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Foreign investor stats revealed

Foreign InvestorsForeign owners made up a bigger share of the condominium markets in Toronto and Vancouver over the last year, according to the nation’s housing agency.

Foreign owners of condos comprised 3.5 percent of the market in Vancouver and 3.3 percent in Toronto, according to a report from Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. which surveyed property managers. That’s up from 2.3 percent in Vancouver last year and 2.4 percent in Toronto, Canada’s largest city. When narrowing to the downtown core, foreign buyers made up 5.4 percent of Vancouver condo buyers this year versus 3.4 last year and 5.8 percent of Toronto condo buyers versus 4.3 percent.

Politicians have been under pressure from many quarters including Vancouver Mayor Gregor

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Canadian Real EstateWhy more Canadians are raiding their RRSPs

For the past 22 years, the Home Buyers’ Plan has helped more than 2.5 million Canadians borrow money from their RRSPs to help make the dream of home ownership a reality. However, the $25,000 maximum that can be withdrawn per person doesn’t give prospective homeowners a lot to work with.

The reasoning behind this plan is fairly straightforward. First-time home buyers (or anyone who hasn’t owned his or her primary residence in the past five years), are permitted to take up to $25,000 from their retirement savings without penalty as long as it is paid back within 15 years, which starts two years after the withdrawal occurs.

If you are buying with your spouse or common-law partner, it is possible to withdraw

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3 things to consider before helping your kids buy a house

Helping your kids buy a homeAs prices continue to escalate in many Canadian markets, it’s only natural for parents to want to help their kids buy a home. But there are three things parents should bear in mind before doing so, reports The Globe and Mail.

Ask any Realtor or mortgage broker about home first-time homeowners, and you’re bound to hear stories about parents providing financial assistance.

“The bottom line is that when a first-time home buyer buys a house, the parents more often than not are contributing something to the down payment,” says David Larock, a mortgage broker with Integrated Mortgage Planners.

Some parents are more than happy to help their kids buy that first home. However, there are three good

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Why It Is Better to Work with a Real Estate Agent When Buying a Home

It’s true that home buyers can buy a home without the help of a real estate agent, but buying a house is not as simple as buying a cup of coffee or How long house listednew clothing. Purchasing a home is more complicated than it looks and the real estate transaction involves interacting with many key persons in the process – the lender, the appraiser, the home inspector, the lawyer to name some. It would be really overwhelming for you if you deal with the whole process alone.

While you can save money by doing the hard work alone – going solo is not the way to go and in the end may cost you more than the real estate commission your agent gets.

Here’s why you should drop the idea of going solo. This

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BKamloops transiteing around public transportation wasn’t always a good choice when it came to real estate. After World War II, downtown living was frowned upon and people flocked towards the suburbs in order to find larger and greener land. As a result, real estate prices rose outside the city.

Fast forward to today and we’re seeing the opposite effect. People want to live in the downtown core and public transportation is at the forefront of political debate.

Billions of dollars are being spent on new subways and streetcars in cities like Toronto and Vancouver. Calgary and Ottawa are also beefing up its public transit service in response to a higher demand from residents.

In fact, every major city across Canada has plans to focus on public transportation. It’s a

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Kamloops and the Thompson-Nicola region is facing a rental housing shortage, but compared to the rest of the country the area is not fairing too poorly.

Rental PropertyAccording to the Canadian Rental Housing Index, in the region there are 53,375 renter households and of those 10,995 people are renting accommodations. That represents 21 per cent of the population as renters, with a median household income of $37,384. The average rent in the area is $835 including utilities. Of those renting, more than 48 per cent of people spend 30 per cent or more of their income for housing. Another 2,425 people spend more than 50 per cent of their income on housing needs, representing 22 per cent of all renters.

The number of renters living in overcrowded conditions represents

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Change aimed at boosting affordability will likely affect suburbs most.

CMHC mortgage rulesChanges to mortgage rules mean that some home buyers in Metro Vancouver's hot housing market may soon get a break when it comes to their loan application.

Currently, home buyers with a deposit of less than 20 per cent are required to have their mortgage loan application approved and insured by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

Starting this fall, CMHC plans to change the rules for those buyers to allow them to include projected income from secondary suites when they apply for a loan.

"CMHC will consider up to 100 per cent of gross rental income from a two-unit owner-occupied property that is the subject of a loan application submitted for insurance," the new

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