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Interesting Take on Innovation: The Elevated Bus

by Yvonne von Jena | May 26, 2016

It seems to innovate and solve a problem, one way to do it is to drive right over it: Engineers in China have designed an elevated bus that ‘straddles’ cars to avoid traffic jams and speed up commuting time.

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Impact of TREB Tribunal Decision 'Won't Be Immediate'

by Yvonne von Jena | May 20, 2016

While the Competition Tribunal has partially granted the Commissioner of Competition’s application against the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), it remains to be seen what the specific terms of the ruling will be. An article entitled the “Impact of tribunal decision won’t be immediate”, REM (Real Estate Magazine) provides more insights on why.

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RECA Releases First Residential Measurement Standard

by Yvonne von Jena | May 20, 2016

The Real Estate Council of Alberta (RECA) has approved a new Residential Measurement Standard in Alberta. All real estate professionals in the province must use these standards when measuring residential property in Alberta. RECA is the first Canadian real estate regulator to introduce a residential measurement standard for real estate professionals.

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Digitizing the Mortgage Business

by Yvonne von Jena | May 19, 2016

The results of a recent Scotiabank survey highlights how meaningfully consumer banking behavior has gone digital, and Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter weighs in where this is taking banking.

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[BC Government] 'Shadow Flipping' Loophole to Be Closed

by Yvonne von Jena | May 12, 2016

British Columbia has implemented new regulations to protect home owners against the practice of ‘shadow flipping’, which will take effect May 16, 2016. Going forward, contracts will be required to include a clause stating that if the contract is assigned without the seller’s written consent, then any profit made from the assignments goes to the original seller. Also, a more detailed Property Tax documentation will be implemented that is designed to collect more information about the investment of foreign capital in BC’s market.

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[Royal LePage] Luxury Properties Report

by Yvonne von Jena | May 12, 2016

Royal LePage today released its Royal LePage Carriage Trade Luxury Properties Report, which provides interesting and helpful insights on the luxury property market. The report includes regional market data powered by Brookfield RPS, a change analysis on key markets and the results from a survey of 250 real estate advisors about the luxury market.

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Estimating the Costs of Recent Natural Disasters in Canada

by Yvonne von Jena | May 10, 2016

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Why Lenders Care About CMHC's Housing Market Assessment

by Yvonne von Jena | May 6, 2016

Last week, CMHC’s Housing Market Assessment (HMA) cited “strong evidence” of increased housing risk in Toronto, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina. According to an article by CMT, mortgage lenders take these assessments seriously, and for multiple reasons.

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Wildfire Hits Fort McMurray, Many Homes Destroyed

by Yvonne von Jena | May 4, 2016

A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alberta has destroyed an entire neighbourhood, burned homes and businesses in several others yesterday, and continues to rage out of control.

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FinTech: Shaking up the Fnancial Industry

by Yvonne von Jena | May 2, 2016

In a feature called Fintech: Shaking up the financial industry, 60 Minutes looks at the financial technology (fintech) revolution, and meets some of the fintechies challenging the establishment and seeking to reinvent nearly every aspect of modern banking.

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