Suburb bidding wars spike as Metro Vancouver home sales resilient during pandemic: realtors

[News 1130 - January 5, 2021] VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Home sales in the suburbs are booming, with bidding wars now a regular occurrence, realtors say, while recent data shows how resilient Metro Vancouver property sales have been through the pandemic. According to the 2020 numbers, the sales were 2.8 per cent below the 10-year average for the Vancouver area. However, the early months of the pandemic saw sales all but stop. This comes despite sales all but stopping in the [...]

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News Modest increase in most B.C. properties, with shift to larger homes: BC Assessment

[CTV - January 4, 2021] VANCOUVER -- Property owners across B.C. can expect a modest increase to their homes’ assessed value this month, bucking concerns of a COVID-related collapse, with the lion’s share of the growth being felt in already high-priced single family homes. While low interest rates have likely kept money cheap and prices high, the pandemic may be partly to blame for the shift to larger properties, with buyers looking for bigger spaces to accommodate all the things many [...]

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Canada 2021 Housing Forecasts Call For A Boom … Or The Worst Crash in 40 Years

[Huff Post - January 2, 2021] Amid an unpredictable pandemic, forecasts for the housing market are pretty much all over the map. This could be the toughest year in living memory to make predictions about the economy ― especially the housing market. Amid the worst economic slowdown in decades, home sales and prices soared in many Canadian cities in 2020, along with housing markets in many other countries. The average house price in Canada has shot up by 13.8 per cent   over [...]

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Paying down debt Canadians’ top financial goal in 2020: poll

[Financial Post - December 31, 2020] CIBC survey found many people took on more debt this year to cover day-to-day expenses and make up for lost income. TORONTO — Paying down debt is the No. 1 financial priority of Canadians heading into the new year, according to a new survey that found many people took on more debt this year to cover day-to-day expenses and make up for lost income. The annual CIBC online poll said tackling debt has remained unchanged as [...]

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Buying a home this year | Mortgage qualification 101

[Synergy Mortgage - January 1, 2021] If you have decided to buy a home this year, we are here to help! While we certainly do all the heavy lifting to ensure your mortgage experience is as easy and seamless as possible, it’s important that you’re fully up-to-speed on all the mortgage basics. Especially given today’s fast-paced real estate market. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or returning client, stay tuned for our “Buying a home this year” educational series. We will continue to provide you [...]

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Foreign ownership registry a game changer in B.C. say real estate insiders

[Globe and Mail - December 9, 2020] Recent government action to force transparency of property ownership in B.C. had outspoken immigration lawyer Richard Kurland so impressed that he fired off a letter to the Premier. “It’s game over. It’s huge,” Mr. Kurland says. “It means you can’t hide international capital in B.C. real estate. And it’s about gosh darn time, because there were so many players who benefitted from being blind … including individuals who were able to hide capital, to [...]

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Vancouver real estate: 2020 sales so far surpass whole of 2018, 2019, and December has just started

[Georgia Straight - December 8, 2020] A new market report by Vancouver-based Dexter Realty shows that 2020 will finish with a bang. Residential and land sales so far this year in the city of Vancouver exceed annual numbers for 2018 and 2019. These are numbers from January to November 2020, and sales in December have yet to be counted. The same picture is mirrored on a regional scale across areas covered by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). This means that any [...]

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5 reasons to get a second opinion on your mortgage renewal

[Invis Synergy Mortgage - December 2020] Given the large financial commitment of a mortgage, it's surprising that so many homeowners sleepwalk through the mortgage renewal process and don't look at all their options in the marketplace. Many accept whatever their lender offers or just have a short negotiation to shave a few points off. While it's tempting to choose what is easiest, it's so important to have a mortgage expert give you a second opinion and start working for you as [...]

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Vancouver’s Empty Home’s Tax – declarations due by February 2, 2021

[Vancouver.ca - 2020] Empty Homes Tax due dates Previous years' unpaid tax added to property tax bill: December 31, 2020 Declaration for 2020: February 2, 2021 Empty Homes Tax payment for 2020: April 16, 2020 Properties deemed or declared vacant will be subject to a tax of 1.25% of the property’s assessed taxable value. The city said the tax will climb to three per cent for the 2021 tax year. Each year, every owner of residential property needs to make a property status declaration. This will determine if [...]

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Liberals planning national foreign buyers tax in bid to lower housing prices

[Financial Post - December 2, 2020] In this week's fiscal update, government says plan will benefit first-time homebuyers and put more homes on the market. TORONTO — The Liberal government says it will take steps over the next year to tax foreign homeowners who live outside of Canada as part of a plan to lower housing prices. It’s an idea that has been growing in popularity over the last few years in provinces such as British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island, [...]

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