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Insights & Perspectives

We want to improve our industry and our communities, every day. Whether it’s freely sharing our expert market insights or cheering on our agents’ successes, we’re there. By doing things differently, we’re going to make everyone’s real estate experience better.

Market Stats

Our Chief Economist, otherwise known as Kevin Skipworth, one of our Managing Brokers, shares his statistical insights on the Lower Mainland real estate market.

Buyer Guides

We’ve compiled our collective home-buying expertise into the following simple materials, designed to help first-time home buyers and seasoned investors alike.

Seller Guides

We’ve condensed four decades of in-house expertise into the following materials, crafted to aid home sellers of every stripe—whether it’s a first sale or a tenth.

Recent Insights & Perspectives

Sales and Listing Report for September 2020

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.” Winston Churchill The resale housing market is helping to lead us out of the Great Suppression – now who would have thought that would be the case when we dived into the dark days back in March. Certainly not CMHC [...]

Agent Spotlight: Nick

When Kastro Vafaei made the leap from personal training to real estate, he knew he’d landed in the right place.  It’s no surprise that Kastro, an agent known for his kind nature and way of treating everyone like family, found his home with Dexter Realty. He also found success. By Kastro’s second month of being [...]

Sales and Listing Report for August 2020

“A tiny change today brings a dramatically different tomorrow.” Richard Bach There seemed to be more competition in the real estate market than in the National Hockey League this August – who ever thought that would be a comparison for this time of year. If we thought competing offers were a constant in July, after a [...]

Sales and Listing Report for July 2020

“Hope will never be silent.” Harvey Milk Is this the real life? or is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality? The lyrics fit well right now.  After seeing real estate sales in July be the highest in three years, the questions have been bouncing around as to whether this is [...]

Sales and Listing Report for June 2020

"A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – Eeyore We have moved into Phase 3 of the British Columbia COVID-19 Restart Plan which will allow for more businesses to open up, movement around the province and improvement in economic conditions. In looking at home sales in June, the real estate market [...]

Sales and Listing Report for May 2020

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who [...]

Agent Spotlight: Kastro Vafaei

When Kastro Vafaei made the leap from personal training to real estate, he knew he’d landed in the right place.  It’s no surprise that Kastro, an agent known for his kind nature and way of treating everyone like family, found his home with Dexter Realty. He also found success. By Kastro’s second month of being [...]

Dexter’s 2019 Award Winners

While we want to be humble in difficult times, all our team at Dexter Realty appreciates what it takes to succeed. We want to take a moment and congratulate our agents who had an outstanding year in 2019—one of the toughest years on record. Once a year we recognize those agents who, in the preceding [...]

Sales and Listing Report for April 2020

"It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up.” – Vince Lombardi We will get back up! Considering the extent of lock down, the momentum of what March started certainly carried over into April. While sales were down and new listings were down, there was still participation in the market as Realtors found [...]

#Stayhome Productivity for Agents

At Dexter, we know the value of taking the long view. Now is the time to take a step back, and use your time to advantage. During these times of uncertainty, our many hours spent in our homes might be challenging, but they’re also an opportunity to work on those many items you can’t ever [...]

Self-Isolation Spring Cleaning

From sourdough starters to spring cleaning, there are a lot of isolation living tips flying around. Here’s a list we think offers something for everyone. During these times of uncertainty, our many hours spent in our homes might be challenging, but they’re also an opportunity to take a step back and use what time we [...]

Sales and Listing Report for March 2020

"Our patience will achieve more than our force” – Edmund Burke Where to begin. This month’s numbers for Greater Vancouver real estate are a tale of what could have been, not so much what will be. The way sales on a given day are counted by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver are by looking [...]

Sales and Listing Report for February 2020

"You can never plan the future by the past.” – Edmund Burke Average is the new up! Vancouver prices have gone up and will rise even more. What seemed like a very exuberant real estate market in Greater Vancouver in February produced an average volume of sales. With multiple offers a consistent theme, less so with [...]

