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A Return to Balance for BC Housing Market

  Vancouver, BC – July 13, 2018. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) reports that a total of 7,884 residential unit sales were recorded by the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) across the province in June, a 32.5 per cent decrease from the same month last year. The average MLS® residential price in BC was  Continue Reading »

Outside Influences Impact Spring Real Estate Market in Victoria

A total of 688 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this March, 25.9 per cent fewer than the 929 properties sold in March last year, but a 26.2 per cent increase from the month previous. The sales of condominiums were down 28.2 per cent from last year in March with 211 units  Continue Reading »

BC’s new real-estate taxes: what you need to know

MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA Published February 26, 2018 The provincial government has introduced new tax legislation as part of its BC Budget for 2018 that it hopes will cool British Columbia’s rapidly escalating housing prices. Here’s what you need to know if you’re a homeowner in the Capital Region or are planning to purchase property in  Continue Reading »

Should You Stress About the Stress Test? What you should know about new mortgage rules.

On October 3rd, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced that new mortgage rules will include more stringent “stress testing” for borrowers. The new rules are designed to lower debt levels, enforce some belt-tightening, and protect the housing market over the long term. Here’s how these new rules will affect Canadians. THE HIGH-RATIO RULE There has been  Continue Reading »

Will there be a July 15 interest rate cut?

by Steve Randall | 07 Jul 2015 The recent events in Greece have created an unprecedented situation and one which is causing ripples throughout the world’s economies. It has meant a surge in speculation by analysts about whether the bank of Canada will take a pre-emptive strike against potential weakness emanating from the Eurozone. However  Continue Reading »

Bank of Canada Interest Rate Decision – October 22, 2014

The Bank of Canada once again chose to maintain it’s target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent this morning. In the statement accompanying the decision, the Bank noted that core inflation, which excludes volatile prices such as energy and food, has risen more rapidly than expected due to unexpected sector-specific factors while CPI  Continue Reading »

Canadian Third Quarter Real GDP Growth

The Canadian economy grew 2.7 per cent at an annual rate in the third quarter, the fastest pace of growth in almost two years.  The economy was given a boost by an uptick in business investment which helped to offset a slight deceleration in household spending and a dip in exports. Moreover, while third quarter  Continue Reading »

Greater Victoria Real Estate Market Rebounds in 2nd Quarter

VICTORIA BC – For the third consecutive month, the Victoria Real Estate Board reports sales through the MLS® System remained strong with 65% more activity in the current quarter than in the first quarter of 2013. “With 664 sales this month, and 1,938 sales this quarter, the market is definitely rebounding,” says President Shelley Mann. “We  Continue Reading »

5 Mobile Apps to Make Homebuying Easier

There is now a mobile app for just about anything. The 5 iPhone and iPad apps below will help make the home buying process a little bit easier. From mortgage calculations to moving organization. There’s an app for that! Zoocasa Real Estate Search  Searching for real estate in Canada just got easier! Take advantage of Zoocasa’s powerful  Continue Reading »

Paying Off Your Mortgage Faster – 10 Quick Tips

Don’t waste your hard-earned money on interest! These methods have allowed many people to shorten their mortgage life by years in a very short period and enjoy a greater lifestyle for a longer period.   One of the highest financial priorities of Canadian homeowners is to pay off their mortgage as quickly as possible. Paying  Continue Reading »