30 Days Left To Claim Your $10,000

This is going to sound like a pitch – but I promise there are no balloons, streamers, or wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube men here. If you’re a first-time buyer, there has never been a better time to buy a new home…

New Canadian Mortgage Qualification Rules Announced Today

Following a couple months of speculation, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty brought in some new regulations designed to tighten up lending practices and cool off the housing market in Canada. The government didn’t go so far as to reduce maximum amortization from 35 to 30 years, or increase minimum down payment requirements higher than 5%, butContinue reading “New Canadian Mortgage Qualification Rules Announced Today”

BC Government Funds Sooke Spirit Square at Ed MacGregor Park

As I was driving home from Victoria this afternoon I passed by Ed MacGregor Park as I usually do, and noticed another large BC Government “we done spent some money here, looky!” sign. I thought at first it was the sign announcing their funding of the waterfront boardwalk from earlier this year, but as IContinue reading “BC Government Funds Sooke Spirit Square at Ed MacGregor Park”

Get Ready For The Homeless in Beacon Hill Park [Video]

http://www.viddler.com/player/7b5dc2f6/ http://inplay.tubemogul.com/ipembed?v=1&site=23&uid=348304&vid=7b5dc2f6&key=7b5dc2f6 Today the Supreme Court of British Columbia handed down a ruling that declared that the City of Victoria’s bylaw against homeless tent cities in city parks was unconstitutional because it violates their Charter rights. This precedent setting ruling has some very interesting consequences for cities across the country, and it should be veryContinue reading “Get Ready For The Homeless in Beacon Hill Park [Video]”

Provincial Transportation Spending Plan Announced

Victoria area to get New RapidBus BC service from Douglas Street Corridor to Langford. The Provincial Government announced its new $14 Billion transit plan for British Columbia, some of which has been previously announced or funded. The announcement can be found here. Of particular note for Victoria and Langford/West Shore residents was the plan forContinue reading “Provincial Transportation Spending Plan Announced”

BC Increases Home Owner Threshold

Grant now available to properties over $1M The Government of British Columbia announced today that it was increasing the threshold for the Home Owner Grant program from $950,000 to $1,050,000, in accordance with its goal to ensure that 95% of homeowners in British Columbia qualify for the basic grant. British Columbia’s 2008 assessment roll, releasedContinue reading “BC Increases Home Owner Threshold”