Monthly Archives: November 2017

Depreciation Reports for Strata

Russell Cass from Home Check was here this morning to give us a better insight on depreciation reports. Some of the points Russell made were:

a depreciation report is nothing more than a home inspection with a maintenance budget
a report is good for 3 years
these reports are often difficult to read. As a Buyer it may be prudent to have a third party analyze and explain the document. [Ask me, I can help!]
a Strata can vote against having a depreciation report done but they have to revisit that every 18 months
Persons Name
E&O or Statement of NO cover
Relationship with Strata if any
Must state site was visited

Technical Info:
Building Structure
Exterior- Roof, Roof Decks, Doors, Windows, Skylights
Systems- Electrical, Heating, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Security Systems
Common Amenities and Facilities
Parking Facilities and Roadways
Utilities, including water and Sewage
landscaping, including Pathways, Sidewalks, Fencing, Irrigation
Interior Finishes including Floor Coverings and Furnishings
Green Components
Balconies and Patios
Identify Common and Limited Common Property that the Lot owner is Responsible to maintain and not the Strata

Financial Information

Financial Forecasts
Anticipated maintenance/Repair (more than annual)
Replacement Costs (more than annual)
Projected 30 years (use current or previous year financials)
Describe Factors and Assumptions, Interest Rates, Rate of Inflation
Describe Contingency Contributions
Balance in Contingency Fund (minus funds allocated but not removed)
Projected over 30 Years
Beginning with Current or Previous Fiscal Year
Show either or any of a) Fund Balance and Withdrawals b) Special levies c) Borrowings

*As interpretted by Russel Cass of Home Check

VREB November 2017 News

Victoria Real Estate Market Slowly Stabilizing after a Record Breaking 2016

A total of 664 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this October, 9.7 per cent fewer than the 735 properties sold in October last year.  

“As expected, we saw fewer sales than this time last year,” notes Victoria Real Estate Board President Ara Balabanian. “Looking at the longer term picture however, sales last month were 17.1 per cent above the ten year average of 567 properties for the month of October, so the market is still very active here in Victoria, and this is in spite of the ongoing low inventory levels.”

There were 1,905 active listings for sale on the Victoria Real Estate Board Multiple Listing ServiceĀ® at the end of October 2017, a decrease of 3.6 per cent compared to the month of September and 1.7 per cent fewer than the 1,938 active listings for sale at the end of October 2016.  

The Multiple Listing ServiceĀ® Home Price Index benchmark value for a single family home in the Victoria Core in October 2016 was $752,000. The benchmark value for the same home in October 2017 has increased by 9.3 per cent to $821,900, but is lower than July’s value of $834,200.  

“The fact that we’ve seen such a controlled levelling off in the market directly following a year which felt so uncontrollable in terms of demand and pressure on prices illustrates the depth and stability of the Victoria market. An unstable market may have experienced a heavy correction or shift, whereas in our market sales are moderating at a reasonable rate.” adds President Balabanian. “In the coming months we expect to see less inventory on the market, because the year end changes buyer and seller behaviours, their focus shifts to holidays and winter weather. One unknown influence that may play on the winter market is the upcoming mortgage stress test. Some buyers may move their purchasing timelines forward to make their home purchases before the stress test on uninsured buyers (those with a down payment of 20 per cent or more) becomes required January 1.”


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