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When people think of Vancouver they think instantly of its world famous quality of life. The city is always winning awards for liveability. One thing it certainly won’t be winning any awards for however is affordability. Following the 2010 Olympics prices have gone through the roof. The average sale price of a detached house in the city in 2016 was $1,830,000, an increase of more than 40% on the previous year. But is it just the Olympics that is to blame for the skyrocketing prices in Vancouver real estate? Or are there other factors playing an equally important role?
The obvious answer to that question would seem to be: No.
The Olympics were not a decisive turning point in the real estate market of Vancouver, and did not send prices through the roof. They certainly had a palpable ripple effect in the renting prices of condominiums and other properties while they were being held and for the months before and after, but we need to look at long term home sale prices, not short term rental.
The statistics show that in 2008 and 2010 the percentages of Vancouver homes for sale sold in the city for more than $1,000,000 read 39% and 40% respectively. Then in 2012 the number of houses sold for more than a cool million dollars jumped, to 55%. If more than half of the city is being valued at over a million dollars, that is not an affordable city.
But were the Olympics really to blame for this huge increase in Vancouver homes for sale prices?
The 2006 statistics show that only 19% of the houses sold went for over a million, while the 2014 ones show that 59% of the houses sold that year broke the benchmark. So the pattern seems to have been in place before the Olympics, and continue after it. The statistics for 2016 shockingly show that 91% of Vancouver homes for sale are being sold for over the magic million and while we dont have this year’s numbers yet, we can predict they will look pretty similar. Blame the Olympics or not, the truth of the matter is that prices for Vancouver homes for sale have reached absolute record highs.
So why exactly have Vancouver real estate prices been driven so high?
Although the whole world is interested in investing in Canada, and investment has risen significantly over recent years, it is the Chinese investment in the country that has really turned heads. If you drive down a street in suburban Vancouver right now, chances are you will see real estate adverts in two languages. Bilingual signs may have been the norm in some parts of Canada for a long time, but not ones with Chinese lettering right next to the latin.
But why is all the money coming from China?
Well it seems that the 3,600,000 millionaires from the Asian nation are mightily aware of the political situation in their country and how it affects their standing. They live under a regime where at any point any man may be denounced as an enemy of the state, and would have all of his assets seized. Chinese investors are looking at Canada as a safe place to park their money.
It is not only the Chinese political situation that could be seen as volatile, but also their housing market. In the city of Shenzhen last year house prices rose a whopping 60%. However it would seem that Chinese attempts to escape that bubble are simply bringing the same effect to the North American continent. Canada may be staring down the barrel of the same gun.
Although Vancouver and its unprecedentedly high rise in home prices is the most famous and obvious, Chinese investors have also bought up land on the remote coast of Novia Scotia, or abandoned mining towns in British Colombia. Just why is a closely guarded secret, but it is having a noted effect on the home prices of the whole nation.
No-one is really sure how much the Chinese are investing in any one place, but estimates state that they could be collectively investing over $1 trillion dollars overseas every year. It is possible that as much as $12 billion of those dollars are being invested every year in Vancouver’s real estate market. A number which has obviously helped push the housing market up to its current, record proportions.
What about Vancouver condos?
But is it completely fair to put the incredible increase in Vancouver home prices down to faceless Chinese investors buying abandoned towns and coastline? A look at the statistics show that vancouver condos, apartments and attached Vancouver real estate and detached homes all rose at around the same rates between 2002 and 2010. The average price rose significantly, from $200,000 to $500,000 for anything apart from a detached home. Detached Vancouver real estate are where we see the real skyrocketing in prices in Vancouver home for sale. Vancouver condos were not an exception to the rule
The average detached home at the time of the 2010 Olympics would have set you back about $1,000,000, but today that same house would cost you almost double. In the same time period prices in the markets for other home types remained about the same.
So why the huge skyrocket in prices in detached homes for sale in Vancouver?
