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Latimer Village 8242 200 Street Langley first two buildings with 100 homes on sale now by Vesta Properties

Latimer Village the urban hub of master-planned Langley community

Simon Briault
The Vancouver Sun

In 2013, Vesta Properties approached homeowners in the Carvolth neighbourhood of Langley with an offer to purchase and then develop their lots. Fast forward six years and a landmark master-planned community – the largest in the Fraser Valley – is beginning to take shape. Set on no fewer than 74 acres and comprising 31 lots in total, Latimer Heights will provide the area with just under 2,000 new homes.

Latimer Village is the newest section of Latimer Heights to go on sale and represents the urban hub of the entire community with 487 condos. Set for completion in the late summer of 2021, it will include restaurants, retail outlets, amenities and an urban village space. The community will also have more than 17 acres of park space and provide easy access to the Carvolth Exchange, which in turn connects to the SkyTrain system.

Community building on this scale offers potential homebuyers all kinds of options. For Fisher Lietz, it’s the opportunity to own a home for the first time.

“It was very affordable,” said Lietz. “I’m a pretty young guy and don’t have a crazy amount of money to work with so it was really nice to be able to get into a new development like this. It’s not something that I expected to be able to do.”

“It’s a really great area in my opinion or, at least, it will be soon,” Lietz added. “I work in downtown Langley and it’s getting to be really busy. I wouldn’t want to live right downtown, but this is just close enough to it that I can still get there, but still have access to the highway and good transit options.”

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Tara Desmond, sales manager at Vesta Properties, said that Latimer Heights will allow different generations to live in the same location based on their different needs.

“We have young families who have bought one of the townhomes and their parents are going to be moving into one of the condos,” said Desmond. “It’s a very walkable community that’s completely sustainable on its own – people can very much age in place if they want to and have the amenities and the facilities they need right on their doorstep.”

“There are schools, there’s shopping and there’s recreation in abundance here,” said Desmond. “I think it also offers a certain amount of accessibility and less traffic congestion than you might find in places like South Surrey. Langley seems to appeal to people because you have all the restaurants and all the shopping, but you’re also close to the border and close to the airport.”

The first two buildings of Latimer Village, comprising approximately 100 homes, are on sale now, with new phases to be released shortly. Homes range in size from 507 to 1,331 square feet. Available homes have between one and three bedrooms – some with a den as well – and are priced from the mid-$300,000 range.

Homes at Latimer Village will have nine-foot-high ceilings, oversized windows and laminate hardwood-style floors. There are three colour schemes to choose from – grey, caramel and dark – and the kitchens come with Samsung appliance packages, gas ranges and french door fridge freezers with ice and water dispensers.

Bathrooms have dual sinks, frameless glass shower doors, large format tiles on shower surrounds and floors, and quartz countertops.

“There’s a ton of variation here,” Desmond said. “A lot of the time with condo buildings you’ll see the same plans repeated on every floor. That’s definitely not the case with the architecture and the design at Latimer Village. There are at least 40 different floor plans – it’s really unique.”

“We are a local, Langley developer so we know what people are looking for,” she added. “We’re very much involved and invested in the community and our head office is here. We’ve been part of the initial transformation of this area and it’s become one of the most popular places in the Lower Mainland to purchase a home as a result.”

At Latimer Village, Desmond said there has been lots of interest from residents of Burnaby and Coquitlam who are attracted by the value on offer, as well as people who already live in the area. Lietz is one of them and he jumped at the chance to own a condo in what is set to become a highly desirable new area of the Lower Mainland.

“I live in Brookswood, south of downtown Langley,” he said. “I like it where I am but I’m really looking forward to going to the new place. I find renting to be kind of an unfortunate situation. All the rent is just going away to nothing, but with a mortgage you get to keep a lot of your monthly payment as equity. It will be really nice to not have to be losing $1,100 a month.”

The Latimer Discovery Centre, showcasing a typical two-bedroom condo at Latimer Village, is open from noon to 5 p.m. every day except Friday.

