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....

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...

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...

Is The Market Unstable?

A few weeks ago the stock market saw its biggest weekly plunge since 2016 with the Dow Jones index falling almost 1,200 points. When stocks and bonds falter it’s only natural to wonder - how does this affect my investments? In a business report for CBC, correspondent...

A Generational Shift

With living costs in Vancouver continuing to soar, many young professionals who hail from the Lower Mainland are finding that Kelowna is the answer to their struggles. With the benefits of a 7.2% labour force growth, close amenities for a good work-life balance, and...

A Millennial’s Market

Despite a predicted cooling off for the end of 2017, it seems that British Columbia’s market has actually seen an uptick in sales for November! The BC Real Estate Association reported earlier this month that there has been a 20.4% increase in home sales over November...

New Year, New Mortgage Rules

Last year, the OSFI introduced mandatory stress tests for prospective home buyers who were required to insure their mortgage. The idea of these test was to measure whether or not the people looking to borrow could pay back their mortgage even if rates were to rise....

Auction vs. Realtor

Earlier this month, Kelowna made international news when a mansion previously listed at $6.5 million was put up for auction by Platinum Luxury Auctions. The 10,000 sq. ft. home, set on a scenic 14.5 acre lot, sold for $3.27 million - just over half its valuation -...

Dual Agency Law Changes

Michael Noseworthy, British Columbia's superintendent of real estate, has put in place changes that will see the end to dual agency. This practice, also called 'double-ending', is when one real estate agent represents both the buyer and the seller in a single sale....

BC’s Market at Center Stage

British Columbia's real estate market continues to turn heads as reports roll in analyzing the successes of 2016, as well as new activity surrounding the foreign buyer taxation regulations, and reports of a record-breaking February. The BC Supreme Court recently ruled...

Foreign Buyer Taxation Changes

In 2016, a new form of taxation was introduced by the Canadian government in an effort to slow down the rapidly inflating Vancouver housing market, which saw large amounts of foreign buyer activity. This week, new changes to this same foreign buyer tax will be...

Reviewing Mortgage Regulations

You may have heard that new mortgage regulations are coming to effect, and are probably asking how this might impact you as a buyer, seller, owner, or any combination of these. Well, here's a little summary to help clear things up for you. Currently, the best...

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