It would seem for the answer to this question we need to look back at the Chinese. This time not the millionaire investors however, but the average Chinese family moving not just their money to Canada, but their whole lives. Growing communities of minorities already established make it easier for more and more to follow suit and move their lives to the western world. One study found that as much as 66% of the property sold in Vancouver was sold to anglicized Chinese names. The pattern is clear for homes for sale in Vancouver.
So why have the prices of homes for sale in Vancouver skyrocketed since the 2010 Olympics?
It would seem that any connection between the two is more of a coincidence than a real cause or effect relationship. Instead, to learn why we must look to the world famous quality of life that is attracting more and more families from around the world to come and experience it for themselves. Its not the billionaire businessmen trying to buy out the city driving the prices so high, but the average working man hoping to live in it.
Aside from sporting games, everyone likes a little board game and online games for those raining days! So here are 5 of the best real estate games free out there. Are you looking for the best real estate games that will keep you entertained and busy as you await your next schedule? Well, look no more I have exactly what you are looking for.
Below is a list of five of the best real estate games you will never find anywhere else but her. The best thing about these games is that they boost your thinking faculty and enhance your efficiency in problem-solving. They also entertain you, making sure that you are in the best of moods. These are just beside stimulating your brain while boosting your concentration levels and enhancing your memory.
Here are 5 of the Best Real Estate Games
1. LANDLORD REAL ESTATE TYCOON GAME
This is undoubtedly the largest and biggest mobile tycoon on the planet.
Features that make the game worth your interest.
The landlord real estate tycoon game has an infinite number of venues that exceed fifty million! Yes, over fifty million, that can be bought in the gam. Being among the most famous mobile games in the market, LANDLORD boasts of over five million downloads and is played in almost every country in the world. The Tycoon game has a five-star rating, a clear indication that customers are fully satisfied with the services. The developers also promise to keep working on the game to make more efficient for all users, and I can confidently tell you that that is not just an empty promise.
How to play this real estate game.
Asa beginner, you are awarded $5000 to buy and sell with Here, you have a chance of fully experiencing the world of capitalism and you are required to sell, buy and earn money while rising above the ranks to become the best capitalist in the structure.
2. REAL ESTATE EMPIRE 3 GAME
This game is not only a monopoly game, it is also a quite engaging game.
Why choose real estate empire 3?
The game’s simulations are well explained making it an ideal game for short plays, an estimation of about fifteen minutes or less.
How to play this real estate game.
Like LANDLORD, the real estate empire game gives you an adventurous experience of a capitalist in an economy, although it mostly deals with houses in the neighborhood. Here, you make an effort of buying the houses at a lower rate then resell them at a relatively higher rate to make profit. Generally the game is divided into several turns, with a single turn being a representation of a single game month. The demo contains twelve turns whereas the full game has one hundred and twenty turns, that is, exactly ten months of game time
You assign a profession to your character of choice (either a contractor or a realtor), then you start purchasing and selling properties on a neighborhood map with houses ranging from lowbrow trailers to mansions. You compete with four other opponents for similar deals.
3. DONUT TRUMPET TYCOON REAL ESTATE GAME
This is an amazing game that has that, AO Just one more game’ quality. It grants you the ability to purchase, sell and trade in digitized properties all over the world. Here, you set up your own real estate empire that has real places and it gives you the chance to collect rent when people visit those places.
Why you need this game.
The Dounut Trumpet Tycoon game aims at enhancing your real estate empire experience to a worldwide level building the value of your empire on a daily basis.
How to play this real estate game
You load places in the app by clicking on AO Buy Properties’. You only buy properties in your vicinity. Each moment you have a visitor (visiting your property from the real world), you collect rent because of the digital footprint they leave behind. However, costs apply on a daily basis despite the rent earned. You rank higher given the value of your properties. Sale of properties owned by you does not have an impact on your value, rent or prices in that venue.
Properties are priced with regard to property category and the expected number of visitors. As such, the value of your property indirectly proportional to its popularity. Cash limits apply on each level, upwardly trending as the level rises. This is one of the best real estate games out there in our opinion!
