Blog - Craig Doherty

Most Canadian Would Choose A Fixed-Rate Mortgage Today

(March 30, 2015)

If they were arranging a mortgage today most Canadians would opt for a fixed-rate loan rather than risk volatility with a variable deal. That’s the finding of a survey by Nielsen for CIBC, which revealed that 57 per cent would prefer to have certainty in their repayments. A similar survey last year had 48 per cent choosing a fixed-rate while in 2011 it was just 39 per cent. "The poll results confi... read more.

TD Bank CEO Plays Down Concerns over Housing Market

(March 27, 2015)

The best line from this article is "We bankers are paid to worry, so we do".  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/housing/td-chief-plays-down-concerns-over-canadas-housing-market/article23643296/

How Much You Need To Buy A House In Your City

(March 22, 2015)

I do love diagrams that make it simple http://business.financialpost.com/2015/03/20/heres-how-much-money-you-need-to-make-to-buy-a-house-in-your-city/

Two Major Banks Lower Key 5 year fixed rate

(March 21, 2015)

In what could be seen as a strategic move just on the doorstep of the busy spring market BMO and TD have reduced their key 5 year fixed rate http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/bmo-td-lower-interest-on-5-year-fixed-mortgage-to-record-low-2-79-1.2997939

North Vancouver Real Estate Market February 2015*

(March 16, 2015)

Predictably, the Spring market has arrived in full force across Vancouver, perhaps a little earlier than usual thanks in part to the tremendously mild winter we’ve been having (cherry blossoms, anyone?). 
Here’s the rundown: 
Single Family - Detached February saw a sharp increase in both inventory and sales across the entire North Shore and Vancouver’s West and East sides.North Vancouver hot pockets i... read more.

Prices are cooling everywhere except red hot Vancouver/Toronto

(March 15, 2015)

Believe it or not there are similarities between Vancouver and Toronto that support the market...both bordered by water and a greenbelt, an enormous number of people wanting to immigrate and live there. Low supply + High Demand. http://globalnews.ca/news/1880961/home-prices-are-cooling-everywhere-but-red-hot-vancouver-toronto/

Seen In My Neighbourhood...

(March 14, 2015)

I've taken a very personal approach to my real estate business. I was out yesterday walking the streets and getting to know my neighbours. That's when the most amazing stories come out. West Vancouver is cocktail of amazing immigration stories. Yesterday I met a wonderful Austrian couple and I commented on their front door. It turns out it was carved by one of Canada's most famous artists, the lat... read more.

The Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist

(March 14, 2015)

Not selling? That's cool. Where do you start to get things spruced up for Spring and Summer...https://brightnest.com/posts/the-ultimate-spring-cleaning-checklist

BC Home Sale Growth to Far Outstrip Canada's 2015 Average

(March 14, 2015)

With a population growth and Alberta suffering from a decline in oil prices this is no surprise http://www.rew.ca/news/bc-home-sale-growth-to-far-outstrip-canada-s-2015-average-crea-1.1792002

Vancouver's Housing Affordability Could Have An Aussie Solution

(March 14, 2015)

There is no right or wrong answer to this problem as most viewpoints come from a philosophical perspective. Is is philosophically inappropriate to have foreign buyers pay a premium (through Property Transfer Tax/Stamp Duty/etc) to fund social initiatives that are a consequence of the world seeing Vancouver as a desirable place to live and/or own real estate? I'll leave it to you but this article a... read more.

Investment Hot Spots

(March 13, 2015)

Check out this great tool for determining the hottest investment neighbourhoods in Canada http://www.canadianrealestatemagazine.ca/top-neighbourhoods/

RBC predicts housing market will be “buoyant” with regional diversity, 2016 will be slower

(March 13, 2015)

The housing market will continue to be “buoyant” throughout this year, but with “significant diversity” across regional markets. That’s the latest forecast from RBC Economics, which published its economic outlook yesterday. With accelerating growth in the economy in Ontario, B.C., Manitoba and Quebec, the report expects markets to benefit. However, in Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of Atlantic Ca... read more.

$51M Vancouver Mansion Sale...

(March 12, 2015)

http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Video+Biggest+residential+real+estate+sale+million+Point+Grey+mansion+sold+Chinese+business/10875379/story.html

Spring Comes Early For Hot Housing Markets - BMO

(March 11, 2015)

A report from the BMO economist Sal Guatieri suggests that the spring homebuying season is already booming inToronto and Vancouver. Data from the Toronto Real Estate Board showed sales were up 11 per cent in the year to February while prices increased eight per cent. In Vancouver sales were up 21 per cent year-over-year and prices rose 6.4 per cent. Guatieri said that the early start for those two... read more.

RBC CEO Bullish on Canadian Real Estate Market

(March 11, 2015)

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/housing/rbc-ceo-david-mckay-bullish-on-canadian-housing/article23397854/

Bank of Canada Maintains Overnight Rate - What Does it Mean for You

(March 10, 2015)

This was a succinct article I read which gives you the ability to digest the meaning from a Bank of Canada perspective http://www.rew.ca/news/bank-of-canada-maintains-overnight-rate-what-this-means-for-you-1.1781752

Amazing Townhouse in Dundarave

(March 09, 2015)

Dundarave is as hot as it comes in the West Vancouver property market. Here's a beauty that is affordable and maintenance free...turn the key and go when you're ready to travel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a27Xsf44bmo

As "Global Super Rich" buy sweet security of Vancouver homes, outrage over rising prices and accusations of racism

(March 09, 2015)

“We’re an immigrant nation. So to say that immigrants are somehow impacting the marketplace is beginning to sound suspiciously awkward to me,” Cameron Muir, chief economist with the BC Real Estate Association says...Read More

Craig Bytes March Newsletter

(March 09, 2015)

Here I go again...offering my thoughts on real estate http://eepurl.com/bgkyHX 

Chinese New Year Boosts Vancouver Real Estate Sales

(March 09, 2015)

The festive mood of Chinese New Year is continuing to linger in Vancouver’s housing market weeks after celebrations are over. 

Cory Raven, managing broker at Re/Max, says Chinese New Year heightens whichever housing trend is dominate in that year. “Any year where we have an already busy market, it seems like Chinese New Year speeds [it] up even more.”Weekly home sales continue to soar into the Year... read more.