May 2017


Vancouver sticker shock sends ripple effects across B.C.

The numbers are stark: while benchmark house prices in the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver's area rose 17.8% in 2016 to $897,600, the price of housing sold through the Fraser Valley and Victoria real estate boards increased by more than 20%. Indeed, in the Fraser Valley, long considered the affordable alternative to pricey Vancouver, house prices rose a whopping 27% in 2016 to $628,200, nearly twice the growth logged in 2015.

It isn't hard to see the reason: as 2016 dawned, article after article chronicled the plight of young families who couldn't find affordable housing, let alone adequate child care, pulling up stakes in Vancouver for broader pastures.


Monthly Local Market Update

The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Benchmark Price represent the price of a typical property within each market. The HPI takes into consideration what averages and medians do not - items such as lot size, age, number of rooms, etc. These features become the composite of the ‘typical house' in a given area.

Each month's sales determine the current prices paid for bedrooms, bathrooms, fireplaces, etc. and apply those new values to the ‘typical' house model. Click below to see the April HPI benchmark and other market statistics for your area.



Bowen Island

Burnaby East

Burnaby North

Burnaby South






Maple Ridge



New Westminster

North Delta

North Surrey

North Vancouver


Pitt Meadows

Port Coquitlam

Port Moody


South Surrey/
White Rock


Sunshine Coast

Surrey - Central


Vancouver - East

Vancouver - West



West Vancouver


How to Design the Perfect Patio

That time of year we've been dreaming of is finally upon us: Spring! At the first hint of sunlight, Western Living turned to outdoor design expert Carson Arthur to get his top 5 tips for transforming outdoor space.

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3. Keep it Cool
4. Add Some Colour
5. Watch Your Green Footprint


B.C. Real Estate News


Vancouver homebuilders drowning in red tape: think-tank report (CTV News)

Young families caught up in housing crisis (Richmond News)

More residential developers set their sights on townhomes in Vancouver (BIV)

Vancouver's Foreign Buyer Tax Didn't Stop Real Estate Sales, China Did (Better Dwelling)


Victoria city council holds back on foreign buyers tax (CBC News)

Low inventory crimps Greater Victoria real estate market (Times Colonist)


Kelowna home prices soaring (BC Local News)

Home sales soar in south Okanagan (Global News)


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