4. CASHFLOW 101 REAL ESTATE GAME
This monopoly game was designed by businessman Robert Kiyosaki to reinforce what he writes about in his books.
Why you need this best real estate game.
The game is an essential tool for learning basic financial strategies and principles in accountancy. This is especially ideal for business minded individuals who wish to expand their knowledge.
How to play Cashflow 101 real estate game
This game has a board that contains two tracks, a Rat Race and a Fast Track. The small circle (Rat Race) only requires you to roll a single die to advance to the next level. You are paid upon successfully passing the Paycheck space and then allowed to draw a single card from the four decks of cards as per your landing space. However, beware not to run out of cash. The Fast Track requires you to roll double dice to advance to the next stag. Player sheets are also available to players, allowing them to exercise on how to fill out financial statements appropriately. The player chooses from different beginner careers and complete financial sheets. Cards landed and information derived from different investments is used to update the financial sheets.
5. REAL ESTATE MOGUL.
The game allows the player to get richer by purchasing many city’s real estate including Vancouver real estate.
Why REAL ESTATE MOGUL?
This is a very exciting game that enables you to sharpen your real estate skills.
How to play this real estate game.
You but at least a single slum house to get started. After purchasing the slum house, you employ a maintenance worker and a manager This you do by clicking on the grey button on each column, then wait for the month to end and collect your rent. The more money you earn the more slum houses you can buy and consequently, the more maintenance and management staff you need. With increased income from your monthly collections, you can acquire better and better properties. You will most likely get to a point where you feel you have made enough money and prospects are no longer increasing, you may decide to retire, resetting to 0 properties.
I hope you enjoyed this post about some of the best real estate games out there! Each of them come with their own spin on things, just like the real life game of real estate!
Jackie Henry, Partner at Deloitte Belfast said, “Throughout the build-up to the Games, we’ve been working closely with the organisers to help them deliver a world class games, inspiring innovation, achievement and quality. With the tournament fast approaching, we’re now delighted to be fielding a new arena- lending our support to the Hockey tournament.”
“As a firm we’re committed to supporting healthy lifestyles through sport, so we’re thrilled to be partnering with a sport which has such excellent grassroots, school-led and professional support in Northern Ireland.”
John Tully, Chief Executive, 2013 WPFG adds, “Deloitte has been providing us with professional advice for some months now and their guidance has enabled us to manage complex areas responsibly and effectively. Given the mix of public and private sector funding necessary to stage an event of this size, it is essential that our processes are fit for purpose and able to satisfy the most robust scrutiny. Deloitte’s contribution has been invaluable and we are most grateful to the team’s expertise and commitment to 2013 WPFG on and off the field of play.”
The World Police and Fire Games is a biennial event for serving and retired police, fire, prison and border security officers. It is the third largest multi-sports event in the world and will attract thousands of competitors from over 60 countries to compete in 56 sports in 41 venues in Northern Ireland from 1st-10th August 2013.
Deloitte joins a list of high calibre Platinum Sponsors including Danske Bank, Diageo, Fujitsu, Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Ltd, Kukri, Translink and Food NI.
Belfast and Northern Ireland offers a range of great accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Visit Belfast is the official accommodation booking partner for the World Police and Fire Games 2013. We are here to help you find the perfect place to stay at great rates.
|Belfast City Centre tels
Belfast offers a range of great hotels close to the WPFG Athletes Village, Waterfront Hall (registration centre) and WPFG sports venues. A city centre location also means you have easy access to visitor attractions, restaurants and bars.
|Hotels Outside of Belfast
If your WPFG sport is outside Belfast, we have a great selection of hotels across Northern Ireland including, Portrush, Newcastle, Bangor, Newry, Warrenpoint, Rostrevor, Londonderry/Derry and Lisburn’
|Self-catering and bed & breakfast accommodation
If you want a home-from-home experience then self-catering accommodation may be for you. We have a great range of options in Belfast and across Northern Ireland.
|Campus and hostel accommodation
Campus accommodation is a great option if you are travelling as part of a large group or looking to meet other WPFG competitiors.
|Camping and caravan sites
We have camping and caravan sites available for WPFG competitors.
