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federal government officially announced changes to the minimum down payment required on new home purchase.

Friday, December 11th, 2015


Here is what you need to know:
Today, the government announced its intent to raise the minimum down payment requirements on homes valued over $500,000. Properties below $500,000 will not be affected. Requirements will remain at 5 % down payment for homes under 500,000.

Any amount over $500,000 will require a 10 % down payment. For example a $700,000 home will require a $45,000 down payment, 5 % on $500,000 and 10 % down on the remaining $200,000.

The announced changes will take effect on February 15, 2016.

The purchase closing date can be after Feb 16th 2016

The minimum down payment for homes  $1 million and over remains unchanged at 20%
The government cites its desire to “contain risks in the housing market” as the
reason for its decision.

House Sales Expected to Increase in Kamloops

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

House Sales Expected to Increase in Kamloops

House Sales Expected to Increase in Kamloops

The housing market in Kamloops is expected to remain stable over the next two years, according to a forecast by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Housing sales for Kamloops are expected to be up to 1,750 in 2015, and will increase to 1,780 in 2016 and 1,800 in 2017.

The average price of a home in the Tournament Capital is not expected to greatly increase. The price is expected to be $404,000 in 2015, increasing to $420,000 in 2017.

The vacancy rate of homes in Kamloops is expected to remain steady as well. It is forecasted to be a 3.7 vacancy rate in 2015, down from 3.9 in 2014, and is expected to return to 3.9 in 2016. The vacancy rate in Kamloops is, and is forecast to continue to be, above the national average.

Housing starts are anticipated to slightly decrease going from 518 new homes under construction in 2014 down to 470 in 2017. The new construction to date in 2015 is 9.2 per cent less than it was at this date in 2014 in Kamloops.

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Monday, June 29th, 2015

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Linda Klein Kamloops Real Estate Weekly Mortgage rates for week of June 15th 2015

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

DLC Weekly Rate Minder courtesy of Starr Webb

Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 2.89% 2.29%
2 YEARS 2.84% 2.19%
3 YEARS 3.39% 2.25%
4 YEARS 3.89% 2.54%
5 YEARS 4.64% 2.54%
7 YEARS 5.30% 3.39%
10 YEARS 6.10% 3.84%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE
Prime Rate is 2.85%
Variable rate mortgages from as low as Prime minus 0.65%

Pre-approvals, more important and less concrete than ever

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015
 Courtesy of Starr Webb Dominion Lending

Going through the pre-approval process is more important than ever to both you and your Realtor, but the actual term ‘pre-approval’ is potentially misleading.

You may be pre-approved for a certain mortgage amount, however there are still a number of variables that can enter the picture once an offer is accepted. That’s why it is imperative that one always include a clause in the offer along the lines of ‘subject to receiving and approving financing’. (There are variations to be discussed around the specific wording.)

Often clients are reluctant to write the initial offer on a property without feeling like they are 100% pre-approved.

An understandable desire. The risk, though, is that some may falsely believe that they have a guarantee of financing. They don’t.

A lender must review all related documents – not just those of the clients, but also those from the appraiser and the Realtor – as the property itself must meet certain standards and guidelines.

The pre-approval process should be considered a pre-screening – a first step only.

It does involve review and analysis of the client’s current credit report; it should also include a list for the client of all documents that will be required in the event that an offer is written and accepted. Clients should also come away from this initial process with a clear understanding of the maximum mortgage amount they qualify for, along with the various related costs involved in their specific real estate transaction. Equally important: with the completed application your broker is able to lock in rates for up to 120 days.

Why won’t a lender fully review and underwrite a pre-approval?

  • Lenders do not have the staff resources to review ‘maybe’ applications – they have a hard enough time keeping up with ‘live’ transactions.
  • The job you have today may well not be the job you have by the time you write your offer.
  • If more than four weeks pass, all of the documents are out of date – by lender standards – and a fresh batch needs to be ordered and reviewed.
  • The conversion rate of pre-approvals to ‘live transactions’ is less than 10%.

It is this last point that makes it so difficult to get an underwriter to completely review a pre-approval application as a special exception.

The bottom line is that a client’s best bet for confidence is the educated and experienced opinion of the front-line individual with whom they are directly speaking – and that’s their Mortgage Broker. This individual will not be the same person who underwrites and formally approves the live transaction when the time comes.

This disconnect between intake of application and actual underwriting of a live file makes having a ‘subject to receiving and approving financing’ clause in the purchase sale agreement so very important.

Perhaps the most significant factor in undermining the solidity of a client’s preapproval is the relentless pace of change of lending guidelines and policies – changes implemented not only by the Federal Government but also by the lenders themselves. It is very easy to have a pre-approval for a certain mortgage amount rendered meaningless just a few days later through changes to internal underwriting guidelines. Often these changes arrive with no warning and existing pre-approvals are not grandfathered.

