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As more and more people continue to purchase properties in different parts of British Columbia (B.C.), especially in the northeast, there are more buyers than sellers and finding a prime home is difficult. Northeastern BC is now a global market with international investment money flowing into the economy. Asia and Europe’s increasing demand for oil, natural gas, and forest products has transformed Fort St. John BC into the hub for major companies to base workers from. In fact more immigrants from various parts of the world are continuously attracted to the Peace Country for high paying jobs with most sectors of the economy short of skilled employees. As reported in the Vancouver Sun

Cook, Harris and their two huskies - Moose and Hudson - eventually moved into $340,000 ½ duplex that suited their needs and feel lucky to have it because another person wanted to make an offer on the property.

In Fort St. John, it's all about the booming energy sector and new jobs that continue to attract buyers to the market and drive prices higher.


The average selling price for a Fort St. John residential property rose by 12.5 per cent to $343,600 during the first half of 2013, up from $305,400 during the same period last year.


The Western Investor December, 2013 also projected prices to continue to rise in B.C. real estate. Over the next decade, northeastern BC will continue to boom as mega projects are developed in the area. Scott Sauer of Re/Max in Fort St. John referenced the $36 billion investment by Petronas in future LNG projects and the Site C dam, just a few kilometers from the city with a projected cost of $6.5 billion. With such scenarios quickly taking shape, potential investors, especially those who are looking to get in on the ground level, should buy Fort St. John real estate properties today.


Finding the right property to buy


Scott Sauer, a REALTOR® with Re/Max Action Realty Fort St. John dominates the market with nearly 70% market share can find you the right property. Weather you are looking for you first home, expanding your investment portfolio or buying commercial property Scott has the professional experience to accomplish your goals. Scott can access all the Fort St. John real estate listings and help you choose the right property.


Transparency from start to finish


Understanding all the pros and cons of the property you are considering will make the decision easier. Having a trusted real estate consultant like Scott will be invaluable to your buying or selling decision. Real estate is all about the details, Scott is know for his analytical approach to real estate. Once the negotiations start this is where Scott shines, an expert in this field having successfully completed over 700 transactions.


(Article excerpt and Image from “B.C.'s many markets,” Vancouver Sun, November 6, 2013)
(Article reference “5 hot housing markets,” Western Investor, December, 2013)

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Fort St. John, British Columbia (November 22, 2013) – REALTOR® Scott Sauer under real estate firm RE/MAX Action Realty that specializes in homes for sale in Fort St. John, BC. The company will benefit from Sauer's decade-long experience as one of BC’s highest ranked REALTORS® from 2005- 2012.


Experts project an 8 percent increase in the price of real estate listings in the area. With the imminent growth, the real estate market will become more competitive for buyers and sellers. Scott has the experience and negotiation skills with 700 completed transactions to give his clients the professional advice they need.


Scott grew up in the North and spent some time in Vancouver gaining experience in the city’s real estate scene, which is arguably the most competitive and cut throat in all of Canada. He uses tried and tested systems to help his clients buy or sell real estate. Scott also has the inside track on the newest listings that come up.


Known for his dedication, Scott continues to educate himself and learn about real estate legalities, which are constantly evolving. This enables him to ensure the legal protection of his clients whenever they buy or sell real estate in Fort St. John. With the city’s population expected to increase at a rate of 1,300 people annually, the need for such advice will also increase.


With more than a decade of experience in the real estate industry, Scott aims to help clients purchase the house of their dreams or sell their existing one. Through his professionalism, and integrity, he provides a fresh perspective that helps his clients achieve their goals faster. He employs an effective process that involves providing expert advice in consultations with clients, marketing properties for sellers, negotiating for his client, and overseeing transactional details.


To talk with Scott about buying or selling, visit today or call Scott’s cell toll free 1-855-585-1515, or 1-250-794-1515


About Scott Sauer


As a noted Professional Real Estate negotiator, Scott has the resources you need to sell your property or to find Fort St John homes for sale.

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According to an economist interviewed by the Globe and Mail, the Provincial real estate market is recovering well. The housing market in Fort St. John BC is one exception to Provincial stats, it has not experienced a slow down and the future is very bright. However, things are certainly getting better for the general market of British Columbia:

British Columbia’s real estate market is enjoying a jump in sales after last year’s slump, with average prices getting a lift from the increased housing demand.

There were 6,498 sales on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) last month across the province, up 43.2 per cent from September of 2012, the B.C. Real Estate Association said Tuesday. The average price in September for B.C. resale properties reached $537,458, or an 8.8-per-cent gain from the same month last year.

