Canada-wide First-Time Home Buyer Incentive to launch in September

The First-Time Home Buyer Incentive promised in the 2019 Federal Budget will go live on September 2, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. announced June 17. The launch will land just a few weeks before the October federal election.

The program will offer first-time Canadian home buyers an interest-free, payment-free loan, from a fund run by CMHC, matching the buyer’s down payment. This is up to five per cent of the purchase price on a resale home, or 10 per cent on a new-build or presale home.

Learn more

Free shuttle bus to run from SkyTrain to Steveston Village this summer

A free shuttle bus service in Richmond between SkyTrain’s Lansdowne Station and Steveston Village will launch just in time for the official start of summer.

On Wednesday, TransLink’s board of directors is expected to provide final approval for Tourism Richmond’s application to immediately begin a free shuttle bus service between the SkyTrain station’s parking lot and the historical Steveston area.

Continue reading

Vancouver Housing Market Shows Signs of Life

Scotiabank’s Economist’s real estate update:

Vancouver Housing Market Shows Signs of Life

  • Ahead of tomorrow’s Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) report for May 2019, we analyze conditions in the Vancouver housing market and estimate its home sales activity in that month.
  • Our preliminary seasonally-adjusted estimate of May 2019 Vancouver home sales indicates an increase of more than 25% versus April 2019, which would represent the strongest monthly climb since 1993.
  • It is too soon to tell whether that upturn would reflect the beginning of a rebound from Vancouver’s prolonged housing market slump, but we still anticipate stronger home buying activity as the year progresses.

For the full report, please reach out to Scotiabank Home Financing Advisor, Tanya Toye 604-788-8693.

Kingsgate Mall redevelopment could include student and staff housing: VSB trustee

The potential exists for a significant redevelopment of Kingsgate Mall to become a new hub of activity for Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, according to one Vancouver School Board (VSB) trustee.

Estrellita Gonzalez, is Green Party VSB trustee, who believes the large, city block-sized property at 370 East Broadway – at the southeast corner of the intersection of Broadway and Kingsway – would certainly become a prime central location with the imminent arrival of SkyTrain’s Broadway Extension over the coming years.

Learn More

These are the 6 stations of the Broadway Subway in Vancouver

This is what we know so far about the design of Vancouver’s next big rail rapid transit project.

With funding now confirmed for the so-called ‘Broadway Subway’ as part of the Mayors’ Council’s 10-year $7-billion transit expansion plan, planning on the big transit project in Vancouver is now accelerating.

The six-km-long project is not a standalone line but a seamless extension of SkyTrain’s existing Millennium Line from VCC-Clark Station, the line’s existing western terminus in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats, to Arbutus Street in the Vancouver Westside.

Learn More