#Industry News

The real estate market is in a constant state of change. New laws are created, rules and regulations evolve, and the way that we do business in this industry can transform in an instant.

Stay in the know with important news and updates.


August 2, 2019 • 5 min read

Home rebate and refund options in British Columbia


Whether you’re looking to do home renovations, construct, or buy a new home, rebates could become your best friend. Before you start a project, be sure to understand what home rebates you might be eligible for and how you can apply for...

June 25, 2019 • 6 min read

Short-term vacation rental rules in the B.C. Interior


With all the new changes around short-term vacation rentals – also known as STVRs in the industry – figuring out what’s permitted and what’s not can be confusing. But that’s just the beginning. Once you have established...

April 11, 2019 • 4 min read

Infill Housing in Kelowna What are my options if I'm in an RU7 zone?


In 2017, the City of Kelowna formed a plan to densify housing in the downtown area to encourage an increase of affordable housing options in the downtown area and limit urban sprawl. In order to do so, the City created the Infill Challenge,...

March 7, 2019 • 6 min read

Rules for a secondary suite in the B.C. Interior


Nowadays it is not uncommon for homeowners to subsidize their mortgage payments by constructing and leasing out a secondary suite in their home. While becoming a landlord and dealing with tenants will have its own benefits and challenges, there...

January 30, 2019 • 4 min read

What is B.C.’s mortgage stress test, and how does it affect me?


It is important to know what you can safely afford when you are shopping for a house — what your limit is and how you can plan for the future. With interest rates expected to increase, you do not want to find yourself trapped in a mortgage...

January 30, 2019 • 6 min read

What to know before operating a rental property in the B.C. Interior


Thinking of purchasing a secondary residence to use as a rental property? Owning and operating a rental property is a long-term investment that requires dedication. It is important to understand the benefits, risks, and responsibilities of...

January 30, 2019 • 4 min read

2019 real estate predictions for the Southern B.C. Interior


The housing market is influenced by many different factors. For the most part, like any other market, it all comes down to supply and demand. Various factors play a role in influencing the supply and demand of the housing market, including...

January 4, 2019 • 5 min read

The effect of the ban on limited dual agency on buyers and sellers in B.C.


On June 15th, 2018 B.C.’s Superintendent of Real Estate introduced a new rule that concerns real estate transactions.. You may have heard chatter about the new ban on limited dual agency as it has a significant impact on the way real estate...

December 14, 2018 • 6 min read

Does the Speculation Tax support affordable housing in Kelowna and West Kelowna?


The speculation tax has been a notable topic of debate for the last several months for many, including REALTORS®, homebuyers, homeowners, renters, local businesses, and municipal governments of areas targeted for the tax, including Kelowna...

December 5, 2018 • 5 min read

What to know before growing cannabis in your home


With the recent legalization of cannabis, it’s important to understand how it could affect one of the biggest investments in your life: your home. Before you attempt to grow cannabis in your home, or consider purchasing a home that was...


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