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Baby boomers not causing a housing downturn

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Study debunks predictions of an oversupplied housing market caused by baby boomers leaving their homes.

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An eye in the sky: Drones help sell homes

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Cropping up in Canada’s real estate market over the last few years, realtors are embracing the use of drones to help sell properties.

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Canada needs another 4.5 million homes warns study

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

A recent study says that we will need another 4.5 million homes over the next three decades.

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Tips for Getting Your Home Holiday Ready!

HOW-TO Author: Kam Brar

The holidays are an exciting time to welcome guests into your home, but they can also be stressful. Whether you’re hosting a holiday get-together or are expecting your usual drop-ins, here are s ...

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Canadians Owe $1.5 Trillion!

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Canadians continue to pile on debt and now collectively owe more than $1.5 trillion. However, the delinquency rate remains on a downward trend and Canadians  seemingly spend within their means.

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RBC Housing More Affordable

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

According to the latest survey by RBC Economics, home ownership became more affordable in Canada in the third quarter despite a broad spike in home prices.

Continued here.

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Single Women Struggle to find Housing

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), women are over-represented when it comes to "core housing need."The CMHC defines "core housing need" status as a household wh ...

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No Oversupply of Condos

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

No oversupply of condos; we may even need more. CIBC's economist Benjamin Tal says that for now the high level of condo building in our major cities is just supplying the demand from immigrants w ...

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Analysts warn house prices cannot keep climbing

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

The average price of a home in Canada hit another all-time high in October, rising 7.1 percent over the past year to just short of $420,000. However, economists at Canada’s major banks continue ...

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Toronto and Vancouver home prices pass Rome and close in on Paris

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

A recent report from CBRE says that Canada’s two priciest cities for homes can now be included in an international class that is attracting foreign investors from around the world. 

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The 10 Most Livable Countries

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Based on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the most and least livable countries. Data from the Human Development Index is b ...

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A Million Dollar Whoops!

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

A Florida builder is trying to figure out what to do after constructing a million-dollar, ocean-view home on the wrong lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzK5XoxH5H4&list=TLSj_o9tu19U786huuQQhh ...

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Home Sales Call for a Busy Fall

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Canada’s housing market is off to a solid start this fall, with new data pointing to a near-11 percent rise in sales for September compared to a year ago.

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The Sky Is Not Falling

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

"Canadian concerns about a housing bubble are overblown in a country where credit growth is modest and the job market is stable."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_owfyUyk-Os

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September 2014 Housing Starts in Canada

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 197,747 units in September compared to 191,095 in August. The trend is a six-month averag ...

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Calgary Market On Fire

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Calgary's resale housing market fell just short of setting a new peak for MLS sales in September as the city recorded its highest level of transactions since 2005.

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Linking the Stock Market and Condo Sales

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

While new condo sales have followed the general path of many economic variables over the past decade with various degrees of correlation, their close relationship to the stock market is attention wort ...

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Lock into Low Rates

ADVICE Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIkER280yXw&list=UUmCXwTcdQoj6r44KbLujT2Q

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Student Housing = Good Investment

ADVICE Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjOroCYnd54&list=UUmCXwTcdQoj6r44KbLujT2Q

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Lululemon Loves Luxury: Founder's Mansion Assessed at $54.2-Million, No.1 in B.C.

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

To make the top one per cent in Vancouver's market for single-family detached houses, a property needs to be assessed at more than $5.58-million. No. 1 on the list is Chip Wilson's waterfron ...

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FAQ: Asbestos

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Whether you’re testing for asbestos or hiring a contractor to deal with the removal, this FAQ covers everything you’ll need to know when it comes to dealing with the hidden killer.

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Making an Offer without Subject to Financing

ADVICE Author: Kam Brar

It's extremely important to make sure you and the property can meet all requirements before making an offer without subject to financing. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by9fpMuNnRo&fe ...

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Building Permits Increase

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

The market is hot as building permits rise 11.8% nationwide.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzE_jL_zsww read more

Brokers Rejoice Over Policy Change

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Brokers are pleased to hear that more transparency will finally be required of their major bank competitors.

“Transparency is very important to the consumers as they can make an informed decisi ...

