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A home is an important part of the enviable quality of life many British Columbians seek. REALTORS® hear this every day from their clients all around the province.

On this website, the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) offers several suggestions to match housing supply with demand and to improve the ability of residents to buy and rent appropriate homes. These recommendations are grouped under five pillars that support market housing affordability.

More info press on this link http://www.bchousingaffordability.ca

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Ottawa, ON, April 18, 2017 – According to statistics released today by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), national home sales were up on a month-over-month basis in March 2017.

Highlights:

  • National home sales rose 1.1% from February to March.
  • Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in March was up 6.6% from a year earlier.
  • The number of newly listed homes climbed 2.5% from February to March.
  • The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) was up 18.6% year-over-year (y-o-y) in March 2017.
  • The national average sale price increased by 8.2% y-o-y in March.

Home sales over Canadian MLS® Systems edged up 1.1% in March 2017, surpassing the previous monthly record set in April 2016 by one-quarter of a percent.

March sales were up from the previous month in more than half of all local markets, led by the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, London & St. Thomas and Montreal.

Actual (not seasonally adjusted) activity in March was up 6.6% year-over-year, with gains in close to 75%...

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Local MLAs made a pre-election announcement Friday of short- and long-term upgrades to the University Hospital of Northern B.C.

More immediately, they said business plan approval has been made for two projects:

- Adding 27 new beds by converting the existing second floor ultrasound and diabetes clinic space into a new medical inpatient unit. The project will also reconfigure the fourth floor for the relocation of the ultrasound unit.

The work is budgeted at $8 million and construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018 and create an estimated 29 direct and 19 indirect jobs.

- See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/12-5-million-worth-of-upgrades-slated-for-unhbc-1.14513493#sthash.nA69iwBH.dpuf

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A major hurdle to a major gold mine was cleared on Thursday - in fact three hurdles.

The Tsay Keh Dene, Takla Lake and Kwadacha First Nations all announced their support for the Kemess Underground Mine and a revenue deal with the provincial government to prove it.

As municipalities collect annual income from industrial activities within their town borders, these three First Nations will receive regular income from this proposed mine. It was considered one of the final obstacles to getting the Kemess project to the starting line.

- See more at: http://www.princegeorgecitizen.com/news/local-news/first-nations-gov-t-sign-kemess-mine-deal-1.14432495#sthash.twcOFKX5.dpuf

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