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August 3, 2018

Beleaguered Murrayville House condo complex in Langley up for sale after judge nullifies all previous pre-sale contracts

 

The beleaguered Murrayville House condo complex in Langley is up for sale, after a judge nullified all previous pre-sale contracts.

Pre-sale buyers will now be given the first opportunity to buy units, but at much higher prices than their original contracts.

“I think there’s only going to be one or two people who are going to take the offer,” said Nolan Killeen, who represents one of the groups of would-be buyers. “The rest are going to be priced out.”

The condo project was slated to have been finished in early 2016, but it was plagued with delays and then thrown into limbo when it was placed in court-ordered receivership.

The prices of condos rose rapidly during that time. Condo units were originally listed for sale at between $199,900 and $358,900.

An appraisal earlier this year showed units were 46 per cent more valuable than contract prices.

Some pre-sale buyers are still dealing with the surprise of the court ruling, said Killeen.

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“Now they’re having to find some alternative solution,” he said.

Some buyers are having to head farther east in search of affordable housing, to Abbotsford, Chilliwack, or even Cultus Lake in one case, said Killeen.

Others are scaling back what they can afford, going down from a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in Murrrayville House to a studio condo in Langley City.

The pre-sale buyers had been fighting in court to have their contracts honoured.

But the mortgage lenders to the developer argued that they had legal priority, and B.C. Supreme Court Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick has agreed in a series of court rulings through the spring and summer. The July 25 ruling wiped out the last few pre-sale contracts.

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