What the 2020 BC Real Estate Assessment Report is Telling You. BC Assessed Values Leave Homeowners, Buyers and Sellers with Questions

What the 2020 BC Real Estate Assessment Report is Telling You. BC Assessed Values Leave Homeowners, Buyers and Sellers with Questions
By Catherine Musgrove Jan 15, 2020


What Does it Mean for Current Homeowners?
It is natural to be concerned with decreases in assessed property values, your home is not worth as much you might have paid for it, or you may not get the return on investment you hoped. Your property assessment may not affect your market value.

Homeowners may also wonder if it will affect their ability to renew their mortgages if they owe more than their home’s current assessed value. Rest assured, in most cases, mortgage renewal should not be an issue. If you are renewing with the same lender and your credit standing has not deteriorated, then the process should be smooth.

The challenge may arise if you are changing lenders, trying to access more funds, suffer from poor credit, or trying to negotiate a new mortgage. If it is a straightforward renewal, don’t worry, you won’t be kicked out of your home because the assessed value has decreased.

Overall, the housing marketing across BC remains moderate, and Real Estate Agents are already anticipating a busy spring as buyers and sellers negotiate their dream home. Be aware of the assessment and what it means to your community, look at what you can afford, and then negotiate based on the market value for your neighbourhood.



Curious What Your Home is Worth? I would love to hear from you…give me a call to discuss your properties value and options.

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BC Assessed Values Leave Homeowners, Buyers and Sellers with Questions

What the 2020 BC Real Estate Assessment Report is Telling You
BC Assessed Values Leave Homeowners, Buyers and Sellers with Questions

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Secondary rental suites to be allowed in most Chilliwack neighbourhoods

New zoning and secondary suites policy for Chilliwack cap off more than a year of study.

Secondary suites will now be permitted in most Chilliwack neighbourhoods dominated by single family detached homes.

The unanimous council vote Tuesday at city hall capped off more than a year of in-depth study on secondary suites, with the urgent goal of creating more affordable housing for Chilliwack.

“We are hopeful that these zoning amendments will ease some of the pressure on Chilliwack’s housing supply,” said Mayor Sharon Gaetz.


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Secondary rental suites to be allowed in most Chilliwack neighbourhoods



What will happen if the proposed quarry is approved in Harrison Hot Springs?

Harrison Hot Springs residents are worried a rock quarry proposed for a nearby mountainside will keep visitors away.

More than 1,500 people have signed a petition asking the Ministry of Mines to turn down an application by TC Merritt Valley Farms to remove about 120,000 tonnes of sand and gravel each year from a seven-hectare site near the highway into the popular tourism destination.

Dust and noise from blasting and crushing are a concern, as well as the environmental impact on a stream at the base of the proposed quarry, which drains into the Miami River.

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Cutie Lakeside Cabin 66506 Summer Road Kawkawa Lake Hope BC, Canada

•  870 sq. ft., 1 bath, 2 bdrm 1 1/2 story – $285,000. GET YOUR R&R HERE!

Hope BC Real Estate Kawkawa Lake Cabin For Sale
Cutie Lakeside Cabin For Sale Kawkawa Lake

This Cutie Kawkawa Lakeside 2 Bdrm + Loft A-Frame Cabin set on 56×136 Lot Boasts RUSTIC CHARM with wood accents, high vaulted ceilings and tall windows. Attached heated and insulated workshop doubling as a den.

Perfect Weekend /Holiday Getaway or Cozy Year Round Living! Wonderful picturesque setting with Majestic Mountain views from the front & back decks. Lovely Peter Ryan tree carving in the LARGE BACKYARD with fruit trees, garden and creek backing onto nature. What a picturesque setting minutes walk to the LAKE! Where watercraft fun and boat launch awaits. Needs some TLC. Hope offers an abundance of year round recreation, shopping, pool and hospital.

Year Round Recreation! Fishing, boating canoeing and awesome mountain nature setting
Year Round Recreation!
Fishing, boating canoeing and awesome mountain nature setting


between the Coast Mountain Range and the Cascade Mountain Range, this hub of southern BC highways makes Hope a readily accessible destination from which to explore some of the most beautiful and dramatic BC wilderness. Within a half hour drive, there are awe-inspiring desert canyons, vast stands of coastal rainforest, rugged snow capped mountains, expansive alpine meadows and fast-flowing rivers.

