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Why Build Your Home in Burnaby

by Bevony on 3 May 2023 Comments Off on Why Build Your Home in Burnaby
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Building a home in Burnaby, Canada, can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Burnaby is a vibrant city located in British Columbia, and is home to a diverse population of over 250,000 people. The city offers a range of amenities, including beautiful parks, excellent schools, and a thriving economy. If you’re considering building a home in Burnaby, here are some key things to keep in mind.

  1. Choose The Right Neighborhood

    Burnaby is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character and charm. Some popular neighborhoods include Brentwood, Metrotown, and Deer Lake. When choosing a neighborhood, consider factors such as proximity to schools, public transportation, and local amenities. You’ll also want to think about your budget, as some neighborhoods may be more expensive than others.

    1. Work with a Reputable Builder

    Building a home is a significant investment, so it’s important to work with a builder who has a proven track record of success. Look for a builder who is licensed and insured, and who has experience building homes in Burnaby. You may also want to read reviews and check references before making a decision. Look no further than Silver Beam Homes.

    1. Consider the Climate

    Burnaby has a mild climate, with temperatures ranging from about 0°C in the winter to 25°C in the summer. However, the city does receive a significant amount of rainfall, particularly in the winter months. When building your home, be sure to choose materials that are appropriate for the climate, such as durable roofing materials and high-quality insulation.

    1. Follow Local Building Codes and Regulations

    Building a home in Burnaby requires permits and approvals from the city. We work with you to ensure that your home design meets local building codes and regulations. This will help to ensure that your home is safe and meets all required standards.

    1. Think about Energy Efficiency

    Building an energy-efficient home can help to reduce your energy bills and minimize your environmental impact. When building your home, consider using energy-efficient appliances, installing high-quality insulation, and incorporating features such as solar panels or geothermal heating. We can offer guidance on companies that provide appliances that will meet your energy efficiency needs as well as ensure your home is up to the most recent step code guidelines.

    1. Plan for the Future

    When building a home, it’s important to think about the future. Consider factors such as your family’s changing needs, potential resale value, and the long-term sustainability of your home. Working with us, you have a builder who has experience designing homes for families. This can help to ensure that your home is both functional and adaptable to your changing needs over time.

    Building a home in Burnaby can be a wonderful experience, and can provide you and your family with a comfortable and enjoyable place to live for many years to come. By following these tips and working with a reputable builder like Silver Beam Homes, you can help to ensure that your home is safe, energy-efficient, and tailored to your unique needs and preferences.

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    Normalcy in the Canadian Housing Market – Are We Seeing Clear?

    by Bevony on 15 April 2023 Comments Off on Normalcy in the Canadian Housing Market – Are We Seeing Clear?
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    We have seen an almost year long correction, and it seems the Canadian housing market has begun to see some sort of normalcy. While the market is still down 9.2% from the record high we saw in 2022, the aggregate price for a Canadian home rose by 2.8% quarter over quarter for the first quarter of 2023. The latest Royal LePage House Price Survey indicates a median price of $778,300. 

    When we break the statistics down by housing price, we see the national median for detached homes increasing in price by 3.4% quarter over quarter to $808,700. For a condo, the median price saw an increase of 1.8% from quarter 4 of 2022, taking prices to $571,700. Overall, prices are down by 10.7% and 6.7% annually. 

    What Caused the Price Hikes This Time Around?

    The price increases coincided with the pause on interest rate hikes bright on by the Bank of Canada. With this pause in interest rate hikes, some buyers were able to enter the market actively.  

    Royal LePage statistics show that home sales have been on an upward trend in major markets since the beginning of the year. 

    From January to February, prices in Greater Vancouver, Greater Montreal and Greater Toronto increased by a minimum of 52%, and for the period of February to March, the increase was 44%. In these same markets, we saw an increase in listings month over month, but there is still a chronic shortage of housing supply across the country. 

    End of the Price Correction

    The substantial market correction ended in March 2023, approximately 12 months after it began. The recovery has been strong, and we are all looking forward to a more normal market going forward.  As confidence returns to the market and we are at the end of the correction, the market is still out of reach for some people, as there is still a shortage of homes for sale. If you are still finding yourself priced out of the market, maybe it’s time to consider building your home. Give us a call and let us help you realize your dream of home ownership. 

