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RBC Housing More Affordable

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

According to the latest survey by RBC Economics, home ownership became more affordable in Canada in the third quarter despite a broad spike in home prices.

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Single Women Struggle to find Housing

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

According to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), women are over-represented when it comes to "core housing need."The CMHC defines "core housing need" status as a household wh ...

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Latest News from CMHC

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

The latest CMHC report reveals detailed information and data about the current state of the market. This particular release covers how immigrants are increasingly looking to settle outside major citie ...

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No Oversupply of Condos

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

No oversupply of condos; we may even need more. CIBC's economist Benjamin Tal says that for now the high level of condo building in our major cities is just supplying the demand from immigrants w ...

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Grow Ops and Commercial Financing

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

http://ow.ly/EyHHv 

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11 Decorating Ideas Using Pastels

ADVICE | RENOVATIONS Author: Kam Brar

Pastels often get a bad rap for being too sugary sweet, frivolous or girly. But don’t be too quick to fall into this mind-set and immediately pass over pastel shades when choosing which hues to ...

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Analysts warn house prices cannot keep climbing

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

The average price of a home in Canada hit another all-time high in October, rising 7.1 percent over the past year to just short of $420,000. However, economists at Canada’s major banks continue ...

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Toronto and Vancouver home prices pass Rome and close in on Paris

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

A recent report from CBRE says that Canada’s two priciest cities for homes can now be included in an international class that is attracting foreign investors from around the world. 

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Regina Richest City in Canada

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THrIsPh68Qs

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How to Turn $23,900 Into $3 Million

HOW-TO | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhNPYX3zRaQ&feature=youtu.be

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The 10 Most Livable Countries

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Based on the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the most and least livable countries. Data from the Human Development Index is b ...

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No Flippin' Way!

RESOURCE | RENOVATIONS Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vqQGajhuJc

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Covenantor vs. Guarantor

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

What's the difference between a Covenantor and a Guarantor? From a mortgage lender's perspective, either position helps to give some "strength" to the mortgage application, even though ...

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CMHC Admits Uncertainty Regarding Number of Foreign Investors

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

http://auxiliummortgage.com/how-many-foreign-investors-own-condos-in-canada/

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How Many Foreign Investors Own Condos in Canada?

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

This past summer CMHC attempted to determine the percentage of condos in Canada that are owned by domestic investors. CMHC has however, admitted that the number of foreign condo investors is unknown.& ...

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A Million Dollar Whoops!

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

A Florida builder is trying to figure out what to do after constructing a million-dollar, ocean-view home on the wrong lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzK5XoxH5H4&list=TLSj_o9tu19U786huuQQhh ...

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Canadians Paying down Mortgages Faster than Thought

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB_BfdaWBik&list=TL_sVdBkBZXcRH76tvU_CD7h5i0iEI__dn

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Homeowners Paying down Mortgages Faster than Thought

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

A recent news report suggests that Canadian homeowners are paying down their mortgages faster than most think.   Read more read more

Home Sales Call for a Busy Fall

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Canada’s housing market is off to a solid start this fall, with new data pointing to a near-11 percent rise in sales for September compared to a year ago.

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The Sky Is Not Falling

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

"Canadian concerns about a housing bubble are overblown in a country where credit growth is modest and the job market is stable."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_owfyUyk-Os

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IRD: Interest Rate Differential

RESOURCE | MORTGAGES Author: Kam Brar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpeaIM2u5vg

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September 2014 Housing Starts in Canada

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

According to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the trend measure of housing starts in Canada was 197,747 units in September compared to 191,095 in August. The trend is a six-month averag ...

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Canadian Immigration: Who is Eligible in 2014?

RESOURCE | LEGAL Author: Kam Brar

While the last eight years have seen major changes regarding immigration laws, it’s no wonder there is so much uncertainly when it comes to who is eligible to immigrate to Canada. None the less, ...

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Calgary Market On Fire

RESOURCE | BUYING Author: Kam Brar

Calgary's resale housing market fell just short of setting a new peak for MLS sales in September as the city recorded its highest level of transactions since 2005.

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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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