Blog & News: Vancouver Real Estate Market

A few weeks or months of unusually high period-over-period price increases after a recession is not a bubble, expert says

 

The average price of a Canadian two-storey home in the three-month period ending in September was up 4.4 per cent, to $360,329, from a year earlier, Royal LePage reported. (Click here to download full story in PDF.) 

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David took time out yesterday to plant a few bulbs as part of the Shelter Blooms Tulip Planting Fundraiser. Money raised goes to helping the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation - Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention and education programs.  

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 Today the Bank of Canada made the following press release:

 

OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada today announced that it is maintaining its target for the overnight rate at 1 per cent. The Bank Rate is correspondingly 1 1/4 per cent and the deposit rate is 3/4 per cent.

 

The global economic recovery is entering a new phase. In advanced economies, temporary factors supporting growth in 2010 - such as the inventory cycle and pent-up demand - have largely run their course and fiscal stimulus...

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OTTAWA — New home prices edged up unexpectedly in August, led mainly by increases in Eastern Canada, Statistics Canada reported Wednesday.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/business/real-estate/home+prices+rise+surprisingly+August/3663779/story.html#ixzz12NLq786X

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UNDERSTANDING THE HST

  • HST of 12% (5% federal component plus 7% provincial component) will apply to new residential housing and the PST will be eliminated completely.
  • Before HST, PST had been paid on all materials used in the construction of a home. This PST was embedded in the cost of a new home. It is estimated that this embedded PST added 2% to the cost of a new home.
  • With HST, builders can now claim a rebate for the provincial portion of the HST purchases, reducing the price of a new home by 2%*....
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VANCOUVER, BC - Conditions in the Greater Vancouver housing market continued to favour buyers in August. Since April, prices have edged down slightly as the number of sales and the number of properties coming on to the market have been declining.

 

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that the number of residential property sales in Greater Vancouver totalled 2,202 in August 2010. This represents a 36 per cent decline from the 3,441 sales in August 2009, the second highest...

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1. Home Buyers' Plan Qualifying home buyers can withdraw up to $25,000 (couples can withdraw up to $50,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment. Home buyers who have repaid their RRSP may be eligible to use the program a second time.

 

Canada Revenue Agency: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/ 1-800-959-8287 Enter ‘Home Buyers’ Plan’ in the search box.

 

2. GST Rebate on New Homes New home buyers can apply for a rebate of the federal portion of the HST (the 5% GST) if the purchase...

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 I often assist clients that would like to buy a foreclosure but need to sell another property in order to buy.

 

When buying a foreclosure in British Columbia it's important to realise that you cannot buy a foreclosure "subject to the sale of" another property.

 

The majority of offers to purchase are "subject to the courts final approval". Before going to court to have your offer approved, your offer must be subject free with no conditions (i.e. no deal pending clauses).  In...

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