Blog by Scott & Marcella Williams

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MORTGAGE WARS HEATING UP

March 20th, 2015

Mortgage wars heat up Vancouver’s already hot real estate market!

A lowering of a popular financing option for home buyers could cause more harm than good for at least one Vancouver couple.

“Why couldn’t [interest rates] just go up to where they were before, and we would probably be able to find a place?” asks Melanie Lee. She and her husband are looking to buy their first home, but have fo ...

NO PLAN TO COOL HOT MARKET

March 19th, 2015



No plan to cool hot housing market: Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces a government initiative to help assist small and medium-sized businesses to open new markets abroad, in Mississauga, Ont. on Wednesday, March 18 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young -
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces a government initiative to help assist small and medium-sized businesses to open new markets abroad, in Mississauga, Ont. on Wednesday, March 18 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
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IMF Issues Warning

March 14th, 2015


The IMF has recently issued another warning
 about Canada’s high housing prices and the levels of consumer debt, and has urged the Canadian Government to introduce more tightening to mortgage lending.  The upcoming Federal election may save us from the Government acting too quickly, but don’t hold your breath.  If the price trends in Vancouver and Toronto continue, I suspect they will act now ...

Rates On Hold

March 7th, 2015

Bank of Canada keeps rates on hold 



The Bank of Canada announced on March 4th, 2015 it was keeping its trend-setting overnight lending rate at 0.75 per cent. Six weeks earlier, the Bank surprised markets by cutting the rate by a quarter of a percentage point as insurance against economic damage from the drop in oil prices.

In its March announcement, the Bank was upbeat ab ...

SPRING FEVER HITS MARKET

March 5th, 2015

(Surrey, BC) – In February, sales of all property types in the Fraser Valley increased by 21 per cent in one year with demand for two property Realtor handshaketypes in particular - single family detached homes and townhomes - outpacing supply.

Last month, the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board processed 1,337 sales on the Multiple Listing Service® compared to 1,102 sales in February of last year. New listings ...