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Jun 4, 2024

A Guide to Discharging Your Mortgage, Owning Your Home Free and Clear

Congratulations! You’ve paid off your mortgage and your home is almost completely yours. But there’s one more step: discharging your mortgage. This legal process removes the lender’s claim on your property, giving you full ownership. This blog post, based on information from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), will guide you through everything you need to know about discharging y…

May 20, 2024

Don’t Be Fooled: Protect Yourself from FINTRAC Scams

Have you ever received a call, email, or social media message claiming to be from FINTRAC? Be cautious! Scammers often impersonate government agencies to steal personal and financial information. In this blog post, we’ll outline how to identify and avoid FINTRAC scams, and what to do if you’re targeted. FINTRAC Won’t Ask for Personal Information Directly FINTRAC protects Canada’s finan…

May 4, 2024

BC NDP Announces New Tenant Protections, Landlord Group Says Measures Will Hurt Renters in the Long Run

The BC NDP announced new legislation on April 2nd, 2024, aimed at increasing tenant protections in the province. However, the LandlordBC, a group representing landlords in British Columbia, is critical of the announcement, saying it lacks measures to support landlords and could worsen the housing crisis in the long term. The new measures include: Prohibiting landlords from charging extra…

Apr 20, 2024

Protecting Your Real Estate Transactions from Title Fraud

In recent times, the real estate industry has seen a significant rise in title fraud, affecting everyone from homeowners to industry professionals. With fraudsters employing increasingly sophisticated techniques, it’s become crucial for both buyers and sellers to be vigilant. Stewart Title has been at the forefront of combating this issue by educating the industry on detection and prevention st…

Apr 4, 2024

Canadian Housing Market in 2024

Interest rates have been the captain of the Canadian housing market for the past few years, steering it through choppy waters. As we set sail into 2024, the question remains: will the waves continue to rise, or will we find calmer waters ahead? Canada’s economy defied expectations with robust growth at the end of 2023. This could mean the Bank of Canada (BoC) holds off on rate cuts in the im…

Mar 22, 2024

Understanding the BC Home Flipping Tax

In a bid to curb speculative activities in the real estate market, the British Columbia government has unveiled its latest initiative: the BC Home Flipping Tax. Announced as part of the Budget 2024, this tax aims to target income generated from the sale of residential properties within the province. If you’re a homeowner or investor in BC, understanding the ins and outs of this new tax is cruci…

Mar 15, 2024

Bank of Canada Holds Interest Rate Steady Amid Economic Concerns

The recent decision by the Bank of Canada (BoC) to maintain the overnight rate at 5.0% comes as no surprise amidst ongoing economic challenges. Despite no new guidance on cuts, the central bank’s stance reflects its cautious approach towards managing inflation and economic growth. In its statement, the BoC acknowledged the persistent weakness in economic momentum, citing below-potential grow…

Mar 4, 2024

Securing Your Real Estate Endeavors in a Thriving Vancouver Market

In the bustling real estate landscape of Vancouver, the recent surge in home sales has captured the attention of prospective buyers and sellers alike. According to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, January witnessed a robust 38.5% increase in home sales compared to the same month last year. Despite the impressive sales figures, the pace of newly listed properties struggled to match…

Feb 20, 2024

What Homeowners in BC Need to Know About the 2024 Property Assessments

The 2024 property assessments have been released, and many BC homeowners are curious about their implications. This blog post will guide you through the key points, explain your rights and responsibilities, and highlight where to find crucial information online. Understanding Your Assessment Notice Most homeowners can expect a change in their assessment value within a range of -5% to +5%….

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