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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Home security – 11 tips to protect your belongings
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
It’s summertime and the living is easy, especially for potential thieves.
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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.
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What’s a reverse mortgage?
Thursday, June 10, 2021
How can older home owners cover their expenses without selling their home?
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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.
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Stratas: Maintenance fees and special levies
Thursday, May 20, 2021
What are maintenance fees and special levies for stratas and how are they determined?
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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.
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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.
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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.
Fact Sheets
Cannabis fact sheet
Monday, March 22, 2021
Cannabis is regulated at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Here’s a summary of how it’s dealt with in Greater Vancouver municipalities.
Fact Sheets
Heritage Homes fact sheet
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
If a home is more than 60 years old, home owners may refer to it as having character merit or as “heritage”, regardless of how well it has been preserved or how much it has been altered over the years.
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Eight ways you can prepare for a disaster
Monday, February 22, 2021
Natural disasters can strike at any time. Earthquakes, floods, and fires can spring up quickly and endanger homes and businesses. What can you do to prepare?
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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.
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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.
Fact Sheets
Tree protection bylaws and policies for private property owners
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Many local governments in Greater Vancouver have a bylaw or policy addressing tree removal, retention, pruning and damage on private property. This fact sheet is an overview.
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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.
Home Selling
How does a REALTOR® establish the selling price of my house?
Friday, January 8, 2021
To attract buyers and ensure you receive a price that works best for you, your Realtor will help establish your home’s current market value.
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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.
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Greater Vancouver assessments up overall
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Property owners receive their 2021 assessment notices the first week of January, a valuation which reflects the market value as of July 1, 2020.
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BC Strata insurers to end ‘best terms pricing’
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Learn what changes are being made to give strata corporations the info needed to make informed decisions about their insurance needs.
Home Selling
Can I cancel a listing contract, a buyer agency or an exclusive?
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Contracts can only be cancelled with the mutual consent of the parties involved.
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Design trends emerging from the pandemic
Thursday, October 29, 2020
We're adapting our personal spaces to reduce our exposure to the coronavirus and to feel better. Some trends are now commonplace, but one may surprise you.
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Home suite home: Making a basement suite feel like home
Friday, August 14, 2020
Making the most of a limited space is a constant challenge for home owners with basement suites.
Taxes
Empty Homes Tax put to good use – Vancouver creates affordable housing
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Four affordable housing projects in Vancouver are receiving grants totalling more than $8.7 million dollars – partially funded by Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax. 
Home Selling
Curb appeal - 6 ways to improve your home's resale value
Monday, July 6, 2020
Find out how to make the curb appeal of your home more attractive to buyers.
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Provincial government introduces bill to help with soaring strata insurance costs
Thursday, June 25, 2020
The BC government is taking its first steps to mitigate soaring strata insurance costs.
Legislation & Regulations
What’s happening in BC’s strata insurance market?
Thursday, June 18, 2020
The BC Financial Services Authority found strata insurance premiums rose by about 40 per cent, with deductibles seeing triple digit increases.
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Funding insurance premiums and calling general meetings
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Two additions to the Strata Property Regulation will make life easier for strata corporations grappling with sky-high insurance premiums.
Home Selling
How to show a home safely during COVID-19
Monday, May 11, 2020
To help you buy or sell your home in a safe and responsible way, Realtors have innovated new tools, procedures, and best-practices.
Fact Sheets
Property Transfer Tax fact sheet
Friday, May 1, 2020
The Property Transfer Tax (PTT) is a land registration tax paid by a home buyer when a title is registered at the Land Title Survey Authority. Learn how much PTT you need to pay.