Real estate

Freddy Marks

REAL ESTATE: Home Sales Vital To Economic Recovery

Freddy Marks encourages care when implementing new taxes

Freddy Marks
Real estate for sale signs are shown in Oakville, Ont. on Saturday, Dec.1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan

CMHC sees declines in home prices, sales, starts that will linger to end of 2022

CMHC said average housing prices could fall anywhere from nine to 18 per cent in its forecast

Real estate for sale signs are shown in Oakville, Ont. on Saturday, Dec.1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Richard Buchan
A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a west-end Toronto property Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Multi-unit housing starts up in some parts of Canada in April despite COVID-19

CMHC estimates a 10.8 per cent month-over-month increase in its national seasonally adjusted annual rate

A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a west-end Toronto property Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a west-end Toronto property Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Home prices won’t recover from COVID for at least 2 years, CMHC says

Preliminary figures indicate that about one in 10 Canadian home owners have deferred mortgage payments

A real estate sold sign hangs in front of a west-end Toronto property Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
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LETTER: The importance of local grocers

C. and B. Lang Randall reply to an ALR-related letter

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LETTER: Stand strong against Teacup development

Rose Tustian of Agassiz seeks to rally residents against developing Teacup properties

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B.C. Real Estate Association calls for stop to open houses during pandemic

Association working with government to help secure relief funding for realtors

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REAL ESTATE: Face to face is now FaceTime, as tech savvy market adapted to forge forward

Real Estate columnist Freddy Marks ponders the social-distancing aspect of future real estate

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District of Kent residents and workers filled the Friendship House in Agassiz on Tuesday night. District officials heard from several residents during a tense yet civil meeting their thoughts on the proposed development of the long-contended Teacup properties outside of Agassiz’s town site. (Photo/Adam Louis)

Tensions, opinions run high during Tuesday’s Teacup meeting

Opinions on all sides aired at packed Friendship House gathering

District of Kent residents and workers filled the Friendship House in Agassiz on Tuesday night. District officials heard from several residents during a tense yet civil meeting their thoughts on the proposed development of the long-contended Teacup properties outside of Agassiz’s town site. (Photo/Adam Louis)
Lagging sales of apartments in February 2020 compares to increases in townhomes and single family homes in the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board area. (Realtor.ca)

Real estate market conditions point to a strong spring in Chilliwack and area

Boost in listings coupled with an easier mortgage ‘stress test’ could make for busy season

Lagging sales of apartments in February 2020 compares to increases in townhomes and single family homes in the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board area. (Realtor.ca)
Homes are pictured in Vancouver on April 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Ottawa to change stress test rate for insured mortgages next month

Qualifying rate will be borrower’s contract rate or weekly median 5-year fixed insured mortgage rate

Homes are pictured in Vancouver on April 16, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Rental prices for a one-bedroom unit have climbed in Kelowna in the last year (File photo)                                (Black Press Media files)

Victoria, Abbotsford record biggest jumps in rent prices nationwide: report

Toronto and Vancouver had priciest rentals in Canada

Rental prices for a one-bedroom unit have climbed in Kelowna in the last year (File photo)                                (Black Press Media files)
Real estate for sale sign. (The Canadian Press files)

CREA reports home sales up 11.5% compared with a year earlier

Home prices declined slightly in Greater Vancouver and in Prairie cities

Real estate for sale sign. (The Canadian Press files)
A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, June, 12, 2018. The Alberta Real Estate Association is providing its members with an emergency response app after a realtor was sexually assaulted at an open house in Calgary last month. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver-area home sales rebound from last year as prices inch downward

2020 began with fewer homes listed for sale than is typical for this time of year

A real estate sign is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, June, 12, 2018. The Alberta Real Estate Association is providing its members with an emergency response app after a realtor was sexually assaulted at an open house in Calgary last month. THE CANADIAN PRESS Jonathan Hayward
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REAL ESATE: B.C. markets to feel global discord in 2020

Real estate columnist Freddy Marks delivers market insight following a trip to Europe

  • Feb 2, 2020
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Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit

The best of both worlds in hotel condo

  • Dec 11, 2019
Couple’s love of Oak Bay Beach Hotel leads to purchase of strata unit
Real estate partners are a sister act

Real estate partners are a sister act

Tamara and Shannon Stone share personal and professional bonds

  • Sep 13, 2019
Real estate partners are a sister act
Claire Flewelling-Wyatt balances an active outdoor lifestyle with her property management career

Claire Flewelling-Wyatt balances an active outdoor lifestyle with her property management career

Running companions include her Australian Shepherd dogs

  • Aug 9, 2019
Claire Flewelling-Wyatt balances an active outdoor lifestyle with her property management career
Demolition and reconstruction work is underway at the former Murrayville Elementary, where the heritage school will be transformed into condos and townhomes built on the remainder of the site. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Number of homes for sale in Langley swells as prices decline

The slow market continued into May, though single family home sales stabilized somewhat

Demolition and reconstruction work is underway at the former Murrayville Elementary, where the heritage school will be transformed into condos and townhomes built on the remainder of the site. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Sooke-tacular home for Winnipeg couple

Sooke-tacular home for Winnipeg couple

Post modern industrial architecture meets nature

  • May 31, 2019
Sooke-tacular home for Winnipeg couple