Okanagan and Big White Ski Resort Real Estate Update

January was a great start to the new year with the Okanagan and Big White Ski Resort real estate market leveling out yet still producing high levels of deals. Even with mortgage rates rising, and an already difficult market to jump into, it seems to have remained steady through January and is picking up momentum as we go through February. A slight decrease in listing and sales price has made the market a bit more achievable and many people who were waiting to see this decrease are now jumping in on the action.

It is still a quite even market with it not favoring neither the seller nor the buyer at the moment. Sellers are acknowledging the prices have taken a slight downturn, but are still, of course, wanting top dollar for their property. Buyers seems to notice the small decrease in price and have been committing to purchase.

Okanagan Real Estate Update

Sales have seen a decrease in the Okanagan area with just 63 single family residence sales in the month of January, a 59% drop compared to January 2022. However the inventory has increased dramatically with 161% more properties available for sale. Currently sitting at 699 single family homes on the market. The average days to sell has increased to 81 – a large leap if compared to the same time last year when it was just 36 days. Which we know was unfamiliar and unprecedented.

The price ratio for January sat at 95.51% – on par for the market we were used to seeing prior to the pandemic. Comparing to last year is almost irrelevant because as we know most homes were selling for full list price and some way above list price.

So far this year the market seems steady throughout the Okanagan and is giving a chance to buyers to be able to purchase their first property or even their first investment property.

A great development that would work as a primary residence or investment property are the new townhomes at West 61 at Shannon Lake in West Kelowna. These 2/3 bedroom units offer views of Shannon Lake, top notch amenities, and modern luxury elements. Starting at $799k, these properties are a must see and are scheduled for completion August 2023.

Big White Ski Resort Real Estate Update

Big White Ski Resort had a slower January, with only 3 sales at the resort. However, the activity has increased quite a bit over the past two weeks and inventory has been selling at a faster pace that the beginning of this year. The average sale price at the resort in January was $650,667 – an increase of 13% when compared to January 2022.

All of the events happening at the resort are a factor in the real estate market. More and more locals and travelers alike are spending much more time at the resort. It’s also a factor with overseas buyers that the resort is exempt from the Foreign Buyer Ban really making Big White the ideal place to invest. The average days a property is spending on the market at the resort is just 53 days. Fairly on par if you compare to the same time last year where the average was 50 days.

If you are looking to build at Big White Ski Resort, Monashee Way is offering lots starting at $375k – these properties are ski-in/ski-out, with no rental restrictions. Build your dream chalet with the builder of your choice.

If you, or someone you know is looking to either get into the real estate market or perhaps free up some of your property assets, feel free to reach out – I would be happy to answer any questions and assist throughout the process.

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Okanagan Region is growing rapidly

The Thompson-Okanagan region is rapidly growing. Population hit 620,000 residents in 2021 with an average of 10,000 new residents every year. It is the fastest growing population in Canada according to Statistics Canada. The City of Kelowna itself now has over 224,000 residents. Making it double the size of Kamloops, Prince George and Nanaimo. It’s no wonder the real estate development is continuing to accelerate even with this slight downturn in sales.

The City of Kelowna recently voted unanimously to approve a 425 home development in the Tower Ranch neighborhood and a 1000 home development on Lakeshore Road. Those developments in addition to many pre-sales happening throughout the region are a direct correlation to the influx of out of region residents. Okanagan real estate has been stifled with supply in the past months creating a rise in prices. With the new projects arising, we are hoping to see a shift, making housing more affordable within the region.

Even with residential sales slowing recently, the average price is still on the rise. We saw May’s average single family home sale price increase from just under 1 million ($997,441) to $1,139,144 from the same time last year.

It is estimated that investors make up nearly 60-70% of condo buyers in the city. This I believe goes hand in hand with Kelowna’s rental vacancy rate which sat at just 0.6%. The lowest level in Canada in May. With the average price of condos sitting at $518,637 in May, its an affordable and wise investment choice.

The Thompson-Okanagan region, especially Kelowna, is rapidly growing. Now may be the best time to capture that piece of Okanagan paradise. Feel free to reach out and contact me with any questions or to get started finding your perfect home.

May in the Okanagan

It’s been a fairly cool start to May in the Okanagan but the same cannot be said for the real estate market. Although it has slightly shifted to a more level market, it still remains to be a hot spot for many home buyers. We are finding it’s not just locals who are moving up from condos and buying single family homes. There are many buyers coming from out of province, and even out of country to purchase their own piece of paradise in Kelowna. And who can blame them!? The Okanagan, Kelowna in particular is the most amazing place to live.

