Innovative, sustainable custom home designs still draw clients

Kathy Yuen of Phase One Design talks about how to build an award-winning company from scratch, even during downturns

Innovative, sustainable custom home designs still draw clientsKathy Yuen is president of Phase One Design. Tell me about Phase One Design. How it got started, why, where you’re located and what you do? Yuen: Phase One Design is a residential design firm. We specialize in the architecture of luxury custom homes (not to be confused with interior design). How did it all…

Canadian home sales plunge in December

The average MLS sale price of $496,696 was down 4.9% in the final two months of 2018

Canadian home sales plunge in December(Troy Media) Canadian MLS sales fell by 2.5 per cent in December from November, capping the weakest annual sales since 2012, says the Canadian Real Estate Association. According to its monthly MLS report, which was released on Tuesday, CREA said monthly declines in activity since September have fully retrenched its summer rally and returned it near…

Provinces, municipalities key to avoiding housing bubble

Zoning, building codes and construction trade regulations all fall under the jurisdiction of these governments

Provinces, municipalities key to avoiding housing bubbleRecently, the Bank of Canada voiced concerns about the Canadian economy, leading it to slash outlooks on future trends. One of the issues contributing to this pessimistic stance is the condition of housing markets in Canada. Housing construction activity and prices are falling after a long period of price increases that fuelled claims of a…

Navigating the cannabis cultivation question when buying real estate

Ryan DeLuca of the Calgary Real Estate Board talks about what a buyer can ask and what a seller must disclose about pot

Navigating the cannabis cultivation question when buying real estateRyan DeLuca is supervisor of training and compliance, member practice, with the Calgary Real Estate Board. What are the biggest potential impacts to the residential housing market of the legalization of cannabis? DeLuca: For some buyers, cannabis cultivation in a property may affect their ability to secure financing or homeowner’s insurance on that property. Some…

Bridging the gap between renters and landlords

Mark Hawkins talks about how Rentfaster.ca evolved from a small local website to a national brand by stressing customer service

Bridging the gap between renters and landlordsMark Hawkins is president and owner of Rentfaster.ca. What is RentFaster? When did it start and how does it work? Hawkins: Technically, Rentfaster.ca is an Internet listing service (ILS), but really it’s a website that’s designed to help landlords and renters connect. Rentfaster.ca started in 2003 and has evolved over the years to really help…

Housing collapse in Canada unlikely

Significant differences between Canada today and the 2008-2009 U.S. housing market crash: CPA Canada report

Housing collapse in Canada unlikelyThe biggest risk to Canada’s housing market has always been its most obvious risk: a high household debt-to-income ratio. A report released on Monday by CPA Canada (Chartered Professional Accountants Canada) cited a recent Bank of Canada study estimating that the total household debt-to-income ratio exceeds a record 170 per cent. But it also says…

Young entrepreneur crowdfunding to launch home in a bag concept

Prototype aims to provide protection and connection for those who are affected by displacement and natural disaster

A former Calgary Bow Valley College student is testing out his “LO8OP Home in a Bag” concept until the end of the month to brave the elements and raise money to move the idea to commercial production. Micah Louison, 24, is camping outside his family’s northeast Calgary home in the Bridgeland area until the end of…

Millennials giving up on ever owning a home in a Canadian city

It now takes 53.5 per cent of your income to service the costs of buying a single-family home

Millennials giving up on ever owning a home in a Canadian cityThe proportion of household income needed to service the costs of a single-family home grew to 53.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2018, according to a report released Wednesday. And that is one reason Canadians, especially millennials, are abandoning their dream of ever owning housing in the city and and are now looking to…

Mortgage stress test suppressing housing activity, says report

A Mortgage Professionals Canada report says the effects of federal policies are especially concerning in areas already dealing with economic instability, notably Alberta

Mortgage stress test suppressing housing activity, says reportA report by Mortgage Professionals Canada says new federal government policies are suppressing housing activity in the country. The Report on the Housing and Mortgage Market in Canada, which was released on Wednesday, also said the overall strength of consumer sentiment has been weakened by increasing interest rates and the new rules making it more…

CMHC mortgage changes aimed at helping self-employed own homes

Changes target Canadians who may have difficulty qualifying for a mortgage as their incomes may vary or become less predictable

CMHC mortgage changes aimed at helping self-employed own homesCanada Mortgage and Housing Corp. is making it easier for self-employed people to own homes. The federal agency has introduced some changes to help self-employed Canadians who may have difficulty qualifying for a mortgage as their incomes may vary or become less predictable. The CMHC said on Thursday that self-employed Canadians represent about 15 per…
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