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Top 10 Luxury Housing Trends: What's Hot and What's Not

by Yvonne von Jena | August 29, 2018

According to US real estate journal Inman, here’s What's hot and what's not: 10 luxury housing trends you can't ignore. Although US-based, still insightful and applicable to Canada.

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Condo Prices: It's All Relative

by Yvonne von Jena | August 17, 2018

Vancouver and Toronto condo prices may seem high to Canadians, but it’s all relative. On a global basis, downtown condo living in several Canadian cities compare quite well according to Matthieu Arseneau, National Bank Financial’s deputy chief economist, who compared ownership prices of “comparably sized” downtown condos across 24 cities.

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Industry Developments: Helping to Reduce Income Fraud

by Yvonne von Jena | August 14, 2018

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has asked the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to take a “more direct and formal role” verifying income claimed on mortgage applications, part of a two-year plan to tackle mortgage fraud.

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Is the Worst Over?

by Yvonne von Jena | August 8, 2018

The Canadian housing market has weathered a series of headwinds this year, including higher interest rates and a mortgage stress test, which have sent sales falling since January. BMO, CREA, RBC and TD weigh in on what to expect in the coming year.

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The Impact of Wind Turbines on Property Values

by Yvonne von Jena | August 2, 2018

The impact of wind turbines on nearby property values is difficult to define, but some hard numbers are beginning to emerge according to Inman. Although the information is US-based, it does provide helpful  insights.

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Canadians Financial Fitness & Homeownership Study by Genworth Canada

by Yvonne von Jena | July 31, 2018

Genworth’s 2018 Financial Fitness & Homeownership Study shows that homeownership is a mainstay of Canadians’ financial well-being. 

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Insights into Foreign Property Investors

by Yvonne von Jena | July 17, 2018

The amount of foreign ownership of Canadian properties has resulted in much research and debate. To better understand the topic, here are some great insights provided by the Chinese portal Juwai.com as per the Globe and Mail.

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[Royal LePage] Expect Prices to Rise Next Quarter after a Sluggish First Half of 2018

by Yvonne von Jena | July 10, 2018

Following a sluggish first half of 2018, Royal LePage expects the housing market to remain in a long-term expansionary cycle, albeit at a slower pace than witnessed over the past couple years.

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[Royal LePage] How to Best Boost A Property's Value

by Yvonne von Jena | July 5, 2018

According to a survey by RPS’ sister company, Royal LePage, a kitchen renovation is the clear upgrade of choice with the potential to boost a property’s value by more than 12.5%. Ranking behind this are a finished basement and a new bathroom, which have the potential to increase a property’s value between 2.5% and 12.5%, depending on the investment.

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Impact of Mortgage Rules on BC Market: Home Sales and Prices

by Yvonne von Jena | July 3, 2018

Similar to the rest of the country, stricter mortgage regulations that came into effect in January have caused sold volumes to decrease significantly in British Columbia. House prices however, have not experienced as large a decline generally across the province.

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