BC Governement Helping First Time Home Buyers with Down Payment – January 16, 2017

[Source:  BC Housing, January 16, 2017] Every British Columbian deserves a place to call home. That is why we are taking action to control the cost of housing, increase access to affordable rental units, and help families make their dream of homeownership come true. What is the Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership? From middle class families to young professionals, first-time home buyers are looking to invest in a secure and stable future. For many British Columbians dreaming of buying their first [...]

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How not to slaughter your personal finances this holiday season

[Source: The Globe and Mail, December 7, 2016] For reasons I’ll discuss in an upcoming column, I see 2017 as an expensive year for Canadian households. One way to prepare is to go easy on your spending this holiday season. This edition of the newsletter is devoted to the idea of combining fun and frugal. First off, we should acknowledge that Canadians are world leaders in binge shopping in December. Next, let’s agree that a present for your spouse is probably [...]

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Bank of Canada sees stronger global growth, keeps rates steady

[Source:  The Globe and Mail, December 7, 2016] The Bank of Canada is keeping its key overnight rate at 0.5 per cent, pointing to a stronger global economy coupled with continued uncertainty regarding international trends. Donald Trump’s election win in the United States has created expectations in financial markets that Republicans in Washington will inject new fiscal stimulus into a U.S. economy that is near full capacity, a development the bank says has pushed Canadian bond yields “significantly” higher. The bank says [...]

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Newly Built Homes PTT Exempt (up to $750,000) – Effective February 16, 2016

Chana Charach, MB The Newly Built Home Exemption reduces or eliminates the amount of property transfer tax you pay when you purchase a newly built home with a fair market value of $750,000 or less.  (A partial exemption is available up to $800,000) To qualify, you must be an individual and a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident (you will be asked to provide your Social Insurance Number (SIN) and your birth date).  The property must be located in B.C., and used [...]

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Vancouver to Continue to Lead Canadian Economic Growth For the Next Year

[Source: BIV,  November 14, 2016] Vancouver will lead the country in terms of economic growth in both 2016 and 2017, according to a Conference Board of Canada report released November 14. Overall this year, the city will see growth of 4%, driven in large part by the construction sector, followed by an increase of 2.8% next year. “Vancouver is on track to boast the fastest-growing metro area economy for the second straight year in 2016, as the region’s housing market remains one [...]

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New Tax Reporting When You Sell Your Home – Effective 2016 Tax Year

How principal-residence tax changes will affect every Canadian homeowner [Source: Globe and Mail, Oct. 06, 2016] Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced tax changes that were aimed primarily at foreign investors in Canadian real estate to ensure they abide by our existing tax rules. But the changes also catch many Canadian residents who, in the past, have often inadvertently escaped paying tax on their principal residences. The tax rules around principal residences are so complex that many Canadians simply don’t recognize when they [...]

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