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Best of the Season from VRBA

CMHC recently announced year-to-date housing starts for Greater Victoria and we are again in record-setting territory. During the first 11 months of 2018, our region posted 3,498 new homes, numbers not seen since the 1970’s.  Langford is setting the pace at 1,633 units or about 47% of all new homes, and of these 1,198 are […]

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Figures Don’t Lie…But Some Politicians Can Figure

The latest CMHC  report reveals that while 53% of new housing is rental 65% of that number is in 1 municipality–Langford. Langford posted 1,198 new rentals while Saanich is at 122 & Victoria posted only 162 year-to-date, both declines from last year. Excluding Langford, the entire CRD posted only 648 new rentals. The numbers clearly […]

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Letters to Saanich Council re: Step Code Challenges

The municipalities of Saanich, Oak Bay, Victoria, Central Saanich and North Saanich are adopting the ill-advised Step Code bylaw increasing the energy efficiency of new homes before the National Building Code undertakes its diligence and public review anticipated in Fall 2019. Langford, the most efficient municipality offering the largest number of energy efficient homes will […]

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Prepare for 2019 at VRBA Crystal Ball

Are you ready for 2019? Hear from experts at VRBA’s Crystal Ball Housing Forecast, Tuesday, January 15 from 6 pm to 9:30 pm (includes dinner) at the Royal Colwood Golf Club. Speakers include: Kyle Kerr, Past President, Victoria Real Estate Board Cameron Muir, Chief Economist, BC Real Estate Association Braden Batch, Senior Analyst-Economics, Canada Mortgage […]

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“Tis the Season for Giving

In good and tough economic times, there are always those in need. During the holiday season VRBA supports fundraisers to make a difference in our community. One such event is the Festival of Trees for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation helping children benefit from research and critical care equipment. Every year, organizations throughout Victoria, including […]

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Try VRBA Expression of Interest

Thinking of building a new home or renovating? Try our online Expression of Interest making it easy to get quotes from VRBA’s professional contractors.   Visit vrba.ca/hire-a-vrba-member and fill out the form which is forwarded to members. There is no cost or obligation.  Our Expression of Interest puts your project in front of Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction.  […]

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No Public Review For Seismic Changes to Building Code

VRBA recently inquired about significant changes to seismic reinforcement for Part 9 housing (single family, duplexes, etc) and discovered the changes were not included in the public review for the National Building Code, nor were they included in the recent public review for the BC Building Code. These changes come into effect December 10, 2018 […]

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Beware Asbestos in Home Renovations

Considering a renovation? Before you start, visit http://www.vrba.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/asbestos_hazards_homeowners.pdf and read the online brochure on asbestos often found in older homes. This is important information to protect your family and workers. Our advice is to hire professional contractors, which is also the advice of BC’s Ministry of Environment. You will receive competitive quotes for your renovation […]

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Report on 2019 Budget Consultation Outlines VRBA Concerns

VRBA’s presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services received considerable mention in their report on the 2019 Budget Consultation. Page 48 of the Housing section says: “Working with Municipalities Additional suggestions for facilitating construction of more housing related to working with municipalities with respect to the permitting process. The Victoria Residential Builders […]

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A Great Team Building Our Community

As 2018/19 President, it is a pleasure to be part of an outstanding team, building our community. I want to thank Todd Halaburda, Past President for all of his hard work during the year. I look forward to continuing to work with Todd and this year’s Board of Directors: First Vice-President: Kyle Ryan, Abstract Developments […]

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