Latimer Village at Latimer Heights

Project location: 8242 200 Street, Langley

Project size: The first two buildings of Latimer Village, comprising approximately 100 homes, are on sale now, with new phases to be released shortly. Homes range in size from 507 to 1,331 square feet. Available homes have one to three bedrooms – some with a den as well – and are priced from the mid-$300,000 range

Developer: Vesta Properties

Architect: Ciccozzi Architecture

Interior designer: Area 3 Design

Sales centre: 8242 200 Street, Langley Township

Sales centre hours: noon to 5 p.m., Sat — Thurs

Sales phone: 604-371-1669

Website: http://www.latimervillageco

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Squamish nation’s Kitsilano development promises to be transformative

The Squamish Nation’s proposed 6,000-unit housing development for Kits Point promising

Randy Shore
The Vancouver Sun

The Squamish Nation’s proposed 6,000-unit housing development for Kits Point promises to be transformative for the band’s members, the city and even local schools.

“Lots of our members are interested in housing options at the site, both in rental and strata ownership,” said Squamish Coun. Khelsilem. Up to 200 units could be set aside for nation members.

Several dozen Squamish Nation members attended the first of eight open houses on Thursday, many of them armed with questions about how the Senakw development will affect their future.

About 3,000 Squamish members are eligible to vote in a referendum administered by Indigenous Services Canada on Dec. 10 to decide whether to proceed with the $3-billion project.

The nation has already let the ministry of education know that Squamish families will likely move into the project and that their children should be considered in any plans to upgrade local schools, he said.

“Henry Hudson Elementary is due for an upgrade, but if they are going to build a new school, the province should work with us,” said Khelsilem. “Indigenous people have the right to have control over the education of our children.”

Senakw will offer mainly rental units and “no more than 30 per cent” strata-titled homes.

“That decision will be made as we evaluate the market, as each phase is built,” he said. “That will allow us to adjust to what the market has an appetite for, so we won’t lock ourselves into those decisions.”

The entire project could take 20 years to build.

Senakw is proposed as a 50-50 partnership between the nation and developer Westbank, and its rental-heavy mix is designed to generate long-term revenue.

“There were some questions about the partnership with Westbank and how we came to that split,” he said. “People were interested in how the revenue would be spent once it starts coming in and what the process would be in making those decisions.”

Attendees were also interested in the nation’s efforts to secure jobs for their members in the construction and operation of the development, “which has been a part of the conversation with Westbank from the beginning.”

People were generally supportive of the size and design of the project, sentiments that were generally echoed in the larger community and the media, he said.

“This is a story about land-use and city-making decisions, but it’s also about the expanding power of First Nations in our territory,” said Khelsilem.

The Squamish were forcibly removed from the site of the project in 1913 and won the land back through a lengthy legal battle.

“The media covered some of the high-level concepts around the density and parking, things that people are concerned about,” he said. “People understand this isn’t a typical development, it’s a First Nations government taking control of that land and doing it for the benefit of an Indigenous community.”

More open houses are scheduled for Seattle and locations around southwestern B.C. in the coming weeks, including sessions for youth and elders and a Facebook Live interactive event.

If the referendum is successful, the nation will begin consultations with the neighbouring community next year.

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New home price index launched to improve data availability

Canadian home prices become more transparent with new index

Steve Randall

Information about Canadian home prices is about to become more transparent thanks to a new index.

The Resale Residential Property Price Index has been created through a new collaboration between Teranet Inc., National Bank of Canada, and Statistics Canada.

The three-way partnership has built the index to form part of StatsCan’s new Residential Property Price Index (RRPI) which has been released for the first time this week in response to the federal government’s request for better access to housing market data.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with National Bank and Statistics Canada on this endeavor,” said John Robinson, Vice-President Commercial Solutions at Teranet. “Our combined strengths and capabilities are ideally suited to deliver new, valuable market insights to Canadians.”

The Resale Residential Property Price Index will produce data on the house and condo segments for Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria CMAs.

“We’re pleased to partner with Teranet and Statistics Canada in the release of the Resale Residential Property Price Index,” said Darren Ablett, Managing Director & Head, Mortgage Business, Global Funding & Treasury at National Bank. “We’re committed to providing Canadians with greater insight and analytics in the housing market to support them in the decision-making process. The Resale Residential Property Price Index will help make information on housing even more accessible.”

New index stats

The new Residential Property Price Index shows how property prices in the six tracked CMAs have changed over roughly 2-year time periods.

From the first quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2019, residential property prices have increased 9.2% but most of this was before the second quarter of 2018.

Prices for new properties (+6.4%) rose at a slower pace than those of resale properties (+10.5%) but in both sectors, condominium apartment prices (+18.9%) rose at a much faster pace than house prices (+5.8%).

