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Bradley Wattum | REAL ESTATE - Clients First Since 2003
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Families are the lifeblood of the housing market. Buying and selling real estate is lots of work, and of course, expensive. And that’s not even taking in consideration the move and possibly the renos; however, children, partners, family are most often the catalyst to overcome these efforts, and that was the case in this purchase. My Buyer clients needed another bedroom. They had been able to make 2 bedrooms work for several years, but as the kids got bigger so did the need for their own rooms. The issue was, my clients loved their current home, the building, the amenities, and especially the location, so when a 3 bedroom unit a few floors up hit the market, we saw our opportunity. With 2 children, and the recently increased interest rates, we had to make the numbers work, so we played it cool. We let the property sit for a bit, which was a risk, but it paid off. We were able to negotiate a great price and after selling their 2 bedroom property, yes a listing and an accepted offer in the same building, we got it done!  Thank you to the listing agent, you were awesome to work with. Congratulations to my clients, it has been a pleasure working with you ????

Buy or Sell with Bradley: detached, townhouse, condo, for home or investment.
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As your trusted advisor, my mission is to provide you with honest, reliable, and accurate advice based on my 19 plus years of Real Estate sales experience. Throughout the entire process, I am there for you. I am highly motivated and committed to your satisfaction. I am focused, involved, and hands on during the entire home purchase or sale from start to finish.
Clients First Since 2003.

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"Bradley Wattum is my agent. He stepped up as a salesman, worked very hard and got my house sold for a good price. One can't go wrong enlisting him as listing agent. Great agent and a friend."

by John

"We have worked with Bradley as our realtor in 2014 purchasing our first home and the experience was excellent so when we decided to sell in 2017 the decision to contact Brad again was easy to make. His professionalism and easy going personality make you feel comfortable through every step of the buying/selling process and not once did we feel pressured to make any decisions we were not comfortable with. Bradley was able to get us in contact with a mortgage broker and home inspector that have both saved us money and enabled us to purchase the home we desired in the neighborhood we have started our family in. If you are looking for someone you can feel 100% confident in them we would highly recommend contacting Bradley."

by Mark & Tomo

"I had an outstanding experience when purchasing my first home and cannot thank Bradley enough for his professional help. Bradley guided me through every step, laid out everything very clearly and gave great advice. I especially appreciated Bradley’s non-pressure approach, his patience, and him giving his honest opinion about each place that we viewed. Thanks to his knowledge and experience, I found my perfect home in my desired location and within my budget. I feel very fortunate to have him as my realtor, and it was a pleasure to work with him. I would highly recommend Bradley to anyone."

by Sigrid

"We have known Bradley for over 10 years. He has assisted us with the purchase and sale of several properties, including a townhouse and condominium, as well as the most recent purchase of a home in Kerrisdale, as well as the sale of our home in Arbutus. Bradley is always very professional, prompt and answers all of our questions fully and without delay. He cares, understands our requirements, and consistently meets our expectations when either selling or buying a home. We would use Bradley’s services again in the future. Thanks Bradley!"

by Anna and James

"Bradley was hard working and very prompt with his service.He was courteous and professional in every aspect. I will definitely recommend him as a Realtor and now consider him my Realtor for future dealings."

by Laura M.
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Metro Vancouver housing market shows resilience in 2023, ending the year in balanced territory

VANCOUVER, BC – January 3, 2024– Metro Vancouver’s housing market closed out 2023 with balanced market conditions, but the year-end totals mask a story of surprising resilience in the face of the highest borrowing costs seen in over a decade.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential sales2 in the region totalled 26,249 in 2023, a 10.3 per cent decrease from the 29,261 sales recorded in 2022, and a 41.5 per cent decrease from the 44,884 sales in 2021.

Last year’s sales total was 23.4 per cent below the 10-year annual sales average (34,272).

“You could miss it by just looking at the year-end totals, but 2023 was a strong year for the Metro Vancouver housing market considering that mortgage rates were the highest they’ve been in over a decade,” Andrew Lis, REBGV’s director of economics and data analytics said. “In our 2023 forecast, we called for modest price increases throughout the year while most other forecasters were predicting price declines. The fact that we ended the year with five-per-cent plus gains in home prices across all market segments demonstrates that Metro Vancouver remains an attractive and desirable destination, and elevated borrowing costs alone aren’t enough to dissuade buyers determined to get into this market.”

Properties listed on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver totalled 50,893 in 2023. This represents a 7.5 per cent decrease compared to the 55,047 properties listed in 2022. This was 20.2 per cent below the 63,761 properties listed in 2021.

The total number of properties listed last year was 10.5 per cent below the region’s 10-year total annual average of (56,868).

Currently, the total number of homes listed for sale on the MLS® system in Metro Vancouver is 8,802, a 13 per cent increase compared to December 2022 (7,791). This is 0.3 per cent above the 10-year seasonal average (8,772).

The MLS® Home Price Index composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro
Vancouver is currently $1,168,700. This represents a five per cent increase over December 2022 and a 1.4 per cent decrease compared to November 2023.

“Ultimately, the story of 2023 is one of too few homes available relative to the pool of willing and qualified buyers,” Lis said. “Sellers were reluctant to list their properties early in the year, which led to fewer sales than usual coming out of the gate. But this also led to near record-low inventory levels in the spring, which put upward pressure on prices as buyers competed for the scarce few homes available.”

“Looking back on the year, it’s hard not to wonder how we’d be closing out 2023 if mortgage rates had been a few per cent lower than they were. And it looks like we might get some insight into that question in 2024, as bond markets and professional forecasters are projecting lower borrowing costs are likely to come, with modest rate cuts expected in the first half of the New Year.”

December 2023 summary

Residential sales in the region totalled 1,345 in December 2023, a 3.2 per cent increase from the 1,303 sales recorded in December 2022. This was 36.4 per cent below the 10-year seasonal average (2,114).

There were 1,327 detached, attached and apartment properties newly listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in Metro Vancouver in December 2023. This represents a 9.9 per cent increase compared to the 1,208 properties listed in December 2022. This was 22.7 per cent below the 10-year seasonal average (1,716).

Across all detached, attached and apartment property types, the sales-to-active listings ratio for December 2023 is 16 per cent. By property type, the ratio is 11.1 per cent for detached homes, 18.7 per cent for attached, and 19.6 per cent for apartments.

Analysis of the historical data suggests downward pressure on home prices occurs when the ratio dips below 12 per cent for a sustained period, while home prices often experience upward pressure when it surpasses 20 per cent over several months.

Sales of detached homes in December 2023 reached 376, a 1.3 per cent increase from the 371 detached sales recorded in December 2022. The benchmark price for a detached home is $1,964,400. This represents a 7.7 per cent increase from December 2022 and a 0.9 per cent
decrease compared to November 2023.

Sales of apartment homes reached 719 in December 2023, a 2.4 per cent increase compared to the 702 sales in December 2022. The benchmark price of an apartment home is $751,300. This represents a 5.6 per cent increase from December 2022 and a 1.5 per cent decrease compared to November 2023.

Attached home sales in December 2023 totalled 238, a 7.2 per cent increase compared to the 222 sales in December 2022. The benchmark price of a townhouse3 is $1,072,700. This represents a 6.4 per cent increase from December 2022 and a 1.8 per cent decrease compared to November 2023.

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