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First-timers plagued by fears over home-buying process

First-timers plagued by fears over home-buying process

More than seven in 10 Canadian first-time home buyers (71 per cent) are afraid that they’ll be hit by unanticipated costs during the process, according to a new survey by TD Bank.
Construction labour shortage a massive barrier to B.C.’s new housing: experts

Construction labour shortage a massive barrier to B.C.’s new housing: experts

Even with good intentions, appropriate funding and expedited permitting processes, there simply aren’t enough construction tradespeople to build all the homes required to meet B.C.'s housing targets, according to a group of industry experts.
B.C. cracks down on condo-flip taxation, creates rental zoning tool

B.C. cracks down on condo-flip taxation, creates rental zoning tool

A crackdown on non-payment of taxes on presale condo flips is one of three new housing measures announced by the finance minister April 24.
Suburban neighbourhoods top region’s hot spots to invest in real estate

Suburban neighbourhoods top region’s hot spots to invest in real estate

The hottest areas to invest in residential real estate in B.C.'s Lower Mainland are not within Vancouver proper, but further east in the suburbs, according to financial website MoneySense.
Rise or fall of home prices largely linked to purchasing power: analyst

Rise or fall of home prices largely linked to purchasing power: analyst

Whether the region’s home prices are rising or falling is significantly to do with buyers’ spending power – more so than foreign buyers or market speculation, according to the lead data analyst for Vancouver real estate firm the Rennie Group.
Province to regulate the real estate regulators

Province to regulate the real estate regulators

The B.C. government is launching a review of the province’s two key real estate regulatory groups, in order to "make sure that British Columbians are effectively protected," finance minister Carole James announced April 18.
$1.9 billion expected for provincewide rental housing

$1.9 billion expected for provincewide rental housing

Rental units intended to help families, and low and middle-income seniors

Has Metro Vancouver's foreign buyer tax made homes more affordable?

Only five per cent of British Columbians think that taxing foreign buyers on real estate purchases has resulted in homes becoming more affordable, according to a survey released this week by real estate website Zoocasa.
B.C.'s commercial real estate sales smash records in 2017

B.C.'s commercial real estate sales smash records in 2017

British Columbia commercial real estate investment activity and dollar volume achieved record heights in 2017 with the disposition of 230 office, industrial and retail properties valued at $7.5 billion during the record-setting year.
Will growing, smoking pot under new laws reduce value of your home?

Will growing, smoking pot under new laws reduce value of your home?

With 4/20 just a few days away, close to half of the respondents to a new national survey said that they would be put off buying a home if even a legal amount of pot had been grown there, under the upcoming new marijuana legislation.