WPFG ACCOMMODATION BOOKING TEAM
WPFG accommodation bookings are managed on our behalf by Visit Belfast.
The Accomodation Team is here to help find you the perfect place to stay at great rates during WPFG 2013.
For accommodation enquiries please email our team at WPFGAccommodation@visit-belfast.com or call us on 0044 28 9024 5829.
VENUE MAPS AND SPORTS SCHEDULE
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Belfast Visitor _ Convention Bureau (BVCB) and the Belfast Welcome Centre are managing accommodation bookings for the Games, including exclusive accommodation offers
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The Belfast Welcome Centre is also the one stop shop for Belfast and Northern Ireland visitor information. It provides:
Tickets for tours and events
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A bureau de change and left luggage
Information on local transportation
Tourist information and advice
For individual and group accommodation bookings or more information contact us at the Belfast Welcome Centre World Police _ Fire Games accommodation office on +44 28 9024 5829 or email WPFGAccommodation@belfastvisitor.com
Business and Realtor sponsors
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Strawhomes.com has been a leading provider of the 2013 WPFG and has also improved our facilities tremendously by providing real estate agents as volunteers from all over the world including United States, Canada, and Europe. With their help all of our Athletes were able to find appropriate accommodations without having to dish out large sums on home rentals or hotel fees and have been tremendous in their efforts to mitigate the costs associated with the high housing fees. We sincerely thank our realty related sponsor for allowing us to provide condos and houses for these Athletes during their stay!
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services.
Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine.
The Danske Bank Group, is the largest bank in Denmark and one of the leading financial enterprises in Northern Europe.
Kukri are an international sportswear brand who specialise in making and selling kit for 75 different sports.
Deloitte offers integrated services that include Audit, Tax, Consulting and Corporate Finance.
COCA-COLA HELLENIC BOTTLING
Coca-Cola Hellenic are the official sponsor of the WPFG Volunteering Programme. They are also the Official Hydration Partner and Official Soft Drink Supplier.
Coca-Cola’s Powerade brand is the ‘Official Sports Drink’ of WPFG 2013.
Coca-Cola’s Deep RiverRock water brand is the ‘Official Water of WPFG 2013’.
Translink is Northern Ireland’s major integrated public transport provider of bus and train services (Metro, Ulsterbus, Goldline, NI Railways and Enterprise).
Translink is the Official Transport Partner for the 2013 World Police & Fire Games.
Food NI are the official food sponsor for the Games. Showcasing the best of local food and ingredients at sporting venues and Taste of Ulster restaurants they guarantee a great local food experience.
Scott Safety is a manufacturer of innovative respiratory protection, PPE, safety devices and a range of products to suit the needs of First Responders.
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Sept casing begins emerged in 9 percent below August and 12 percent below Sept 2015, in line with the U.S. Census, but those big drops belie an enormous improvement for the marketplace, at least in this every month read.
Those true quantities are totals, predicated on both single-family homes, which are needed desperately, and multifamily rentals, that have seen a development boom during the last three years.
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September housing starts off emerged in 9 percent below August and 12 percent below Sept 2015, in line with the U.S. Census, but those big drops belie an enormous improvement for the marketplace, at least in this regular monthly read.
Those quantities are totals, predicated on both single-family homes, that happen to be frantically needed, and multifamily apartments rentals, that have seen a development boom during the last three years.
The drop in housing starts was driven by a huge swing lower in multifamily construction entirely. That could be a one-month phenomenon, because numbers on multifamily can be swayed drastically by simply a few large-scale apartment developments.
“Important thing, the bizarre plunge in multifamily begins is inexplicable however the climb in permits says it was an outlier,” said Peter Boockvar, key market analyst with the Lindsey Group.
Whatever the full case, the apartment market is beginning to cool just a bit, as a large number of brand new, albeit luxury mostly, units come on line and occupancies commence to level off from their climb to historic highs. Construction reached a cyclical high last year and is merely moderating slightly this full year.
