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REBGV Market Update: Home buyer demand stays below historical averages in August

“Home buyers have been less active in recent months and we’re beginning to see prices edge down for all housing types as a result,” Phil Moore, REBGV president said. “Buyers today have more listings to choose from and face less competition than we’ve seen in our market in recent years.” [read more]

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Pre Sale Real Estate Market Update: Fall 2018

If you are looking to purchase your first home, next home or an investment property, please reach out to Chris. Since 2011, Chris has worked with Metro Vancover's most prominent new home marketing brokerages and property developers. With dozens of projects sold and having assisted over one thousand home Buyers find the right property, Chris' experience in the new home pre sale market is second to none. [read more]

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Buyer Testimonial: Chris’ services were crucial to our success

I was impressed by his negotiation strategy and guidance in what was a very competitive offer scenario. Ultimately, the reason I feel our offer was successful over the others was because it was based on good research and sound advice, which resulted in us having a better understanding of the value in this listing. [read more]

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B.C. speculation tax: Here’s what you need to know

The government expects to introduce legislation in the fall to make the tax part of law and they say 99 per cent of British Columbians will be exempt from paying the tax. The tax will be applied on properties that are not the primary residences of the owner — they’re not living there for more than six months per year — and that aren’t being occupied by a tenant when the owner isn’t there. [read more]

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North Vancouver Pre Sale Opportunity: Crest by Adera Projects

Interested in buying a pre sale home at Crest pre sale in Central Lonsdale, North Vancouver by Adera Projetcs? Outdoors-inspired condos and townhomes coming soon to North Vancouver. Register now for more information including floor plans, pricing and market updates as they come available. [read more]

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New Price: Brand New 3 Bed Townhome in Squamish

I am very excited to introduce my brand new 3 bedroom executive townhome listing in Squamish, B.C. Now offered at $799,000. [read more]

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City of North Van approves condos in Central Lonsdale // Crest by Adera Projects

Crest by Adera Projects will be a massive hit. This development will be one of the most sought after PRE SALE communities to come to the City of North Vancouver in 2018. The location is exceptional and I know a number of Realtors who are considering a property there for themselves. More info will be available soon. Sales start this Spring. [read more]

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Just Sold: Heritage Inspired City Home in the Heart of Kitsilano!

A collection of 4 heritage-inspired city homes by JC Tycon Developments. Featuring sophisticated modern interiors in a trendy Kitsilano, Vancouver. This ground floor 1 bedroom home offers a contemporary flair and its open concept plan with high ceilings, Carrera Marble fireplace, wide plank wood floors and a spa-like marble tiled master ensuite. A chef's kitchen boasts custom cabinetry with quartz counter tops and Thermador appliances. [read more]

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Squamish Pre Sale Opportunity: Jumar by Wave Developments

Interested in buying a pre sale home at Jumar presale in Squamish by Wave Developments? Outdoors-inspired condos and townhomes coming soon to downtown Squamish. Register now for more information including floor plans, pricing and market updates as they come available. [read more]

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10 steps to buying your home

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. So it’s always best to get all the help you can. Here are some steps to consider. [read more]

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What the new mortgage rules mean for homebuyers

The rules now require the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages to be the greater of the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada (presently 4.89%) or 200 basis points above the mortgage holder’s contractual mortgage rate. “The main effect will be felt by first-time buyers,” says James Laird, co-founder of Ratehub.ca. “No matter how much money they put down as a down payment, they will have to pass the stress test.” [read more]

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Squamish Pre Sale Development Homes For Sale

Just a quick list of all the pre sale developments currently for sale in Squamish, B.C. All of these developments are in different stages of sales, marketing and construction. Suite availability and pricing changes daily so feel free to give me a shout and I would be happy to round up current availability including any developer promotions for you. [read more]

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What the loom of rising interest rates mean for the mortgage market

Canadians are starting to take note that the key number determining how much they pay for a mortgage is very likely going to soon go up. "My email is exploding right now," says Ryan McKinley, senior mortgage development manager at Vancity Credit Union. For those looking to buy in the near-term, McKinley says now is the time to lock in a mortgage rate, which financial institutions generally do for between 90 and 120 days. [read more]

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Canada Not Alone in House Price Mania

The dramatic rise in Canadian house prices has been making headlines almost daily. And for good reason: prices in and around the country’s hottest markets, Toronto (and until recently) Vancouver, have been posting double-digit annual gains. In May, prices in Toronto and Vancouver were up year-over-year 29% and 8.8% respectively. But Canada isn’t the only country experiencing skyrocketing home prices. [read more]

