July 2011

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On Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st, 2011 open houses will be held in Brocklehurst.

2070 Pala Mesa Pl Brock Kamloops For SaleSaturday, July 30th, 2011: 11:00-1:00: 2070 Pala Mesa Place, Brocklehurst, $329,900

Tastefully updated solid Brock home in quiet cul-de-sac. 3+1 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms with suite potential recent updates include flooring, appliances, paint, window coverings, baseboards & more.

2108 Greenfield Ave Brock Real Estate KamloopsSunday, July 31st, 2011: 11:00-1:00: 2108 Greenfield Avenue, Brocklehurst, $264,900

Beautifully updated half duplex in Brock near to schools, parks, transportation, rec centre and shopping. Recent updates include heat pump, high efficiency furnace, windows, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, paint, fencing, deck and more.

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Kamloops House 2149 Grasslands Batchelor Heights Beautiful Batchelor heights home on quiet end of Grasslands with unobstructed river views and a ton of extras. The main floor features a large kitchen and dining room area that leads to the private beautifully landscaped yard with hot tub. The living room has vaulted ceilings and has views up the North Thompson River and surrounding mountains. The master bedroom is spacious and has a large walk in closet and 3 piece ensuite. There are two other bedrooms on the main floor and a lot of closet storage space in all the rooms including the main bathroom. The basement has a bedroom off of the main foyer, a large rec room with gas fireplace, a big 5th bedroom, large storage room, a four piece bathroom and a 9 X 9 laundry room with folding table, laundry sink and storage. The back yard has a pond with waterfall, a large covered hot tub and spacious patio area (cedar & paving stone). The lot goes past the back retaining wall. Heated double garage with 220. In-ground Sprinklers, central A/C (3 ton unit), HE furnace & hot water tank, heavy duty garburator, monitored security system ($28/month) and RV parking. A lot of care and expense went into putting this full package together; don’t pass this great home up.

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On Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th, 2011 open houses will be held in Brocklehurst and Westsyde.

927 13th Street Brocklehurst Kamloops PropertySaturday, July 23rd, 2011: 1:00-3:00: 927 13th Street, Brocklehurste, $209,000

Centrally located Brocklehurst home with 2 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom on a private lot. Updates include furnace (5 years), HW tank, 100 amp service, windows, roof and some parts of the bathroom. more

Kamloops For Sale 2211 Greenfield Ave BrockSunday, July 24th, 2011: 1:00-3:00: 2211 Greenfield Avenue, Brocklehurst, $349,900

Spacious, updated Brock home close to Elementary &  Middle Schools, transportation and shopping. This home features a vaulted living room and dining room ceiling, updated kitchen, recently painted inside and out, new flooring, more.

2181 Perryville Pl Westsyde Kamloops HouseSunday, July 24th, 2011: 1:00-3:00: 2181 Perryville Place, Westsyde, $349,900

Immaculate Westsyde home with river views…numerous updates include furnace, hot water tank, central A/C, flooring, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, patio, most windows, external doors, paint, mouldings, more.

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Deb Fehr Dominion Lending Mortgage BrokerDeborah Fehr of Dominion Lending provided this article below that was written by Tom Fennell on Tuesday, July 19th, 2011.

If there’s one question being kicked around the barbecue more than any other this summer, it’s probably this: should I lock in my variable rate mortgage? But with interest rates bouncing around, to the point where they make a mortgage-rate chart look more like the diagram of a rollercoaster, homeowners can be forgiven if they are hesitant.

After all, every time mortgage rates rise, they seem to come back down again. Recently, Royal Bank tried to raise mortgage rates, increasing the cost of its five-year fixed mortgage by 0.15 per cent, only to quietly lower them a few weeks later.

What gives?

On the variable side, rates have been stable, holding at 2.1 per cent for so long it seems like the new normal. They are priced based on the Bank of Canada rate. And with the U.S. economy slowing (Alberta created more jobs than the U.S. did in the last quarter), it’s little wonder that Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney decided not to raise interest rates this week – and it’s doubtful he will anytime soon.