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Europe Housing Bubble Burst

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouky32aZIos&feature=youtu.be

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Older Homes, Older Systems: Understanding the Material Risks

ADVICE Author: Kam Brar

Knowing a home’s original age is only a starting point to anticipating potential concerns. Not all older homes are going to have issues, but the probability of identifying deficiencies ...

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Canada vs. United States: Comparing the Household Sector's Net Worth, 1970 - 2012

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

According to a study released today in the Economic Analysis Research Paper Series, Canadian household net worth per capital reached 77 percent of the United States’ level in 2012.

The rep ...

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35 Questions to Ask When Buying a Home

ADVICE Author: Kam Brar

1. How do I know if I’m ready to buy a home?

The best way to determine if you’re ready to buy a home is by asking yourself these important questions.

Do you have steady employment that ... read more

Condos for Cash

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

A recent survey by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) discovered that nearly one in fivecondominium owners in Vancouver and Toronto have purchased additional inves ...

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The 20 Do's and Don'ts For Buying Your First Home

ADVICE Author: Kam Brar

Buying your first home can be the single most exciting experience, but it can also be the most terrifying. This is because there are a ton of factors to consider when settling down, and overlooking ev ...

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The Real Estate Process: After the Deal is Signed

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

On the surface, buying, selling and refinancing (mortgaging) of real estate seems relatively straight forward and simple. Why then, is it so complicated? Why does it require the involvement of Realtor ...

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Appraisals 101

ADVICE Author: Kam Brar

With fluctuations in the real estate market and changes to Lender requirements and qualifications, it is important to know what an Appraiser is looking for when viewing your home. When booking an appo ...

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The First Time Home Buyer's Handbook

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Are you looking to buy a home but don't know where to begin? Download the FREE First Time Home Buyer's Handbook! Designed to get you moving, here you'll find all the answers you need.&n ...

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Genworth Canada: Regional Market Report

RESOURCE Author: Kam Brar

Sales are up, unemployment is down, and the mortgage rates are amazing!

 

 

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How Long Does it Take to Find a New Kelowna Home?

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

If you're planning to look for a new home sometime in the future, you may be wondering how long the process will take. How much time should you set aside for viewings? How many of the listed home ...

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How a Home Inspection Helps You

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

Whether you're considering buying a particular home, selling your current property – or both – a home inspection can help.

A home inspection is an inspection by a qualified professio ...

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Bank of Canada Interest Rate Decision - September 4, 2013

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

The Bank of Canada announced this morning that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. In its accompanying statement, the Bank highlighted that an uncertain global economy i ...

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Take a Walk on the Boardwalk (or Sidewalk)

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

If you've played the game Monopoly then you've probably picked up the Chance card that reads, "Take a walk on the Boardwalk. If you pass Go..."

 That's good advice when shopping f ...

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How to Be a Savvy Home Viewer

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

If you're planning on finding your next dream home, then you're probably going to view several homes on the market that meet your criteria.

You will want to make the right purchasing decisi ...

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Home Viewing Checklist

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

GENERAL UPKEEP Home is clean and uncluttered Lawns are cut Walls are clean and free of chipping Paintjob on walls is in good shape SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE Ceilings and walls are free of stai ... read more

Preparing Your Family For A Move

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

There are a lot of preparations that need to be made when you are buying and selling a home. You have to arrange for financing, prepare your property so that it’s as attractive as possible to po ...

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Want to move in time for the start of next school year?

ADVICE Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

If you want to move and have children in school, you will want to be settled before the start of the next school year. So now would be a good time to consider this four bedroom, three and one half bat ...

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Getting a Handle on Real Estate Lingo

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

Even if you’ve purchased a home before, you may still find the terms and acronyms used in the real estate industry a little baffling. What in the world does “4B/2B” mean anyway? Here ...

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How to tell if a neighbourhood is improving

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

When you’re looking for a new home, you want to find one in a great neighbourhood – or, at least, in a neighbourhood that is on the upswing. How can you tell if a particular area is improv ...

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Okanagan Buyers Survey - March 2013

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

Property Type:

24.6% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers  (up from 21.3% in February)*16.2% by First Time Buyers  (down from 19.7%)10.6% moving from Single Family Home to Strata Unit  ...

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Recognizing potential major expenses in a new home

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

When you see a new home you like on the market, it's easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious rec room with plenty of space for en ...