There are countless opportunities in the city in careers, adventures, and your real estate portfolio. This summer is shaping up to amplify all three with many events making a come back after a two year hiatus. This brings more revenue to the city and with many tourists visiting the city, real estate will remain strong.

May in the Okanagan- Real Estate Recap

Real estate in April marked a decrease in number of units sold compared to April 2021. But that’s not to say they are low. They are just lower in comparison to the record breaking 2021 we saw. We are still seeing a fairly low inventory, which we know has been driving up the home prices, but it is starting to transition to a more stable environment.

The average days to sell is still on the decrease. Single family homes are sitting on the market just 22 days on average. Condos and townhomes are also seeing big decreases in days to sell. Townhomes dropped 54% compared to last April – with an average of 19 days on market.

Lakeview Heights in West Kelowna and South East Kelowna continue to be sought after neighbourhoods. These are popular with buyers because of the spaciousness of the homes, the peaceful settings, and larger lot sizes. Other neighbourhoods that are also popular are Joe Rich and Lake Country.

From affordable fixer uppers to large commercial lots, there are plenty of sales happening in the Okanagan. Like the 11 million dollar commercial deal on Truswell that I just firmed up, and the many single family homes throughout the region. I may specialize at Big White, but I’ve been bringing my expertise to the Okanagan and expanding!

SOLD! Lake Country
SOLD! Lakeview Heights
SOLD! Joe Rich
SOLD! Lower Mission

 

 

 

 

SOLD! $11 million commercial

Summer is just around the corner here in Kelowna. I think I can speak for all of us when I say that Kelowna in the summer is unmatched. Whether you are enjoying it in your backyard pool at your home in Lower Mission, or at a beach just down from your downtown condo, its the reason most of us live here.

If you are looking to purchase a piece of Kelowna to either start, or build your real estate portfolio, I am happy to assist you along the way. Feel free to contact me here or give me a call at 778-231-0308

Okanagan Real Estate Market Update: May 2021

The Okanagan real estate market has continued to showcase steady growth and chart topping numbers. Okanagan’s dynamic market displays fast moving inventory and competitive offers in many cases. A high demand, with predictions to remain steady into the upcoming months is becoming a common theme.

Okanagan is consistently seeing historically high numbers of sales and low inventory. This creates increases in value and remains apparent that the market still favor sellers as we continue in the second quarter of 2021.

The current market conditions are driven up by many factors. Some of which include; low interest rates, flexibility of remote working, and the intriguing Okanagan lifestyle. The “small town” feel that the Okanagan showcases is sought after with many buyers relocating from large cities.

With world-class wineries, sandy beaches, countless lakes and an abundance of outdoor activities, the Okanagan is a hot spot for people of any age. Many people are looking for more of that outdoor lifestyle. Whether its boating, golfing, or heading to Big White for some mountain biking our community offers all of that, and then some!

Okanagan Real Estate Market Recap

Market activity continues to exceed levels our area is accustomed to. We experienced 9845 sales totaling over 5.7 billion dollars in 2020. Year to date, we sit at 3.2 billion with 5002 sales. Value continue to climb and the increase of pressure will likely continue in the short term.

Not only are listings selling for more, but they are taking less time to sell, 28.23% less time compared to 2020 actually. In March 2021, residential listings were taking, on average, 33 days to sell.

A Closer Look

As we experience high level activity within our market, individual market segments performed differently. The number of residential sales increased by 115%, and the condo market is ahead of that with an increase of 130%. Townhomes are slightly behind at 114%. But the real dominator here was lot sales, as more and more people decide to build. We saw a 383%, yes 383% increase in number of sales compared to 2020.

Average prices in all segments have increased. The average price of residential soared to $930,251 a 28% change from 2020. Townhomes also increased by 24% to $621,485 and condos trailed with an average price of $415,411 compared to $352,444, a 17% increase.

Looking Ahead

With our current markets status, we expect a similar quarter. Demand remains strong throughout our region and combined with a high level of available capital market trends are expected to continue. We are in a time where market growth seems to remain stable and steady for the foreseeable future and sellers are still in a perfect pocket of opportunity.

For more information about the Okanagan real estate market contact me anytime.

