THIS IS NOT A BUBBLE!

Published By: on November 25th, 2011 in Category Nanaimo Real Estate News
Published By: on November 25th, 2011 in Category Nanaimo Real Estate News

Here’s a note from the head of RE/MAX NANAIMO:

I’ve been hard pressed to find a positive headline in the last few weeks. In view of that, I thought you may be interested in these comments. I had lunch today with Larry Pollock , CEO of the Canadian Western Bank. We were talking about the stability of real estate in Western Canada and on the Island.

CWB has a very large exposure to real estate and therefore a big interest in the stability of values. He first spoke of the differences between the Canadian and US markets that we often compare ourselves to. Given the tax deductibility of mortgage interest in the US, his analogy went like this. “In the US, the average homeowner goes to bed dreaming of a bigger mortgage to purchase consumer goods. In Canada, we dream of going to bed and paying off our mortgage”. 50% of Canadian homes are owned clear title. 30 to 40% have 50% equity or better. He sees a big difference between our two markets. These conservative habits have kept foreclosures to a minimum, giving his Bank the opinion that we are not in a bubble.

Other interesting points included; The Banks research suggests strong immigration numbers will continue to play a large role in the growth of Vancouver. The Bank has forecast prime rate to remain unchanged through 2012. More stability…

All in all, he stressed his optimism for real estate values and provided a list of impressive reasons to back it up.

Charlie

Testimonials

When I decided to sell my home in Cedar by the Sea last April, I asked Love Real Estate Group to list it. Within a week, I had offers and a purchaser. Next, Love Real Estate Group showed me a number of potential residences that could meet my needs. Within three weeks, I was very interested in buying a townhouse, made an offer and it was accepted. I was very impressed with Love Real Estate Group’s manner in which they dealt with me. Their advice, professionalism and prompt service were especially appreciated. I would highly recommend these Ladies to others if they are seeking either to sell or buy a home. Thanks again Love Real Estate Group.

Al Cormon

We had been planning a move from Calgary to Nanaimo for retirement purposes for a few years. Upon discovering Love Real Estate Group a relationship began. Over a period of time, with patience, professionalism, good humour and integrity, Love Real Estate Group helped us secure a home that met our needs and our wishes. We are happy to recommend Love Real Estate Group to anyone looking to buy a property in the Nanaimo area.

Diane and Tom Crawford