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Budget 2017 proposes to invest more than $11.2 billion over 11 years in a variety of initiatives designed to build, renew and repair Canada's stock of affordable housing, and help ensure that Canadians have affordable housing that meets their needs. But so far it fails to address key market-related issues - again.
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Prospective homebuyers face a growing list of challenges -- from skyrocketing prices in Vancouver and Toronto, to soft conditions in Alberta, to another round of mortgage rule changes. But there are some good reasons 2017 is still a good year to buy a home in Canada.
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The next several weeks are crucial in Canada's housing market. Ottawa's Let's Talk Housing initiative wrapped up consultations in late October, and is now working toward tabling the results on Nov. 22. But for anyone expecting a full-on housing policy on that date -- best not hold your breath.
New homes and their warranty coverage are increasingly in the news these days, whether because of rising prices or other challenges, and are the subject of some debate. And not all provinces handle new home warranties the same way. The bottom line, no matter where in Canada you're located or who provides the warranty coverage, do you research.
After two consecutive weeks of the media fanfare over the Calgary city hall and its Mayor vs. the Calgary Home Builders Association (CHBA) verbal spat, I have to admit that this ping pong game of jab is starting to make for a lot more of an exciting read than the antics of certain Hollywood starlets' run-ins with the law and rehab.