Liza Rogers (centre) and the team behind the Victoria Real Estate Investment Expo, say housing solutions are changing, but still thriving in the city’s current market. It’s all up for discussion at this year’s Expo, running March and 4 at the Crystal Garden. Contributed photo

Victoria Real Estate Expo offers investment tips in red-hot housing market

Two-day forum discusses affordability, unconventional housing solutions for renters and buyers

It’s no secret that the housing market in Victoria is a challenge, whether you’re a renter or you’ve purchased a home of your own.

So this year, the organizers of the Victoria Real Estate Investment Expo will gather March 3 and 4 at the Victoria Conference Centre’s Crystal Garden with affordability solutions in mind.

Liza Rogers, co-producer of the Expo, says surviving in this red-hot market is a top concern for British Columbians right now, but there are various options out there.

“From tiny homes and shared living to rent-to-own options and mortgages that allow you to buy with friends, there are many unconventional opportunities to get into the real estate market,” she explains.

With something for everyone from first-time home buyers to experienced investors, the Expo offers a glimpse into the hot topics of housing. Sustainable growth, how to create more rental accommodation, identifying where investment opportunities are, and looking at the impact of vacation rentals like Airbnb are all part of the agenda during the two-day forum.

Workshops, lectures and presentations from experts will explore creative ways to thrive in the city’s current market.

“This is a conversation about the communities we want to live in and where we want to invest,” says Rogers, whose team has assembled builders, developers, real estate professionals and housing advocates among others, to engage in the dialogue.

Fifty per cent of the ticket proceeds will go to the Greater Victoria Housing Society.

The non-profit organization works to provide affordable rental housing for low- to moderate-income families, seniors, working singles and adults with different abilities who live independently.

To build inclusive communities, everyone must have a voice in the conversation, says Society executive director Kaye Melliship. “We can create healthier, happier and sustainable communities by investing with the heart.”

For more information, or to purchase tickets to the Expo, head over to victoriarealestateexpo.com.

kristyn.anthony

@vicnews.com

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