Kawkawa Lake is home to one of the most unique fisheries in the Upper Fraser Valley. Some of the fish include: Largescale Sucker, Northern Squawfish, Peamouth Chub, Prickly Sculpin, Redside Shiner, Threespine Stickleback, Lake Chub, Goldfish, Aleutian Sculpin, Crayfish, Painted Turtles. The lake is often busy with campers and swimmers during the summer, but is easily accessible. There is paved access to a boat launch, picnic sites and toilets located in the bay area on the south shoreline. There is a seasonal closure on Kawkawa Lake from Dec 1–Feb 28. Coordinates: N49°22.57′ W121°24.00′

There are several provincial parks near Hope, BC. All are scenic and easily accessible. Some include Coquihalla Canyon, E.C. Manning, Silver Lake and Skagit Valley. If you prefer staying closer to town, visit Hope’s Memorial Park on Wallace Street or Kawkawa Lake just off of Kawkawa Lake Road. Learn more about our parks by visiting the Local & Provincial Parks page.

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Kawkawa Lake Real Estate Homes for sale in Hope BC

Retire Here! Double Wide backing nature #15-7610 Evans Road Sardis $125,000

Retire Here! Double Wide backing nature #15-7610 Evans Road Sardis  $125,000
Cul-de-sac Location & Backs Nature   1,300 sq. ft., 2 bath, 2 bdrm Double Wide Mobile

Drop by the **OPEN HOUSE** NOVEMBER 13th 2016 11-12:30 or Call Today

– Don’t Delay Viewing this Tidy 1981 Double Wide Home. Spacious 1300sf layout and TOP LOCATION, Tucked at the back of the cul-de-sac of this desirable 55+ retirement complex with RV Parking /Clubhouse.

Large Living & Din. Rm w/ huge windows, vaulted ceilings, a/c unit and wood beam accents, Open functional kitchen with wi pantry closet. Master Bedroom has big closets and large ensuite that includes sep. shower and soaker tub. The 2nd bedroom has access to 4 piece cheater suite, always a nice convenience.

double-wide-mobile-sardis-chilliwack-real-estateThe Family room leads to good sized deck with awning to enjoy year round, fully fenced yard, shed and hot tub that overlooks nature setting and trees.

Roof approx 5 years old, furnace recently serviced + 5 appls stay. CAN BE SOLD PARTIALLY FURNISHED TOO! PRIME SARDIS AREA, doctors, grocery stores, Chilliwack Malls, theatre & restaurants all close by, walk the Luckakuck Creek Trail & bus stop is at the road.

1 Pet okay up to 15 inches to shoulder and max 15 pounds.
Pad rental $547 includes water & sewer, snow removal and on-site manager. 65+ taxes are $100 per year Manager approval required. For a copy of the rules of the Cottonwood complex please email shannonbsells@gamil.com
or Give me a call 604-795-1081

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How Much Home Can You Afford Under the New “Stress Test” Financing Qualification Rules

How Much Home Can You Afford Under New Mortgage Rules?

Useful chart by Canada’s biggest mortgage brokerage breaks down what you can get under new “stress test” financing qualification rules announced by the federal government



October 13, 2016
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How Much Can You Afford

We love this super-useful chart by mortgage brokerage Dominion Lending Centres, which outlines how much you can get under the Bank of Canada’s posted interest rate (currently 4.64 per cent). This is the rate you’ll need to qualify under, if you have less than 20 per cent to put down, even though your contracted mortgage interest rate (what you’ll actually pay) will likely be much lower.

To use the chart, just select your household income from the column on the left. This is immediately followed to the right by how much that particular income would expect to qualify for under a rate of 4.64 per cent, in terms of a total mortgage balance (assuming a 25-year amortization). Tracing the line further right, you can see the total cost of the home you could afford under that new “stress test” rate, depending on your down payment percentage and amount.



What is it?

Currently insured mortgages with a term of less than 5 years, and/or a variable rate mortgage had to qualify on the Bank Of Canada (B.O.C) rate.

Under the new Department of Finance regulations, all insured mortgages, regardless of term (fixed or variable) will now have to qualify on the B.O.C rate.

How does this affect a home buyer with less than 20% down payment?

The biggest effect will be on the amount that the home buyer will be able to qualify for. Previously, the five year fixed qualified at the lender contract rate. Now, the home buyer must qualify at the Bank of Canada Rate.