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How to… Understand Strata Minutes When Buying a Condo

Considering the purchase of a strata condo? One of the key steps to ensure you are making a sound purchase will be in reviewing the strata minutes. Not the most exciting of reading choices – however, the minutes will provide you with an in-depth look, not only to the building and operations, but also a peek into the condo culture. [read more]

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New Pre Sale Development Opportunities: June 2017

Interested in purchasing a pre sale home in North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Vancouver or Squamish? The following pre sale developments are worth a look. Contact Chris for more info. [read more]

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JUST SOLD: #58 SEVEN PEAKS TOWNHOME IN SQUAMISH

Seven Peaks is a collection West Coast-style townhomes in beautiful Squamish. Built for family life and making the most of the great outdoors of Squamish, these three and four bedroom homes are spaciously laid out and focus on creating a sense of community. [read more]

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B.C. Newly Built Home Property Transfer Tax Exemption

The B.C. Newly Built Home Exemption reduces or eliminates the amount of property transfer tax you pay when you purchase a newly built home. A newly built home includes a house constructed and affixed on a parcel of vacant land, a new apartment in a newly built condominium building or a manufactured home that is placed and affixed on a parcel of vacant land. [read more]

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Squamish Pre Sale Opportunity: Seven Peaks Townhomes

Seven Peaks is a collection West Coast-style townhomes in beautiful Squamish. Built for family life and making the most of the great outdoors of Squamish, these three and four bedroom homes are spaciously laid out and focus on creating a sense of community. [read more]

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Whether to Buy Resale or Presale: The Pros and Cons

Home buying is fraught with tricky decisions, and one is whether to buy an older resale home or a brand new one. Here’s the case for each. [read more]

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Deposit Loans Now Available for First-Time Buyers in B.C.

As part of the HOME Partnership program, first-time buyers who have saved towards a down payment can apply to the program for a loan of up to 5% of a home’s purchase price, or a maximum of $37,500. [read more]

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Buying or selling a home? What you should know from CRA

If you bought your home in 2016 or plan to buy a home, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has information that may help you. [read more]

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10 steps before buying or selling an assignment contract

People buy and sell real estate in BC with a document called the Contract of Purchase and Sale. It describes the rights and obligations of the buyer and seller. A contracting party can sell those rights to someone else unless the contract states otherwise. This type of transaction is known as an assignment agreement. [read more]

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Costs to consider when buying a home in B.C.

If you’ve decided to buy a home, it’s important you understand all the costs involved in addition to the price you're paying for the property. Here’s an overview. [read more]

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Investor Alert: North Shore rental vacancy rates among lowest in region

When it comes to looking for an apartment, you couldn’t do much worse than the North Shore, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver and City of North Vancouver ranked second, third and fourth respectively for the lowest vacancy rates in the region, according to the housing authority’s 2016 survey. [read more]

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BC Introduces Innovative New Program to Help First-Time Homebuyers

In a move to help BC citizens and residents buy their first home, the BC government announced today that it is launching a new program to augment down payments for first-time buyers. Bottom Line: This is a bold and innovative step to help potential new buyers to meet the greatest hurdle of first-time homeownership—the down payment. [read more]

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Pre Sale Development: Ravenswood Detached Homes Squamish

A whistling wind among the evergreens, the pitter-patter of raindrops on rooftops, late-night laughs around the campfire, that Squamish life is calling. Find it at Ravenswood, a community of three and four bedroom single-family homes with warm west coast style and room to grow. [read more]

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Home Inspection 101: What Is It And How Much Does It Cost?

It is a classic example of never judging a book by its cover, and can be easily solved with a home inspection. When buyers put in an offer, there is the option to insert a home inspection clause. When you hire a professional home inspector, you can save yourself time, stress, and avoid potential financial risk by proactively identifying any issues within the inner workings of the home. [read more]

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Vancouver presales figures breaking records

Almost all of the presale units in projects under construction downtown are spoken for and sales so far this year have broken records, according to developers. Industry watchers say it’s too soon to tell when or how a slowdown in the resale market will catch up with presales. [read more]

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Calculating All the Costs of Buying a New Condo

When you’re purchasing a brand new condo, it’s important to know that there are additional costs to consider in addition to the price of the home. [read more]

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