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Here is an interesting survey done by BMO ( Bank of Montreal) as published in Vancouver Sun this week.

When it comes down to it, many British Columbia home buyers just aren’t willing to battle for their dream home, according to a BMO Home Buying Report released Thursday.

In the survey, 22 per cent of Canadians said they were willing to enter into a bidding war when making an offer on a home.

"Of those prepared to fight, half would pay up to 110 per cent of the asking price, while a quarter would be willing to bid up to 120 per cent," the report said.

Those surveyed in Manitoba/Saskatchewan ranked first in eagerness to enter into a mortgage bidding war (32 per cent). They were followed by respondents in: Ontario (28 per cent), Alberta (25 per cent), B.C. (23 per cent), Atlantic Canada (13 per cent) and Quebec (10 per cent).

The study also noted that 52 per cent of Canadians surveyed said they're willing to pay between 100 and 110 per cent of the asking price, with Quebec ranking first at 62 per cent. It was followed by: Alberta and B.C. (53 per cent), Ontario (51 per cent), Manitoba/Saskatchewan (48 per cent) and Atlantic Canada (44 per cent).

Meanwhile, 27 per cent of Canadians said they would pay between 100 to 120 per cent, with the highest in Atlantic Canada (33 per cent), then Ontario and B.C. (30 per cent), Quebec (25 per cent), Manitoba/Saskatchewan (22 per cent) and Alberta (17 per cent).

I find these numbers fascinating but I am always skeptical about these kind of survey since I don't know how they are selecting the groups. So I thought I would ask all my subscribers these two questions:

1. Would you be willing to enter into biding war situation?

2. Would you pay over market value price ?

Please comment and I will report the results in my next blog post.

Kind Regards,

Tibor Bogdan


What is a pre-sale?

Example scenario: When the developer intends to build an apartment building and applies for financing, the bank will grant financing under certain conditions. One of them will likely be a certain percentage of pre-sales the developer will need to secure before receiving the funds.
It is common practice for a developer to approach several real estate investors and offer them an opportunity to purchase units of the non-existent building at a discounted price, and on good terms.

Once the number of pre-sales is accomplished, the developer goes ahead with the construction, which will likely take two years or longer to complete. During construction, their marketing team offers the remainder of the units for sale at market value to the public.

If you are a RE investor, you know that it is preferable to be buying at the pre-sale prices, not market value prices.

The question is, how do you get the invitation to buy a pre-sale?
In the past many years, investors have made substantial income by buying at wholesale prices and selling at retail prices even before they needed to complete their purchase. I saw many of them lining up and sometimes even camping overnight in front of the sales center to get a chance to buy at lower prices, but not everyone was lucky enough. You needed to be well-connected to get an opportunity, and you had to act fast.

Today is a bit of a different story. Several projects in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley offer really good prices and incentives to secure a unit now and complete the purchase two or three years later. The list of incentives varies from one project to the next. Besides attractive prices, you can get low deposit amounts (5-15%), low or no assignment fees, free updates, a mortgage rate buy-down program, extra parking and more.

A month ago, I helped a few of my clients purchase a presale in Surrey that sold out in 2 days, and I know of another good developer that will be offering a few units for sale as well.

If you would like to know more about these opportunities, I would encourage you to call or email me, and I’ll be happy to send you details on those projects.
Kind regards,
Tibor Bogdan
Century 21 Creekside Realty Ltd.
45428 Luckakuck Way #190, Chilliwack, BC V2R 3S9
cell: 604-855-2521
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