Catherine Melville explains the secondary suite rules in British Columbia

Unlocking Housing Potential in BC with the $40,000 Secondary Suite Grant

Introduction to the Secondary Suite Incentive Program: British Columbia’s housing market faces significant challenges, including affordability and availability. In response, the provincial government has introduced the Secondary Suite Incentive Program (SSIP). This initiative aims to encourage homeowners to create new secondary suites by offering a forgivable loan of up to $40,000. This financial support covers


Navigating New Horizons: BC Budget 2024 Unveils Major Benefits for Homebuyers and Businesses

As we step into Spring 2024, the BC Budget has brought forward some significant changes that promise to reshape the landscape for first-time homebuyers and small business owners alike. At Cultivate + Evolve Financial, we’ve been closely monitoring these developments, eager to explore how they can benefit our cherished clients and community. Empowering First-Time Homebuyers

Catherine Ellis Melville Explains the difference between SWITCH and Refinance

Navigating Mortgage Financing: Understanding Switch Transfers vs. Refinancing

🏠🔀 Switch Transfer vs. Refinance: What You Need to Know 🔀🏠 When it comes to navigating the world of mortgage financing, being well-informed about your options is crucial. In this article, we’ll explore the nuances and differences between two prevalent mortgage strategies: Switch Transfer and Refinance. Switch Transfer Explained: Objective: The primary purpose of a

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News Headlines November: Insights on STVRs, Inflation, and Population Growth

Hello, I hope this message finds you well. As we transition into the holiday season, it’s essential to stay informed about significant developments that may impact your financial decisions. November was a month filled with noteworthy headlines, and I’m excited to share insights on key topics with you. Let’s dive into the headlines that captured

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Budgeting for the Holidays: Smart Financial Tips for a Festive Season

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and giving. It’s also a time when expenses can quickly add up, potentially straining your finances. However, with some careful planning and creative thinking, you can enjoy a wonderful holiday season without breaking the bank. In this blog post, we’ll explore various budget-friendly tips to help

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Update – BC Changes rules for short term rentals

This week brought noteworthy updates from the BC Government, specifically the introduction of the Short-Term Rentals Accommodations Act. Here’s a breakdown of key points you should be aware of: The act introduces a new principal residence requirement that limits short-term rentals to: The host’s principal residence, which is the dwelling where an individual resides for


Cultivate + Evolve Celebrates Positive News for Canadian Homebuyers

Good News for Canadians: OSFI’s Responsive Decision Eases Mortgage Regulations In a positive turn of events for Canadians in the housing market, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has made a decision that reflects the concerns and feedback shared by industry stakeholders and consumers alike. This decision, announced after nine months of

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Canadian Economic Snapshot: Falling Confidence, Shifting Demographics, and Implications for Rates

In recent months, Canada’s economic landscape has experienced notable shifts that are raising concerns among households and businesses alike. This blog post explores the current economic situation, delving into declining consumer confidence, changing demographics, and their potential implications on interest rates and the housing market. Consumer Confidence Hits Lows: Consumer confidence in Canada has taken a