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Opinion: Is lodging one solution to our affordability crisis?

Opinion: Is lodging one solution to our affordability crisis?

Having a lodger living in the spare bedroom is a phenomenon that I am very familiar with, having grown up in the U.K. where such arrangements are common.
Want an affordable home? Move to Northern B.C., invites real estate board

Want an affordable home? Move to Northern B.C., invites real estate board

If you dream of owning a spacious detached home on a large lot, it can be yours for a fraction of the cost of those in Metro Vancouver and the capital region, according to a new report by the B.C. Northern Real Estate Board.
Speculation tax ‘should be eliminated’ in current form, says Nanaimo

Speculation tax ‘should be eliminated’ in current form, says Nanaimo

Both West Kelowna and now the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) have asked the B.C. government not to impose the new speculation tax in their regions, with the latter saying that “in its current form, [the tax] should be eliminated.
B.C. government announces tipline to report real estate misconduct

B.C. government announces tipline to report real estate misconduct

There is now a way for the public to report shady real estate deals. The Real Estate Council of British Columbia announced the launch Thursday of an anonymous tipline “to enhance consume protection in British Columbia’s real estate market.
Home sales across B.C. hit by strict new mortgage rules

Home sales across B.C. hit by strict new mortgage rules

Home sales across the province fell on an annual basis in February, due to tough new rules that make qualifying for a mortgage harder, according to a B.C. Real Estate Association report released March 14. A total of 6,206 B.C.
Survey pressures city into acknowledging foreign home ownership concerns

Survey pressures city into acknowledging foreign home ownership concerns

After many respondents to a 2017 public survey made it clear that foreign home ownership, housing speculation and empty homes must be addressed in Richmond’s revised Affordable Housing Strategy, city planners are now recommending the municipality tak

Condo consultation: Have your say on strata governance reforms

If you’re a condo owner – especially those on strata councils – frustrated by current laws over how strata buildings are run, now’s your chance to be heard. The B.C.
’Twas ever thus? Metro Vancouver real estate headlines 30 years ago

’Twas ever thus? Metro Vancouver real estate headlines 30 years ago

It’s easy to think that the problems facing Metro Vancouver’s housing market are relatively new. But if you take a look back at headlines from 20 or 30 years ago, you’ll see a different story.
B.C. home sales forecast to drop 8.6 per cent this year

B.C. home sales forecast to drop 8.6 per cent this year

Just because home sales are slowing and mortgage rates are climbing, you shouldn't expect any home price corrections, according to the latest forecast by the B.C. Real Estate Association (BCREA).
B.C. home owners fight 'speculation' tax with petition

B.C. home owners fight 'speculation' tax with petition

Home owners from within and outside of B.C. are rapidly signing up to a petition that is aims to fight the provincial government’s recently announced speculation tax.