Spring in the Okanagan – Real Estate Edition

Spring has arrived in the Okanagan. With above 20 degree weather, the grasses are greening and the homes are selling faster than ever before. It’s not new news that in the Spring time we see a rush in homes being listed and sold, but this year is taking it to another level. Because this is a strong sellers market, many of the homes are going into multiples and ending up going for above listing price with no conditions. It is a frustrating time for buyers looking for that perfect home but with a qualified, professional, knowledgeable agent, finding and purchasing your dream home is possible!

The Okanagan has so much to offer and people from all across Canada are discovering this little piece of paradise we call home. The outdoor lifestyle, great weather, and endless opportunity are appealing to everyone. That appeal however is driving up prices for anyone local trying to get into this market.

As we near the end of April lets take a quick peek at some stats:

  • We have already seen 597 sales in the Central Okanagan whereas last years April saw 214. That is a 178% increase and the month isn’t even over yet
  • $561,463 was the average price in April 2020, and with the sales conducted so far this April we are at an average sale price of $723,368
  • A home is sitting on the market an average of 36 days compared to last years 66 days (45% decrease!)

Even though its now closed for the Winter Season, Big White Ski Resort is seeing the same increase. Number of sales and average sale prices are up tremendously from previous years. With their summer season approaching, everyone is keen to get outside and enjoy the activities offered; like world-class biking, hiking, festivals and more. More and more people are purchasing vacation homes close to home to escape to during these restricted times. You can check out Big White’s summer season here.

The velocity of the recent COVID-19 third wave, driven by the variants, is likely going to cause further restrictions and the Okanagan market has proven to be resilient and is expected to remain fast paced.

This is the time for sellers who are debating listing to really consider all of the incredible options out there. The Okanagan has never before seen a demand like this making it the perfect time to sell. On the other hand, if you are a buyer looking to purchase into this market, don’t get discouraged. Low borrowing rates create opportunity to step into the market.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions you have about the Okanagan and Big White real estate markets. Contact me today!

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Kelowna Real Estate Market – March 2021

Kelowna, the third largest metropolitan area in BC, has been a hot spot for real estate for the past few months. The lifestyle that Kelowna provides is appealing to everyone. An active outdoor lifestyle is what everyone is looking for these days especially within these restricting times. With people working remotely the mass exodus from metropolitan cities continues. People from Ontario, Alberta, and Lower Mainland are flocking to the Okanagan and falling in love with the valley. With many non-locals being drawn to the area, we saw 23% of purchases with buyers from the Lower Mainland/Island compared to 51% of buyers from within the board. So let’s take a look at the Kelowna Real Estate Market Stats.

Kelowna Real Estate Market Stats

With that, we have been seeing a major increase in single family home sale prices and a large decrease of that same inventory. February saw a benchmark price for single family homes at an astonishing $776,300. An increase of 17% from the same time last year. If that statistic doesn’t shock you, the listing inventory will. With a decrease of 51%, February had just 388 active listings. Days to sell are also down, about 40%, to just 44 days on average.

7 Day Market Watch

Single family homes remain sought-after; however, the condo market is steadily increasing for those who enjoy the low maintenance, lock and leave lifestyle. In February 2021 there were 183 sales, an increase of 108% compared to February 2020. Inventory is also sitting at 23% below last years. Kelowna’s condo market will be seeing a large increase of availability with new developments and proposals.

With many of the new listings, especially single family homes, getting multiple offers, the final sale price is often going above the list price. Competitive buyers are winning offers by agreeing to less subjects, quicker removals, and of course, higher prices. As agents we are seeing an increase of listing notes with “Sellers will review all offers by such and such date.”. This allows any interested buyers to view the property in an allotted time and make an informed not rushed decision.

March continues to show us that the market is not slowing down. If anything, it’s getting crazier. Buyers are feeling the stress of not being able to find a place, and sellers are wondering if now is the right time to list. With so many questions going around, I am always happy to answer any that you may have. You can always contact me here to have a chat. You can also check out all of my current Kelowna listings here.

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Big White Real Estate is on Par With The Rest of BC

Big White Real Estate is on par with the rest of BC. You have likely seen in the news that the real estate industry in British Columbia, specifically the Interior, is breaking records. It has well exceeded many peoples expectations. Big White Ski Resort‘s real estate market is no exception.

For instance, January 2021 sales took a 35% increase from January of 2020. Sales from $99,400 to 1,540,000 took place in January with the transactions totalling over $12 million dollars. This created an average sale price of $531,670, a slight increase from January 2020’s average sale price of $501,588.

Big White Ski Resort Real EstatePeople are flocking to the resort to purchase vacation rentals for themselves and their families as well as purchasing investment homes to provide revenue. There are many options for whatever you are looking for in your Big White Ski Resort property. Whether it’s a lot for building your dream chalet, a commercial investment up to $10 million, a studio or anything in between.

