Real Estate Blog

November sees a slowing in some areas.

(December 06, 2017, posted in Market statistics)

I was going through the latest housing statistics and thought I would share with you.   

It looks like we may have reached the top of the price curve for Detached homes in the GVRD.  There has been more of a build up of inventory over the last few months in the outlying areas and we are seeing price reductions in these areas. 

Detached homes are being listed for sale for longer before attracting offers a... read more.

We beat out 11 other offers!

(November 28, 2017)

Wow!  Another hectic week in the Real Estate World. 

The condo market in the Port Coquitlam area isn't showing signs of slowing yet. Last week I sold a 1 bedroom plus den unit on Wilson Ave and by the time we got to present our offer there were 11 competing bids. After a few hours and a couple rounds of negotiations my clients ended up being the successful bidders. As you can expect with this interes... read more.

23rd Annual REALTORS Care Blanket Drive

(November 08, 2017)

The 23rd Annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive is on the way once again and my office, Johnston Meier Insurance & Realty, is collecting items. As the weather turns cold, warm clothing and blankets are needed for those in need of a place to stay. Last year, donations reached men, women, and children at organizations such as:

3 bedroom home sold for under $325000 ?!?! - no really!

(November 07, 2017, posted in Sold Listing)

I must admit, when I got the referral from a past client I was a bit more than sceptical.  Where am I going to find a 3 bedroom home under $325000 in today's market?  I didn't think this was possible and even suggested we look at condos as a stepping stone to a house down the road.  

Well I am very happy to say we found the house and moving day is this week!!! Of course we had to go out east a bit and... read more.

New Mortgage Underwriting Guidelines

(October 17, 2017, posted in Mortgages )

Our favourite mortgage lender, Sharon Davis at BlueTree Mortgages WEST, has sent information on the new guidelines from the OFSI (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions) for residential mortgage underwriting today. Here it is: 

The highly talked about Stress test is passed – will be the greater of the benchmark (currently 4.89%) or contract rate plus 2.00% to qualify for borrowers wi... read more.