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7 ways to get ready for fall
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
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 Ownership
7 ways to get the most out of small living spaces
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Small living spaces are a reality for more and more homeowners. But small spaces don’t have to mean small dreams.
Home Ownership
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 Ownership
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.
Home Ownership
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 Ownership
What you need to know about strata insurance rate increases
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Strata owners in BC are facing insurance rate increases of between 50 and 300 per cent this year, according to the Condominium Home Owners Association of BC.
Home Ownership
Paying property taxes? Save money with the Home Owner Grant
Friday, January 3, 2020
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, 92 per cent of homes will remain below the threshold. Is your home one of them?
Taxes
Home Owner Grant
Friday, January 3, 2020
In 2020, the BC government decreased the Home Owner Grant threshold to $1.525 million from $1.65 million.
Taxes
Property taxes 101
Friday, January 3, 2020
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.
Home Ownership
Asbestos exposure remains a risk in older homes
Friday, November 15, 2019
If you own, or are looking to buy, a pre-1990s home, and are planning a demolition or renovation, you’ll need to understand the risks of asbestos and the need to hire a qualified testing company.