Single-family home structure, which is exactly what the housing marketplace frantically needs, increased 8 percent for the month and 5 percent from this past year. That is clearly a positive for a sector that is wildly conservative following worst crash ever sold.
“Owner occupied casing demand continues to go up, but insufficient resource is retaining back again both new and existing home sales,” said David Berson, main economist at Nationwide. “While they can be up, they might be by more if more resource was available up.”
Single-family home development increased by its quickest rate since Feb but continues to be no more than 75 percent of just how back again to historically normal levels. Given the extreme pent-up demand for cover, contractors still have an extended runway forward. Unfortunately, the permit numbers for single-family were flat, which indicates you will see no surge in construction in the coming months.
While sentiment among the country’s homebuilders slipped in Oct, buyers shouldn’t see these businesses as automatically back an awful place. The country’s big public homebuilders have both consolidated with the other person and eaten up several small and mid-sized private builders. However, they remain being quite traditional, despite their sturdy financials and land positions.
“The publicly bought and sold home builders show tremendous willpower this cycle, building fortressed balance bed sheets while gradually growing the business enterprise,” composed Alex Wilson, research analyst with John Uses up PROPERTY Consulting. “To conclude, the publicly exchanged home contractors as a business are in great financial condition — both poised for development and well prepared for a downturn. Most expect the industry to continue to grow but are prepared to react whatever happens slowly. Pretty nice situation to maintain!”
Hefty commercial real estate development within the Greater Toronto Area has set up the place being the logistics hub intended for Eastern Canada, Northeastern US, as well as sections of Western Canada.
Real estate business JLL claims that hardly any other market has huge form development at the similar degree with the GTA’s evolution developing 5 buildings around 500,000 sq ft under installation.
The GTA holds 68.4% of the 8.3 million sq ft consisting of huge form development now started.
“Vacancy levels for current commercial space goes on to fall throughout the Greater Toronto Area, that has driven a terribly energetic speculative development industry amidst local, national, and even international builders. As vacancy charges for brand new huge form distribution centers has amplified because of this speculative development, we never expect that recently obtainable space will go far in the marketplace,” indicates Bill Bates , AVP and the Co-Practice Lead, Industrial, JLL.
On one hand, you cannot find any huge form development already in Calgary or perhaps the Greater Vancouver real estate area.
New house profits in the GTA are off to a sluggish beginning to date in 2016, based on the BILD.
Following one of the greatest ages ever for brand new homes in 2015 in the GTA, in The early part of of this year, profits of new houses were down, selling prices were mainly flat and brand new stock was restricted, BILD claims.
In January, there have been 1,614 brand new homes bought in the GTA, down ten per cent from the lasting standard and twenty two per cent below The early part of 2015. Selling prices stay fairly unaffected.
“It is essential to realize that one month will not a pattern create,” BILD head Bryan Tuckey states. “The subsequent couple of months will inform a more precise information about the industry with the intro of extra new ventures across the GTA .”
On the selling again part, in the meantime, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) claims that points still hum along.
February noticed track number of home revenue by means of TREB’s MLS Program — soaring 21.1 % to 7,621 deals, when compared with February 2015.
“Sales were above the earlier score for February put in 2010,” claims TREB Head Mark McLean. “The Sales were up fervently from the fifteenth day of the month throughout also, regardless of the new federal home loan lending suggestions getting into impact that need a minimum of a 10 % down payment on the part of purchase costs.”
It is by far a major sin for investors to not be geared up or proficient in the real estate purchasing process, then again revolutionary stats mention that one third (32%) of newbie investors declare to exactly that.
The study, released through the Real Estate Council of Vancouver (RECV), as well discovered that 26% among investors desired they obtained a far greater grasp regarding the purchasing process, 21% desired they had viewed much more houses and 14% desired they had a far greater awareness of the legal contracts implicated.
Various other results comprises of:
43% mentioned there were parts concerning the real estate agreement whenever they acquired or marketed a house which they failed to get a grasp of.