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Home Buyers' Plan (HBP) Using An RRSP to Buy A Home

ADVICE Author: Mark Fidgett

I've often blogged about using your RRSP to buy a home. But here's a Secret that many don't know. Most know that you can withdraw up to $25,000 from your registered retirement savings p ...

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Disclosure statement meant buyers recovered damages, but listing agent escaped liability

ADVICE Author: Mark Fidgett

Interesting article below by Bob Aaron of the Star. Clearly demonstrates, not only the importance of a home inspection, but the liability that can follow even after the home is sold and the importance ...

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Zero Down Cash Back Mortgage Vancouver

HOW-TO Author: Mark Fidgett

That’s right, Zero Down PLUS cash back.

“If you’re like most renters, you feel trapped within the walls of a house or apartment that doesn’t feel like yours.”

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Imagine buying Brand New ZERO DOWN & ONLY $782/month PLUS CASH BACK

HOW-TO Author: Mark Fidgett

 

      NOW IS THE TIME TO OWN YOUR NEW HOME AT QUATTRO 3 "ZERO DOWN"   It's easy to get started... // // // read more

BEWARE This could cost you your $10,000 BC First Time Home Buyer bonus

ADVICE Author: Mark Fidgett

BEWARE, this mistake could cost you your $10,000 BC First Time Home Buyers bonus

Tony Spangniolo over at BCrealestatelawyers.com reminded us all of the importance of using a mortgage broker.

Man ...

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Now is the time to Buy!

ADVICE Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

Here in B.C. we are hearing that the real estate market in Calgary and area is bouyant whilst in our area things are quiet and prices are much lower than they were two to three years ago. This means t ...

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Canadians still plan on buying

ADVICE Author: Kam Brar

October 25, 2012

People still have plans to purchase regardless of all the rule changes and market...

 

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Bank of Canada Interest Rate Announcement - October 23, 2012

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

The Bank of Canada once again opted to hold its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent this morning. Interest rates have been held constant for over two years, the longest such period since the 1 ...

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SEPTEMBER BUYERS SURVEY - OKANAGAN

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

Property Type:27.6% of purchases were by Move-Up Buyers (maintaining - 26.6% in August)21.2% by First Time Buyers (up from 16.2% in August)*15.4% purchasing Recreation Property (maintai ...

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Is it time to Get the hell out of Dodge aka Vancouver?

ADVICE Author: Mark Fidgett

It’s no secret, with Vancouver’s median home price at $700,000 and the median household income at $60,000, buying a home in Vancouver can present a bit of a problem.

But, problems are mea ...

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What to View When Viewing a Home

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

Shopping for a home is a little like shopping for a car.  Unless you know what to look for, you risk being swayed by first impressions and buying something that does not truly meet your needs.

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Should I rent or Should I buy? Vancouver

ADVICE Author: Mark Fidgett

I’m often asked, should I rent or should I buy.

It would be pretty straight forward if you only had to consider your mortgage payment.

I truly believe there isn’t a one size fits all ans ...

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How much does "potential" cost?

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

When shopping for a new home, it's a good idea to try and see the potential of the property you're viewing. It may not be exactly what you're looking for "as is", but it may have the po ...

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Making Home Shopping Faster & Easier

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

Like most things in life, shopping for a new home can either be time-consuming and stressful, or fun and satisfying. It just depends on how you go about it.

There are many things you can do to make t ...

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Assessing a Property’s Long Term Potential

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

You see a home on the market that you like. Should you buy it?  Before you make an offer, it’s a good idea to get a sense of the property’s long-term potential. After all, a property ...

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Why Use A Realtor - Vancouver Real Estate For Sale

ADVICE Author: Mark Fidgett

Why Use A Realtor?

In today’s day an age of the computer, information is a mouse click away.

A day doesn’t go by when you’re not inundated with these ‘Do-it Yourself” s ...

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The Final Cost Of Buying a Home

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

The purchase price of your new home is the biggest cost you will come across in your home-buying venture, but it is not the only one.  A REALTOR® can provide you with helpful advice about oth ...

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Add a $50,000 or MORE Renovation for only $2,500

HOW-TO Author: Mark Fidgett

That’s right, add $50,000 in renovations to your home purchase for ONLY $2,500

I know what you’re thinking, HOW???

Instead of buying your dream home, Create Your Dream Home!

