As 2016 comes to an end I want to send a huge Thank You to the Buyers and Sellers that trusted me with their house sales this year. The majority of my sales were with past clients or referrals from past clients which meant alot of familiar faces and quite simply fun transactions. Thank You so much
We had a ton of fun last weekend at my Family Client Appreciation Event. These events are my way of thanking you for your business and your trust in me with your referrals. If you missed out on this one, don’t worry! Plans are already in the works for the next!
First off I want to send a big thank you to Katie at Holly Hill Farm for hosting us and touring everyone around to visit all the animals. Another Thank you to Kyla at Evelyn Jane Photography for capturing all the moments! Steiners Bakery for the cute cookies and Panago for the Pizza.
Now about those Bubbles!! They are simply the best! I don’t know who had more fun, the kids or the adults! If you haven’t already heard about them… You are missing out! A huge thank you to Vancity Bubbles for hooking me up with bubbles and wands for everyone that came! These bubble wands are awesome and the bubble juice is like nothing I have ever seen! Check them out on facebook and instragram or email Vancitybubbles@gmail.com
This past few months have been very exciting in Campbell River. Listings selling in multiple offers, over list price, buyers feeling the pressure to ‘act quickly’ or miss out on a newly listed home for sale. Some quick numbers to give you an idea what is happening.
For a number of years the average days on the market hovered around 80 days to sell and houses were selling for about 95% of the list price. Today that stat has shifted in favor of sellers with the average number of days on the market in Campbell River down to about 60 days to sell and the list to sell price ratio now about 96-97%. For example a house listed for sale for $299,000 would typically sell for about $286,000 and take about 2-3 months to sell.
I had to share this not just to toot my own horn but to show you just how hot this Campbell River market has been over the last couple months.
Here is a recap of the last 9 homes I have sold. All located in Campbell River and all have sold in the last 60 days.
LIST PRICE SALE PRICE DAYS TO SELL
$229,900 $229,500 1
$237,500 $ 240,000 33
$254,000 $ 254,000 1
$262,000 $271,974 3
$265,000 $275,000 5
$308,000 $307,000 28
$445,000 $433,000 26
$318,000 $318,000 16
$419,900 $425,000 29
The average list to sell ratio on the 9 sales above works out to a crazy 101% as a number of these homes sold in multiple offers where we received above list price offers. It is important that I point out these 9 homes were marketed with professional photos and priced competitively based on recent local sales data. Lots of houses are selling, the market is hot that’s for sure.. but pricing and marketing are still key components to getting that sold sticker up!
If you are wondering what the value of your home is in today’s market I am always here to help you with that!
If you are house hunting or know someone who is I don’t have to tell you that its slim pickings out there! I know us Realtors are always saying “its busy” “market is hot” but wow it really is crazy out there! Our inventory is down and sales volume and number of active buyers very high right now. Usually in April we have a lot of new listings, even in a slow market this is the time of year people list their homes. This Spring we just haven’t seen that rush of new listings yet. The well priced new listings sell right away, many in multiple offers. I have been in more multiple offers the past few months than…. well ever! And I am not tooting my horn here, its not just me, other Realtors in my office also dealing with a lot of multiple offers and just a general increase in the number of active buyers. Did you hear about the 3 bedroom 20 year old rancher on Candy Lane listed for $229,000 and sold in multiple offers for $250,500! Well that really did happen yesterday!
Who are these people, why are the moving to Campbell River? I get asked this question at least once a day. If I think back the past couple months for me its been about 50% out of town from Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Vancouver, Port Moody and Kelowna and the remaining are locals, lots of first time buyers for me. Also a few buyers that have decided against selling the rancher they have outgrown, keep it and renting it out and buying something a bit larger. This leads into another post I should write soon! the rental market in Campbell River is also nutty. The houses that were renting for $1000 last year are $1200 now, the $1200 ranchers easily going for $1400+ rental homes are in demand.
Back to who and what is driving this market in Campbell River. I think its a mix of money coming from baby boomers in larger cities such as Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria and Vancouver retiring or buying now and planning to retire in the next 5 years as well as many young families moving here. We most definitely are not just a retirement city here. I have had a few younger families recently moving back here after 10-20 years working in the “big city” they are moving back here so they can bike, ski, fish and buy an affordable home. It seems in most households someone has a home based/computer based career that no longer ties them to the big city. Quality of life is something I hear over and over again. People want it and we’ve got it here there is no doubt about that!