Previously, for example, a five year fixed mortgage at 2.39% rate, was qualified at a 2.39% rate, under the new rules a five year fixed rate mortgage at 2.39% must be “stress tested” by qualifying at the B.O.C posted rate (Currently 4.64%)


The Royal LePage National House Price Composite -Canada’s Housing Market Continues to Expand in Third Quarter in the Face of Regulatory Headwinds

Canada’s Housing Market Continues to Expand in Third Quarter in the Face of Regulatory Headwinds

In a tepid economy, the healthy real estate sector attracts taxation and regulation 

The Royal LePage National House Price Composite, compiled from proprietary property data in 53 of the nation’s largest real estate markets, showed that the price[2] of a home in Canada increased 12.0 per cent year-over-year to $545,414 in the third quarter of 2016.  The price of a two-storey home rose 13.7 per cent year-over-year to $649,635, and the price of a bungalow increased 11.0 per cent to $459,481. During the same period, the price of a condominium increased 5.8 per cent to $360,679.

“In what may be a final hurrah for this expansionary cycle, Greater Vancouver posted another quarter of unsustainably high price appreciation,” said Phil Soper, president and chief executive officer, Royal LePage. “Our widely followed house price composite showed that the median value of homes in the tiny West Vancouver suburb increased by nearly forty per cent – or an astonishing million dollars – year-over-year. That said, relief appears to be on the way. For months, the number of homes trading hands has been slowing on eroding affordability. And, slower sales volumes lead to moderating prices.”

“Nationally, our real estate markets remain healthy, with home values showing modest to strong (yet rational) price appreciation in almost every Canadian city,” Soper continued. “Even in the hardest hit oil patch regions, prices have held up well, with small single-digit declines, year-over-year.”

On October 3, 2016, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced new measures specifically designed to cool the country’s housing market and curtail foreign buying activity. These measures are meant to bring consistency to mortgage insurance rules by standardizing eligibility for high- and low-ratio insured mortgages, expanding stress tests, and improving tax fairness by removing the ability of non-residents to claim capital gain exemptions, which are only applicable to properties identified as principal residences.

“Consumer confidence suffered a direct hit when the federal government introduced new, more restrictive regulations in early October,” said Soper. “While it is too early to say definitively, it appears Canadian homebuyers are adjusting quickly, and that fears of a hard correction were unwarranted. While the changes are significant, major lenders may already be using similar criteria when writing mortgages in sensitive regions like Alberta and B.C., so the additional drag on the market resulting from the new legislation won’t be as great as it appears on the surface.”

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Open House in Harrison Hot Springs Saturday October 8th 511 Cottonwood Ave

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– We invite everyone to visit our open house at 511 Cottonwood Ave on October 8 from 11:00 AM to 14:30 PM.

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Kawkawa Lake Hope BC


•  900 sq. ft., 1 bath, 2 bdrm ranch – $395,000. KAWKAWA LAKESIDE SETTING


YOU’LL LOVE ESCAPING the HUSTLE & BUSTLE of the City…to this SWEET RETREAT LAKESIDE Beautifully Fully RENOVATED CABIN! Absolutely Picturesque Setting backing acreage nestled amongst mature trees and nature. Listen to the birds and sound of the delightful babbling creek from your wrap around porch and EXTRA LARGE DECK.

There’s a Perfect Blend of Modern Finishings ‘Comfy Cozy & Cabin Chic’ with 900sf, 2 Bedrooms and KIDS LOFT / STORAGE AREA. Extensive Updates with Attention to Detail INSIDE & OUT…RUSTIC CHARM and Great design appeal with cedar accents, open wood beams, soaring vaulted ceilings & abundance of tall windows to flood the home with natural light!

Be the First to Cook in the GORGEOUS BRAND NEW Large Kitchen, Decked Out with Quality Cabinetry, Deep Roll-Outs, Granite Countertops, Under Counter Lighting, Stylish Tile Backsplash and Stainless Steel Appliances. Ohhh La La Bathroom boasts a lovely vanity with double sinks and granite countertop PLUS awesome new soaker tub.

****ALL NEW**** Windows & Flooring including Extensive Engineered Hardwood + Tile

****ALL NEW**** Lighting, Interior Paint, Woodwork, Hot Water Tank, Water Treatment System

****ALL NEW**** Fridgeiair (6) Appliances, Baseboard Heaters, Support Posts + Insulation under home

Loads of parking for RV/Boat.

Only 1 block from watercraft fun and boat launch on beautiful Kawkawa Lake. Minutes to shopping, hospital and Recreation facilities

Give me a ring for more details!

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