first_imgA woman was left terrified when a man attacked her home with a hammer in Letterkenny.House was attacked with hammer.The incident happened in the Manor View area of Long Lane at the weekend.The man, believed to be an Irish national, called to the house demanding to speak to a Polish man. The man had been banging on a number of doors in the area looking for a named man.When a woman answered the door, she was met by an angry man waving a hammer.The man lashed out and broke a window with the hammer.The woman explained that the man had the wrong house and he left. It is believed the man then got a taxi back down the town.Gardai were called to the scene and interview a number of frightened tenants.They are keen to speak to any taxi-driver who may have given the man a lift.The attack happened between midnight and 1am in the early hours of Sunday morning. HAMMER ATTACK LEAVES WOMAN TERRIFIED IN HER HOME was last modified: September 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:attackGardaiLonglaneManor Viewlast_img read more

New Vancity report reveals home buyers cant count on cheaper suburbs

first_imgVANCOUVER – A new report from a Vancouver credit union says home buyers on British Columbia’s southern coast can no longer turn to the suburbs to find more affordable housing.Vancity tracked the markets in 30 municipalities in the Lower Mainland and Greater Victoria over a 12-month period that ended on Feb. 28, calculating the median price of housing in each community and comparing that with the median income of residents.Vancouver became only marginally less affordable over the period, but Vancity says the gulf between the cost of housing and median income widened in the suburban North Vancouver District, where housing affordability tumbled almost 38 per cent.The study says the Victoria suburb of Oak Bay and the districts of Squamish and Mission, both more than 60 kilometres from Vancouver, also became significantly less affordable.The report identifies a few pockets where homes are considered affordable for buyers including Chilliwack and Sooke, where buyers must commit between 24 and 35 per cent of their monthly income to pay for a mortgage.Ryan McKinley, Vancity’s senior mortgage development manager, says the market is changing for people seeking cheaper housing.“Buyers looking for affordable housing options used to be able to look to municipalities around Vancouver to find affordable options,” he said in a news release.“While pockets of affordability still exist, they are disappearing as prices in the Fraser Valley and other parts of B.C. continue to rise.”The report recommends buyers examine the cost of ownership and consider housing co-operatives or co-ownership rather than purchasing and cutting into the money they need to pay down debt or manage other living expenses.It also calls on the provincial government to encourage every municipality to develop an affordable housing plan and suggests the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. look at doubling the density of affordable housing properties it has financed in the past.last_img read more