We are busy preparing for the June 11th Salmon Derby! I am so excited to see this event come to life! It’s been a topic of conversation around the office for years and I am thrilled we have made it a reality! We have over $20,000 in cash and prizes including a $5000 top cash prize. With so many donations we have decided to have a silent auction the day of at our headquarters Robert Ostler Park ( the foreshore)
All the details at www.crsalmonderby.com
Find the event on facebook by searching Royal LePage Salmon Derby
Buy your $40 ticket online or at our front desk. Proceeds will be going to our local Women’s Shelter and the C.R Salmon Foundation.
We already have big plans for next year! I would love to see a catch and release category and turn this into a 2 day event with beer gardens and maybe a live music/dance one of the nights. Campbell River deserves an event like this!
I am thrilled with the response from local businesses, donations and prizes support has been awesome. Be sure to mark June 11th on your calendar. We will have a full day of events at Robert Ostler Park including food trucks, music and kids activities with the final prizes and awards at 5pm.
Royal LePage Advance Realty wants to put Campbell River back in the fishing spotlight with the first annual Royal LePage Advance Campbell River Salmon Derby with a $5,000 cash prize for the largest Salmon.
It is hoped this June 11 event will attract hundreds of anglers. The Foreshore/Robert Ostler Park in downtown Campbell River will have a day full of activities arranged for family fun and will be the event headquarters where awards and dozens of prizes will be distributed later in the day.
Campbell River is a beautiful city with great people and the area has been built on and known for many things, fishing being just one of them. Salmon fishing is an enjoyed,
cherished and necessary part of local life in the area. Hoping to reaffirm Campbell River as “The Salmon Capital of the World” and raise funds for good causes, all funds raised at the Royal LePage Advance Campbell River Salmon Derby will be donated to two local causes. The Royal Lepage Shelter Foundation will benefit The Campbell River and North Island Transition Society (Rose Harbour and Ann Elmore house) in supporting local women and children in need and the Campbell River Salmon Foundation in supporting rehabilitation and enhancement of local salmon habitat. Royal Lepage – Advance Realty is locally owned and has Realtors living in or handling Real Estate sales for clients in Haida Gwaii, Port Hardy and area, Sointula, Sayward, Tahsis, Gold River, Quadra and Cortes Islands, Black Creek/Merville, and of course, Campbell River and area, where the company’s head office is located. Entry fee is $40 per person, online at CRsalmonderby.com (Preferred registration) or in person, at local outlets (Royal Lepage head office and others to be named at a later date). Information about the event and registration details will be upcoming in various media announcements or if you are interested in being a sponsor of the event, contact the
Royal LePage office at 972 Shoppers Row in Campbell River. Phone 250-286-3293 or by e-mail at tickets@CRsalmonderby.com
FIRST OFF A MASSIVE AND ENORMOUS “Thank You” along with some high 10s to these outstanding Businesses that took part in “Deanna’s 10 Days of Giveaways” I hope you all had fun entering and maybe even discovered a few new local businesses.
and the winners are…. randomly selected via Rafflecopter software:
Day 1 $750 from Sage Spa and Generations Laser – SAMANTHA SHARPE
Day 2 Dinner for 4 at Gowlland Harbour Resort -DAVID STIRLING
Day 3 Willows Market $200 – DANIELLE BELL
Day 4 Dudar Designs Consult – JENNIE BURSLEM-ZAMLUK
Day 5 Washed Up Soap Co. MELISSA DOUGHERTY
Day 6 Holly Hill Farm Tour – LINDA RAMOS
Day 7 Signature Oil & Vinegar Gourmet Basket- LINDSAY JACQUELINE
Day 8 French Creek Collective Fat Paint- LINDSAY JACQUELINE
Day 9 The Gathering Place Trading Company – ERIN NAOMI
Day 10 $40 at Dark Side Chocolates- LINDSAY TRUMBELY
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Day 10 is the sweetest of them all!!! Welcome to the Dark Side
Proudly handmade in small batches, the Dark Side Chocolates, truffles and confections are just as beautiful to behold with your eyes as they are to enjoy with your mouth. The boutique is located in downtown Cumberland and they aim to bring you the joy of authentic flavour and allow you a true chocolate experience by using only fresh creams in combination with the finest organic, fair trade chocolate.
By far my own personal favorite – The Sea Salt Dark Chocolate!
The great people at Dark Side Chocolates are gifting one lucky winner $40 worth of goodies just in time for the holidays!
It’s Day 9 of my 10 Days of Giveaways!! Today its all about Gathering Place Trading Company. There are a lot of cool things about this company! To begin they are local! Situated on neighbouring Cortes Island. They specialize in organic and fairly traded products and are committed to organic farming, sustainability and social responsibility. You can find their products at Healthyway Natural Foods and Willows Market here in Campbell River. Their sea salt is the best! The spices are so pure and amazing! Once you try their cinnamon nothing else will ever compare!