January 2018

Found 14 blog entries for January 2018.

Read your strata bylawsBuying a condo or a property in a strata?

The legal doctrine of caveat emptor (“let the buyer beware”) continues to apply to real estate transactions in BC today, and can have the effect of denying the buyer a remedy for defects and deficiencies discovered in the property after purchase. In general, the onus is on the buyer to determine the state and quality of the property being sold – rather than on the seller to point out any potential problems.

When purchasing into a strata building, an important part of the buyer’s due diligence process is reviewing and understanding the current bylaws of the strata corporation. A failure to review the bylaws can lead to nasty, unwanted surprises for new homeowners later down the road. 

Schedule “A” of the

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Kamloops Home DebtWhat is "house poor"?

This phrase describes home buyers who've purchased property they can't easily afford—and are now paying the price, as it were.

“If you can’t spend your income the way you want to because so much of it is going to housing expenses, you’re house poor,” says Debra Neiman, a financial planner.

Translation: If you're eating rice and beans every night just so you can pay your mortgage, you probably qualify.

As a general rule of thumb, financial advisers tell people to pay no more than 30% of their pretax income on housing—so if you make $5,000 per month, you should spend no more than $1,500 on your mortgage, property tax, and other housing costs. By that benchmark, according to the State of the Nation's Housing 2017 Report from

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Kamloops Real Estate OfferThink of a subject in an offer as insurance.

Once you find a Kamloops home and make an offer, you hope everything will go smoothly; but in case it doesn’t, you have an opportunity to add subject clauses that allows you to back out of the contract without losing money if something untoward happens.

Most agreements already have a few key subject clauses in place to protect against the bigger things—such as a lower-than-anticipated home appraisal—but there are subjects that go beyond the norm. If you’re about to make an offer, consider all of your options.

Standard subjects

Some subject clauses are commonly used when making an offer. Some examples:

  • Home inspection: This gives the buyer the right to order a professional home inspection and
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Kamloops Real Estate NewsKAMLOOPS - Property owners in the Thompson region can expect to get their property assessment notices in the mail within the next few days and you might find your home has appreciated in value — some significantly.

B.C. Assessment says in a news release that homeowners can expect a moderate increase, which will reflect the market value as of July 2017.

Compared to 2017, numbers for residential single detached homes in urban areas of the Thompson are up between zero and 15 per cent, while rural properties range from a decrease of five per cent to an increase of 25 per cent.

Residential strata units in urban areas vary between a five per cent decrease and 20 per cent increase compared to 2017 numbers, while properties in urban areas increased by

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