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20 grants & rebates for homebuyers & owners

20 grants & rebates for homebuyers & owners 1. Federal Home Buyers’ Plan Qualifying homebuyers can withdraw up to $35,000 (couples up to $70,000) from their RRSPs for a down payment. Must repay within 15 years. Eligibility to use program a second time: home buyers who’ve experienced a breakdown in their marriage/common-law partnership and those who have repaid their RRSP.…
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Rebates for Wood Burning Appliances Available!

Rebates for Wood Burning Appliances are Available! If you are using wood burning stoves, fireplaces, or appliances, you may be eligible for a rebate when you upgrade to a low-emission appliance. In an effort to reduce harmful wood smoke, Metro Vancouver’s Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program (formerly the Wood Stove Exchange Program) is offering rebates on a first come, first…
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MLS® Home Price Index model updated to better reflect current housing trends

What is the MLS® HPI, and how do we define benchmark attributes? The MLS® HPI is a measure of home prices that provides a clearer, more accurate picture of market conditions and trends when compared to other tools like average or median prices. Modeled on the Consumer Price Index, the MLS® HPI measures the "middle-of-the-range" or "typical" home, excluding extreme…
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What’s the Disclosure form that REALTORS® are asking you to sign?

What’s the Disclosure form that REALTORS® are asking you to sign? You’re casually talking about the housing market with a REALTOR® you’re interested in working with, when the conversation shifts to your personal financial situation. The Realtor stops the conversation and politely asks you to sign a form called “Disclosure of Representation in Trading Services” (DORTS) before they can continue.…
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New initiatives for home buyers in Budget 2019

New initiatives for home buyers in Budget 2019 Federal Budget 2019 includes initiatives for first-time buyers, renters, and measures to prevent tax non-compliance and money laundering. New First-Time Home Buyer Incentive This new program allows first-time home buyers with a minimum down payment (5%) for an insured mortgage to apply to finance a portion of their home purchase through a shared…
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