From my office I get to see the bustle of the Village and the excitement that runs through the resort on the daily. There is no better time than now to get outside and enjoy everything this beautiful mountain has to offer.

This year, the resort has spent copious amounts of time and money ensuring they are following all new government protocols. I believe they have done an incredible job in keeping visitors and locals safe all seasons long.

If you are curious about stepping into the Big White market or ready to sell your lovely ski abode, contact me today and we can talk about your options. Now may be the best time for you to LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY!

Big White Ski Resort is the Place to be!

Big White Ski Resort is the place to be this winter season for anyone looking to get outdoors, breathe in some fresh air, and enjoy that beautiful champagne powder. The resort opened ahead of schedule this year and has had a seamless transition while incorporating all of the governments new protocols and restrictions. The resort has put many new policies to ensure visitors and staff alike are safe and following protocols.

Most are flocking to the mountain during the weekends, but if you get the chance to be there mid-week not only will you receive a discount on passes, but also get the perks of waiting less, skiing more, and fresh tracks!

Real Estate Market

If you are thinking now is the time, for either buying or selling on the mountain, you are absolutely correct. November 2020 saw a 160% increase in the number of sales, and the number of days to sell is also down compared to the same time last year. Over 17 million dollars of real estate was exchanged last month at Big White Ski Resort. As of today there are 69 available listings on the mountain. You can purchase a studio apartment for under $100,000 or a luxurious chalet in Feathertop Estates for $1,675,000.

New at Big White

Recycling! Residents and visitors the resort can now drop off their refundable beverage containers at the region’s first Return-It Express & GO recycling station. This new service was a direct response to the needs of residents and visitors on the mountain. Located at 4500 Big White Rd., the new facility makes recycling easier by allowing drop off pre-bagged beverage containers without sorting them. Another cool feature of this amenity is the fact it is solar powered and housed in a repurposed shipping container. For further information check out this article.

With new snow dropping daily, it’s definitely better to be outside! See you on the mountain, email me, or drop by my office in the heart of the Village! (Right under Snowshoe Sam’s)

LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY

Big White Real Estate Market Update – February

Big White Village

Big White Ski Resort’s temperature might be in the negatives lately, but the real estate market is climbing to hot hot hot! With 18 new listings becoming active in February, it brings the total current listing count at Big White to 117. That number includes condos, single family residences, and lots. 

Condos currently make up 42% of the current listings and with prices ranging from $104,500 to $1,100,000, there really is a price point for everyone.

Whether it is local families, investors, or people from out of the country buying vacation homes, condos are an incredible chance to own at Big White Ski Resort. They allow owners and occupants to live a secure, low maintenance, lifestyle while reaping the benefits of amenities and location. Condo living often boasts the “Lock and Leave” lifestyle, which for a vacation home is an opportunity for less stress, and the confidence your home is secure and taken care of while you are not there.

Condos at Big White Ski Resort are becoming more luxurious and the amenities are increasingly raising the standards. Complexes such as Stonegate Resort offer incredible building amenities like a heated indoor/outdoor pool, 18 seat movie theater, fitness center, game room, and more! To check out the sophisticated Stonegate Resort, click here.

So whether you invest, vacation, or live on the mountain,the condo lifestyle may be right for you.

LIVE WHERE YOU PLAY!

Why January is a great time to list your home!

You’ve been pondering the idea of listing your home “next year”, but aren’t entirely sure when is the best time to list. You’re friends tell you Spring because that’s when the market picks up. BUT, I’m going to give you 3 reasons to list your home in JANUARY!!

  1. There are fewer houses on the market – which means less competition and greater chance at receiving an offer
  2. People that are looking at houses in January are serious buyers!
  3. Corporate relocation – One of the biggest months for employee relocation is January, you might just sell to a newcomer to your town!

Okay, now that you’ve decided to list in January, here are some helpful tips for winter showings:

  1. Bake cookies for the potential buyers – the smell, the thought, and the taste will leave an imprint in their memory with the house.
  2. Have summer photos of the house, yard, and neighborhood.
  3. Keep driveway and sidewalk clear of snow and ice at all times!
  4. Turn the heat up a notch or two prior to showings, and if you have a fireplace, turn it on for extra ambiance.

Listing your property in January may just ensure you get the right price and beat the spring saturation!

Call Joan Wolf today if you want results, passion, and perseverance!

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