While the variable rate has held steady for months, fixed-rate mortgages are far more difficult to predict. Fixed mortgages are primarily priced off of the five-year bond, and as a result are subject to volatility in the bond market, which is being whipsawed by the European sovereign debt crisis.

As more European countries edge toward default, interest rates have risen on their bonds, in some cases to more than 10 per cent. Many investors, however, fearing widespread defaults, have fled to the safe haven of the U.S. bond market. In the process, that has kept U.S. rates in the 2.3 per cent range, and helped keep mortgages rates low in this country, with a five-year fixed term mortgage going as low as 3.29 per cent.

But these bedrock-low rates could rise quickly if the U.S. does not solve its own debt crisis. President Obama has asked Congress to lift the country’s debt ceiling — the amount the country can borrow to meet its obligations. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is refusing to grant the increase until Obama makes deep cuts to government expenditures.

They have until Aug. 2 to solve the impasse and if nothing is done, the U.S. will default on the latest round of payments it has to make on its debts. Bond rating agencies have already said they will downgrade U.S. bonds if a default occurs. If that happens, it will drive up interest rates in the U.S. and push rates up on Canadian mortgages in the process.

“If Europe gets into trouble and the U.S. gets into trouble, money will be looking elsewhere,” says Kelvin Mangaroo, founder and president of RateSupermarket.ca. “Interest rates have been bouncing around and we might continue to see that until the U.S. credit situation gets sorted out.”

Could the uncertainty in Europe actually drive interest rates lower in Canada?

If Obama and Congressional Republicans come to an agreement, there could be a sudden flight to quality as investors buy U.S. bonds. That could drive down interest rates on the U.S. five-year bond, and reduce rates on Canadian fixed mortgages.

“There is always the possibility that they could drop a bit still,” said Mangaroo. “They’ve been lower before, so there is no reason that they can’t go back.”

With so much volatility in the market, should you lock in your mortgage? It’s hard to say, but studies have concluded you are better off holding a variable mortgage. Then again, those studies also include periods of extremely high interest rates, but with rates now at historic lows they would only go marginally lower.

In fact, you can purchase a 10-year mortgage for just 4.84 per cent and a 25-year at 8.35 per cent. In effect, you could lock your mortgage costs in at today’s historic lows and that would pay dividends long after the crisis in Europe and the U.S. has passed and rates are rising again.

Whether to lock in or not is the most common question Mangaroo gets at RateSupermarket.ca. About one-third of Canadian mortgages are variable, but Mangaroo says, “It all comes down to risk profile. And interest rates will be going up, so if you’re uncomfortable with that, you should look at a fixed five-year term which is at 3.5 per cent.”

But one thing is certain. If you hold a variable mortgage, you can breathe a little easier knowing Carney won’t be raising rates anytime soon. Ian Lee, director of the MBA Program at Carleton University, says this is because of the ongoing failure by the European leadership to address, let alone resolve, the growing Eurozone debt crisis and the ongoing inability of the U.S. political leadership to seriously address their annual $1.5 trillion deficit and $14 trillion debt.

“This clearly suggests,” says Lee, “that Governor Carney will think many times before raising interest rates now or in the fall.”

Deborah Fehr, Mortgage Consultant, Dominion Lending
P. 250-571-2472 E. ac.gnidnelnoinimodnull@rhefd W. www.dfehr.ca

 

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Kamloops Property 2108 Greenfield Ave Brock Real Estate Beautifully updated half duplex in Brock near to schools, parks, transportation, rec centre and shopping. Recent updates include heat pump, high efficiency furnace, windows, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, paint, fencing, deck and more. Bright open floor plan where family room on main floor could easily be a dining room or mud room. Huge living room,  large bedrooms and spacious rec room (currently used as a 5th bedroom). Large private back yard with storage shed, some new landscaping and is fully fenced. Lots of parking and room for an RV. This great home won’t last!

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