Everyone is talking about the now imminent development in the Lynn Valley Town Centre. The great news is that Floor-plans & Pricing are now available!
We have included links to the floor plans here:
Please click here for Furnished Floor-plans
For your convenience, we have included a link to the starting prices below:
Please click here for Starting Prices
The Vancouver Sun recently ran an article on The Residences this past weekend. You can click here for the story!
Want your own VIP Tour ? Construction of The Residences Sales centre, located across from CIBC at Lynn Valley Centre, is well underway and we would love to take you through your very own tour of these homes, so CALL US TODAY and we'll set up an appointment!
CALL US AT (604) 984-7253
That's One Tough Bubble
Let’s face it – Real Estate is an incredibly hot topic, and has been for the last 10 years at least – as it has morphed from owning “somewhere to live” into an enormous industry unto itself – prompting a plethora of TV shows, trade shows, workshops, seminars, shops & services, plus daily chatter at your local coffee shop, and on every possible social media site.
Supply, Demand, Interest Rates and Income. Over history, these have not changed as the main influences in a real estate marketplace.
How do you know which report to rely on for information? – for example, on November 9th Global News reports on a “Risk of Severe Housing Slump Rising”… but if you get to the end of the article, you will read that “All told, there will be “modest unwinding” in housing activity in Ontario and B.C.”.
Today, CTV News has an article on their site quoting “no bubble burst”, with Central 1 credit union predicting that low mortgage rates through 2017 will keep sales sizzling, and prices rising. Sigh.
There is no doubt prices are the highest they have ever been in our fair city, and especially the North Shore & the West Side of Vancouver. Folks that already live here are, by all accounts, still loving it here and want to stay – making supply so slim, it’s crazy. And certainly, household income has not kept pace with the increase in median price in the Lower Mainland, and BC specifically stands out as the province that is the most costly to live in – taking the ratio of income to house prices.
Interest Rates today are still incredibly great – 2.54% for a five year term – fuelling the fire of an already what some would call, “overheated” market. But how do you define ‘overheated’ ?? People have always thought that Vancouver has been expensive. The North shore has particularly been an expensive place to live – and the reason is the same – MANY people still love it here, and want more than anything, to live here. Demand.
When we first began buying real estate, an average house in North Vancouver was just over $100,000 – and when that number became $200,000, everyone was up in arms. Breaking major price points over the last 25 years has always invoked the same response from consumers - except – gulp today, we’re talking “millions of dollars”! The price increase we have seen in the past year is approximately 20 – 25%. We have also seen similar increases in the period mid 2005 to mid 2006, when median prices jumped approximately 30%, and then again in early 2009 to early 2010, when they jumped again approximately 20%. YIKES!
There is no doubt it is tough out there, no kidding! Buyers are finding it a real challenge – and we as facilitators for buyers & sellers are also finding it a real challenge to locate a good home for our valued clients, and to provide comforting counsel to folks who are considering selling, but worried about where they will go should they sell.
So here are our thoughts & maybe a little advice on how to manage investing in and staying in one of the most desirable places to live !
(1) Start somewhere & just get into the market – the important thing is to stop paying rent. Consider purchasing an older apartment with a friend, or get a room mate. There are 235 apartments for sale in North Vancouver today (that’s 50.6% of our market) , and 109 of those are under $400,000. A $200,000 mortgage costs about $1000 per month today. Typical strata fees are about $300 per month – & add $100 - $175 a month for property taxes. It’s possible that’s less than you will pay for rent here. You’ve got to start somewhere.
(2) Not ready to buy just yet? Chat with a financial planner & a local mortgage broker and start your plan. With guided advice and your goal setting program, you’ll be further ahead when the time comes.
(3) Sit down with and ask questions of a seasoned, honest Real Estate Advisor – who should be part of your financial team, for now & into the future. Learn about today’s real market conditions from someone who is working 24/7 in the market – DON’T rely on traditional or social media to form your opinions & make your decisions – trust the experts!
(4) Set goals to save money & tuck it away for your real estate portfolio … over history, it has been one of the best investments you will ever make.
(5) Living in Vancouver is the reality of living within the Pacific Rim, but check out average composite (all property types) home prices in:
San Francisco $1,109,900 up 14.7% over year up 4.8% 2016 expected
Singapore $1,155,020. up 18% last 3 months
Hong Kong $2,047,850 for on average, 753 square feet
And, it’s not always about real estate. Here’s some advice from Warren Buffett - he has said the best investment he ever made was not a stock or a bond or even in real estate, but buying a copy of The Intelligent Investor, a book written by Benjamin Graham. Buffett read the book when it came out in 1949 and later enrolled at Columbia Business School in order to take classes with Graham. Buffett says the book still guides his investment decisions today, and he has recommended it to Bill Gates, among others. Here's what Buffett had to say about the book in his most recent letter to Berkshire shareholders: I can’t remember what I paid for that first copy of The Intelligent Investor. Whatever the cost, it would underscore the truth of Ben’s adage: Price is what you pay; value is what you get. Of all the investments I ever made, buying Ben’s book was the best (except for my purchase of two marriage licenses).
Spotlight on The Anchor - a Boutique Community by the Sea
In today's highly competitive market, developers have had to (finally!) build quality homes at (relatively) attractive prices.
We are not easily impressed - we've been doing this a really long time, and sometimes we feel we've 'seen it all'. However, many of the newer projects in North Vancouver, and especially Lower Lonsdale are making waves for their good prices, good floor plans, good amenities, and overall good value.
It’s apparent that the buying public is impressed – there are just five homes left at the Anchor, a boutique community of 56 homes, in @LowerLonsdale. 7 stories, built to LEED Silver standards by Kamcon Construction – a local, family-owned company, and designed with lots of natural light, impressive decks, and favourite retailers conveniently located at ground level.
Owners will experience water views, city lights & sea air – and enjoy peace of mind with concrete construction and a ‘leave your car at home” walkable neighbourhood of shops and cafes. Waterfront Park, The Pier and Spirit Pacific Trail right in your backyard – plus, it’s just a 12 minute Seabus commute to downtown Vancouver.
Environmentally progressive features include a green roof and efficient hot water and heating supplied Lonsdale Energy Corporation. Design includes Caesar stone counters, stainless appliances, gas range & French Door fridges, Italian tile & 100% wool carpet. Some suites even offer oversioze terraces and 11' ceilings.
Building amenities include a Gym with commercial grade equipment, a Party Room with full kitchen & bath, but Tony Govic, Sales Rep at the Anchor says his "favorite building amenity is the 3,000 square foot Roof Top Deck, complete with BBQ, washroom & 360 degree views!"
Remaining homes available are well priced at about $650 per square foot, plus 5% GST. There are 2 x 1 bedrooms priced from $399,000 to $465,000, and 3 x 2 bedrooms, priced from $555,000 to $649,000 [parking & storage included].
Lower Lonsdale just becomes more vibrant by the minute! Move in early 2016 . 131 East 3rd Street, North Vancouver www.theanchorliving.com
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