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January 20, 2017

 

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There has been a noticeable increase in real estate inventory in the Vancouver west side market area.
 
The rise in inventory however is offset by the actual number of sales. This creates a more balanced housing market moving into the traditionally active spring market. Sellers have an incentive to list their homes now before the HST comes into effect in July; while at the same time  the small jump in interest rates is motivating Buyers to act before their pre-approved rates expire.

January thru March, 2010 has seen a rise in housing and condo inventory by 38% and actual sales increased by 52% with  the condo market up by 45%
 
The first quarter of 2010 compared to 2009, shows an increase in the average sale price for houses on the west side of Vancouver by 47% and by 30% in condos.  

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January 20, 2017


First-time buyers interest-free down payment program


The new BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership program helps eligible BC residents purchase a home.

The program offers first-time home buyers who have saved a down payment:

  • A down payment loan of up to 5% of a home’s purchase price to a maximum of $37,500, on a home with a maximum price of $750,000.
  • This loan matches the buyer’s down payment and is interest-free and payment-free for five years.
  • After five years, buyers can either repay their loan or enter into monthly payments at interest rates that are current five years from the date of the loan.
  • Loans through the program are due after 25 years – the same length as most mortgages.

To qualify for the program, home buyers with a registered interest on title must reside in the home and be a:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident for at least five years;
  • resident of BC for at least one year immediately preceding the date of application; and
 
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  • first-time buyer who has not owned an interest in a residence anywhere in the world at any time.

The home buyer must:

  • use the property as their principal residence for the first five years;
  • obtain a high-ratio insured first mortgage on the property for at least 80% of the purchase price; and
  • have a combined, gross household income of all individuals on title not exceeding $150,000.

Buyers can begin gathering the documents they’ll need to submit an online application. Buyers will need:

  • Proof of status in Canada and residency in British Columbia.
  • Secondary identification (must include your photo).
  • Proof of income and tax filings.
  • Insured first mortgage pre-approval.

 

• Information and application details
• Questions and answers 

  

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