November 2016

Found 15 blog entries for November 2016.

Kamloops Real Estate ValuesMultiple “values” are placed on a home by a number of different parties – so who is right?

Not one is truly accurate because influences on real estate values are almost infinite and “value” is never a static figure. Home owners have opinions of value but often little basis for those opinions. There is rarely consistency between assessments, appraisals, market value and sale price…simply because the real estate market is one of the most complex entities around. It’s beneficial for owners to have an understanding of the different “values” (loosely used for convenience) placed upon their home so that when the “what’s it worth” question is posed, they have some semblance of accuracy.

Several factors affect the value of a house, and a single house may be

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Kamloops Real EstateWith Kamloops having such low inventory of houses for sale you might think that a home will sell in any condition.

It is the homes that are priced correctly and leave a lasting impression on a buyer in a good way that end up selling quicker and for more money!

One of the more critical items today when selling a Kamloops home is the first impression a buyer gets when they not only walk through the front door but approach the home from the street.

Homes today that are in less than stellar condition suffer greatly when it comes time for a buyer to make an offer. In this challenging Real Estate market buyers are not forgiving. They want a turn-key home and fraKamloops Home Valuesnkly if yours isn’t one of them they have choices! This makes it far more critical for your

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British Columbia Real Estate NewsBritish Columbia home prices continued to drop sharply last month but the declines are being driven by the Vancouver market where sales continue to slump, say realtors in the province.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association, which represents about 20,000 realtors, said Tuesday that there 7,272 sales through Multiple Listing Service last month, a 16.7 per cent drop from a year ago. The total volume by dollars was $4.4 billion last month, a 24.2 per cent decline from a year ago.

The average sale price in the province was $606,787 in October, a 9.1 per cent decline from a year earlier.BC provinece regions

“Housing demand remained mixed across the province in October,” said Cameron Muir, chief economist with the association. “Home sales across the Lower Mainland

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CMHCThe head of Canada's federal housing agency says regulators should explore the possibility of raising the minimum down payment required on a home as a way of easing affordability and reducing risk to the financial system.

The head of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) has opened the door to the possibility of increasing the minimum down payment needed to buy a house, though a change is not currently on the table. Evan Siddall, president and CEO of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., says that although politicians are tempted to help first-time buyers, low down payments fuel demand and lead to higher housing costs. Siddall says that ends up hurting the first-time buyers that the government wanted to help.Kamloops downpayment

Last year, Ottawa raised the minimum down

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Candian Real EstateThe home-buying landscape – especially when it comes to mortgage qualification and rates – seems to be changing constantly these days.

Mortgage expert Atrina Kouroshnia makes sense of it all

Until (very) recently, Canadians were getting the short end of the stick – at least when it came to income qualifying, compared with foreign buyers. Unlike Canadians, those from outside of Canada could essentially just plunk down 35 per cent on a property in order to buy it; this without some lenders doing serious due diligence on whether they were good for the remaining capital. This had many Canadians furious about the tight guidelines and standards that they were compelled to meet, but that foreign buyers were not. Things changed last month.

You know

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5 great home buyer tipsIf you thought down payment and closing costs were all you'll pay for when buying your new home, think again. Here's how you can manage your expenses

So you’ve finally purchased a home! After all of the months of searching, and another few weeks poring over endless paperwork, you have been given the keys to your beautiful home. Now all you have to do is buy new appliances, get some new furniture, bedding for the guest room, hire a landscaping service...and the list goes on and on. Just when you thought you had spent all your money on your down payment, now is the time that the expenses really start to add up. After you buy a home, you suddenly realize how many things you “need” in order to make your home function. But now is the time to be careful with

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Stats CanadaAccording to Stats Canada, over 4 million Canadians live in a home that is rented.

This translates to a lot of people who fall into either the landlord or tenant categories. Over the years, rules and guidelines have emerged with regards to renting that have become almost common knowledge. What most people don’t realize is that many of these “renting rules” or practices are not legal or enforceable.

Check out the top 8 renting myths that every landlord and tenant should know about.

1. Deposits

It is common for a landlord to ask his or her tenant for first and last months deposit; however, you may alsoWhy choose a Realtor sometimes find a landlord requesting a key or security deposit as well. According to the Residential Tenancies Act, a landlord can request no

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Is your home ready for winterIs your home ready for winter?

Sustained low temperatures, combined with cold winds and winter precipitation, can cause problems for the interior and exterior of your home. Here are some common winter household problems to anticipate and avoid:

• Heating system breakdowns can be an uncomfortable – and sometimes expensive – issue when cold weather hits. Make sure your system is inspected and well maintained before you need to depend on it for warmth.

• Air leaks, particularly around doors and windows, can cause drafts and heating system inefficiency, raising your energy costs.

• Gathering around a cozy fireplace is one of winter’s pleasures, but chimney fires are a big winter safety hazard. Make sure your chimney has been cleaned and inspected

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Tax on your Kamloops homeWhat About My Principal Residence?

The gain on the sale of real estate is a capital gain unless the property has been purchased with the intent of reselling at a profit, or developed and sold as a business endeavour.  If it is considered a business transaction, the entire profit or loss on the sale is taxable or deductible.  If the transaction is a capital gain (principal residence, summer cottage, second home, rental home, etc.), only 50% of the gain is taxable.

If the property is the taxpayer's principal residence, the principal residence exemption may eliminate all or part of the capital gain.  The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) policy used to be that the form need not be filed unless there is a taxable gain after deducting the principal residence

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Kamloops First Time Home BuyersThe sooner you go from being a renter to an owner, the sooner you can begin to increase your personal wealth. 

This is perhaps the only legitimate, safe way to parlay a relatively small amount of money into an amount many times larger – and tax free to boot!

First decision – Who is buying?

Are you planning to buy in your name only? Are you buying with a significant other? Are you thinking of going in as partners with friends or relatives?

Second decision – Who will live in this home?

Will you? Will you rent out some rooms or part of the home?

Third decision – Where do you want to buy the home?Kamloops Home Buyers Checklist

Close to work? Close to your family? Close to your social life? Whatever you can afford?

Fourth decision – Decide when you will be ready.

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