    Home Price Trends for Quarter 4 

    The new prediction from Royal LePage is that the national aggregate price will increase 4.5% in Q4 of 2023 over what we saw in Q4 of 2022. Even though we see this upward trend in the revision, the interest rates are still high and will keep the prices regulated for the rest of the year. 

    Image from Royal LePage

    While there are now more buyers in the market, the cost of borrowing is still keeping many buyers on the sidelines. If you feel like you are priced out of the housing market, let’s explore your options for building a home. 

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    The New Rate Hold and Spring Housing

    by Bevony on 10 March 2023 Comments Off on The New Rate Hold and Spring Housing

    On Wednesday the 8th of March, The Bank of Canada held its benchmark interest rate. Economists and Real Estate players alike agree that this will have major implications for the Canadian housing market. Expect to see these implications, this spring and onward if it is continually held.  

    This decision by the Bank of Canada could mean the bottom of the housing correction. But there is still a bit of uncertainty for the future, as a hike is still looming over our heads. 

    Housing Market Seasonality Returning

    Even before the decision for the hold was made we were seeing some housing markets in the country showing signs of life since the 2022 downturn. When the Bank of Canada made their announcement on Wednesday it didn’t provide much certainty along with the announcement. 

    The Central Bank is maintaining a wait and see approach for its policy rate so we could see more rate increases there in 2023. Let’s hope there are no additional economic shocks that send the inflation forecast off its trajectory. 

    The forecast issued by the Royal Bank of Canada earlier this week suggests we can look for the bottom of the housing market to show up around springtime. Based on inventory in many markets it looks like sellers will still have the upper hand over buyers during the spring. While the options for buyers are limited the options for building are not. 

    Have you considered building your home? If you have been looking at housing inventory with no hope in sight. Instead of purchasing an existing home, maybe it’s time to explore building your home with us. Reach out to us and let us help make your dream of owning a home a reality. 

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    Are New Home Prices Falling?

    by Bevony on 23 February 2023 Comments Off on Are New Home Prices Falling?

    In January 2023, home prices for new homes in Canada dropped by 0.2% month over month. The latest New Housing Index report showed higher mortgage rates, putting downward pressure on the prices of new houses.

     January also saw an increase in borrowing costs, bringing the policy interest rate up to 4.5%. The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reported that there were 18.7% more single-family homes completed in December 2022 than in December 2021, of which none were sold.

    In addition to that, the costs of softwood lumber decreased in January by 61.2% since they hit a high in March 2022. This has helped reduce construction costs as well. Builders like us had experienced a deteriorating market, and now with the decrease in construction costs, we can pass the savings on to home buyers, hence the decreasing new home prices.

    The Canadian Real Estate Association had predicted this decline in housing prices. They predicted an almost 6-percent drop over 2022. This caused both sellers and buyers to sit on the sidelines and watch. So we can likely expect rising interest rates and high levels of uncertainty to be a thing of the past. The CREA also forecasts that average home prices will reach $662,103 this year.

    Slowed Growth in New House Prices

    CREA also reported that the new listings ratio for resale homes in January 2023 was 57.8 compared to January 2022, when it was 77.9… This indicates a cooling market.

    In Calgary, there was a record year-over-year gain on new house prices. Calgary saw a 10.9% increase, Windsor came in with 5.9%, and Quebec followed with 5.3%.

    Sales hit a 14-year low in the month of January. The sales volume went to a 14-year low, making January 2023 the second-best January on record. The national average home price in Canada was $612,204, down 18.3% year over year.

     British Columbia and Ontario saw steeper price drops, according to CREA.

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    10 Benefits of Hiring SilverBeam Homes for your Custom Home

    by Bevony on 24 January 2023 Comments Off on 10 Benefits of Hiring SilverBeam Homes for your Custom Home

    When building a custom home, you want to hire the best. After all, you do want your home to be a true expression of your dreams and plans. Here at SilverBeam Homes, we make it possible for you to create a home that has your personal touch. But when you hire us, you will benefit in many more ways than pure aesthetics. We can also help you save time and money while getting the home you always wanted. Here are some other ways you can benefit when you choose us to build your custom home. 

    We Are Connected with Expert Subcontractors

    We work with a reliable supply chain and have a relationship with not just you, and our clients but also with agents, realtors, and different subcontractors. As home builders, we have connections with different subcontractors that are needed for the different aspects of your home build process. This way you don’t have to try and source items or workmen for particular tasks yourself. 

