Investing in real estate

Investment PropertyBuying an investment property is a popular option for Canadians looking at different ways to invest their money.

People new to real estate investing often have no idea where to start.There are a lot of questions from aspiring real estate investors as to how they should begin, and what they should be doing. Getting started in real estate investing can be a daunting task. However, if you take the time to build a solid foundation of knowledge before you begin, you will be off to the races.

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Canadian RRSPAs we near the deadline of March 1 for making your RRSP contributions, I thought it is an appropriate time to give you a “to do” list of financial and investment planning items to review or consider.

Nancy Woods is an associate portfolio manager and investment adviser with RBC Dominion Securities Inc.

1. If you are the typical procrastinator when it comes to making an RRSP contribution, consider setting up a monthly payment plan into your RRSP. Making a contribution in the first 60 days of the calendar year allows you the option to choose which taxation year you deduct the amount from your income. There’s nothing that says you have to wait until the following year to make your contribution. This is, of course, dependent on you having earned income

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Canada mortgagesJanuary is the time for resolutions, and for many people, one of those resolutions is getting a mortgage and buying a house.

But if you’ve been keeping abreast of the recent changes in the mortgage industry or even casually following economic forecasts, then the prospect of 2017 may have you a little wary.

Assessing your personal situation

Only about half of Canadians think that this this is a good time to buy a home or a condominium in their community, according to a survey that was part of the latest Annual State of the Residential Mortgage Market in Canada.
“The fall 2016 responses to this question have been contrasted with consumer opinions on how the new mortgage insurance rules would affect their ability to buy a home or condominium.

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Kelowna Duplex for saleThere’s Strength in Numbers, Especially When It Comes To Making Mortgage Payments

So you’ve been renting for several years and you’ve worked your way into a sound financial situation. Time to buy a house, right? Absolutely. But the important question is: what kind of a house? After sharing buildings with other tenants you’ll probably be imagining moving your family into a snug little single dwelling castle of your own. However, that isn’t necessarily the wisest decision for everyone. Of course, there is something undeniably appealing about having a place all to yourself – but don’t forget to consider the charms of sheltering a tenant or two under your newly purchased roof. Buying a Duplex, Triplex or Fourplex can have a huge impact on your future as a

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Kelowna listing agreementIf you bought or sold a home recently, chances are you signed a listing agreement – but did you truly understand what you were signing?

Selling a home is a stressful time and can be worse if an employment change for example is forcing you to move quickly. While a common component of real estate transactions, listing agreements can have language that can be overlooked. Here’s what you should know about them – before signing on the dotted line.

What is a Listing Agreement?

A listing agreement is standard paperwork between the listing agents brokerage and the Sellers of the property. This document is much like an employment contract between the Sellers and the Listing Brokerage. This paperwork is completed before the listing can be active as an

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Kelowna Vacation HomeLet’s say the vacation home you recently purchased is a real show-stopper.

Amazing views of the mountains are reflected in the tranquil lake below. Beautiful fireplaces, heated floors, and vaulted ceilings – it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Now, how are you going to afford the mortgage, on top of your primary residence?

Here are five tips to make your vacation home pay for itself:

1. Make That Mortgage Disappear

In reality, your cottage is a second home – a vacation spot. You will use it a couple of weeks out of the year. The rest of the time you will be paying a mortgage on a place you don’t use…or will you? Smart investors know the secret to owning a great cottage is making it pay for itself. By renting out your vacation home, you can

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Kelowna Real Estate TrendsReal estate trends vary a little from year to year

Sometimes it’s a buyer’s market, and other times sellers are favored. Knowing what is going on in financial and investment sectors can often signal you whether it’s time to buy or sell. 2016 is in it's the last quarter with some very low inventory available in Kelowna, we are seeing homes in the average price range and lower are selling faster, often going into multiple offer situations. Millennials (born between 1982 and 2002) are finally beginning to invest in real estate in larger numbers, which should continue to rise. This is still a year that favors both buyers and sellers in various markets.

The Millennials

As more and more Millennials are considering their future retirement,

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Sell your Kelowna home in winterAbsolutely!

Are we just saying this to get you to sign a listing contract with us? No way.

Let’s be honest, our job as Realtors is to make a living, right? The only way to make a healthy living in real estate is by creating strong relationships with clients, which is contrary to the popular belief of just selling more homes. Reason being, we are after referrals; the only way of earning a referral is by doing an outstanding job.

When we advise clients to list their home during winter months, it’s because we firmly believe that it’s in their best interests. We’re not being salesman, because like we said above, we are in the business of creating strong relationships.


Buyers move for two

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Canadian BanksToronto-Dominion is raising mortgage rates again

This time the lender is going much farther than its recent hikes.

Starting December 1, all fixed rate mortgages that take more than 25 years to pay back will cost borrowers an extra 10 basis points, or 0.1 per cent. TD is also implementing an extra cost for mortgages on rental properties, charging borrowers 25 basis points more.

The changes follow Royal Bank of Canada’s precedent-setting decision early in November to hike rates, and to also charge more for lengthy mortgages. The latter move marked the first time such a policy was implemented in Canada.

In response, TD increased its own fixed-mortgage rates a week later, but took a more measured approach. Royal Bank hiked its fixed five-year

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CMHCThe head of Canada's federal housing agency says regulators should explore the possibility of raising the minimum down payment required on a home as a way of easing affordability and reducing risk to the financial system.

The head of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) has opened the door to the possibility of increasing the minimum down payment needed to buy a house, though a change is not currently on the table. Evan Siddall, president and CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., says that although politicians are tempted to help first-time buyers, low down payments fuel demand and lead to higher housing costs. Siddall says that ends up hurting the first-time buyers that the government wanted to help.Kelowna downpayment

Last year, Ottawa raised the minimum down

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New mortgage rules in CanadaOn Monday the 17th of October, stricter new federal rules about who can qualify for an insured mortgage took effect across the country.

Now, all new mortgage applicants have to pass a ‘stress test,’ which tries to predict whether they can keep up with mortgage payments, at their current salary levels, if interest rates were to rise.

Low interest rates have fueled red-hot real estate markets in south-central Ontario and, especially, Vancouver. As real estate values have skyrocketed in both places, uneasiness has grown about affordability and whether real estate has become a bubble economy. Because of mortgage insurance guarantees, Ottawa has a stake in home buyers not buying more than they can afford (leaving aside risks to the wider economy).

Canada mortgage stress test“I

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