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February 2012

Found 4 blog entries for February 2012.

THE B.C. FIRST-TIME NEW HOME BUYERS' BONUS Requirements to Qualify for the Bonus ELIGIBLE FIRST-TIME NEW HOME BUYER You will qualify as a first-time new home buyer if: You purchase or build an eligible new home located in B.C.; You, or for couples, you and your spouse or common law partner, have never previously owned a primary residence; You file a 2011 B.C. resident personal income tax return, or if you move to B.C. after December 31, 2011, you file a 2012 B.C. resident personal income tax return (you will not be eligible for the bonus if you move to B.C. after December 31, 2012); You are eligible for the B.C. HST New Housing Rebate; and You intend to live in the home as your primary residence. ELIGIBLE NEW HOME An eligible new home includes new homes…
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HST Threshold being raised to $850,000 effective April 1, 2012 Government announces the transition rules for the HST early The Honourable Kevin Falcon, Minister of Finance, held a press conference today in Victoria to announce transition rules for the harmonized sales tax and the affect it will have on the home building industry. Effective April 1, 2012, the threshold for new housing rebates will be increased from $525,000 to $850,000. Furthermore, this rebate will not be available for secondary homes (outside the Metro Vancouver and Capital Regional District). The Victoria Real Estate Board was present for a pre-briefing with Minister Kevin Falcon, along with other key stakeholders from BC’s housing sector in the province. Be reminded that if your…
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January showed us some signs of the market balancing with increased showings and inquiries, sales slowly increasing and interest rates so low. Optimism is growing amongst Realtors and some of their buyers as it seems that NOW is an excellent time to buy. The only way to know when we've reached the bottom of the market, is when it's going up. For the latest Victoria Real Estate market information and other helpful information for home buyers, sellers and renters click here to view The Neal Report.

Last week we hosted nearly a thousand of our RE/MAX Colleagues from across Canada and the USA for our 18th RE/MAX Hockey Draft Tournament and our 29th Western Canada Awards Conference.Last week was a blur from Sunday to Saturday starting with Superbowl Party

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VICTORIA, BC - While the average price for a single family home in Greater Victoria softened slightly (3.62%) in January 2012 when compared to January 2011, sales over the same period have increased by 9.4%. "These numbers definitely match what we have been hearing from our Members," says Carol Crabb, President of the Victoria Real Estate Board. "Showings have increased, sales are slowly increasing and there is a sense of optimism among area REALTORS®. "Buyers are still price sensitive and very aware of the market values of homes. Sellers need to be aware that average prices trending up or down may not apply to their market area. They should consult with REALTORS® regarding prices in their own neighbourhood communities." The number of active listings…
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