Interest rates may temporarily influence the Provincial Real Estate market in general but in Fort St. John there is a housing shortage and the local market will continue to buck trends. The Fort. St. John MLS stats have proven this time and time again over the past 10 years. You may hear that housing sales growth is expected to slow in the months ahead as interest rates edge upward.

Sellers have to be more intelligent about the way they sell their homes in a unique market like Fort St. John. Some sellers feel that because it is a “Sellers market” they can ask any price and someone will buy it. This is not true, according to Scott Sauer from RE/MAX Action Realty, “The market always has options and overpriced property just does not sell, Buyers are motivated, not stupid”. The best way to get the highest dollar for their sale is to talk to Sauer and have him list it on the MLS in Fort St. John at the right price with his proven marketing system.

(Article Excerpt and Image From B.C. housing market makes big recovery from 2012 slump, The Globe and Mail, October 15, 2013)

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The Yahoo! News Canada website has a recent article that discusses a dilemma that small-town property owners are facing. The featured owners can't seem to sell their home for the right price since their city’s economic potential is low. The article sheds a little more light on the subject:

Reuter explains that economy is the primary driver of real estate prices. For isolated small towns, jobs are often single industry-based and can vanish if the employer takes a hit. The real estate market in Quesnel, B.C., area population of about 25,000, was on fire until the mountain pine beetle destroyed the area’s forestry prospects.

Unless communities are sustained by multiple industries like tourism, forestry and oil and gas they are highly unstable. British Columbia’s Fort St. John, is one perfect example of stability. Fort St. John has it’s economy fueled by every major commodity.

Towns with only one or two major employers won’t likely grow forever, Reuter says. And if those industries falter, the towns’ residents will age and the community’s tax base will be reduced. Without sustainable industry and younger working families coming in, the towns will likely die or age into retirement communities.

Prime houses for sale in Fort St. John, BC are giving investors a higher CAP rate and profit, especially if they're properly maintained and they have modern fixtures installed.

Buyers have to carefully select properties that have a broad market appeal. As mentioned previously, location is one of the most important factors in determining the appeal and value of a house. A updated or newer home that is located near schools and on a quiet street will command a premium price. “This is why Fort St. John is the crown jewel of BC real estate.” said Scott Sauer of RE/MAX Action Realty 1-250-794-1515

To get decent returns upon resale, buyers will need to make purchases that meet those criteria when they sell. It is a great investment to buy a home in need of renovation and make money on your sweat equity. However, that is easier said than done because of the intense competition and multiple offers. Real Estate around Fort St. John is selling quickly, Scott Sauer can help buyers find reasonably-priced Fort St. John houses for sale.

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(Article Excerpt and Image From Why a small-town couple can't even give away their home, Yahoo! News Canada, October 2, 2013)

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A report on the Fort St. John-“ Energetic City” reveals that the region's real estate market is looking strong. More and more locals are buying and selling Real Estate of all kinds. The international investor is also taking advantage of increasing property prices. Additional information on the trend can be gleaned from this passage from the article:

In Fort St. John, 626 properties have changed hands so far this year, worth $219.9 million, compared to 671 worth $214.3 million in 2012. 66 properties were sold in Fort Nelson in that time, worth $17.8 million, down from 74 properties worth $22.5million last year. There are currently 413 properties available in Fort St. John and 101 in Fort Nelson, as of the end of September.

In its third quarter release the board says northern regions like Fort St. John is considered a seller’s market, compared to the more southern cities of 100 Mile House and Williams Lake which are in a buyer’s market. Overall sales are up 41 per cent from a year ago, with 3806 properties worth $935 million sold versus 3749 properties worth $865 million at this time last year.

Prices have been increasing every month in Fort St. John, it's the perfect opportunity for buyers to move to the best real estate market in BC. Buyers shouldn't be discouraged by increasing prices, Scott Sauer of RE/MAX Action Realty can find you affordable Fort St. John real estate.

If you have owned Real Estate in Fort St. John for a few years there is a large potential for big profits if you sell. The return on your investment is great and home ownership will reward you. It's important to see homes not just as places to live, but also as a solid investment.

Real estate in Fort St. John is ideal for investors with incredible CAP rate returns of 8 to 9%. According to Scott Sauer from RE/MAX Fort St. John “It is nearly impossible to find cash flow positive rental property anywhere else in BC”. The world’s oil and gas company’s exploration in the area has created a housing shortage. Buyers can't go wrong with a community that is known for its bustling industries. In the foreseeable future huge projects like Site C, and LNG will create even more demand for housing and commercial buildings. A home's value can appreciate very quickly if owners maintain it properly and install improvements. Therefore, investors should carefully consider the opportunity to own Real Estate and enjoy healthy returns on capital investment.


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(Article Excerpt and Image From Fort St. John still a seller's market for real estate,, October 7, 2013)

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