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  • Tighter mortgage rules ahead, say economists by Vernon Clement Jones

    A new poll suggests economists are increasingly convinced the government will move to ratchet down mortgage rules in 2012 – that even as the broker channel ramps up lobbying efforts to block the move.

  • Investors win new screening tool by Vernon Clement Jones

    It’s a new service meant to address an age-old concern for many investors, providing them the comprehensive insurance history of a property – including claims involving fire, flood and, ahem, drug labs.

  • Condo investors share leasing agents by Vernon Clement Jones

    It may be the closest thing to a Kumbayah moment for real estate investors, but landlords buying units in the same new condo complex are increasingly banding together to work with one leasing agent -- a way of protecting cash flow in a renter’s market.

  • Equifax: mortgage fraudsters up their game by Vernon Clement Jones

    Equifax Canada is describing the sheer volume of attempted fraud last year as “staggering,” with almost two-thirds of it coming from mortgage seekers.

  • Consumer Price Index: It's a renter's market by Vernon Clement Jones

    It’s increasingly a renter’s market across much of the country, with the latest consumer price index pointing to relatively modest gains in rental values even as gasoline and other key expenses shot up.

  • Bank report reveals hottest investor markets by Vernon Clement Jones

    A new report on varying provincial fortunes hints at where to make that next real estate investment. Psst, there's oil there.

  • January puts the brakes on hot housing market by Vernon Clement Jones

    National home sales retreated in January from the strong finish reported for December 2011, according to the latest numbers from the Canadian Real Estate Association.

  • Cooling market offers investors a 'in' by Vernon Clement Jones

    There’s yet more indication investors are finally getting the break they need to beef up their portfolios, with the B.C. Realtor association confirming a near-8 per cent dip in the value of properties sold during the first month of the year.

  • Condo rules to affect investor ROI by Vernon Clement Jones

    Condo investors in B.C. will soon face the same challenges as those in Ontario and Alberta -- now grappling with stricter disclosure requirements for condos and the concerns they present both short- and long-term.

  • CMHC: Same old same old ... market for investors by Vernon Clement Jones

    This year and next may be déjà vu all over again for property investors looking to buy or sell, with CMHC predicting the national market will see the same kind of restrained growth it experienced in 2011, and not the correction many had feared.

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