The kitchen ...

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Picking The Right Neighbourhood

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

You have decided to buy a home. You've analyzed your budget, talked to a REALTOR® and figured out what kind of house you want. But, the most important step may have been left until last: pick ...

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Bank of Canada Interest Rate Decision - July 17, 2012

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

The Bank of Canada has once again decided to keep its overnight rate at 1 per cent. The statement released this morning in support of the interest rate decision noted that global growth prospects have ...

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Can I use the BC First Time New Home Buyers Bonus as my Down Payment?

ADVICE Author: Mark Fidgett

Can I use the BC First Time New Home Buyers Bonus as my Down Payment?

This is a Great mortgage question and one that I’ve been receiving a lot lately

You may be surprised by my answer…

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A special opportunity to buy and increase value

HOW-TO Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

My listing of 3074 Bridlehill Drive,  West Kelowna presents a great opportunity to purchase at a modest price and using your sweat equity,  to substantially increase the end value fo the pro ...

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Tips for Buying a Strata Property

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

Before buying a strata property, I would Recommend buyers do the following: Work with a REALTOR® to obtain both the minutes of the Strata Council (if applicable) and minutes from the annual gen ... read more

Making Sure You Get What You Need

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

When you’re shopping for a new home, it’s a good idea to create a checklist of what you want and what you need. It keeps you on track to ultimately find the property that best fits your re ...

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How to Pay Your Mortgage off Faster and Save Thousands!

ADVICE Author: Doren Quinton

Everyone likes to save money and one of the easiest and most effective methods is to pay off your mortgage and save thousands in interest.  The most common amortization period for a mortgage is 2 ...

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Tips for First Time Home Buyers

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

 

The pride of home ownership is the number one reason why Canadians desire their own home. There is no landlord looking over your shoulder. You are able to make home improvements knowing that a ...

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How To Receive $10,000 FREE Cash When You Buy

HOW-TO Author: Mark Fidgett

Here’s the updated info just released regarding the BC First-Time New Home Buyers’ Bonus.

The BC First-Time New Home Buyers’ Bonus is a one-time bonus payment worth up to $10,000 fo ...

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Picking The Right Neighbourhood

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

You have decided to buy a home. You've analyzed your budget, talked to a REALTOR® and figured out what kind of house you want. But, the most important step may have been left until last: pick ...

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Looking for a bargain?

RESOURCE Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

Please check my listing for #3481 Norwood Road, Kelowna.  This is in a great family area with elementary school within walking distance. The area is adjacent to a golf course and close to all ame ...

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Checklist For House Hunting

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

A house hunting checklist will help you keep track of the advantages and drawbacks of each home.  Ensure the checklist includes the basic information regarding location, asking price, annual prop ...

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Five Things Your Realtor Might Not Be Telling You

ADVICE Author: Steve Dyment

Sometimes the truth hurts. While it can be easy to shy away from having tough conversations, honesty is the best policy, especially so with something as important as buying real estate. In the spirit ...

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RRSP as Downpayment - first home mortgage using RRSP

HOW-TO Author: Mark Fidgett

Imagine being pre-approved for a mortgage, finding the home of your dreams, then realizing that you don’t have enough cash for the deposit.

Yikes!!

Make sure you don’t do this when you b ...

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Increase in ForeClosures - Bargains?

HOW-TO Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

We are seeing a steady increase in the number of homes in our area offered for sale under Court Order, commonly known as Foreclosure .  Indeed, you will see I presently have two such properties l ...

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Mortgages For Pensioners - Vancouver mortgage for retired

HOW-TO Author: Mark Fidgett

Yikes, I really pissed the Banks off with this one…

As you probably know, Banks hesitate Dealing with retired individuals whose income may not be the best.

Try getting a mortgage after you ...

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April Sales Stats - Victoria Real Estate Board

RESOURCE Author: Mike Graham

FLAT MARKET IN APRIL 2012 MAINTAINS BALANCED REAL ESTATE IN GREATER VICTORIA

May 1, 2012

VICTORIA, BC - Pricing and sales numbers for most categories are essentially the same as in March 2012, spe ...

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How to create a Refund with a Refund

HOW-TO Author: Mark Fidgett

How do you create a Refund from a Refund?

And that’s NOT a trick question.

As you know, it’s tax time.

