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Bank of Canada Raises Interest Rate to 1.75%

    The Bank of Canada can finally see “home” on the horizon with the latest increase of interest rates now levelling out. Governor Stephen Poloz and his deputies on the Governing Council raised the benchmark interest rate a quarter point to 1.75 percent, as expected....

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Protecting the Rent?

    The B.C. government has announced changes to the province's annual allowable rent increase formula that are expected to save many renters hundreds of dollars next year. Premier John Horgan and Housing Minister Selina Robinson announced Wednesday that they're...

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Location, Location, Location?

    A controversy was recently brought to light in the Okanagan Real Estate market - a Global News investigation found some discrepancies on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) between listing locations and actual locations of properties. In a market like Kelowna where...

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A Downsize for Baby Boomers

    While the spotlight for small homes tends to revolve around the younger generation and potential for money saving, it seems as though smaller spaces may have a new buyer in town. In a recent report by Royal LePage, it was found that the baby boomers looking to...

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Are We Heading for a Market Freeze?

    For months, news outlets and real estate experts alike have been warning of a looming market crash for the BC real estate market, while the numbers stayed strong seemingly just to defy them. After weeks of waiting, it seems as though those predictions may finally...

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Dual Agency Rules Hit Home

    Last year, the NDP announced that they would be putting into place new real estate rules that aim to end the practice of dual agency in BC. While the change was meant to be implemented earlier in the year, backlash from the public pushed the start date to the 15th...

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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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BC’s Budget Changes

Last month, BC’s provincial government announced the official budget for 2018 - a highly anticipated release. Some of the key points include changes to MSP and reducing the cost of childcare, but what you might have missed are the big changes coming to real estate...

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