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This week 5-year bond yields have reached a three month high.  As a result we may see a 5-10 bps bump in 5-year fixed mortgages.

If you are thinking of purchasing a home be sure to contact a mortgage professional to lock in your rate in anticipation of this change.  If you are in need of  a mortgage professional we would be happy to introduce you a member of our team.

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Please visit our Open House at 1220 2012 FULLERTON AVE in North Vancouver.
OPEN HOUSE: Sun 2-4pm

WE HAVE THE WOW FACTOR! Dare to compare this 701 sq/ft one bedroom to an UPSCALE NEW YORK STYLE CONDO! Completely redesigned to the highest standards with a serene mountain view from the large balcony, state of the art gourmet kitchen boasting a custom designed countertop of Spanish porcelain in 24" x 24" tiles, a gorgeous red glass backsplash, stainless steel appliances, all new sandblasted privacy glass closets, unbelievable spa-like bathroom with a wall mount faucet over a top-mount porcelain sink, and a custom designed bathtub with a rain shower head. To top it all off, we have award winning gardens, 24 hour gated security, superbly appointed exercise room, complete with pool, hot tub & sauna all within minutes to Lions Gate Bridge, Park Royal shopping, seawall & hiking trails. Building has undergone plumbing, common area upgrades, elevator rebuilt & new roof....

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The Bank of Canada once again opted to leave its overnight target rate at 1 per cent.  This means no change to rates for those of you on variable rate mortgages.  Unless inflation unexpectedly takes off, we are unlikely to see these rates increase in 2013.

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The new ReStore  for HABITAT for Humanity had the Grand Opening this evening in North Vancouver.  We were honoured to have Alan Nixon our Councillor for the District of North Vancouver participate in the Ribbon Cutting!

 

ReStores sell new and used high-quality building supplies, appliances and renovation materials.  You will save money, protect the environment and help families in need. Proceeds from the ReStores go towards Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, a nonprofit organization that builds affordable homes for sale to low-income working families in the Lower Mainland.  The stores are staffed by volunteers and stocked by community donors. I have volunteered to work in the store, which I am quite excited about.  Come by and see what it is all about .

 

Open 9am - 5pm Monday - Saturday, and 10am - 5pm Sunday.

 

126 Harbour Avenue, corner of Dominion and Harbour  North Vancouver.  604-985-5618,...

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10 Ways Rich People Think Differently About Money.

 

Most of us believe rich people are lucky or dishonest. It doesn't occur to us that they deliberately planned to get rich and worked hard at it. Rich people see money as freedom and opportunity, not the root of all evil. Here are some other ways they're different from the rest of us (from "How Rich People Think" by Steve Siebold):

    

  1. Rich people see selfishness as a good thing. They don't feel bad about working to make themselves happy.
  2. While we wait for luck, the rich work hard to make good fortune happen.
  3. Instead of formal education, rich people acquire the specific knowledge and skills they need.
  4. While we long for "the good old days", rich people are confident enough to bet on a brighter future.
  5. We see money emotionally, but rich people see it logically. It's just a tool they use to reap a reward.
  6. While we suffer through jobs we hate, rich people follow their passion.
  7. We believe "you need money to make money"....
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Bob Rennie made a presentation last week and talked about the two markets we will have in Vancouver in the next 15 years - aging baby boomers downsizing but helping their kids and grandchildren purchase homes. We completely agree with this and have already experienced this happening with our own clients. In fact, I have personally experienced this myself (Dale speaking - not my younger partner Dan - lol).   Funny thing happened though - I downsized and I did help my children, but now I would love a bit more "room" for my grandchildren! Rennie talks about this in the attached article - we want more room - not more "rooms". 

 

Read morehttp://www.vancouversun.com/business/real-estate/Boomers+will+finance+kids+housing+purchases/8397869/story.html

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Sophie May is a spirited toddler whose story of battling neuroblastoma won her and her family the most votes in last year's RE/MAX "What Moves You?" social media contest.

Almost a year later, the family has put the contest prize money to great use. The money helped pay doctor bills and allowed Sophie's mom to take time off work to be with Sophie during her long stretches in the hospital.

At the Children's Miracle Network Hospital where Sophie's receiving treatments, kids get a bead for every tough thing they endure – whether it's blood draws, chemotherapy treatments, scans, or the nights spent away from home. Sophie has 400 of these "Beads of Courage."

She's gone through quite a bit, but as you can see in this new photo, cancer has not beaten her. Sophie will finish her current treatment by the end of June, and will be on some meds through August. The worst of her treatment will be over by the first week of July – just in time for Independence Day!

At RE/MAX, we believe...

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CMHC is offering mortgages up to 95% for new construction and purchase with improvements. This might be a good options for clients that are purchasing a new home that requires some renovations. Clients must obtain a list of improvements, along with contractor costs, estimates, invoices to support improvements prior to funding.  Although this option will not work for all our clients, we would be be happy to introduce you to a mortgage broker to discuss your financing needs.

 

 

A Purchase-Plus  Improvement
Mortgage
takes into account
the future value of a home with repairs or renovations as completed after the closing.

 

 

Example: Your realtor introduces you to a property that requires basement finishing or upgrading.

The estimated cost of the basement renovations is approx. $40,000. The current appraisal value and sale price of the home is $400,000. Instead of the standard 5% down on the $400,000 ($20,000), a Purchase-Plus Improvements Mortgage lets you place 5% down on the future value of the home ($440,000) which includes the cost of the basement renovations. The new mortgage amount would be $418,000.00 giving the client $38,000.00 for their renovations.          

 

Cost of Home:

$ 400,000

Standard Down Payment (5%)

$   20,000

   

Projected Cost of Renovations:

$   40,000

Approved Future Value:

$ 440,000

   

Total Down Payment (5%):

$   22,000

 

 

 

 

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Please visit our Open House at 1220 2012 FULLERTON AVE in North Vancouver.
OPEN HOUSE: Sat 2-4pm

WE HAVE THE WOW FACTOR! Dare to compare this 701 sq/ft one bedroom to an UPSCALE NEW YORK STYLE CONDO! Completely redesigned to the highest standards with a serene mountain view from the large balcony, state of the art gourmet kitchen boasting a custom designed countertop of Spanish porcelain in 24" x 24" tiles, a gorgeous red glass backsplash, stainless steel appliances, all new sandblasted privacy glass closets, unbelievable spa-like bathroom with a wall mount faucet over a top-mount porcelain sink, and a custom designed bathtub with a rain shower head. To top it all off, we have award winning gardens, 24 hour gated security, superbly appointed exercise room, complete with pool, hot tub & sauna all within minutes to Lions Gate Bridge, Park Royal shopping, seawall & hiking trails. Building has undergone plumbing, common area upgrades, elevator rebuilt & new roof....

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Could it really happen? An increase in mortgage rates? Apparently two small lenders have increased their fixed mortgage interest rates, with another large player warning that a potential increase is in sight.

It's important to note that these are the fixed-term mortgage rates we're talking about (not the prime rate or VRM lending rates). These are the rates that your 5 year fixed term mortgage and similar fixed terms are based on. The interest rates on these types of mortgages are set on the Government of Canada bond yields. These yields have jumped up 20 basis points over the last few days and a lot of folks believe this will affect the mortgage rates and we'll see an increase.

 

Please contact us if you would like us to refer you to a mortgage broker to hold interest rates up to 120 days while you're shopping or thinking of refinancing your property.  We would be happy to help you or answer any questions.

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