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Women’s March Vancouver 2017

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Women’s March Vancouver – Jan 21 2017. On Saturday, I joined the near 20 thousand protesters who filled the streets of Vancouver in a demonstration called the Women’s March on DC, while millions more marched in cities across the United States and around the world, on day one after the inauguration of  Donald Trump.

Standing in solidarity against this administration, in support of women’s rights, health issues, equality, diversity and inclusion.

To see photos from the millions involved around the world, Click Here

I’m so happy to have partaken in this important movement!

 

NEW Down Payment Loans for First-Time Home Buyers

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BC government to offer down payment loans for first-time buyers

Premier Christy Clark unveiled a new loan program today to help first-time home buyers come up with their down payment.

The BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership program will offer qualifying home buyers loans of up to $37,500, interest and payment free, for five years.

The province will begin accepting applications on January 16, 2017.

To qualify, buyers must:

• be buying their first home;

• obtain a high-ratio, insured first mortgage for at least 80 per cent of the purchase price;

• have a combined gross household income not exceeding $150,000;

• have saved a down payment amount at least equal to the loan amount;

• be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for at least five years; and

• have lived in BC for at least the full year preceding their application.

The loans will be due in full if the buyer defaults on a payment, ceases to use the home as a principle residence or resells the home.

Key facts:

• The loans will match a home buyer’s contribution to a down payment up to five per cent of the home’s purchase price.

• The maximum purchase price to qualify for a loan is $750,000 (excluding taxes and fees).

• After five years, buyers can either repay their loan or enter into monthly payments at current interest rates.

• Loans through the program are due after 25 years.

“This program will boost sales to first-time home buyers. Without question, they’ll take advantage of it wherever they can,” said Helmut Pastrick, Central 1 Credit Union chief economist.

The province estimates this initiative will help at least 42,000 buyers or households province-wide over the next three years. About half of these buyers will be in the Lower Mainland, according to Pastrick.

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NOVEMBER 2015 SETS SECOND HIGHEST RESIDENTIAL SALES ON RECORD!

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Home sales reached near record levels in November even as home listings began the traditional year-end decline. “November is typically one of the quietest months of the year in our housing market, but not this year,” Darcy McLeod, REBGV president said. “The ratio of sales to home’s available for sale reached 44 per cent in November, which is the highest it’s been in our market in nine years.”

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January Giveaway

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With the New Year comes the chance to make some changes, maybe even to your home! Some of the best changes can come with a visit to your localHomeSense or IKEA! We have a $50 giftcard to Giveaway, and you can WIN it in one of three ways!

1. Facebook

Visit my Facebook Page  and like the post that is pinned to the top of the page.

2. Twitter

Follow me on Twitter and send me a tweet that describes where your dream home is located

3. Instagram

Follow me on Instragram and tag a friend who’s style (home or otherwise) you admire in this post 

Houzz Presents: 10 Ways to Boost Home Resale Value

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Learn what buyers want, then start early (so you can enjoy your hard work before you sell) and small (to avoid excessive spending) for the best possible results. These 10 home improvement projects make smart use of your time and resources.

With real estate prices not what they once were, to put it mildly, it’s only natural for homeowners preparing to sell to be thinking of ways to up their home’s value. But it simply doesn’t make sense to throw money into a big remodeling project that won’t end up netting a higher sale price in the end. What’s a homeowner to do?

Learn what buyers want, then start early (so you can enjoy your hard work before you sell) and small (to avoid excessive spending) for the best possible results. These 10 home improvement projects make smart use of your time and resources.