A Family Affair

After thirty years as a successful solo agent, Marilou Appleby changed tracks and formed a team with her son, Louis, and his husband, Sean. Dexter Realty is known for putting their agents first—so it’s no surprise they’ve entrusted us, their in-house Design Team, with the enjoyable mission of featuring their remarkable agents and teams, and […]

Sales and Listing Report for January 2020

“You may delay, but time will not” – Benjamin Franklin No new supply! That seems to be the cry of government and the opinion of some regarding Metro Vancouver real estate. Let’s talk about what effect this actually has on the market when supply isn’t part of the equation in dealing with the dynamics of [...]

Sales and Listing Report for December 2019

“You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.” – James Agee In the immortal words of John Lennon – “another year over, and a new one just begun… Let’s hope it’s a good one.” For the third straight year, real estate sales in Metro Vancouver suffered through a collection [...]

Just the Facts: The Vancouver Real Estate Market 2019-2020

President David Peerless offers a brief, expert summary of the past year and what the coming year holds. 1) Due to uncertainty caused by aggressive taxation of Real Estate in BC, tightening of financing (Stress test), and a naturally cooling market, 2018-2019 resulted in the slowest two years in the Vancouver Real Estate marketplace since [...]

Sales and Listing Report for November 2019

"You are the sky, everything else is just the weather” – Pema Chodron  Is this an early present for the Greater Vancouver real estate market? With a continuing free fall in the number of active listings and the number of home sales continuing to be on the rise, perhaps the Grinch hasn’t actually stolen all [...]

Housing Matters: Supply, demand and Kevin Skipworth’s expertise

Is housing supply really an issue? Dexter's own Chief Economist, Kevin Skipworth, speaks with host Stuart McNish of Housing Matters: The Vancouver Real Estate Show about what is actually happening in Metro Vancouver's real estate market. With all the numbers at his fingertips, Kevin dives into the issues and offers an honest opinion on what's [...]

Sales and Listings Report for October 2019

"People who throw mud lose ground” – Jim Beatty  Average is the new up! And above average could be the start of a new trend in Greater Vancouver real estate. Attached are the Sales and Listings Statistics updated to the end of October 2019. This October in the Greater Vancouver real estate market saw a [...]

4 Reasons to Work at our Yaletown Office

While there’s lots of explanations for why our agents love working at our Yaletown office, we’re sharing four of our top reasons. One of the greatest joys of working in real estate is setting your own schedule—and often that means spending your time at a home office. Why bother with traffic jams, when you can […]

4 Reasons to Work at our Granville Office

While there’s lots of reasons our agents love working at our South Granville office, we’re sharing our top four. One of the greatest joys of working in real estate is setting your own schedule—and often that means spending your time at a home office. Why bother with traffic jams, when you can enjoy the benefits […]

Sales and Listings Report for September 2019

"Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do” – Maria Morris  Attached are the Sales and Listings Stats updated to the end of September 2019. Back to school, back to selling. The number of sales in September were up from August, a rare occurrence going [...]

Sales and Listings Report for August 2019

"Be You. Bravely and unapologetically” – Anonymous  Attached are the Sales and Listings Stats updated to the end of August 2019. Considering August is traditionally one of the slower months for real estate sales, this August was more active than anticipated. On the supply side, the number of new listings and active listings were down [...]

Ride to Conquer Cancer

Why sixteen agents from Dexter Realty strapped on their helmets, picked up their bikes and set out on a 225-260 kilometer journey to conquer cancer. As a brokerage, Dexter Realty works hard to set a standard for supporting our Lower Mainland communities and doing our part, especially when it comes to those causes closest to […]

Monsters in the Real Estate Closet

VANCOUVER, August 13, 2019/Kevin Skipworth, Chief Economist at Dexter Realty, publishes his latest fact-based real estate report as featured in the Province on August 12 2019. Think back when we were young and it was convenient to hide under the covers because there was a monster in the closet… reality wasn’t convenient nor logical. Much […]

Sales and Listings Report July 2019

"When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.” - Steve Maraboli Attached are the Sales and Listings Stats updated to the end of July 2019. It’s down, it’s up, it’s down, it’s up… We wouldn’t expect anything less from the Metro Vancouver real estate market. After [...]

