Housing

A new municipal report suggests parking congestion is the biggest obstacle facing secondary suites in Sooke. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Secondary suites causing parking congestion in Sooke

Committee recommending parking permits in problem areas

 

Students make a “tiny home” sign with their hands as part of the Tiny Home Challenge at John Paul II Catholic School. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Vancouver Island school gets visit from Netflix show hosts for tiny home competition

Pilot Tiny Home elective was offered for Grades 4-7

 

People with physical disabilities shouldn’t be discounted when designing developments, said Coun. Terri O’Keeffe, as council discussed a new townhouse proposal for Resthaven Drive. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Sidney councillor calls for attitude adjustment around accessibility

Terri O’Keeffe said developers need to rethink housing options for disabled residents

 

Garden suites are becoming a popular housing option in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

Unanimous vote approves side-yard garden suite for Saanich home

Regulations for housing alternative typically required to be in backyard

Garden suites are becoming a popular housing option in Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
Kelly King with Habitat for Humanity Victoria, accepts a representative cheque for $10,000 from Isla Verhagen, a Grade 4 student at Keating Elementary, while Kathryn Parfitt with founding sponsor Sagen looks on. Verhagen earned the prize with her entry in the Meaning of Home writing contest, the only one written in French. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Victoria)

Central Saanich elementary student wins national writing contest

Keating Elementary’s Isla Verhagen won $10,000 for Habitat Victoria

Kelly King with Habitat for Humanity Victoria, accepts a representative cheque for $10,000 from Isla Verhagen, a Grade 4 student at Keating Elementary, while Kathryn Parfitt with founding sponsor Sagen looks on. Verhagen earned the prize with her entry in the Meaning of Home writing contest, the only one written in French. (Courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Victoria)
Craigdarroch Castle. (Photo by Andrew Annuar/Courtesy Craigdarroch Castle)

Victoria makes the top 5 list of most affordable cities in B.C.

Ranking considered affordability, economies and growing power for the cities

Craigdarroch Castle. (Photo by Andrew Annuar/Courtesy Craigdarroch Castle)
Numerous Esquimalt residents can now build a detached accessory suite of up to 65 square metres in their backyard. (Township of Esquimalt)

Backyard suites now legal for some Esquimalt properties

One unit of up to 65 square metres now permitted for eligible residents

Numerous Esquimalt residents can now build a detached accessory suite of up to 65 square metres in their backyard. (Township of Esquimalt)
Between June 1 and 7, 168 net unconditional sales were made for properties in the VREB region. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria home sales slightly behind last June’s pace

Benchmark value of single-family home in Greater Victoria tops $1 million

Between June 1 and 7, 168 net unconditional sales were made for properties in the VREB region. (Black Press Media file photo)
John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)

VIDEO: Maple Ridge company builds remarkably tiny home

Dwelltech founder constructs 72 square foot home as passion project

John Anjo, founder/ director of Dwelltech, poses in front of his newest creation. The YOCTO is a 72 square foot tiny home with all the fixings. (Ronan O’Doherty/ The News)
The City of Victoria wants to develop downtown land it bought for almost $10 million last year into a mixed-use space that will include over 200 affordable housing units and a community centre. (Black Press Media file photo)

Community centre, 220 affordable housing units planned for Victoria-owned downtown land

The city bought the property at 926 and 930 Pandora Ave. for almost $10 million last year

The City of Victoria wants to develop downtown land it bought for almost $10 million last year into a mixed-use space that will include over 200 affordable housing units and a community centre. (Black Press Media file photo)
Credit cards are displayed in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Equifax says the debt profile of Canadians has changed throughout the pandemic, with mortgages accounting for a larger portion of people’s debt. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Consumer debt driven by new mortgages, but credit card debt at six-year low

Potential exists that first-time homebuyers are starting to get priced out of the market

Credit cards are displayed in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Equifax says the debt profile of Canadians has changed throughout the pandemic, with mortgages accounting for a larger portion of people’s debt. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A construction crew puts finishing touches on the exterior of the Lu’ma Native Housing Society residential building at 342 Wale Rd. in Colwood. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

Moving day finally here for Indigenous affordable housing project in Colwood

Rents for all 124 units of Wale Road building based on income

A construction crew puts finishing touches on the exterior of the Lu’ma Native Housing Society residential building at 342 Wale Rd. in Colwood. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
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The RBC Royal Bank of Canada logo is seen in Halifax on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

RBC CEO wants policy-makers to tackle lack of housing supply pushing up prices

New mortgage stress rules come into effect on June 1

The RBC Royal Bank of Canada logo is seen in Halifax on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
The apartments at 342 Wale Rd. are almost ready for their first occupants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)

Indigenous housing building in Colwood almost ready for occupancy

124 apartments for Indigenous families close to Galloping Goose, transit, shopping

The apartments at 342 Wale Rd. are almost ready for their first occupants. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem takes part in a news conference at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Bank of Canada warns of rising risks from household debt, and a hot housing market

Many households have taken on large mortgages compared with their income

Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem takes part in a news conference at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A seniors housing complex proposed for Cedar Hill Road in Saanich was supported by council after a public hearing on May 12. (Rendering by Jenson Group Architects)

New 85-unit seniors housing development gets green light from Saanich council

Four-storey rental complex would be located on Cedar Hill Road

A seniors housing complex proposed for Cedar Hill Road in Saanich was supported by council after a public hearing on May 12. (Rendering by Jenson Group Architects)
One of the grand prizes for this year's Hometown Heroes Lottery includes a seaside home at SookePoint, $1.5 million, and an Audi Quattro. (Photo courtesy of Hometown Heroes)

SookePoint snags two more building awards

Luxury development in Sooke recognized for building excellence

One of the grand prizes for this year's Hometown Heroes Lottery includes a seaside home at SookePoint, $1.5 million, and an Audi Quattro. (Photo courtesy of Hometown Heroes)
New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is pledging a hefty foreign home buyers’ tax and “massive” investment in housing to chill a white-hot real estate market.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

NDP promises foreign buyers’ tax, half a million new homes to cool housing market

Market watchers say a countrywide tax on non-resident homebuyers amounts to a ham-fisted approach

New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is pledging a hefty foreign home buyers’ tax and “massive” investment in housing to chill a white-hot real estate market.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A new home is built in a housing development in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Annual pace of housing starts posts 21.6 per cent increase in March

CMHC says the six-month moving average of the monthly seasonally adjusted annual rates was 273,664 in March

A new home is built in a housing development in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick