront of public opinion in terms of housing market expertise.

The MLS® HPI is scheduled for launch during the first week of February, 2012. Click here to see a more detailed matrix comparing the old index with the new.

5 Jan



Posted by: Kimberly Walker

News Release: January 4, 2012


(Surrey, BC) – Overall, Fraser Valley’s real estate market in 2011 was below the 10-year average in property sales and above average in the number of new listings received, however, according to the president of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board, results varied widely depending on the community and property type.

Sukh Sidhu observes, “I can’t remember a year that illustrates better how local real estate is and the importance of talking to your REALTOR® before making a decision to buy or sell. For example, in my community of Abbotsford, sales of single family homes dropped by almost 7 per cent compared to 2010, pushing prices down slightly, while in South Surrey/White Rock sales increased year over year by 45 per cent resulting in double-digit price increases.”

The Board’s Multiple Listing Service® processed 15,529 sales in 2011 compared to 14,891 the previous year, an increase of 4 per cent, while the number of new listings remained about the same – 31,592 in 2011 compared to 31,437 in 2010. Over the year, the number of active listings for buyers to choose from dropped by 9 per cent going from 8,139 properties in December 2010 to 7,399 in December 2011.

Although 2011 ranks the third slowest year for sales in Fraser Valley since 2002, it was only 10 per cent less than the 10-year average of 17,210 sales. The volume of new listings received in 2011 was 6 per cent more than the 10-year average of 29,867 new listings, placing last year third in ranking since 2002.

Sidhu adds, “One trend from 2011 that is clear was the preference for single family homes. For the most part in our region, both sales and prices of townhomes and condos either stayed on par with 2010 or decreased.”

In December, the benchmark price of a detached home in the Fraser Valley was $522,998, an increase of 3.3 per cent compared to $506,145 in December 2010 and a decrease of 1.7 per cent compared to November.

For townhouses, the benchmark price in December was $315,330, a decrease of 2.1 per cent compared to the same month last year when it was $322,054 and down 3.8 per cent compared to November. The benchmark price of apartments in December was $237,285, a decrease of 1.2 per cent compared to December 2010 and a decrease of 0.5 per cent compared to November.

Average prices year over year show detached homes up 9.1 per cent – $610,269 in 2011 compared to $559,456 in 2010. The average price of townhomes increased by 2.6 per cent, going from $336,484 in 2010 to $345,138 in 2011 and the average price of apartments increased by 0.9 per cent going from $223,910 in 2010 to $225,976 in 2011.

The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board is an association of 2,893 real estate professionals who live and work in the BC communities of North Delta, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Abbotsford, and Mission. The FVREB marked its 90-year anniversary in 2011.