    We Can Get Discounts with Bulk Purchases

    When we purchase from our vendors, they allow us certain benefits you may not be entitled to if you were to do the purchasing on your own. Our well-established relationship with a variety of vendors can provide us with substantial discounts when we purchase items in large volumes. We pass this discount on to our customers so you can save on build costs or can put more things into your home design. 

    You Can Choose Your Floor Plan

    Not only can you provide your floor plan you can fine-tune a floor plan as you would like. We will work to get your requests approved. This way we can move on with construction – another hassle you don’t have to worry about on your own. You can modify how a space will be used or plan to add new rooms in the future. 

     You Get to Choose Your Location 

    When you build a custom home, you don’t have to stick to houses and by default locations that are on the market. You get to choose where your house is when you choose to build a custom home. 

    We are Better At Resource Management

    We know what we are doing and we maximize your biggest resource – time. You only have a set amount of time to devote to this project and we know that. So we don’t ever waste your time. We take care of different aspects of the process so you don’t have to. While always keeping you posted on how the process or processes are going. 

    Get Custom!

    We can help you customize your design or you can tell us your biggest dreams and we can try to make it happen at your budget. So that exposed brick wall that you imagine in your living room… don’t hold back. Let us know your ideas and we will show you how we may be able to work them into your budget or work in something similar. 

    Another exciting part of customizing your home is handpicking appliances that meet your lifestyle needs and your creative disposition. We will help you source and order all the things you want for your home. 

    Reduced Maintenance Charges 

    While upfront charges may seem high, the costs pan out over a few months. We help you to choose the best quality items that will be expensive upfront but will save you money on your electricity and heating bills and other maintenance and upkeep costs down the road. 

    We work with companies that offer warranties and professional maintenance so you can keep your items in tip-top shape ensuring they are working for you. 

    You Only Pay for What You Want

    No useless trends will be in your house when we build it from the ground up. You pay for only the luxuries that you want to enjoy. Your house will truly be you from floor to ceiling so if you need a wine cellar instead of a walk-in closet, we got you!

    Our Process is Smooth and Streamlined

    Our procedure ensures you don’t get caught up in the intricacies of building a home. SilverBeam Homes are well-versed in the process of building homes and have effective solutions for any type of problems we may run into while completing your project. When you hire us, you are sure to enjoy a seamless experience. 

    There is Always Room for Improvement

    When you build your home to meet your needs you can create an avenue for making alterations later on in life. A personalized home can change with your changing needs without too much fuss. You have complete control of your interior and exterior spaces and how you may want to update or improve them in the future. So when your budget now doesn’t allow for you to do it all, you can still plan your current space to accommodate those changes later. 

    Hiring SilverBeam Homes as your custom home builder is the right choice. We offer quality workmanship and have established relationships with various parties that you will need throughout the home-building process. Get in touch with us and let us help you build your dream home from the ground up. 

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    What’s Going on in the British Columbia Housing Market?

    by Bevony on 10 January 2023 Comments Off on What’s Going on in the British Columbia Housing Market?
    Expect Increases!

    Metro Vancouver continues to be one of Canada’s most expensive housing markets. It is rivaled only by Toronto. While a decrease in prices is expected, the decrease forecast is a small one of around 1%. 

    Why Are BC Home Prices So High?

    The story behind the home prices in British Columbia is a story of supply and demand. There are currently more potential buyers than there are sellers, and this has caused a bidding war that causes prices to spiral. Many homes are selling for more than asking doesn’t do well for the real estate market, this only causes higher prices to surface throughout the market. 

    Where Is The Hottest Real Estate Market In BC?

    Vancouver is still the preferred market for British Columbians seeking to purchase real estate. It is also the highest priced, so it is hot in more ways than one. Persons looking for value are looking toward Victoria and Kelowna. 

    Will Mortgage Rates Go Down In 2023 Canada?

    As of January 1, 2023, the market consensus is for the Central Bank to increase mortgage rates by 0.25% to 4.5% in the early part of the year. This can go even higher if inflation does not drop below 4.5%. 

    When the Central Bank meets on the 25th of January, we are expecting to see a prime rate increase. There is also the speculation of an additional increase of 0.25% in March of 2023. But it is still very early for this forecast. 

