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Consumer Confidence Up, Home Prices Calming Down

Consumer confidence rose by 4 points in April over the previous month, according to the Conference Board of Canada consumer confidence index. It also revealed a sharp shift in Canadians' attitudes toward making major purchases such as homes, appliances and automobiles.  For the first time in almost a year, survey respondents who think now is a good time to make a major purchase ...

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: What Are The Barriers to Choosing a Mortgage Broker?

Despite the abilities of mortgage brokers to find rates for home buyers often lower than those posted by the big banks, some buyers are reluctant to leave the comfort of their lending institutions in favour of personal ‘agents’ working in their best interests.  This is supported by evidence that in Canada, first-time buyers are the most likely to use mortgage brokers, while repeat buyers ...

All Grown Up: The City of Vancouver Turns 125

The only city to earn top spot on the Economist Intelligence Unit's list of the world's most liveable cities for five straight years, Vancouver, British Columbia turns 125 years old on April 6, 2011.  Vancouver is a youngster by historical standards, but already the city has gained prominence in world rankings in a number of categories - from real estate to quality ...
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