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VRBA Announces New Board of Directors and Award Winners

The Victoria Residential Builders Association announced the 2019/20 Board of Directors at their AGM on November 13, 2020 at the Gorge Vale Golf Club. The event speaker was Jim Baker, Senior Analyst, BC Building and Safety Standards on upcoming changes to the National and BC Building Codes. The new Board is represented by: President: Kyle […]

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Thank You T-C Readers

 In my final week as VRBA President, I want to thank Times Colonist readers for reading this regular column. I hope you enjoyed our CARE Awards magazine delivered in the T-C Oct 26 celebrating VRBA’s leaders in sustainable home design and construction. You can still view the projects at www.careawards.ca. VRBA is also the professional […]

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Housing Starts Decline, Costs Increase, While Many CRD Councils Fiddle

CMHC’s latest numbers show overall -11% decline in housing starts ytd from 3256 Jan – Oct 2018 to 2896 Jan – Oct 2019 in the CRD. Major declines: Saanich-50%; Central Saanich -68%; Oak Bay-75%; View Royal -85%. Victoria Real Estate Board stats reveal the price of the core’s single detached homes increased in the past […]

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Reno Tax Credit Needed for Seismic Safety

Last week, was the annual Great BC Shakeout Day teaching residents to Drop, Cover and Hold On! These annual reminders are important, especially for school children that must become accustomed to living in an earthquake zone, despite the appearance of little seismic activity. There are hundreds of tremors and small earthquakes annually in our region […]

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Fast Growing Canada Needs Housing

To understand rising home prices, it’s important to appreciate that Canada is undergoing some of the fastest population growth in our history. Statistics Canada reports the country’s rate of growth is twice as fast as that of the U.S. and U.K. Canada’s population hit 37,589,262 on July 1, 2019, up 531,497 compared with July 1, […]

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2019 CARE Awards Celebrate Projects and People

Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction recently celebrated their projects at the 2019 CARE Awards.  Project of the Year – Single Family was awarded to Falcon Heights Contracting, Ryan Hoyt Designs and Mari Kushino Design for Elements.  Project of the Year-Multi-Family went to McLaren Properties for Seahaven. The popular People’s Choice Award […]

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CARE Awards Showcase Leaders in West Coast Home Construction

CARE AWARDS SHOWCASE LEADERS IN WEST COAST HOME CONSTRUCTION VICTORIA – Leading projects in sustainable West Coast home design and construction were showcased at the 2019 Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards of Vancouver Island on Saturday, September 21 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. More than 50 awards were presented at the 28th […]

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High Housing Costs Linked to UBCM Policies

UBCM’s focus on local municipal autonomy influencing provincial policy, is significantly responsible for a lack of regional planning, poor infrastructure like LRT, and unaffordable housing. The resolutions this week at their convention in Vancouver include B3 Local Autonomy; C18 Extension of Vacancy Tax; and resolutions C19 to C23 significantly increasing the ability to expand DCC […]

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Prices Decline, Rezonings Necessary to Maintain Supply

Issue 19-128 Price of New Housing BC Stats August 9, 2019 Relative to the same month of 2018, the cost of new housing in B.C.’s three largest cities continued to decline in June of 2019. Home builders in Victoria received 1.8% less for their projects, and Vancouver’s housing price index was down 1.2%. The decline […]

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Saanich Proposal Adds More Costs to Market Housing

On Monday, August 12, Saanich proposes to futher encumber market housing projects by sending them to the back of the line over government funded and/or subsidized projects. These projects are subsidized by market housing via housing affordability funds, Property Transfer Tax, GST and more. For decades Saanich has had one of the most obstructive, costly […]

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