    The Government of Canada Bond Yield is the main tool used to read the current mortgage rate. The Canadian bond is a debt security that pays investor returns. The percentage return is called the yield and is a very safe investment, because the only way investors won’t get paid is if the Government goes bankrupt. 

    The Bond Yield factors in all the economic data on a day to day and even a minute to minute basis. When bond traders think the Central Bank of Canada is going to increase rates, then the Bond Yield is increased. Likewise, when the Bond market thinks the rates will decrease from the Central Bank, then the yield drops. So Bond yield trades in anticipation of where the rates will move from the Central Bank of Canada. And the Central Bank makes all its decisions based on the current economic status. 

    For right now, the Yield seems to be priced for an anticipation of a 0.25% increase in rates from the Central Bank of Canada. So mortgage rates aren’t going down anytime soon – not to be the bearer of bad news. But that is the current state of the British Columbia Housing Market. 

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    The Canadian Real Estate Market for 2023 

    by Bevony on 5 January 2023 Comments Off on The Canadian Real Estate Market for 2023 

    There was a strong real estate start to the year in 2022, but that year was defined by unaffordability, which sparked one of the most remarkable interest rate hikes from the Bank of Canada. Because of this, many sellers and buyers were sidelined and continued to remain as such even while house prices were declining. 

    2023 rolls in, bringing new hope for many Canadians to reenter the real estate market, but we have to adjust our expectations. So what can you expect?

    While there will be a lot of the same kind of prices from last year, we can see a bit of reprieve on the horizon. 

    The Bottoming Out of Prices

    The housing markets were in correction mode for most of 2022, and it seems the worst parts of the correction are behind us. But there are still major markets that are seeing a downturn in conditions. But we haven’t seen prices come down in a meaningful way, just yet. We expect to see a gradual month over month decline as we proceed through 2023. But it is likely we will still have to wait years for this large deterioration to be reversed. 

    Each market will tell a different story of price depreciation. So properties in smaller markets will see more significant corrections in the average prices. British Columbia will continue to see overstretched affordability. 

    The End of the Rate Hike Cycle

    The Bank of Canada saw its 7th consecutive interest rates hike in December of 2022. The sad thing is the hike cycle has not done much to bring down inflation. There is another hike on the horizon, set to happen on the 25th of January to the tune of 25 basis points. 

    While we don’t expect to see too much improvement in the first half of 2023, buyers will soon be able to make a move on properties that catch their eye without too much competition. 

    Effect on Mortgage Carriers

    Mortgage carriers find themselves in a tight spot for 2023. If house inflation is 10 times, then mortgage inflation is also 10 times. Individuals with a HELOC or primary-based mortgage product will have difficulties with increases, which escalate their payments. Persons that are mortgage hunting will also be in a tight spot.

    Immigration and Housing

    The government of Canada plans to welcome over 460,000 permanent residents in 2023 alone. Over the next three years, the government is set to welcome a total of 1.45 million permanent residents. 

    This will result in an immigration housing demand that will inject the market with the lacking urgency from 2022. New development costs will lead new and existing Canadians to turn to the rental market, which will further compound the affordability challenges of the sector. 

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    Canada – Home To the Largest Real Estate Bubble

    by Bevony on 21 December 2022 Comments Off on Canada – Home To the Largest Real Estate Bubble

    In November of 2022, housing affordability eroded all across the country. The RBC notes it is now harder to buy a home than it was in the last bubble seen in the 1980’s. The 2021 price surge has definitely caused lasting damage that will take years to correct. 

    Many buyers today may call some housing prices affordable. But the truth is that Canadian households have never had to spend such a large share of their income on owning a home. The incredibly sharp increase is 14.5 points higher than the previous year across the country. 

    Canada’s Least Affordable Real Estate Markets 

    While every market in Canada is seeing higher prices, Ontario and British Columbia are showing the highest numbers. A Toronto household will need to spend 85.2% of their income on a mortgage. That doesn’t leave much room for living. 

    No generation in Canada has seen the need to dedicate so much of their income towards servicing a mortgage. The sudden erosion has caused rising interest rates, but this isn’t the major issue in most markets. 

    Hopes for Market Correction 

    Before the interest rates increased, there was an excess demand, which drove the erosion of affordability. RBC notes that interest rates are stabilizing, and that will help to correct the prices. But we can’t expect this very soon. A 14% correction would be one of the largest in history, rivaling the corrections in the 80’s and 90’s. 

