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Vancouver Island Real Estate Market 2014

Vancouver Island Real Estate Market 2014

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Market

I used to live on the Island, Campbell River to be exact. When I had left, it was just at the start of the recession and everywhere I looked you saw ‘For Sale’ signs; be it for boats, cars and houses, even estates. It was so sad to see stability move out, people go back to where they lived before the downturn and it was impossible to look anywhere for economic confidence and financial security. Housing and Yacht prices tanked. Fast forward a few years and we are starting to see some good news.

The Island is built on a small number of industries and one of those industries is Tourism. Before, when you would travel down the road, you couldn’t get a half kilometer without seeing some US Citizens huge RV and ‘SUV’ in tow. It’s just not like that anymore, though it is a bit better.

Tourism is up, single family home sales are up, condo sales are up, rental rates are up and rental vacancy is down. That all points to a rebounding market and increased consumer confidence in the area. It’s no wonder Chinese developers are looking to build a 270 room in Nanaimo where the average single family home sells for $361,0964 and condos sell for $252,273. This is the most active region on the Island for real estate.

Across the Island, the average selling price of single family dwellings has reached $337,664 – up 2% in comparison to the annual 4-6% we see here in Edmonton, as well as being up 11% in total volume. Average condo prices fetch $240,101 on the Island.

The summer of 2014 saw the highest occupancy numbers Nanaimo has experienced in years with rates up 9.2% from last ago. The increase in tourism is attributed to special events and the strengthening US dollar.

Check out Tourism Nanaimo’s award winning campaign “You Won’t be Sorry” to see what is causing all the stir.

With the increase in rental rates, the decrease in vacancy rates, improved employment rates, immigration and rising rental demands – The Island is uniquely positioned to offer cash-flow investment opportunities based on the combination of high rental rates and affordable purchase prices.

Perhaps it’s time for you to get in and get building equity.

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