In fact, the tax deadline has just come and gone.

There are some lucky ones out t ...

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Don't Forget the Closing Costs!

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

Closing costs are those costs incurred in the buying of properties apart from the sale price you agree to pay and for the most part are unavoidable so be sure to ask your realtor what other costs ...

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Buy a home for $19 an hour - Really - Vancouver Mortgage

HOW-TO Author: Mark Fidgett

Can I really buy a home and get a mortgage in Vancouver if I only make nineteen dollars an hour?

Many people are very surprised at how much they can afford when we first sit down with them.

Down pay ...

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Checklist For House Hunting

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

If you are thinking of buying a home in the near future, a REALTOR® can provide invaluable help in finding the right home in the right price range in the area you want to live.  Through acces ...

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Buying or Selling a Strata Unit-Things you Should Know

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

Are you thinking of buying or selling a condominium, townhome or other property covered by the Strata Property Act? If so, it's important to be aware of the documentation Strata Corporations must ...

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First Time Home Buyers' Bonus - BC

ADVICE Author: Mark Fidgett

A short post to clarify the confusion surrounding the new First Time Home Buyers’ Bonus.

Initially, when the First Time Home Buyers’ Bonus was announced in the budget, it was thought to b ...

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Making the Most of a Home Expo Trade Show (next one in Victoria April 20-22)

HOW-TO Author: Caroline Lennox

If you are going to a Home Show this spring, like the Victoria Spring Home Expo this weekend (April 20-22), here are some tips to help you make the very most of it. 1. Enter Draws easily and quickly- ... read more

Market getting you confused? Too much information?

ADVICE Author: Chris Murphy

If you are tryng to time interest rate changes, this Globe and Mail article will not help except for one meassage; rates are going up. Bank of Canada will say it again and again, Get your debt under c ...

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Buying a Home: Your Needs and Wants

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

The current combination of attractive mortgage rates, home buying incentive programs and a wide selection of homes from which to choose means now is a great time to consider buying that first home or ...

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Using the Internet to Shop for a New Home

HOW-TO Author: Lee Ivans

The internet can be a wonderful tool to help find a new home, or it can be a frustrating time-waster. It all depends on how you use it.

Let’s first take a look at the upside of using the Web wh ...

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Should You Worry About Market Fluctuations?

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

You turn on the television and watch a news story about housing prices going down. Then you receive a flyer in the mail about a property around the corner that sold for a decent price. Next you read a ...

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Important Changes to The Strata Property Act-British Columbia

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

The majority of new housing starts in British Columbia in the past few years have been strata properties. In December 2011 the provincial government announced new regulations under the Strata Property ...

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Buying a House: Old versus New

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

Are you in the market for a home? If so, do you see yourself in a cozy character home with ornate fireplaces, or does the image of a brand new home with today's state-of-the-art technology appeal ...

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Buying a Home, A Sound Investment in Your Future

ADVICE Author: Mike Graham

Why use your hard-earned cash to pay the landlord's mortgage when you could be using the rent money to buy a home of your own? That's a question many people ask themselves when they start th ...

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Foreclosures - Are They a Good Deal?

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

Foreclosure sales quite often are thought to be really good deals, but are they?Depending on your current situation, a sale on a foreclosure might be the right fit for you, but it is important to unde ...

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Inexpensive FREEHOLD property in West Kelowna

HOW-TO Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

What an amazing deal ! For $195,000 you own the home and the land! NO PAD RENT! This development is the only one like it for miles around. You own the land there , just a low strata fee of $45 per mon ...

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10 year mortgage?

ADVICE Author: Chris Murphy

If rates are at the bottom, and Royal Bank just increased rates, then maybe the 10 year term could be to your advantage

http://tinyurl.com/bncmjyz Article in the Globe and Mail hits the high poi ...

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THE KEYS PLEASE

RESOURCE Author: Rob Hakesley

The key to any good home inspection is; 

 

To communicate relevant information effectively in a way that empowers clients to make an informed decision. 

 

Before buying a previ ...

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Credit score - How do they get that number?

RESOURCE Author: Chris Murphy

Credit scores are the first place any lender looks for any loan. It is the theasiest way for a lender to determine some one's credit character. It looks at past behavior to predict future activit ...

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Think of the kids...Even if you don't have any!