Bringing Ninja to Dexter

Why Kevin Skipworth moved mountains (or at least hotel bookings and catering) to bring the Ninja Installation to Vancouver  When Kevin Skipworth, one of Dexter’s Partners/Managing Brokers and our resident Chief Economist, heard about a valuable course from Dexter’s network of brokerages, he had to know more. It wasn’t just one person, a couple of [...]

Sales and Listings Report June 2019

"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.” —Pearce Pilgrim Attached are the Sales and Listings Stats updated to the end of June 2019. While the story might be that sales in June have dropped off from May, the market is back in decline—the actual fact is June [...]

The “Real” Real Estate Data

The Metro Vancouver resale real estate market is primed for a comeback! Never have we seen the market with sales and listings numbers like we are experiencing right now. Even with monthly sales below that of a typical May and the 10-year average, fundamentals shown by new and active listing counts that there is significant […]

Sales and Listings Report May 2019

“If you want to change, expand your mind. Old ways don’t open new doors.” —Kristen Butler Before we get to the stats, I have one request for all the work that goes into producing this report. For the eighth time, I’m taking part in the Ride To Conquer Cancer and looking to raise $7,500 as [...]

Shore Clean Up

Sometimes making a difference means pitching in and picking up some trash. As Greater Vancouver’s proudly independent brokerage, we consider it our pleasure to do our part for our beautiful city. And we’re happy to put a sunny Saturday where our mouth is! On May 11th a group of thirty Dexter agents and friends—along with […]

Ride to Survive 2019

Why President David Peerless is putting his pedals to the metal to conquer cancer, and how you can help. At Dexter Realty, we’ve got a long history of supporting our communities and our agents, working to do our part to improve everyone’s lives. And our Managing Brokers are always ready to lead the charge. President [...]

Sales and Listings Report April 2019

"It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so." – Mark Twain Not much is changing in the market in relation to sales numbers, we are seeing the total number of homes sold consistently below 2,000 since July of 2018. But on a [...]

Dexter’s 2018 Award Winners

We keep great company At Dexter, we’re proud to say we have the most dedicated, empathetic and motivated agents in the Lower Mainland. Once a year we celebrate those who deserve recognition for their outstanding efforts—those agents who, in the preceding calendar year, exemplified the highest standards of work ethic, skill, and focused effort, in [...]

Dexter’s Umbrellas: We’ve got you covered

How did a simple idea to showcase Dexter’s new brand and new South Granville location turn into umbrellas and standing outside on the coldest, wettest day in December? Take one new logo When it came to creating the first items bearing the new Dexter logo, there were lots of ideas on the table. But we [...]

Sales and Listings Report – March 2019

"Your big opportunity may be right where you are now" – Napoleon Hill Ok, next! Let’s just move on to April! But for those looking for a recap, there were 1,743 sales in Greater Vancouver in March 2019, the lowest total for the month of March since 1986. So here is what we know; it [...]

Sales and Listings Report – February 2019

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid" – Albert Einstein The NDP Government announced their budget in February and in the immortal words of George H. W. Bush – “No New Taxes!” After last years [...]

Sales and Listings Report – January 2019

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time.” – Betty Smith New Year, a similar mentality to start the year with a wait and see attitude in the market with both buyers and sellers. But the feeling is one of some growth of opportunity in the market [...]

Sales and Listings Report – December 2018

“If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.” – H.G. Wells As we reflect on 2018, it was certainly the year of intervention into the real estate market. What we thought was intervention in the previous two years, became a race this year to add as many variables as possible to “create affordability.”  Attached are [...]

Sales and Listings Report – November 2018

What’s clear for 2018 so far, it is a year of change, in all things real estate and all things related to real estate. There were 1,633 homes sold of all types in Greater Vancouver in November this year compared with 2,831 sales in November last year and 2,255 homes sold in November 2016. This [...]