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As noted in my last Fall Newsletter, 2016 was a “Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde” Real Estate Market in Vancouver. After a very robust 1st half, the market was blindsided by the 15% Non-Residents Tax, and struggled and limped a bit through the latter half of the year. This period was characterized by what I referred to as a “reset” - a euphemism for a softer market with much greater supply, sharply decreased sales, and discernibly lower prices. I predicted that the beginning of 2017 would...

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Finally, for a change, some positive news and policy initiative by Government to support property owners and buyers, and strengthen the Real Estate market locally and throughout BC.

Through the B.C. HOME Partnership Program, the Province of BC is helping first-time home buyers get into the home ownership market by contributing to the amount they have already saved for a down payment with a loan that is interest-free and payment-free for the first 5 years. The program will match the buyer’s ...

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