Among the other highlights of the index:

  • Prices in Toronto gained 9.8% from Q1 2017 to Q3 2019. This was mostly due to Q2 2017 (excluding condo apartments) with a rise of 8.4%.
  • Toronto condo apartments gained 29.8% from Q1 2017 to Q3 2019.
  • Ottawa home prices gained 18.4% since Q1 2017. The largest gain (3.9%) was in Q2 2019.
  • Vancouver prices were up 9.1% from Q1 2017 to Q3 2019 with condo apartments up 18.9%. But since Q2 2018, overall prices have dropped 5.5%.
  • Victoria has seen a 14.3% rise in prices from Q1 2017 to Q3 2019 with new condo apartments prices rising 35.2%, the largest gain nationally.
  • Calgary’s residential prices were down 3% from Q1 2017 to Q3 2019 with the sharpest drop occurring in the price of new condo apartments (17.3%).
  • Montreal prices were up 14.1% from Q1 2017 to Q3 2019 with the resale homes market contributing the most to this (17.2%).

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Reverse mortgage growth fuelled by wealthier, more active seniors

Canada’s reverse mortgage is the fasters-growing debt

Ephraim Vecina
Mortgage Broker News

Canada’s reverse mortgage debt grew by 1.33% month-over-month in August to reach yet another new high of $3.83 billion, according to latest data from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

This represented a 26.23% annual increase, with $50.63 million of the total volume coming from August alone. Over the past year, Canadian boomers and seniors have borrowed approximately $796.11 million.

Together, these trends have made reverse mortgages one of the nation’s fastest-growing debt segments, real estate information portal Better Dwelling stated in its analysis of the OSFI filings.

Around two months back, Equitable Group CEO Andrew Moor said that reverse mortgage applications have essentially tripled in volume over the past year alone.

“We’ve only been in this market for 18 months, but applications are jumping,” Moor told Bloomberg in an interview last September. “Canadians are getting older and there is an opportunity there.”

This supported the observations of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, which noted that the nation’s seniors are becoming even more active in in the housing market – especially in Toronto, where the proportion of the senior population (those aged 65 and over) owning homes has increased by 4.5% between 2006 and 2016, ending up at 25%.

CMHC cited increased labour force participation as the major factor in greater ownership among seniors.

“In 2016, employment became the primary source of income (including self-employed) for close to one-third of homeowner households, compared to 20% among renters. With more seniors working, fewer have been reliant on income from government sources compared to a decade ago,” the report stated.

“Among homeowners, there has been a strong increase in the share of retirees for whom pensions (public and private) were their primary source of income. These trends have translated into faster income growth for seniors.”

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Richard Robbins Video on REBGV October 2019 Market Update

Richard Robins

Richard Robbins Video on REBGV October 2019 Market Update



– Hey everyone, Richard Robbins here.


Well, the numbers are in for the real estate board


of Greater Vancouver, and I got nothin’ but good news.


Maybe one little piece of bad news,


but other than that, all good news.


Hey, at the end I got a brand new slide for you.


And what the slide is, it’s a line graph


that’s gonna show you the amount of sales that took place


month to month, for the last three years.


A great slide to maybe consider using


in your listing presentations and working with buyers.


So let’s go ahead and get started.


Here we go, January through the end of August.


Look at this, 2858 sales.


That’s up 22% over September.


That is a really big number, and we look at


our active listings, we had 12,200


and that is down 9% over September.


So, if our sales are up 22%,


our active listings are down 9%,


what should be happening to our months of inventory,


which determines your price, your supply and demand,


obviously going way down, it’s down 25.7%.


Now as I always say, your four to six months


of inventory is balanced, above six is going to be


a buyer’s market, your prices are weakening,


below four it’s going to be a seller’s market,


and your prices are strengthening.


Look at this, we have moved right into


a balanced market, everybody.


Look where we started, 9.8, almost 10 months


of inventory, and you can see what’s going on here,


and now we’re at 4.3, not far off.


Starting to move into an area where you’re gonna see


possibly your prices of certain properties


really start to increase.


So all very good news.


You can even see here, our prices were almost exactly


stable, up .2% over the month before.


But let’s look at this right here.


Sales, you did 1966 last October.


2858, that’s up by 45%!


This is a huge number, right here.


And then what about price?


Well yes, your prices are down year over year, why?


Because, very much at the end of last year,


most of the first part of this year,


you’re in a buyer’s market where prices were falling,


but now again as I showed you back here,


prices are now starting to stabilize a little bit.


And of course, what you’re gonna start to see,


is you’re probably going to start to see this increase.


