Market Update: Housing Recovery, Economic Pressure, and Insurance Considerations

In recent developments in the real estate market, there has been a notable increase in the Home Price Index (HPI) for the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV), Whistler, and Squamish on a month-over-month basis. This positive trend reflects growing confidence in the housing market, with Squamish experiencing a 13% price increase since its low point in December, and Whistler following closely with an 11% price upturn during the same period.

While these advancements are indicative of a recovery, it is crucial to note that we have not yet reached the peak of the market witnessed in June 2022. Squamish, for instance, remains approximately 6.8% below its highest point, while Whistler lags behind by approximately 8.2%. However, we have successfully returned to January 2022 price levels, signifying a commendable rebound. Those who made property investments prior to this date have likely witnessed significant appreciation in the value of their assets, particularly if they secured favorable interest rates.

Looking ahead, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) anticipates a decline in the number of property sales in 2023 compared to the previous year, a trend that has already begun to manifest. However, more optimistic expectations are on the horizon for 2024, with modest increases projected in the volume of sales.

In terms of the broader economic landscape, recent data reveals a slowdown in Canadian GDP. This development places additional pressure on the Bank of Canada (BoC) to maintain interest rates, potentially offering relief to homeowners with variable-rate mortgages.

Nonetheless, a persistent challenge in the market remains the scarcity of available properties. The slowdown in building and development activities is primarily attributed to the rising cost of borrowing, exacerbating the existing housing shortage. While federal and provincial governments have mandated municipalities to increase housing supply, they have not provided comprehensive tools to facilitate these goals effectively.

Furthermore, the recent West Kelowna fires and local incidents in Gun Lake have displaced residents, underscoring the importance of insurance considerations. As we move into the fall season, it is advisable to review your insurance coverage to ensure you are adequately protected. Building costs have surged in recent years, potentially leaving homeowners underinsured for replacement values. Moreover, it is vital to emphasize the necessity of wildfire insurance, distinct from standard fire coverage, given the ongoing risk of wildfires in the region.

The real estate market is on a positive trajectory with signs of recovery, but challenges persist, including housing shortages and economic pressures. Being proactive about insurance coverage is a prudent step for homeowners in these uncertain times. We encourage you to stay informed and prepare for the evolving dynamics of the market.

If you have any questions or are curious about buying/selling in todays market, please feel free to reach out at any time!

– Ursula and Mel

Sea to Sky Real Estate Market Update:

Through July 2023

WHISTLER’s real estate market had a total dollar volume of approximately $95 Million in July. There were a total of 36 transactions. Of those sales, 5 were chalets, 13 were townhouses and 8 were condominiums sales.

For a complete breakdown of Whistler Sales by Dollar Volume, Transactions and Property Types, for the past few years, please view our July 2023 stats package here

The SQUAMISH real estate market had a total of $39 Million in sales in July. There were a total of 31 property transactions. Of those sales, 12 were single family homes, 7 were townhomes and 6 were condominiums.

Want more Squamish Stats?
view our July 2023 stats package here

The PEMBERTON market had approximately $2 Million in total dollar volume in July. There were a total of 2 transactions. Of those sales, 1 was a chalet and 1 was a vacant land sale.

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view our July 2023 stats package here

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