Bank of Canada Holds Interest Rate
The Bank of Canada announced today that it is keeping its key rate unchanged, noting that the global economy appears to be stabilizing with growth expected to edge higher in the coming years, although uncertainty relating to ongoing trade conflicts continues to be a risk. A resilient Canadian economy, with investment spending stronger than expected, has allowed […]Continue Reading »
Are You Eligible for the First Time Home Buyers Incentive?
Who is eligible for the First Time Home Buyers Incentive (FTHBI)? For the purposes of this program, first-time home buyers are not only people who have never owned a home before, but also homeowners who have gone through a divorce or breakdown of a common-law partnership, or those who have not lived in a home […]Continue Reading »
How does the new shared equity mortgage plan effect you?
As of September 2nd, first time home buyers can benefit from a new shared-equity plan with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. How does the new shared equity mortgage plan effect you? First-Time Buyers: Government will advance an interest-free loan of up to five per cent on an existing home and up to 10 per […]Continue Reading »
Tax ranges from 0.5% on secondary homes left vacant by B.C. residents, to 2% on foreign-owned properties
BC’s finance minister has introduced legislation to move ahead with a controversial speculation tax on vacant or underutilized properties. The bill ends months of speculation about how the province planned to use the new levy to help deal with runaway housing prices in some B.C. communities, outlining a range of tax rates from 0.5 to […]Continue Reading »
On Wednesday, the BC Government announced that it is cutting next year’s allowable rent increase to 2.5%
“It’s simply not sustainable for renters, many of whom are on fixed incomes, to see their rent increase by more than inflation each and every year,” said Premier John Horgan. “We have to eliminate the risk of such huge increases to renters.” On Sept. 7th, the government announced that, based on the consumer price index […]Continue Reading »
Vancouver’s Short-term Rental Bylaws Take Effect April 19..
Regulations for short-term rentals approved by the City of Vancouver in November will take effect April 19, 2018. Under the policy, short-term rentals of a secondary suite or laneway house will only be allowed if the property is the owner’s principal residence or if it is rented long-term, and the tenant wishes to operate a short-term rental, with approval of […]Continue Reading »