If not at the end of this year, you’re gonna start to see


that increase definitely as we get into the first


part of next year.


So basically, all good news here.


Look at this one here, this is your months of inventory


for the last three years.


Now, this has got nothing to do with how many sales.


This is only supply and demand, months of inventory.


So look at it, 2017 we’re just above four.


Obviously really strong here, we get down to two.


You know, crept along at two, back up around three,


and we ended the year at 3.5.


What happened in 2018?


Look where we started, way up here, was pretty-


I should say, right here at four, and then


we were pretty balanced, but then what happened


is we moved into the middle of the year,


it just kept creeping up, kept creeping up


till we get to 9.6.


Of course, we started this year


at almost 10 months of inventory; very, very high.


It came down a little bit as we get into the spring,


as it generally does, May it dipped a little bit,


but you’re still sitting here, and very close


to a buyer’s market, back up to a buyer’s market.


We’re over six, and then look what’s starting to happen.


We dropped down below last year’s line, do you see that?


This is really important.


So we dropped down below 2018, okay,


and you can see the gap here is increasing, isn’t it?


Which is a very good sign, I suspect you’re going to


see this continue for the rest of the year.


Where you’re going to see we’re substantially below


what we did in 2018.


When we get down to where we were here in 2017,


I don’t know for sure, but this is all really good news.


Completely moving the right way,


and I’ll be honest, this market has responded


to what’s been going on, quicker than I thought.


In other words, we’re starting to see it crack


very, very quickly.


I thought it would have taken a little longer.


But anyway, all good stuff.


So here’s your new graph.


So you can see what this is, is this is the amount


of sales that took place in the month.


And we’ve got 2017, 18′, and 2019.


So look at 2017, obviously, look at the sales.


Over 3000, over 3000, we get up here we’re 4000,


almost 4000, so you can see 2017, it was crazy good, right?


Then what happened, moving to 2018,


started here and of course, we’re down substantially.


You see the gap, okay?


Big difference right here.


So this is a really cool graph that you could be showing,


and we’re down here and you can see there’s


a pretty big gap between 2017 and 2018, in terms of sales.


Your sales were off a lot.


Then we started here, huge gap, right?


Beginning of 2019, well below the year before,


way below two years ago, then all of a sudden


what started to happen here?


We broke through.


And we went above what was going on last year,


and look, we stayed above that.


So you can see now, now there’s a gap between


2018, and this gap got pretty big right here, look at this.


Almost reaching what we did in 2017.


So a really cool graph, actually both of these right here,


I think are very useful in terms of presentation.


So what do I think is gonna happen?


Well first of all, federal election is behind us, right?


So a lot of people will get back to, you know,


the new norm, if you will.


You know, people are putting stuff off


because they wanted to wait and see what was gonna happen.


I also think your market’s responding very well.


You know, interest rates are still really low,


I think the last two months of this year


are going to be substantially better than


the last two months of last year.


And right now, barring any crazy economic change,


say by the government, interests rates staying really low,


I think 2020 is looking very, very bright


for that Greater Vancouver Area.


So anyway, I hope this was helpful, everybody.


And at the end of the day, remember,


it’s a beautiful life, make it count.

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Housing market ‘normalization’ continues in British Columbia

Signs point to market returning to normal conditions

Steve Randall

The housing market in British Columbia has seen tough times since the introduction of the mortgage stress tests and other market-cooling measures.

But there are continued signs that the market is returning to more normal conditions according to stats from the British Columbia Real Estate Association.

Home sales in BC in October gained 19.3% year-over-year with a total of 7,666 residential unit sales were recorded by the MLS.

Meanwhile, prices were heading upwards with the average MLS® residential price in the province rising 5.1% year-over-year to $724,045, while total sales dollar volume was $5.55 billion, a 25.4% increase from the same month last year.

“Most markets around the province are returning to a more typical level of sales activity,” said BCREA Chief Economist Brendon Ogmundson. “That recovery in sales and slower listings activity is putting upward pressure on prices in many markets.”

Growth in active listings in the province was 1% year-over-year to 36,567 units, although down slightly when compared on a seasonally adjusted basis.

With sales and listings down, overall market conditions in the province have tightened, with a sales-to-active listings ratio of 21%.

Year-to-date sales data

Year-to-date, BC residential sales dollar volume was down 9% to $45.3 billion, compared with the same period in 2018. Residential unit sales were 6.2% lower at 65,468 units, while the average MLS® residential price was down 3% year-to-date at $691,618.

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