Information for Real Estate Consumers on COVID-19

March 30th, 2020, Maria Furtado

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Information for Real Estate Consumers on COVID-19

Buying, selling, renting or leasing property can be challenging and complicated, even in normal circumstances. COVID-19 creates new questions for consumers and can add significantly to the challenges of a real estate transaction.

To help real estate consumers navigate these unique circumstances, the Real Estate Council of BC (RECBC) has prep ...

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

January 2nd, 2020, Maria Furtado

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What goals do you set for your home in the New Year? Jennifer Boomer/Verbatim Photo A

In the spirit of new beginnings, HGTV has consulted the experts and come up with some resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient, clean and green place in the coming year.

Here are our five picks for the best home im ...


Speculation Tax? Homeowners must apply for exemption for B.C. speculation tax — or they'll pay it by default

February 15th, 2019, Maria Furtado

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Homeowners must apply for exemption for B.C. speculation tax — or they'll pay it by default

Homeowners in Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria, Kelowna, Nanaimo will have until March 31 to fill out form

7 Ways To Avoid A Bidding War

March 26th, 2018, Maria Furtado

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7 Ways to Avoid a Bidding War

Buying a home in real estate hotspots like Toronto and Vancouver is not for the faint of heart. With demand outstripping supply, a desirable home listed in these cities can attract multiple interested parties, leading buyers into a situation where they try to outbid each other in a fervent effort to purchase the property.

It’s easy to see why sellers ...


February 2018 - BC Budget Day - What you need 2 know right now - foreign buyer tax

February 20th, 2018, Maria Furtado

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VREB-2014.jpgToday Minister of Finance Carole James announced the new BC budget. This is the first budget since 2001 to be delivered by the NDP and their word from the start was that HOUSING was going to be a big part. So...what has the government announced that will affect you and your clients? As of tomorrow - February 21, a 20% Foreign Buyer Tax will be levied on purchases in the Capital Region - accor ...

New Mortgage Rules in January 2018

February 1st, 2018, Maria Furtado

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New Mortgage Rules in January 2018: Everything You Should KnowBy:

New mortgage rules in Canada

What Are the Three New Mortgage Rules Coming in January 2018?

It’s going to get a lot harder for some home buyers to get a mortgage in 2018. That’s because the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Canada’s banking regulator) introduced three new rules on mortgage lending that takes effect ...


Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life

January 26th, 2018, Maria Furtado

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Canada ranked #1 country in the world for Quality of Life

Sorry world, we’ve done it again.

For the third consecutive year, Canada has ranked first on earth for quality of life in an annual study done by US News & World Report, Y&R’s BAV Consulting, and the Wharton S ...

The Best Place to Live in B.C. and the Territories

August 1st, 2017, Maria Furtado

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The Best Place to Live in B.C. and the Territories

Look no further than Victoria’s upscale and wealthier neighbour

The raw data will lead you to Oak Bay as the Best Place to Live in B.C. but what makes you want to stay can’t be measured. We don’t have inputs for aesthetics, for ocean views, access to the water or beautiful su ...


Capital Iron Opening on Langford Parkway

October 4th, 2013, Maria Furtado

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Capital Iron gears for third Island shop with new digs on Langford Parkway

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Victoria Real Estate Sales Hit Four Year High

October 4th, 2013, Maria Furtado

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Greater Victoria's summer real estate sales hit four-year high

Carla Wilson / Times Colonist ...