Vancouver Real Estate News Heating Up

The longing for swiftly plummeting housing cost in Southern Ontario is compelling evaluators to have a second look at properties they have already assessed to see how much the market has shifted.

Claudio Polito, a Toronto appraiser and principal owner of Cross-Town appraisal Ltd., says lenders on value, as opposed to income and credit history, are really trying to stay on top of a market that appears to be changing rapidly.

According to his estimates, the prices in the Greater Toronto Area have plunged anywhere from 5% to 15% over the last month. The next set of data from the Toronto Real Estate Board are due out Monday and will mark the first full month of data since provincial changes to cool the market that included a tax on foreign buyers, effected.

“It wouldn’t be the first time, evaluations have insulated purchases prices. This is a marvel that previously caught some Vancouver buyers by surprise when it was time to close, said Garry Marr from the financial post, “a lower appraisal could progressively more be an issue for people with previous deals, not yet closed, in Toronto, especially when buyers are coming up with only the minimum of 20% down payment for a non-government backed loan,” he further noted.

A more problematic market to evaluate is one like Calgary, which has seen transactions drying up, making comparisons hard to find.

“The more useable statistics you have access to, the parallel task of preparing the assessment becomes,” said Keith Lancaster, chief executive of the Appraisal Institute of Canada. “When the Calgary market was slow, the lender would say we want sales that are within the last 90 days for comparability. If nothing was sold for in comparable for 90 days, you ask the lender if they want to extend the time or the geographic window.”

J C Loum


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