Sunday, January 20, 2008

January 19

Inventory of homes in Greater Victoria is increasing quite rapidly this year. In the past two weeks, there's been an increase of 119 SFH listed on MLS. Since January 7, there's been an increase of 423 active listings in the region. Homes are still selling, but new listings are certainly outpacing the sales (also see what's happening in Vancouver!)

A couple things of note:
- It's nice to see that Canada has their own version of Lawrence Yun and David Lehreah - Gregory Klump! Check this guy out and what he has to say!

- Our favourite condo development gone bad, Tuscany Village, had a couple of interesting sales last year. According to BC Assessments, unit 418 - 1620 McKenzie Ave is assessed at $476000 and sold for $339900 on October 5. Unit 419 - 1620 McKenzie is assessed at $461000 and sold for $346625 on October 9. How would you like to be the person who bought unit 411 - 1620 McKenzie Ave, assessed for $449000, but you paid $500000 (June 27)!!!

- Another Tuscany note, unit 413 - 1620 McKenzie had an asking price of $510195 in May. Today, it is $419900 (MLS#237359). I thought real estate always went up! If you're in the market for a condo, this is the place to make a low ball offer.

- Is the Radius condo / commercial development the next Tuscany Village??? This link from the TC used to work. No longer for me. Anyways, here was the beginning...

Costs stall Radius project
Carolyn Heiman, Times Colonist
Published: Saturday, January 12, 2008
Skyrocketing construction costs, which some experts say are rising 1.5 per cent a month, have temporarily stalled work on the $160-million Radius project, says the developer.
But John Schucht of Waywell Development said the project -- kitty-corner to the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre -- will resume after a reassessment of construction costs in the region, which he described as "runaway."
Schucht said a construction hiatus was planned for the Christmas holiday but instead of resuming on Jan. 7, the break will be longer. He declined to say how much longer.