Housing

The Roster Sports Club Bar and Grill has recently purchased a home with a pair of legal suites to help with employee recruitment. (Google Maps)

Okanagan business buys home to help employee recruitment

Vernon sports club purchases home with two legal suites that can accommodate four employees

 

Policies recommended include investments in public housing, mandatory inclusionary zoning and tying rent increases to units rather than individual tenancies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

British Columbians support progressive housing policies to combat affordability crisis: poll

The soaring cost of housing is the single biggest component of the affordability crisis in B.C.

 

Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Murray Rankin, photographed during a funding announcement at the legislature in June 14, is the new acting attorney general and housing minister. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s Indigenous relations minister ‘honoured’ to assume attorney general role

Murray Rankin also adds housing responsibilities, has short-term goals for temporary role

 

The proposed seven-unit, three-storey townhouse on Penticton’s Fairview Road. (Photo- City of Penticton)

Townhouse development in front of Penticton’s bike lane shot down by council

Location and access to Fairview property caused ‘significant concerns’ at public hearing

The proposed seven-unit, three-storey townhouse on Penticton’s Fairview Road. (Photo- City of Penticton)
A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)

VIDEO: California school district builds affordable housing to attract teachers

Rising rent, teacher shortages piquing districts’ interest in workforce housing

A California school district is hoping to attract more teachers by providing them with affordable housing. (Associated Press/screenshot)
Penticton council will consider the proposal for a three-storey townhouse development on July 19. (City of Penticton)

Penticton to consider 3-storey townhouse development near Government Street

Council will be prompted on July 19 to send the project to a public hearing

Penticton council will consider the proposal for a three-storey townhouse development on July 19. (City of Penticton)
The old Shielings Motel was demolished in 2021 for an eventual roundabout to reduce congestion between Skaha Lake Road and South Main Street. The city is also hoping to have affordable seniors housing there too. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)

Penticton to consider $50k investment for former Shielings Motel property

Staff say the investment will make grant opportunities more successful

The old Shielings Motel was demolished in 2021 for an eventual roundabout to reduce congestion between Skaha Lake Road and South Main Street. The city is also hoping to have affordable seniors housing there too. (Brennan Phillips - Penticton Western News)
The proposed seven-unit, three-storey townhouse on Penticton’s Fairview Road. (Photo- City of Penticton)

Public hearing for 7-unit townhome in front of Penticton’s Lake-to-Lake bike lane

Units will be three storeys in height and built on Fairview Road

The proposed seven-unit, three-storey townhouse on Penticton’s Fairview Road. (Photo- City of Penticton)
A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. Multigenerations living under one roof is becoming increasingly common, Statistics Canada’s latest tranche of census data revealed Wednesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Roommates, multi-generational homes rising amid increasing costs, immigration: census

Number of homes being shared grew by 45 per cent over the last 20 years

A person walks by a row of houses in Toronto on Tuesday July 12, 2022. Multigenerations living under one roof is becoming increasingly common, Statistics Canada’s latest tranche of census data revealed Wednesday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Houses are seen on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says residential mortgage debt grew by nine per cent last year compared with a year earlier for the fastest pace of growth since 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CMHC says residential mortgage debt grew last year by fastest pace since 2008

Mortgage debt grew by 9 per cent last year, topped 10 per cent in the early months of this year

Houses are seen on Squamish Nation land in North Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) says residential mortgage debt grew by nine per cent last year compared with a year earlier for the fastest pace of growth since 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - A seaplane passes the downtown skyline while on approach to land on the harbour in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver drops below Toronto as most expensive Canadian city in 2022 world rankings

Vancouver 108th most expensive in the world, according to international survey

FILE - A seaplane passes the downtown skyline while on approach to land on the harbour in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The rapid pace of growth in B.C. urban centres like Langford, seen here in 2021 along the Peatt Road corridor, has prompted B.C.’s Urban Mayors Caucus to ask the federal government to consider releasing funds sooner that target projects that improve housing affordability and transportation. (Google Street View)

B.C. urban mayors ask feds to expand housing affordability, transportation funding

Caucus co-chair Lisa Helps of Victoria outlines list of B.C. requests in letter

The rapid pace of growth in B.C. urban centres like Langford, seen here in 2021 along the Peatt Road corridor, has prompted B.C.’s Urban Mayors Caucus to ask the federal government to consider releasing funds sooner that target projects that improve housing affordability and transportation. (Google Street View)
The Ambrosia housing development in Keremeos is getting close to being ready. (Keremeos Review)

Lower Similkameen Community Services Society looking for support for more affordable Keremeos housing

The LSCSS is headed to Keremeos’ council on June 6 with their request

The Ambrosia housing development in Keremeos is getting close to being ready. (Keremeos Review)
BC Housing got its development permit for a four-storey - 54 unit supportive housing development here at 3240 Skaha Lake Road. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Expected opening of Penticton’s Skaha Lake Road housing project delayed by 1 year

The new supportive housing project was first announced to be open in early 2022

BC Housing got its development permit for a four-storey - 54 unit supportive housing development here at 3240 Skaha Lake Road. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Osoyoos development proposal

A ‘housing first’ is being offered in Osoyoos, says developer

Council hosts special public meeting Tuesday about the townhouse and apartment project

Osoyoos development proposal
Less than one percent of houses listed in B.C. cities as of the first week of May 2022 are priced below $200,000, according to real estate search portal Point2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Needle in a haystack: Less than 1% of homes in B.C. cities listed below $200,000

Zero homes under $200,000 exist in nine B.C. cities, international real estate portal finds

Less than one percent of houses listed in B.C. cities as of the first week of May 2022 are priced below $200,000, according to real estate search portal Point2. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist for BC Real Estate Association. (Photo/Gary Barnes)

Big drop in housing sales predicted for Central Okanagan

Economist expects prices will stay relatively flat

Brendon Ogmundson, Chief Economist for BC Real Estate Association. (Photo/Gary Barnes)
The Ambrosia housing development in Keremeos is getting close to being ready. (Keremeos Review)

Long-awaited Keremeos housing projects nearing completion

The first will be ready by July 1 and the other 2 soon will follow

The Ambrosia housing development in Keremeos is getting close to being ready. (Keremeos Review)
A developer is hoping to bring around 700 new homes to this area of Wiltse in south Penticton. (Zoom Earth)

Proposed 700-home development in Penticton causes concern for traffic, habitat, trails

The city plans to narrow Wiltse Boulevard by putting in bike lane

A developer is hoping to bring around 700 new homes to this area of Wiltse in south Penticton. (Zoom Earth)
Homes are pictured in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Councillors in Vancouver have unanimously backed a motion from Mayor Kennedy Stewart to hike the city’s empty homes tax to five per cent of a property’s assessed value, effective next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver council hiking empty homes tax to 5 per cent of assessed value in 2023

City hiking empty homes tax to five per cent of a property’s assessed value, effective next year

Homes are pictured in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Councillors in Vancouver have unanimously backed a motion from Mayor Kennedy Stewart to hike the city’s empty homes tax to five per cent of a property’s assessed value, effective next year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward