How will market trends affect your home buying or selling experience in 2018? We talked to REALTOR® Kristine Newell and mortgage broker Scott Harriman about their predictions for real estate trends in Prince George this year.

The Market

While there is some uncertainty around market trends in BC as we start 2018, both Kristine and Scott are optimistic about the prospects for the Prince George housing market this year. Scott says:
“My crystal ball tells me that, in spite of the doom and gloom, real estate in this market will be positive for 2018. Values will go up as a result of less inventory. More new and newer houses will be absorbed into the inventory mix, and we may see some migration from other communities to Prince George as people recognize the value.”

“By all indications we should see the continuation of a seller’s market throughout Q1 and Q2,” Kristine says.  “Interest rates are still relatively low, unemployment is down, and several large resource based projects are set to continue and/or commence in the region which inspires confidence in buyers and investors.”

BC real estate news has been dominated by talk of regulatory changes coming down the pipeline, and Scott thinks these changes will impact some hopeful buyers.

“The recent changes in mortgage lending will send some prospective buyers to the sidelines, unless they can save more money for a down payment or find an alternate source that doesn’t require mortgage default insurance.”

Kristine suggests that sellers of mortgage helper properties stand to benefit from an interest rate hike. “I think single family dwellings with suites will continue to be the most desirable properties, with many first-time buyers requiring the income to offset the interest rate increases.”

The Neighbourhoods

Prince George is full of great neighbourhoods to suit everyone from single professionals to families and downsizers. The popularity of some neighbourhoods might mean a quicker sale, or more competition between buyers.

Kristine’s predictions for this year?

“I believe the Connaught area is the next Millar Addition. We’ll see increasing density in the Crescents, and traditionally desirable areas such as Heritage and College Heights will remain popular.”

The Houses

When it comes to the properties themselves, Scott thinks market trends point to Prince George home buyers being more selective this year.

“Buyers will be less inclined to purchase properties that are overpriced and require extensive repairs or renovations. The inventory shortage will push the average price up as these buyers move up in the market. Buyers will be pickier. As the existing inventory moves up in value, the jump to a new or newer home becomes more attractive.”

How can you make your home more attractive to picky buyers? One option is to make a few updates before you list. Kristine has spotted a few interior décor trends that she expects will catch the attention of house hunters this year.

“Vinyl plank flooring, big florals, wood looking wall finishes and shades of grey will likely remain trendy throughout 2018. Expect to see more bright red and coral, or bright green and olive accents in spring to add drama to all the neutrals we’ve been seeing. Clean lines mixed with rustic and antique elements will remain popular, and I see gold fixtures are making a comeback!”

Do you have more questions about market trends in Prince George? We’re here to help!

REALTOR® Kristine Newell would be happy to advise you on buying or selling your home in the current market.
Give her a call today at 250.552.5116 or find her on Facebook.

Mortgage broker Scott Harriman can assist you with any mortgage related questions or concerns you may have.

Give Scott a call today at 250.565.4969, visit his website or find him on Facebook.

Cam McLeod

Pursuing a successful real estate career in beautiful Prince George has been an amazing opportunity for me. I pride myself on high standards, professionally and ethically, and I work hard to get my clients the results they are looking for. Home renovation projects are a passion of mine, and I enjoy discussing how buyers can adapt properties to suit their needs.

I like to tackle projects that are both creative and technical, and I’m often tinkering with Hot Rods and motorbikes. I also host a local radio show, which has been a great way to express myself. I look forward to the future and to working with you to achieve your real estate goals.

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Chris Lodge

Hi, my name is Chris Lodge and I am in my sixth year of selling Real Estate in Prince George and Fort St. James. I have always loved houses, whether it be fluffing, decorating, renovating, preparing them for sale or selling them I am in my element.

I am professional, knowledgeable and personable and I would love to help you sell your home or help you find one that suit’s you needs. I try very hard to offer my clients a stress-less, drama free Real Estate experience. I will do my best to meet and hopefully exceed your expectations of a Real Estate Professional.

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Crystal Brown

My name is Crystal Brown, REALTOR® at Team Powerhouse Realty. My career as a professional agent began in May 2015. Since then I have enjoyed many successes in helping people buy and sell homes.

I have lived in Prince George for nearly 20 years. During that time I have been actively involved in the community through my business and personal life, and have also taken on a variety of volunteer positions. I have built valuable networks and a deep understanding of the city and its people. I use that knowledge every day when advising residents and newcomers on their next move. Great relationships are the foundation of true success.

I continue to look ahead to the future of real estate with excitement and determination as I see many opportunities for growth in my business, as well as in my community.

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Mark McVey

I am a long-term resident of Prince George and have been selling real estate here since 1997. I am CEO at Team Powerhouse Realty, a company I co-founded in 2007. I have a passion for helping people, and get great fulfillment out of negotiating the best terms for my loyal clientele.

I love sharing my real estate skills and knowledge with others, and am a Buffini & Company Certified Mentor. In addition to my busy work schedule, I am also actively involved in men's soccer, the Cinema CNC Film Festival and PG Roadrunners. I am also a RYT200 Certified Yoga Instructor.

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Ashley Quickfall

I grew up in Prince George and have always enjoyed what our city has to offer. Whether it be the wild north that surrounds our town or the growing opportunity within the town.

I played a lot of different sports growing up and spent time watching my Dad, and Step-Dad coach , as well as taking on the Coach role myself, I’ve discovered that I like to work with my clients as if we were a team and like any coach, I want to see my team succeed.

I am so thankful to my husband who pushed me to become the person I am today and inspired me to move past my fears and do something I thought was impossible. Ever since then I have been inspired by personal growth and helping others do the same. Through Real Estate, I aim to help people achieve their personal goals along with home-ownership.

So basically – I want to be your Coach to Real Estate.

With a passion for Real Estate, customer service training and an amazing team with years of experience. I know what it takes to champion a client’s needs.

I have had the opportunity to work within the Real Estate industry, under a Realtor, before becoming licensed. Having had this opportunity I was able to learn from an experienced individual how to tackle problems in a professional manner.

Negotiating for some can be a challenge, but with my approach, I aim to protect your wants and needs, use patience, warmth, and authority to get the deal done.

Whether you are buying your first home, selling your property or purchasing the next income property. I can help you negotiate deals, price right, find the right neighborhood and much more.

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Kristine Newell

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Steve Andersen

Like most realtors I began my real estate career doing residential sales, and since I live on a rural property I really enjoy doing the more complicated country property sales.

While I still enjoy helping buyers and sellers with their housing needs I have transitioned over to doing more commercial sales and leasing. I find this both interesting and challenging and feel my skills are well suited to dealing with complicated commercial/industrial/business real estate transactions.

I endeavour to provide exceptional professional service to my clients putting their needs first so they trust me, enjoy dealing with me and recommend me to their friends and acquaintances.

On a personal level I am married with two children, have lived in Prince George since childhood and have always been a real outdoorsman. Prince George has so much to offer, is a great place to raise children and I really enjoy taking the family on camping and fishing trips throughout the Prince George area and our beautiful province.

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Rolf Van Driesum

Rolf was born and raised in Prince George, BC. A previous career in construction and current involvement in the mining industry provide him with an unparalleled insight into market trends and commercial opportunities throughout the region.

Rolf is driven by a desire to provide leadership in a number of capacities, both locally and internationally. He is engaged in development opportunities in Thailand, Myanmar, and the Dominican Republic as well as in British Columbia. Rolf joined Team Powerhouse Realty in 2011, and has since become part of the management team.

Rolf is also a husband, father to four and grandfather to four. He is a member of the Westwood Church.

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Ashley Woods

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Rebecca Worthington

I work by referral helping buyers, sellers and investors stay focused on their big picture goals while I focus on the details. Exceptional client care, current market expertise and strong negotiating tactics are paramount to my business. I specialize in family homes and investment properties.

My husband and I were both born and raised in Prince George and are now raising our beautiful four daughters here. This is a wonderful community to be a part of as it has so much to offer.

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Jackie Nydegger

Innovation and Power – these are two of the words that describe me best. I think outside the box, come up with innovative solutions and always go to bat for my clients. True to my German nature, I am a hard worker and am diligent and passionate about what I do.

I was born and raised in a small village close to Munich, owned and operated a gym there for 12 years, came to BC on an adventurous whim, did the whole “live off the grid” while homeschooling my three wonderful children and running a hobby farm out at Purden Lake, and now I live and breathe real estate here in Prince George after studying at the Sauder School of Business at UBC.

I love PG and living in the North, in particular meeting and building long lasting relationships with people like you.

In my spare time I run on one of our many fabulous trails, go to CrossFit, and I read and listen to inspirational/educational books and podcasts. Most importantly though I love to spend time with my family over long family dinners or while skiing or hiking.

Give me a call, I would love to meet you!

Für meine deutschen Freunde: herzlich willkommen in Prince George! Ich stehe Ihnen sehr gerne jederzeit zur Verfügung falls Sie Fragen im Immobilienbereich haben oder ganz einfach die deutsche Sprache vorziehen. Ich freue mich auf Ihren Anruf!

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Garnet Weston

Garnet was born in Victoria, where he lived for sixteen years with a two-year stint in Ottawa. At 18 he decided it was time to venture out on his own to live the “Alberta Dream” moving to Bonnyville, AB. to work in the oil and gas industry, where he remained for two years before returning to Victoria.

After returning to Victoria, Garnet bought his first home with his brother, where the two resided, and worked in the construction industry. During the recession of 2008 Garnet went back to Alberta and spent the next ten plus years as a Wireline Supervisor, traveling between Northern BC and Southern Manitoba. Garnet bought his second home in Grande Prairie in 2012, and his third with his then fiancée, now wife, Karen in Bonnyville in 2014.

Throughout his time in the oil and gas industry, Garnet developed a love for the real estate industry. After experiencing an injury, Garnet could no longer continue in his current career. This was the catalyst that lead him to make a bold decision and he began studying for his real estate license. Once he achieved his license, he immediately began shadowing the best of Northern Lights Realty.

During this time, Garnet and Karen decided it was time to move closer to family. They chose Kelowna BC where they would be closer to their families in Victoria BC. After a short time, they realized Kelowna just wasn’t a fit for them. They knew they wanted somewhere surrounded by nature, that has four seasons where they can enjoy all the different activities each season offers. Somewhere they have a bright future, where they see themselves having a happy and prosperous life. A place their families can come visit them. They chose Prince George, because they believe it offers all that and so much more.

Garnet has learned to love and embrace change; let him put his understanding of big decisions, along with his passion and knowledge of real estate to work for you.

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