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Strata Parking May Get Simpler

In its newest report (the “Report”), the British Columbia Law Institute’s formidable committee of strata experts (the “Committee”) recommends more changes to the Strata Property Act (the “Act”). If adopted, these changes will make it easier for a REALTOR® to confirm how strata parking is designated.

 
Background


Depending on the circumstances, a strata parking stall may be: 

  • a separate strata lot (except where intended to be used in conjunction with a residential strata lot); 
  • part of a strata lot; or
  • common property.

 

The Committee focused on projects where parking is part of the common property. Where a parking stall is common property, it may also be:  

  • used under a developer’s long-term lease or license
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Victoria Real Estate Market Report

A total of 661 properties sold in the Victoria Real Estate Board region this August, 11.3 per cent more than the 594 properties sold in August 2018 but a 6.4 per cent decrease from July 2019. Sales of condominiums were up 4.1 per cent from August 2018 with 203 units sold. Sales of single family homes increased 15.5 per cent from August 2018 with 351 sold.

“August could be considered a status quo month for real estate in greater Victoria with entry-level homes selling quickly when priced appropriately, and higher-end properties moving at a slower pace," says Victoria Real Estate Board President Cheryl Woolley. “As expected, we’ve seen relatively stable pricing, with an uptick in sales – particularly single family homes.

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Mid-Century Modern West Coast Contemporary.

Designed and built in 1963, this timeless architecture is married with the ecological ethics of our evolving culture. A private arrival at this farm status South facing 5 acre homestead on Salt Spring Island you are greeted by a large carport connected to the home via covered walkway amongst mature landscaping. Inside we have 6 bedrooms and 2 kitchens reflecting the walkout one bedroom suite. An open plan with a recent custom kitchen update featuring local clear fir millwork and marble countertops .

An adjacent open pantry with laundry is beautifully constructed with Douglas Fir custom cabinets.Throughout the home you will enjoy relaxing on the hardwood floors, if you like doing your early morning yoga or

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It’s official. Things are changing (again).

Take the Stress test to see how it may impact you purchasing power or refinancing options.

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released revised guidelines for the mortgage industry, similar to the draft version released earlier this summer. These new parameters will take effect January 1, 2018.

These new guidelines include a stress test for uninsured mortgages (mortgages with more than a 20% down payment or 20% in existing equity).

This new stress test means that borrowers will be qualified based on the greater of their rate + 2% or the five year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada, which today is currently 4.89%.Victoria BC Homes for sale

For example if your rate was 3.29% then

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The new development in Royal Bay, has an array of Custom homes for sale at a variety of price points, I was out there for the first time yesterday with some repeat clients to take a look around.

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Tortoise Island | Gulf Island Real Estate 

A Virtual Tour of Robert Batemans' Island For Sale

The house was orginally conceived by Hank Schubart and Robert Bateman.. After spending many lovely days...weeks.. dreaming and finding the best spot to place a structure, a cabin was born!

Tortoise Island a retreat for the soul. Owned by Robert Bateman, artist & one of the top 100 environmental proponents of the 20th century.This 2+ acre Island is located within the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve about a 10 minute boat ride from Swartz Bay & moments from the airport and town . Nestled in on a sandstone isthmus is a retreat conceived by both Bateman and famed architect Hank Schubert.Accessed by water and enjoying year round deep water moorage, the 665 sqft

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First Time Home Buyers

Premier Christy Clark this morning announced a new program designed to support first time homebuyers.

Meeting the press today, Clark referred to the difficulty first time home buyers experience saving up a down payment. While many first time home buyers qualify for a mortgage, they can't assemble funds required for their initial down payment.

Interest & Payment Free for first 5 Years

The BC Home Owner Mortgage and c contributes to the amount first-time homebuyers have already saved for their down payment, providing up to $37,500, or up to 5% of the purchase price, with a 25-year loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first five years.

 

 

During the first five years, no monthly interest or principal payments are

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Foreign Buyer Tax in Victoria? You may recall that late this summer the provincial government rolled out a 15% property transfer tax applicable on homes purchased by foreign buyers. The taxation area was limited to Metro Vancouver only, with the caveat that the government would have the ability to levy the tax on any other area in BC if they saw the need.

This week BC's Ministry of Finance released new foreign buyer data that revealed a month over month increase in foreign buyers into the Capital Regional District (CRD).

The increase in sales in October has brought new attention to the CRD and Minister of Finance Michael de Jong has said he is watching the upward trend closely.

New data also shows that foreign buyers are slowly increasing once again

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The fear following Vancouver’s 15% foreign sales tax was that those buyers would be pushed to Toronto. Has that happened?

The answer may soon be available.

Urbanation released a survey of condo foreign purchasers, which found foreign buyers account for just 5% of Toronto condo sales, compared to 52% of condo sales going to domestic investors.

“The results of this very important survey show a rather limited role of foreign buyers in the GTA new condo market and a very significant overall share of investors,” Shaun Hildebrand, senior vice president of Urbanation, said. “These estimates coincide with the percentages of new condos entering the rental market upon completion, indicating the important role investors play in the GTA housing market.”

Of course,

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