36% erroneously believe that once a real estate agreement is signed, a client or dealer has a tryout phase wherein they can terminate it, and another 33% mentioned they never are aware of.
55% wrongly think that when you set a conditional offer on a house and the deal does not continue, you immediately obtain your down payment back.
“Signing your own name upon the dotted line is not always a thing to be considered lightly once you’re working with restrictive contracts for fundamental prices, so we recommend house buyers and dealers to be at ease with the specific details prior to when they sign something,” states Joseph Richer, RECO registrar.
On the other hand, for investors looking to get more earnings here are some upgrade tips:
Home Upgrades To Get You Much Money
As just about any renovation that you could make to your own home can help maximize its value, very few refurbishments are alike. Be sure to check out all these best 4 refurbishments that will provide you with the most profitable hit for your money when upgrading your home!
Kitchens– cooking areas can market homes. For people with obsolete kitchen countertops, drawers, and kitchen appliances, you might need to consider switching them out for a brand new, modernized style. Perhaps something so simple as taking over the electronics or re-painting the drawers can really add a great deal to your home.
Master Bathroom– a master bathroom is able to play into the lavishness of your home. Modernizing the shower with a frameless glass housing and putting in brand new fixtures can totally refashion the area for merely several thousand bucks.
Paint– a fresh coat of shade can set your house mimic a whole new residence. Go with fairly neutral, soft earth hues to interest the biggest sector of buyers.
Thoroughly Clean Your Yard– The exterior of your dwelling is the number one thing buyers notice so you will need to check that your main yard seems to be its finest to ensure your own home markets for the ideal cost. You ought to consider stuffing in every exposed spaces in the garden, growing different flowers, as well as keeping the trees trimmed in order to step up your housing unit’s curb appeal.
A lot of things are scaring potential housebuyers today, but apparently interest levels aren’t one of these.
Mortgage application size eked out a 0.6 percent gain on a seasonally modified basis previous week from the past week, in line with the Mortgage Bankers Connection. The tally includes an modification for the Columbus Day trip. Applications are 18 now. 5 percent greater than this past year.
Mortgage applications to acquire a true home increased 3 percent from the previous week, seasonally tweaked and are 13 percent greater than the same week twelve months ago now. Since August while home sales have been slowing, today from this past year there are usually more mortgage-dependent customers on the market. That may take into account the upsurge in applications. Investors, who use cash largely, have been slowing their acquisitions this season overall. Homebuying has slowed as price gains consumer and accelerate self-assurance in property wanes.
In Oct a every month study of homebuilder sentiment lowered, with builders confirming less buyer traffic and fewer sales. Targets for future sales, however, are rising still, as the way to obtain virginia homes continues to reduce amid growing buyer demand.
Refinance applications, which are more interest rate-sensitive, dropped 1 percent from the prior week, adjusted seasonally, but remain up 22. 4 percent from this past year, when rates were higher slightly.
The average deal interest for 30-yr fixed-rate home loans with conforming loan amounts ($417,000 or less) risen to its highest level since June, to 3.73 percent, from 3.68 percent, with details increasing to 0.36 from 0.35 (like the origination cost) for 80 percent loan-to-value proportion loans.
“Refinance applications fallen to the cheapest level because the week of the Brexit vote, as mortgage loan rates come to their highest level since that time,” said Michael Fratantoni, main economist for the MBA.
Mortgage rates did get started to move lower at the beginning of this week slightly, but experts aren’t persuaded the recent surge has ended, given how restless bond markets look like. With political doubt ahead domestically, and international marketplaces still in flux, volatility is usually to be expected.
“It’s tempting to summarize that the recent tendency toward higher rates has ended,” published Matthew Graham, key operating official of Mortgage Reports Daily. “But that might be a premature summary until we observe how markets respond to Thursday’s announcement from the Western Central Bank. Important thing, recent times have been helpful, but everything could change.”
The refinance show of mortgage loan activity reduced to 61.5 percent of total applications from 62.4 percent the prior week. The adjustable-rate home loan talk about of activity continued to be unchanged at 4.1 percent of total applications.