Author: atrina

What Is the Real Made-In Tag Of Your Home?

Find Out Where the Materials Used to Build Your Home Really Come From As global trade continues to sweep the globe, it’s becoming harder to track where goods actually come from. One item may arrive from Asia, only to be doctored here at home and resold. But our interest in supporting the local economy and environmentally-friendly materials has grown; as has our desire to prevent poor working conditions for those abroad. This has resulted in a new, more conscious homebuyer. One who wants to know what is the real made-in […]

Atrina Kouroshnia February 11, 2017 Post Comment

What Do the World’s 3 Most Expensive Cities Have in Common?

What do the world’s 3 most expensive cities have in common? This was my thought recently as I looked at pictures of Hong Kong, Sydney and Vancouver side-by-side. While there’s no denying their physical similarities, I wondered if that was where the common thread stopped? DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE CITIES According toDemographia International’s Housing Affordability Survey, Vancouver clocks in as the world’s 3rd least affordable housing market. Largely regarded as the most comprehensive comparison of metro housing affordability worldwide, it covers 367 metro markets in 9 countries. They […]

Atrina Kouroshnia February 7, 2017 Post Comment

The Truth About Your Mortgage Preapproval

If you are reading this blog, the first thing I want to tell you is this. Pre-approvals are conditional. Too many of you are treating your pre-approval as if it were written in stone. It’s not. Changes in the market and to the rules can come slowly, or, as we’ve seen more recently, in a hailstorm of provincial red tape. And you, dear reader, are powerless to stop it. In fact, the only thing you have on your side is preparedness and, well, me if I’m your broker. Let’s look […]

Atrina Kouroshnia February 3, 2017 Post Comment

The Housing History of Vancouver

How Did We Get Into This Mess?! I may not be a fortuneteller, but if you’re reading this blog I’ll bet that I know what you’re thinking right now. How did we get here? How did a once sleepy little city morph into the second most expensive housing market on planet Earth? In an article posted on the Global news website in February, they posited that The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver may in fact be the best source of historical home price data around. With their monthly reports dating […]

Atrina Kouroshnia January 31, 2017 Post Comment

Interested In Purchasing Multi-Rental Properties?

Here’s How to Find the Right Rental Property for You If you’re interested in purchasing multiple rental properties to generate income, there are a number of considerations to make first. Finding the right rental property for you often involves a healthy combination of luck, good timing, and adaptability. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Over the years I’ve had a number of clients with a surprisingly big rental portfolio. Actually, I still do. In Vancouver where many are struggling to afford their first home, even the idea of […]

Atrina Kouroshnia January 27, 2017 Post Comment

Greater Vancouver Home Assessments Are Pretty Great After All

The first month of 2017 has proven more interesting than expected. In fact, the New Year’s Eve hangover hadn’t even worn off before BC Assessment published its 2017 property value data online, spiking concern amongst property owners who discovered their homes were assessed at a much higher rate than the previous year. But not everyone believes the current assessment is an accurate reflection of their property’s worth. Proving that perhaps Greater Vancouver home assessments are not so great after all. PROPERTY VALUES LEAP INTO NEW YEAR Just days into the […]

Atrina Kouroshnia January 27, 2017 1 comment

Arrested Development: How Provincial & Community Growth Will Impact Your Future Home

There’s more than a sliver of truth to the old saying, ‘the only thing constant is change.’ As a mortgage broker, I make it a point to get this same sentiment across to my clients. Because whether you plan to buy a home in a remote area for retirement or enjoy a more suburban lifestyle, at some point provincial and community growth will impact your future home. When we buy a property we tend to see it for what it is today, but we rarely spend time assessing what it’s […]

Atrina Kouroshnia January 23, 2017 Post Comment

The Up & Up About BC’s New Down Payment Program

A bombshell announcement was dropped in December when the BC government announced a plan to assist first-time homebuyers enter the housing market. Controversial BC Premier Christy Clark says the new BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership program will contribute to first-time homebuyers’ down payment. But will this usher in the real change that this province needs? Get the up & up about BC’s new down payment program and let me know what you think. ONE HOME, TWO DEBTS I have to admit that I was more than a […]

Atrina Kouroshnia January 13, 2017 2 comments

Snuffing Out Vancouver’s Real Estate Fire

Conversations in Vancouver tend to revolve around the same three subjects: rain, dating, and real estate. Anyone worth their Hunters and steamy London Fog however, knows that the sizzling price of real estate in the GVA has trumped the trifecta’s other subjects for some time now. After years of high-profile stories covering much public (and very vocal) embitterment over foreign buyers snapping up real estate and driving prices through the proverbial roof, B.C.’s provincial government has finally made moves to snuff out Vancouver’s real estate fire. On August 2nd, a […]

Atrina Kouroshnia November 23, 2016 Post Comment

Vancouver’s Changing Housing Market: Is Renting Really Best?

No one’s arguing the fact that Vancouver is a heated housing market. As a result, the decision to rent or own has become something of a rite of passage here in the GVA. Overall, 70% of B.C. households own, whereas just 48% of households in Vancouver do the same. That means Vancouver already has more renters than owners. While there are many benefits to renting–less responsibility, more access to cash, no property taxes, maintenance or repairs–I’d bet a big part of why that number is so high is the price […]

Atrina Kouroshnia November 17, 2016 Post Comment
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