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Canadian Rent Pricing

Overall, 8 cities saw an upward trend, 3 downward, and 13 remained stable last month. While more than half of the total cities continued to have flat monthly growth rates, the cities that experienced an upward trend actually more than doubled when compared to the previous rent report. As the hot moving season begins, we should expect to see rents grow on a monthly basis.

The top 10 markets saw some slight adjustments with Barrie outpacing Victoria to rank in the top 5 markets again and St. Catharines jumping up 3 positions to rank in the top 10 as 9th.

Notably, Windsor had the fastest growing rent in the nation last month, up 5.3%, while Halifax and Kelowna took the largest rent dips, both down 3%.

Top 5 Most Expensive Markets

  1.  Toronto,
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Real estate association offers optimistic forecast, saying buyers are gradually “adjusting” to mortgage stress test

Home sales in B.C. are likely to rise slightly this year, and more in 2020, according to a forecast released February 25 by the B.C. Real Estate Association (BCREA).BC home sales 2019

 

The association said it expects residential sales in the province to rise two per cent to 80,000 units this year. This follows a slow 2018 in which 78,345 homes traded hands on B.C.’s MLS®, which was 24.9 per cent lower than in 2017.

BCREA also predicted home sales to increase a further 6.9 per cent to 85,500 units in 2020. This would be a very normal level of activity, as the 10-year average for home sales in the province is 85,800 units.

 

The association

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The City of Vancouver says it has collected $21 million in the first full year of its empty homes tax and another $17 million could still flow into its coffers.

Vancouver Real Estate NewsThe city says in a news release that it expects to generate about $38 million from the first year of the tax which is applied to vacant residential properties in a bid to ease Vancouver's one per cent vacancy rate.

The city says there just over 186,000 residential properties declared and 2,538 of those were vacant.

 

It says the declaration period for the second year of the tax is open with a deadline of Feb. 4.

City staff will continue to monitor the impact of the tax on housing supply and affordability, and the release says revenue generated by the tax will be used for affordable

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Closing on your homeSo, working with your real estate agent, you have found your new home and, with assistance of your mortgage professional, you have arranged for a mortgage. What’s next?

It’s time to hire a lawyer or notary public to help with the legal process to finalize the purchase of the home.

Here are the eight steps you will need to go through.

Step 1: Retain the services of a lawyer or notary. Ask your other professional advisors for a referral or family and friends that have gone through the process. Make sure you are hiring someone with experience in real estate closings. Most closings go smoothly but if something unexpected happens you want to make sure your lawyer or notary public has the necessary expertise. You should contact your lawyer or notary as

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Kelowna oil tank removalMany homes in the Kelowna area built before 1957 were originally heated with furnace oil. When natural gas became available, the oil storage tanks, which were normally located underground in backyards, were filled with sand or capped.

However, as these unused buried oil tanks start to corrode and rust, the remaining oil can leak out and flow onto the rest of the owner's property, the neighbour's property, storm sumps and waterways, resulting in contamination of soil and water. Apart from the negative financial impact on the market value of the property, the owner can face substantial legal liability under various statutes and bylaws for such contamination.

The BC Fire Code and bylaws of twelve municipalities (including the City of Vancouver) all

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Kamloops Home CleaningYou’ve bought the house — it’s all yours. However, something’s not quite right. When you walk in, there’s a funky odor, and you’ve noticed some gunk in the air filters. These are signs that all is not well, as a little bit of dirt can hide a lot of pollutants and allergens. That problem needs to be nipped in the bud with a deep cleaning before the movers show up with your furniture.

Before you bust out the mop and bucket, here are a few tips to make sure you do it right. In the end, you’ll have a home with pure air that’s healthy to live in.

Test for Radon

To find out more about Radon gas see our BLOG article here

Radon is a radioactive gas created by the decay of uranium in the natural environment, and it can easily enter your home without

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Buy a house in KamloopsOne question that pops up constantly from both first-time and seasoned homeowners alike is "When is the best time of year to buy a home?"

Potential homeowners want to know the best time of year to get the best home for the lowest price - and ideally, at a time that makes sense for their life. It would be great if there were a simple and straightforward answer, like "the best time of year to purchase a home is between April 1 and April 7." But unfortunately, it's not that simple. Let's take a look at the factors that play into answering the question "when is the best time of year to buy a home?"

Convenience

The first factor to consider when buying a home is convenience. This is particularly important if you have a family. If you have school-aged

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Canadian Real Estate and MarijuanaUnder new federal legislation, Canadians will be able to grow up to four marijuana plants in their private residence.

But a lack of protections and awareness could cost them thousands – or even their mortgage.

Sentiment on smoking and cultivating marijuana at home still largely negative, finds new Zoocasa survey.

With the new cannabis laws coming into force, would growing pot at home reduce your property’s value? What about smoking weed at home? Do you think a new cannabis store in the neighbourhood would help or hinder a home sale? A majority of Canadian homeowners (64 per cent) believe that a home where the owners smoked pot would see a decreased value, according to a survey released October 16 by real estate website Zoocasa.

And 57 per cent

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Divorce and real estateAre you thinking about a separation from your spouse? How does that effect real estate?

Then you need to know the legal ins and outs when it comes to separation under Canadian law. This article will go over some ideas that many people have about separation so that you will know exactly what your Separation Agreement must include.

Always take professional legal advice

There is much to consider during a divorce, but one of the most basic questions is “Who gets what?” For some couples the division of property can get very messy, while others are able to deal with it quickly and easily. Under Canada’s Constitution, each province and territory is responsible for laws regarding the division and/or equalization of family or marital property, and these

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Are you in need of a Bad credit mortgage loan lender? Are Banks and Brokers saying no?

Kelowna Private LendersWhen most people think about the process of applying for a mortgage, they think about going to a bank or other lending institution depending on where they live. Private Mortgage loans are short in term, ranging from six months to three years. They are based on assets or a hard money real estate loan. What determines whether or not you get the loan depends on the value and equity of the property that serves as the collateral, rather than the credit of the party taking out the loan. Many professional real estate investors who want to purchase, renovate and “flip” a property, or liquidate the equity from property that produces income use Bad Credit Mortgage Lenders.

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