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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
Home Ownership
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.
Home Ownership
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.
Legislation & Regulations
Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax increases to three per cent
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Mayor Kennedy Stewart has followed through on a 2018 election campaign promise and has tripled the Empty Homes Tax rate to three per cent.
Legislation & Regulations
BC's Land Owner Transparency Registry now in force: what you need to know
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
When a title change is registered in the land titles office, the transferee must file a transparency declaration disclosing interest holders.