Finance

Active Listings on the Rise!

    Last month, the Bank of Canada announced that they would be lowering the mortgage qualifying rate for the B-20 Stress Test in hopes that it would allow more people to access the real estate market. This good news came after the BC Real Estate Association’s (BCREA)...

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Mortgage Qualifying Rates Reduced

    Following a recent BC Real Estate Association report claiming housing sales would have been 10% higher in 2018 had it not been for the B-20 Stress Test, the Bank of Canada adjusted the qualifying rate for mortgages for the first time since 2016. Although May saw...

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May Heats Up the Market

    While most of the Canadian market is slowing down and showing signs of a pricing decline later this year, the month of May had the best sales activity yet. Although affordability continues to remain questionable, reports indicate that housing prices are decreasing...

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Affordable Homes Leading The Way

    The trend across most real estate markets in British Columbia all seem to be affected by the cooling housing market. Fortunately, one area that’s on the rise in recent months is our beautiful city Kelowna, particularly for properties valued in the $500,000 range....

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Mortgage Rates Fall As Bond Yields Drop

    As fixed mortgage rates continue to fall over recent weeks, what’s become good news for some Canadians has become bad news for others. While the cost of financing mortgages has gotten cheaper, mortgage-holders are the unexpected contributors to some of the gloom...

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BC Housing Speculation

    Starting the year strong with a 3.6% increase in resales following the declines shown in the fourth quarter of 2018, there’s still speculation about the year ahead according to the latest CREA home sale data. Positives aside, the general consensus for 2019 is that...

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Housing in BC Continues To Cool

    Vancouver's red-hot housing marketing continued to cool last month as home sales fell to the lowest level seen in January in the last 10 years. Although The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says that sales are 39.3 per cent lower this January than that of...

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Big Changes for ‘Renovictions’

    Many prospective homebuyers look to the Okanagan not only for family homes, but also for potential rental properties. The Valley has plenty to offer for families and bachelors alike - and with more young professionals from the Lower Mainland choosing to make...

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The Impact of Rising Interest

    With the Bank of Canada set to make a decision on interest rates this week, one thing that’s clear is rates will be raised. But, when will the new rates come into effect, and what does this really mean for the housing market? News outlets left and right are...

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