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

As an adult, you might be interested in a neighborhood that is easy driving distance from a golf course, close to shopping and fine dining restaurants, or has nearby trails suitable for walking and jo ...

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NEWS RELEASE - Transition measures support new-home buyers, builders

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

VICTORIA – New housing transition measures give certainty to an important economic sector and help to keep taxes equitable throughout the transition as the province returns to the PST, ...

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Understanding the Home Buying Process

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

The more you know about the best way to reach a goal, the more likely you are to get the result you want. So, whether you’re hunting for a new job, assembling a backyard BBQ, or training for a 3 ...

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Home Viewing Checklist

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

GENERAL UPKEEP Home is clean and uncluttered Lawns are cut Walls are clean and free of chipping Paintjob on walls is in good shape SIGNS OF WATER DAMAGE Ceilings and walls are free of stai ... read more

Canadian Housing Starts - February 8, 2012

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

Canadian housing starts began the year with a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 197,900 starts in January. While starts were down slightly from December's mark of 199,900, ...

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Buy Your Next Home For Less

ADVICE Author: Steve Dyment

 

Twongo. Groupon. Websites like these didn’t exist just a few years ago but now are becoming household phrases. It goes to show that everyone likes a deal. And what better to get a bargai ...

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Packing Your Home Shopping Toolkit

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

Ideally, the first property you see when shopping for a new home will be the one you fall in love with and buy. But let’s face it. You’ll probably end up seeing several homes before reachi ...

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Your Perfect Home in Kelowna Awaits

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

Has a new job or a new direction necessitated your moving to Kelowna, British Columbia? Or perhaps you visited, fell in love with one of BC’s fastest growing yet laid-back communities and have d ...

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The Pros of Buying a Home

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

If you’re one of the many Canadians who are wondering whether this is the right time to buy a home, you may find that a good place to start is by weighing the ‘pros’ and ‘cons& ... read more

5 Ways to Make the Home Hunting Process Easier

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

Shopping for a new home can be intimidating. With so many things to do and think about, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some good tips for makin ...

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Royal LePage Predicts Further Home Price Appreciation

RESOURCE Author: Lee Ivans

TORONTO, January, 2012 –The Royal LePage House Price Survey and Market Survey Forecast released today showed the average price of a home in Canada increased between 3.6 and 6.1 per cent in ...

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What to Expect from a REALTOR

ADVICE Author: Lee Ivans

Buying or selling a home may be one of the biggest financial transactions you will make in your lifetime. It can also be a very complicated and frustrating process.You will need a professional to help ...

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What is Rent To Own?

ADVICE Author: Steve Dyment

If you look through the classifieds these days you’ll often see headings advertising ‘Rent to Own’ programs. These programs often have several different names (Lease option, Lease to ...

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Is Now the Time to Buy a Home?

ADVICE Author: Steve Dyment

I hear a lot of people talking about the housing market lately, especially whether now is a good time to buy. While I appreciate all different perspectives, here is why I think 2011 may be great year ...

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Time to move to the Okanagan??

ADVICE Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

People from all across the country are considering moving to the Okanagan, some for retirement but others for the lifestyle and to raise their family here where we have good schools, colleges and t ...

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Now is the time to Buy!

RESOURCE Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

This is the time of the year when we see the most visitors from out of province as well as those from closer to home. This is the best time of year to attract people to purchase homes in the Okanag ...

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Spring is HERE!!

RESOURCE Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

I'm not sure about what the weather is like where you are but Spring is here in the Okanagan! Now is a great time to buy! Prices are down, homes at all prices are available.

Have you though ...

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So You Wanna Buy a Home? Five Must-do's for Every Home Buyer

HOW-TO Author: Steve Dyment

It happens every year. As the snow begins to fade and spring approaches, people start to think about home buying. But since the end of winter is still a few weeks away and preparation is key, here are ...

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Mobile and Modular Homes on Freehold Land / West Kelowna

ADVICE Author: Kevin Henry Group Group

In the District of West Kelowna there are quite a number of parks for mobile and modular homes. The vast majority of these, almost all in fact, are on Westbank First Nation land. What this means to ...

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Getting Started!

ADVICE Author: OpenHouse Team

Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or a veteran, buying a home is a big investment. When you start your search for Real Estate there a few valuable things to do when you get started.

1. Mak ...

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