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Municipal Elections Present Housing Opportunity

The municipal elections created significant changes in some communities and others stayed the course. Langford voters maintained their reputation for efficiency and housing affordability by returning Stew Young and his council. They bring both common sense and innovation to their municipality which is a big part of the reason Langford posts almost 50% of the […]

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One Vote Can Make the Difference

Municipal Elections are Saturday, Oct 20 and voters have two responsibilities – become familiar with the candidates and vote. Some voters may feel overwhelmed learning the views of a dozen or more mayor and council candidates. But even voting for a single candidate representing your concerns can make a big difference in how our communities […]

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CARE Awards Celebrates Projects and People

Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast design and construction recently celebrated their projects at the 2018 CARE Awards. Project of the Year – Single Family was awarded to Christopher Developments Inc for Beachside. Project of the Year – Multi-Family was presented to Mike Geric Construction for Travino Landing. People’s Choice Award went to Clarkston Construction […]

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CARE Awards Celebrate Canada’s Leaders in West Coast Home Construction

VICTORIA – Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast home design and construction were celebrated at the 2018 Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards of Vancouver Island on Saturday, September 29 at the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Sixty awards were presented at the 27th annual event attended by 300 builders, renovators, designers, trades, suppliers. The […]

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Advancing Energy Efficiency in New Construction – Seminar

VRBA is holding an energy efficiency seminar the morning of Tuesday Oct 16 at the Hotel Grand Pacific. We strongly support education and training so the seminar is free for one person per VRBA member company. However, there are  limited seats available.  This seminar has been approved by BC Housing, Licensing and Consumer Services for 3 […]

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Radon and Step Code – A Perfect Storm

It is important to be aware of new developments in potential radon gas exposure as some municipalities consider adopting the Step Code and tightening homes through their bylaws. Very energy efficient homes tend to draw in more radon gas. According to Health Canada, radon gas is responsible for 16 per cent of lung cancers in […]

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Vote For 2018 People’s Choice Award

The 2018 CARE Awards Finalists have been announced and you can help choose the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Beautifully crafted homes, kitchens, bathrooms and more can be viewed at the People’s Choice Award Contest display at Hillside Centre, Aug 27-Sept 9 and online at careawards.ca. Vote for your favourite project and enter to […]

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BC Govt Housing Policies Challenged at UBCM

Local govts are challenging the BC govt’s Speculation Tax and other housing policies at the Union of BC Municipalities convention (UBCM) Sept 10-14 in Whistler. Resolutions by Langford, CRD, Nanaimo, Oak Bay, and Lower Mainland Local Govt Association are asking for opting out, postponement or changes to the Speculation Tax, revealing the province’s lack of […]

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Weaver Pursues Housing Scapegoats

Re: the story on Andrew Weaver, BC Green Party Leader  calling for a ban on foreign buyers. CMHC has consistently said foreign buyers are not a big influence in the market. They represent between 4% to 5 %.  Andrew Weaver is just another BC politician claiming more expertise about housing than those building & selling […]

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CMHC Report Reveals Housing Challenges

A more accurate picture of Victoria’s housing market recently emerged from CMHC’s new Housing Market Assessment report. It says Greater Victoria has shifted into overvaluation territory, however, they note the calculation includes carrying costs – “a key determinant for affordability.” The report reveals the new stress test (MQR-mortgage qualifying rate) and rising interest rates are having […]

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