    Some household incomes are growing, and this should help with affordability. With incomes rising, prices will stagnate and affordability will return to the housing market. But this will take some time. 

    If you have never considered building a home, maybe now is the best time to consider this option. Give us a call, we’d love to hear from you and guide you through the process of building your home. 

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    Burnaby and Vancouver Energy Step Code Requirements

    by Bevony on 8 December 2022 Comments Off on Burnaby and Vancouver Energy Step Code Requirements

    The BC energy step code has been in place for over a year, but not many people know how the Step Code works. Each city has their own requirements, and the federal government indicates that by 2032, all residential buildings with seven or fewer stories must meet net-zero standards. The step code is currently a voluntary program to help get to this goal. This applies to newly built houses and existing homes, with a significant portion being renovated. 

    Building to Meet Step Codes is the Future

    The step code has five levels, and each level has its own performance target. Designers, builders and homeowners have options for different materials and techniques that can be used at each step. 

    Step 1 – Improved Energy Efficiency Above the BC Building Code 

    • No requirement for air changes per hour. 
    • No specific requirements for energy use per year.

    Step 2 – 10% More Energy Efficiency

    • Air changes out 3 times per hour. 
    • Energy use per year of 35 kWh/m2/year.

    Step 3 – 20% More Energy Efficiency

    •  Air changes out 2.5 times per hour. 
    • Energy use per year of 30 kWh/m2/year.

    Step 4 – 40% More Energy Efficiency

    • Air changes out 1.5 times per hour. 
    • Energy use per year of 20 kWh/m2/year.

    Step 5 – Net-Zero Construction

    •  Air changes out 1 time per hour. 
    • Energy use per year of 15 kWh/m2/year.

    How the BC Energy Step Code is Implemented in Vancouver and Burnaby 

    District of North Vancouver

    North Vancouver has opted in at Step 3. If you are building in this area, you will need your home to be 20% more energy efficient. 

    City of North Vancouver 

    This city has opted for Step 3, but there are some neighborhoods that require Step 4. This step was put into place on the 1st of July 2018. 

    West Vancouver 

    The standard here is Step 3. This was enforced on July 1st 2018. 


    There are currently no requirements in place, but the process of developing a step code proposal under Part 9 has been initiated. No start date has been declared, but we expect this to be put in place shortly.  

    If you intend to build, you can build to the step code requirements if your city doesn’t have a code in place. We recommend new buildings meet step 5 requirements. This will be better for the environment and for your health. It will also save you from making costly renovations when the Net-Zero step comes into play in 2050.

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    Sleepy Salmo – The Affordable Housing Market Alternative

    by Bevony on 30 November 2022 Comments Off on Sleepy Salmo – The Affordable Housing Market Alternative

    Residents of British Columbia have been moving to Salmo in their search for more affordable homes. This small mountain village can be found on the interior of B.C., and has property values below $500,000. 

    Salmo has always been that small town that you drive by without noticing. It’s not on any of the main highways in the province, so it is easy to overlook. It sits on one of Canada’s highest mountain passes. But the highway is always open. The location is out of the way, with an 8 hour drive from Vancouver or Calgary. 

    Salmo homes have always been on the more affordable side, and the town was not spared. The increases brought on by the pandemic. Still, many young families are finding their way to the village to get into the real estate market. 

    Comparing Salmo Prices with the Surrounding Areas

    Prices increased in surrounding areas like Nelson and Trail. These cities saw their first million dollar homes during the pandemic. However, the prices are still remarkably lower than the more mainstream areas in British Columbia. 

    Residents of Salmo have to drive to Trail or Nelson in search of well-priced groceries and clothing. But the community on a whole is very supportive, and you can find ways to make up for the inconveniences. 

    Salmo is not only attracting local individuals. It is attracting people from Vancouver Island City seeking their first property. Salmo is a good choice, since you can find homes at the $300,000 price point. 

    Salmo’s Reaction

    The Mayor welcomes newcomers and tries to personally meet every single person who moves into town. She also went on to note that while people are coming over to make Salmo their home, the town isn’t necessarily growing, since young people are leaving for College and most often stay away after finishing school.  

    People in town note they see a change in the culture. There is a stronger presence of young artists. 

    The downside is there aren’t a lot of houses being built in Salmo. So the supply could dry up and what will this mean for the growth of the small town? Also, what will it mean for those who want to return to their original home after college? 

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