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New 3 Day Cooling Off Period

Starting in January 2023, a new way to buy real estate will be mandator in BC. It involves a 3 day cooling off period. The recent trend to making an offer to buy residential real estate where there was no subject to financing is going to change. This will be the first of its kind in Canada and involves a 3 day cooling off period after the offer has been accepted so the buyer can back out of the deal.

Sounds simple, but wait there's more. There is a cancellation fee equal to $250 for every $1,000,000 of purchase price, so a $1M home would produce a cancellation fee of $2,500.

Once the offer is accepted the purchaser, would have 3 business days to do their due diligence such as home inspection, review of strata minutes, appraisal, financing, legal etc and if they are not happy they can cancel the deal subject to the penalty.

This is NOT what the provinces regulator not the BC Real Estate Association recommended in terms of steps to take to protect home buyers but it is what the government deemed most appropriate.



Hope you had a great weekend!

It looks like we may see some great upcoming changes to Insured mortgages in Canada!

There are plans to increase the maximum purchase price for insured mortgages (less than 20% down) mortgages from 1 million to 1.25 million which is great new for Markets like Vancouver where prices are hight and in situations where buyers may be able for a to qualify but could be short on downpayment needed for a purchase would have the option to look at an insured mortgage with a higher price point.

As this develops I will be sure to keep to keep you updated.

Bond yields have hit new highs that we have not seen since Feb 2020 and this is certainly going to put pressure on fixed rates to increase shortly, I have heard some lenders will be announcing rate increases overnight or over the coming days unless bond yields go back down shortly.

Given where bond yields are now, I suggest any clients you are currently working with who may not have a pre approval/rate hold currently that they do so ASAP!

Have a great week.


Chad Dreyer
Mortgage Consultant 

FSCO License: M21000565


Well as we all saw nothing much changed with last months Federal election, however the Liberals now have a fresh slate of policies for housing with hopes of sustainability and assisting first time buyers.

Here is a summary of their key housing promises:

Housing Supply

The Liberals plan to build, preserve or repair 1.4 million new homes if the next 4 years, they plan to do so through the following initiatives:

  • Housing accelerator fund
    • Invest $4 billion in a housing accelerator fund to build 100,000 new middle-class homes by 2024/2025
  • $2.7 billion for the National Housing Co-Investment Fund
  • $600 million for office and retail space conversion to housing
  • A temporary ban on foreign ownership
    • Foreign citizens would be barred from purchasing Canadian housing for the next 2 years, unless its proven to be for future employment or immigration within the proceeding 2 years
  • Anti-Flipping Tax
    • Applicable to properties sold within 12 months of purchase 

Mortgage Qualification Policies 

  • Changes to the First-Times Home Buyers Incentive 
    • Under the new plan participants could choose between the previous shared equity arrangement or now opt instead for a loan that is repayable only at time of sale 
  • Increase mortgage insurance eligibility cap to $1.25 million 
    • This is an increase from the current $1 million
  • Reduce CMHC insurance premiums for new buyers by 25%

Financial Assistance 

  • Tax-Free Home Savings Account
    • This allows Canadians under 40 to save up to $40,000 towards their first purchase, the money can withdrawn tax-free with no repayment requirement
  • $1 billion for rent to own projects 
  • Multi-generational home renovations tax credit 
    • Provide a 15% tax credit of up to $50,000 for homeowners who add a secondary unit to their home for the use of immediate or extended family
  • Double the First-Time Buyer Tax Credit from $10,000 from $5,000

There is definitely a lot of work here with everything the Liberals have proposed above and as we know by the time these come to law they could look much different that proposed above.

I will continue to monitor these and update you if any policy changes are announced.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out!


Chad Dreyer
Mortgage Consultant 

FSCO License: M21000565

New World of Real Estate and what to expect when Buying & Selling

This year started off with so much promise for a busy real estate market......then came Covid -19. Along with all of this, there has been big changes in how we sell Real Estate to keep our clients and our families safe.

As of May 5, 2015 there were 4,477,351 Total cases Globally and 303,389 Deaths

As of May 14/20  2392 Cases Covid-19 case in BC and 3 more deaths for a Total of 135 Deaths

Our world as we know it has changed.... I know you know that but did you know how It has changed in our Real Estate Market?

What Buyers & Sellers can expect in today's market. The Main Focus is SAFETY for everyone.

  • First Open Houses have been cancelled. It is possible as summer nears we may reopen for open houses with limited numbers and social distancing.
  • Buyers may need to provide a letter of approval from their mortgage brokers before working with an agent and viewing homes
  • Before requesting a viewing the Buyer's agent and Buyer must do a drive by and check out the neighborhood and surrounding areas and have viewed all the documents and media on the property as well.
Industry wide, we saw showings per buyer go down drastically, as buyers began honing in on what they really want before stepping foot inside a listing.

  • Facetime videos calls can also be done with the just the Listing agent and Buyer's agent.
  • Prior to a buyer entering into a home they can expect to be subject to Health screening precautions suggest by the Real Estate Board. Such as;
  1. Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever/feverish, new or existing cough and difficulty breathing?
  2. Have you or anyone in your family travelled outside of BC or Canada within the last 14 days? If so you would have to self isolate for 14 days.
  3. Have you had close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case?
  4. Have you had close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness who has been outside of BC or Canada in the last 14 days?
If Buyers refuses to answer or answers yes it is presumable the Seller and or the Seller's agent will politely ask the buyers to come back on another day for everyone's safety. 

  • Everyone must wear gloves and a mask and asked not to touch anything inside the
  • home  including the counter tops and furniture.
  • Sellers are asked to turn on all lights, open all doors and cupboards and closets prior to showings.
  • Sellers are advised to do a thorough cleaning and sanitizing prior and after a showing.
  • All buyers with signing authority need to be present for 1st viewing
  • It is suggested to leave kids home.


With all the pent-up demand we do expect a dramatic increase in the real estate sales and purchases by the final quarter of this 2020.

It is suggested it will take about 3 years for the overall economy to adjust. Time will tell.

It is suggested the second quarter of 2020 will be the bottom of our recession.

Home prices have stayed fairly level with slight increases but we may start seeing pricing moving upward as 1/3 of Canadians are continually looking to buy. With all the pent-up demand and low interest rates this will probably keep prices from falling drastically. 

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