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REBGV makes three recommendations to BC government to help make homes more affordable
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Metro Vancouver is facing a housing affordability crisis. Home prices continue to rise, and the inventory of homes for sale is insufficient to meet today’s demand.
Home Ownership
7 ways to get the most out of small living spaces
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Small living spaces are a reality for more and more homeowners. But small spaces don’t have to mean small dreams.
Legislation & Regulations
Federal government plans unused housing tax
Friday, September 24, 2021
Read about the federal government’s plans to implement a national, annual one-per-cent tax on non-resident, non-Canadian owned residential vacant or underused real estate.
Home Ownership
Housing is a key election issue for the September 20, 2021 federal election
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Read a summary of what each of the major parties has promised so far.
Home Ownership
Here are 7 ways to get ready for fall
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Sure signs that fall is coming are shorter days and the start of school. Fall also means it’s time to begin preparing our homes for oncoming cooler weather.
Home Buying
Millennials to drive housing demand
Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Millennial newcomers will help fill the expected 861,000 job openings in BC over the next decade (2019-2029), and most would like to own a home.
Home Ownership
Home insurance and wildfire season: What you need to know
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
During this crisis, it’s important to understand what you should expect from your insurance.
Home Buying
Can you explain sellers’ and buyers’ contractual obligations?
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Buyers and sellers with signed contracts that are legally binding have many contractual obligations. Here are a few examples.
Home Ownership
It’s easy being green: here are 5 lawn alternatives
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Lawn alternatives that help bees, save water, eliminate chaffer beetles, and more!
Home Ownership
Home security – 11 tips to protect your belongings
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
It’s summertime and the living is easy, especially for potential thieves.
Home Buying
Use Realtylink.org to help find your next home
Friday, June 25, 2021
Search the most up-to-date listings from the MLS® systems operated by the Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Chilliwack, BC Northern, and Vancouver Island real estate boards.
Home Ownership
Federal government offers home owners $5,600 to make homes energy efficient
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Here's how to apply for one of the $5,000 grants offered by the federal government.
Home Ownership
What’s a reverse mortgage?
Thursday, June 10, 2021
How can older home owners cover their expenses without selling their home?
Home Ownership
Resolving strata disputes
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Strata corporations, strata owners, residents and strata council members can access online services through the BC Civil Resolution Tribunal to resolve solve disputes.
Legislation & Regulations
How will the new mortgage stress test rules impact Metro Vancouver real estate?
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
The new rules will dampen mortgage credit growth, but should have a modest effect on home sales and prices in the region going forward.
Legislation & Regulations
Speculation and vacancy tax relief for non-existent homes
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The provincial speculation and vacancy tax applies to airspace above buildings classed as residential. The government will temporarily remove this tax for one year.
Home Ownership
Stratas: Maintenance fees and special levies
Thursday, May 20, 2021
What are maintenance fees and special levies for stratas and how are they determined?
Home Buying
Home buyers: 5 tips to prepare for a busy market
Friday, May 14, 2021
Before you begin home hunting, get prepared using these five simple steps to mitigate your risk so there are no unwanted surprises in one of the biggest financial decisions of your life.
Home Ownership
Home owner grants are now required to be filed with the province
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
You now need to apply to the province for your home owner grant. Here's what you do.
Home Buying
What are the buying costs of a home?
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
If you’ve decided to buy a home, it’s important you understand all the costs involved in addition to the price you're paying for the property.
Home Buying
Q&A with REBGV Chair Taylor Biggar: Tips for home buyers in today’s hectic housing market?
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Here's what hopeful home buyers need to know to successfully navigate Metro Vancouver’s hectic housing market.
Home Ownership
What's a non-conforming strata? What you need to know to avoid headaches
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
If you’ve heard the term “non-conforming strata” before, there’s something you should know: There’s no such thing. Find out why.
Home Buying
What are the tax implications of buying a vacation home?
Monday, April 19, 2021
Before buying a vacation property, you should be aware of tax implications and other important considerations.
Home Buying
Here are seven strata terms you should know
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
If you’re looking to own a strata home, make sure you’re familiar with related terminology. Here’s a guide to some of those terms.
Home Buying
Federal agency proposes new minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages
Friday, April 9, 2021
The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions began consultation yesterday on a proposed increase to the minimum qualifying rate for uninsured mortgages.
Home Ownership
Are BC home owners protected against title fraud?
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Two rare fraud attempts highlight protection for home owners.
Taxes
What are the tax implications of building a laneway house?
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Before building a laneway home or buying a property with one, you should understand the tax implications of doing so.
Legislation & Regulations
The Land Owner Transparency Registry – what you need to know
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
To help stop the ‎hidden ownership of real ‎‎estate and prevent money laundering and tax evasion, the BC government has introduced legislation and an owner registry.
Legislation & Regulations
Rent freeze extended; renovictions, disputes addressed in proposed legislation
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Check the details of the BC government's proposed legislation to extend the residential rent freeze, and other related items.
Home Buying
Buying or selling a home? Here are 4 trends you can expect in today's market
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
A combination of historically high demand, limited housing supply, and COVID-19 restrictions is changing the way buyers and sellers are operating in Metro Vancouver’s housing market.
Home Ownership
Aging in place: Top tips on how you can adapt your home
Friday, February 12, 2021
Whether you’re looking for your ‘forever’ home or already live there, adjusting its design will help make your life easier and safer.
Home Ownership
Get your home ready for spring using these simple steps
Friday, February 5, 2021
Spring is a time of renewal for both you and your home. As you emerge from your winter cocoon, you’ll want to start the spring repairs and updates your home requires.
Home Ownership
35 ways home buyers, sellers and owners can save money
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Are you looking to save money? We can help! Here are 35 ways BC home buyers, sellers, and owners can save money.
Legislation & Regulations
Time to complete your speculation and vacancy tax declaration
Friday, January 22, 2021
Residential property owners in communities where the speculation and vacancy tax applies will soon receive their declaration package.
Home Ownership
Paying property taxes? Save money with the Home Owner Grant
Friday, January 8, 2021
The Home Owner Grant reduces the amount of property tax you have to pay on your home as long as its your primary residence. Province-wide, most homes will remain below the threshold. Is your home one of them?
Taxes
Property taxes 101
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Property tax notices are sent to home owners and businesses in June and are due the first or second business day in July, depending on the municipality.