It is absolutely worthwhile going through the pre-approval process before writing offers, and in particular before listing your current property for sale or accepting offers. This will give you a good idea of your maximum mortgage amount as well as securing a rate for you. It is a worthwhile endeavour.

Just be aware that aside from the key advantage of catching small issues early and securing rates, a pre-approval is not a 100% guarantee of financing.

But the good thing is, I can help you with this process!

Weekly Mortgage rates for May 18th 2015

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Courtesy of Starr Webb DLC Weekly Rate Minder

Terms Bank Rates Our Rates
6 Month 3.14% 3.10%
1 YEAR 2.89% 2.29%
2 YEARS 2.84% 2.19%
3 YEARS 3.39% 2.34%
4 YEARS 3.89% 2.54%
5 YEARS 4.64% 2.54%
7 YEARS 5.30% 3.39%
10 YEARS 6.10% 3.84%
Rates are subject to change without notice. *OAC E&OE
Prime Rate is 2.85%
Variable rate mortgages from as low as Prime minus 0.65%

Kamloops real estate Linda Klein Marble Counter care

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015


Your counters are the center pieces in your kitchen and bathroom, so keep them looking good with the following care and maintenance tips.

Clean daily with soft cloths and warm water and weekly with stone soap. Marble is more vulnerable to acidic cleaners than granite, and will also be dulled by regular use of soap.

Blot spills quickly because marble is sensitive to etching, particularly from acidic substances.

Do not cut directly on marble since it is softer than granite. Heat is unlikely to damage marble, but cracking from thermal shock is always possible with stone.

Regularly seal marble counters, avoids stains easier.

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Kamloops real estate Linda Klein Easter weekend family activity

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

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Home Purchase Plus Improvements Program

Thursday, February 5th, 2015


Courtesy of: Lisa Alentejano




Are you or someone you know in the market to buy a new home?


Are you finding it hard to find exactly what you want, OR have you found the home you want but it is in need of some updating?


Let me introduce you to the Purchase Plus Improvements Program.  This allows the buyers to add renovation costs to the mortgage to a maximum of 10% of the purchase price or up to a max of $40,000.00 with as little as 5% downpayment. oac.


Does the home need a new kitchen (appliances are excluded)?

Are there some windows or a roof that needs replacing?

Do the bathrooms need updating?

How about fresh coat of paint and updated flooring?


These are just a few of  the things that can be added to improve both the look and value of the home you are purchasing.


Here is a quick video from Genworth Canada that also explains the program.

Mortgages with Renovations with less than 20% downpayment
Mortgages with Renovations

Kamloops homes, Linda Klein Realtor, Property Transfer Tax Information

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Use our Property Transfer Tax Calculator.

The Property Transfer Tax is a tax payable to the Provincial Government by purchasers of real estate. The tax applies to all types of real estate, whether residential, commercial or industrial.

The amount of the Property Transfer Tax is 1% on the first $200,000.00 of the property’s fair market value and 2% on the remaining fair market value. For example, if the fair market value of the property is $200,000.00, the tax payable would be $2,000.00 (1% of $200,000.00). If the fair market value of the property is $250,000.00, the tax payable would be $3,000.00 (1% on the first $200,000.00 = $2,000.00 and 2% on the remaining $50,000.00 = $1,000.00).


“Fair Market Value” is best described as the price that would be paid for a property on the open market (which is usually the actual purchase price paid for the property).

There are a number of exemptions available to avoid this tax, the most common being for “First Time Home Buyers”. To qualify as a First Time Home Buyer, the following criteria must be met:

  • Purchaser must never have owned an interest in a principal residence anywhere in the world at any time;
  • Purchaser must be a citizen of or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • Purchaser must have resided in B.C. for 12 consecutive months immediately before the date they become the registered owner, or the Purchaser has filed two income tax returns as a British Columbia resident within the prior 6 years of becoming the owner;
  • To obtain full exemption, the purchase price must not exceed $475,000.00. A partial exemption is available for homes between $475,000.00 and $500,000.00 (see formula below);
  • Purchaser must move into the property within ninety-two days after registration of the purchase of the property and reside in the property for at least one year;
  • Pro rata exemption where property exceeds .5 hectares or a portion of the property is not residential (i.e. commercial lofts) – purchase price of entire property must not exceed the price limitations.

Other exemptions exist as well, such as a transfer of a principal residence between family members. For details on this and other exemptions, go to and pick the “Property Transfer Tax” button located on the right hand side on this screen.

Property Transfer Tax should not be confused with Property Tax. The Property Transfer Tax is a one time tax paid to the Provincial Government by purchasers of real estate. The Property Tax is the tax paid on an annual basis to the local City/Municipality.

Please remember that the Property Transfer Tax Act may frequently change along with the exemptions for payment of this Tax. While we try to keep our website up to date as much as possible, please do not rely upon the information without talking to one of our lawyers.

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult a lawyer for individual advice regarding your own situation.


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