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Linking the Stock Market and Condo Sales

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

While new condo sales have followed the general path of many economic variables over the past decade with various degrees of correlation, their close relationship to the stock market is attention wort ...

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CMHC No Change Eminent

RESOURCE | LEGAL Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0h6Gwkm1GQ&list=UUmCXwTcdQoj6r44KbLujT2Q

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Lock into Low Rates

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIkER280yXw&list=UUmCXwTcdQoj6r44KbLujT2Q

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Taxing Vacant Housing = Affordable Housing?

RESOURCE | LEGAL Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-idWMH0Kd1U&list=UUmCXwTcdQoj6r44KbLujT2Q

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Student Housing = Good Investment

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjOroCYnd54&list=UUmCXwTcdQoj6r44KbLujT2Q

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Lululemon Loves Luxury: Founder's Mansion Assessed at $54.2-Million, No.1 in B.C.

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

To make the top one per cent in Vancouver's market for single-family detached houses, a property needs to be assessed at more than $5.58-million. No. 1 on the list is Chip Wilson's waterfron ...

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When Moving Expenses Are a Tax Deduction, and When They're Not

RESOURCE | LEGAL Author: Kam Brar

If you moved this year, you may be entitled to write off your moving expenses on your tax return, you might also be able to write off the cost of... http://auxiliummortgage.com/when-moving-expens ...

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FAQ: Asbestos

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Whether you’re testing for asbestos or hiring a contractor to deal with the removal, this FAQ covers everything you’ll need to know when it comes to dealing with the hidden killer.

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Making an Offer without Subject to Financing

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

It's extremely important to make sure you and the property can meet all requirements before making an offer without subject to financing. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=by9fpMuNnRo&fe ...

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Building Permits Increase

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

The market is hot as building permits rise 11.8% nationwide.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzE_jL_zsww read more

Brokers Rejoice Over Policy Change

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Brokers are pleased to hear that more transparency will finally be required of their major bank competitors.

“Transparency is very important to the consumers as they can make an informed decisi ...

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Europe Housing Bubble Burst

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouky32aZIos&feature=youtu.be

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Older Homes, Older Systems: Understanding the Material Risks

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Knowing a home’s original age is only a starting point to anticipating potential concerns. Not all older homes are going to have issues, but the probability of identifying deficiencies ...

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Canada vs. United States: Comparing the Household Sector's Net Worth, 1970 - 2012

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

According to a study released today in the Economic Analysis Research Paper Series, Canadian household net worth per capital reached 77 percent of the United States’ level in 2012.

The rep ...

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35 Questions to Ask When Buying a Home

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

1. How do I know if I’m ready to buy a home?

The best way to determine if you’re ready to buy a home is by asking yourself these important questions.

Do you have steady employment that ... read more

Condos for Cash

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

A recent survey by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) discovered that nearly one in fivecondominium owners in Vancouver and Toronto have purchased additional inves ...

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The 20 Do's and Don'ts For Buying Your First Home

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Buying your first home can be the single most exciting experience, but it can also be the most terrifying. This is because there are a ton of factors to consider when settling down, and overlooking ev ...

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The Real Estate Process: After the Deal is Signed

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

On the surface, buying, selling and refinancing (mortgaging) of real estate seems relatively straight forward and simple. Why then, is it so complicated? Why does it require the involvement of Realtor ...

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Lawyer vs .Notary Public: What's the Difference?

RESOURCE | LEGAL Author: Kam Brar

British Columbians are some of the lucky few in Canada who have a choice when it comes to selecting their legal representative to complete their purchase, sale, or refinance transaction. They hav ...

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To Pay, or to Play: Mortgages vs. Vacations

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

As you may have heard, CIBC recently announced that fewer Canadians are in a rush to pay off their mortgages. The reasoning behind this: Record low rates.

Based on the polling results, which surveyed ...

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Appraisals 101

ADVICE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

With fluctuations in the real estate market and changes to Lender requirements and qualifications, it is important to know what an Appraiser is looking for when viewing your home. When booking an appo ...

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Secondary Suites: Increasing Interest, Lacking Legal

RESOURCE | LEGAL Author: Kam Brar

While buying your first home can be a scary, expensive, experience, today many first time home buyers are finding a piece of mind and paying off their mortgages by settling in homes with a secondary s ...

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Canadian Housing Market Overvalued?

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

The weather isn't the only thing hot right now. The housing market is also overheated and Fitch Ratings sees some serious problems with the situation.

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The First Time Home Buyer's Handbook

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Are you looking to buy a home but don't know where to begin? Download the FREE First Time Home Buyer's Handbook! Designed to get you moving, here you'll find all the answers you need.&n ...

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Genworth Canada: Regional Market Report

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Sales are up, unemployment is down, and the mortgage rates are amazing!

 

 

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Echo Boomers Stepping into the Housing Market

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Well, what is an “Echo Boomer” you might ask?

Why Echo Boomers are the fantastic children of the fabulous Baby Boomers! You may also know them as Generation “Y”. You may even ...

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CMHC Announces Big Changes to Their Product Offerings on May 30, 2014

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

CMHC is Changing Its Mortgage Insurance Product Offerings Effective May 30, 2014

As part of the review of its mortgage loan insurance business, CMHC is discontinuing its Second Home and Self-Employed ...

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Setting a Budget: The Secret to Buying a Home (and Being Happy in Life)

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

Have you set a budget?

Most people don’t. Budgets are one of those areas where a lot of people fail nowadays. Out of all the people that roll through our doors, I would say less than 10% of the ...

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The Ugly Truth about Low Mortgage Rates...

ADVICE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

We’ve all felt the urge to price shop.  Maybe for you it’s clothes, maybe it’s patio furniture, or maybe it’s trying to find the cheapest plumber in town … regardle ...

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Canadian Renovation Rebates Available

RESOURCE | RENOVATIONS Author: Kam Brar

Did you know there may be Government Rebates of up to $42,500.00 available to homeowners that bought, built, or renovated a home between mid 2010 and early 2013?

Read our blog here to find out more! ...

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