ROB DION, BBA
LEE IVANS, BBA
Royal LePage Kelowna
1-1890 Cooper Road
The Bank of Canada announced this morning that it is holding the target for its overnight rate at 0.5 per cent. In the press release accompanying the decision, the Bank noted that inflation is broadly in line with the Bank's projection, though intense retail competition is pushing inflation temporarily lower. The Bank also noted that the tightening of mortgage regulations implemented in the Fall of 2016 have yet to have a substantial cooling effect on markets but it does expect those measures will contribute to a more sustainable debt profile for Canadian households.
Although the Canadian economy has expanded well above the Bank's estimate of potential growth for three consecutive quarters, including a first quarter that is tracking at close to 4.5 per cent growth in real GDP, the Bank is not optimistic that the economy will sustain that level of growth for much longer. Moreover, despite faster growth, a significant amount of slack remains in the economy and there is therefore very little pressure on inflation. Without a signal that inflation is going to push higher, the Bank will remain sidelined at least until early 2018 when it expects remaining slack in the economy will be eliminated.
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When you suffer damage to, (or the loss of), your home or its contents, you
expect your insurance company to help you out. And, most do a good job of
doing just that.
Still, it’s a good idea to review your policy with your insurance advisor and
find out what’s covered and what isn’t. You don’t want to discover that your
policy will not cover the cost of repairing the damage caused by a flood in
your laundry room.
Pay particular attention to coverage in the case of water damage. Some
insurance policies don’t cover floods and sewer backup unless an additional
rider is purchased.
Also, check liability limits. Ask your advisor to recommend an appropriate
level. Finally, make sure you know exactly how much your home is insured
for. Are you covered for the full replacement cost? Are you comfortable with
that coverage or the actual cash value?
Having the right insurance gives you peace-of-mind and is an important part
of enjoying your home.
Keep in mind that experts advise you to review your insurance with your
advisor. Ask lots of questions. Make sure you understand your coverage
By the way, if you’re looking for an insurance advisor, I’m well-connected in
the local “home” industry. I may be able to give you a couple of names of
good, reputable professionals. Give us a call.
Imagine finding the perfect home, only to discover there is serious interest
from at least a dozen other buyers. It’s like scrambling for the last piece of
cake at a buffet!
Fortunately, there are things you can do to help get the home you want,
even in a highly competitive market. Here are just a few ideas:
• Only view a few ideal properties at a time. If you see too many, and
thus spread yourself too thin, you risk homes slipping through your
• Be realistic about price. Focus on finding a great home that you can
afford, rather than trying to find a bargain.
• Consider homes that need some work. They get less interest than
perfectly staged properties, yet can turn out to be a dream home.
• Be prepared to make an offer with as few conditions as possible. An
offer conditional on passing inspection is usually fine, but in a
competitive situation, offers with other conditions will likely be turned
• Make your decisions quickly. If there are likely to be other interested
buyers, you want to get your offer in early.
• Make the right offer. To win the deal, you want your offer to be as
enticing as possible to the seller — especially when it comes to price.
Yes, it can be tough finding an ideal home in a hot market, but I can help.
Give us a call and I’ll show you how!!
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