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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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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REALTORS® acting with extra vigilance as COVID-19 caseload rises
Monday, November 2, 2020
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, REALTORS® are committed to adhering to the province’s latest physical distancing requirements and conducting as much of their business as possible in a virtual environment.
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7 green ideas to consider when buying a home
Thursday, October 8, 2020
When looking for an eco-friendly home, here are some things to look for or put in place yourself.
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Attending an open house? Here are seven things to expect
Monday, September 28, 2020
REALTORS® are now able to hold open houses with safety practices in place. Here's what you can expect during today’s period of physical distancing.
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A closer look at bank rates
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Home buyers with less than a 20 per cent down payment applying for a high-ratio mortgage with a regulated financial institution are typically offered a contract mortgage interest rate.
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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. 
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Watch part two in our video chat with Mortgage Broker Angela Calla
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Angela talks about how the mortgage market is evolving.
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Private insurers aren’t following CMHC in tightening lending standards
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Two private insurers have announced they won’t be following the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation lead to tighten lending standards.
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Watch our Innovation Series video with Mortgage Broker Angela Calla
Friday, June 19, 2020
Angela discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the mortgage market and gives you helpful advice.
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CMHC tightens lending standards, making homes less affordable
Friday, June 19, 2020
Effective July 1, 2020, it will be more difficult to buy a home if you’re a first-time buyer.
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Four questions with Mortgage Broker Angela Calla
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Read our new Expert Series of articles, starting with how lower interest rates will affect your mortgage, and preparing to apply for a mortgage.
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Real estate board strongly recommends REALTORS® refrain from hosting open houses
Thursday, March 19, 2020
With concerns about the spread of COVID-19, REBGV is strongly recommending its approximately 14,000 REALTOR® members refrain from holding open houses.
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How mortgage stress test changes affects home buyers
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
The benchmark rate used to determine the minimum qualifying rate for insured mortgages, known as the “stress test" is changing.
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REALTORS® have helped 3 million Canadians use RRSPs to buy a home
Thursday, August 22, 2019
In the mid 1980s a group of Realtors came up with a novel idea: why not help first-time buyers by letting them use part of their RRSPs for a down payment.
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How to get a mortgage when you’re self-employed
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
To increase your chances of qualifying as a self-employed borrower, you’ll need to be familiar with what lenders require and what questions they’ll ask.
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What you need to know about BC's Speculation and Vacancy Tax
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The deadline to complete the annual declaration to claim an exemption for the provincial government's Speculation and Vacancy Tax is coming up on March 31.
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Will I have to pay capital gains when I sell my house?
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Capital gains taxes, first introduced in 1972, are charged on the difference between what you paid for an asset – for example, a stock, and what you sold it for.
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Why do I have to pay property taxes on the house I’m buying?
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Property taxes in BC are due the first business day after July 1. If you buy a home at another time, you may have to pay a share of the year to avoid a penalty.
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Choosing the right home starts with choosing the right REALTOR®
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Buying or selling a home is a significant financial decision. Your Realtor serves as your trusted advisor, guiding you at every step of the process. That’s why it’s important to take your time to choose the right Realtor for you.
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What is an Offer to Purchase?
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
When you decide to buy a property, your Realtor will prepare what is known as an Offer to Purchase.
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Putting Property Transfer Tax Revenue to Work
Monday, November 19, 2018
Metro Vancouver’s population is forecast to grow by 35,000 new residents each year, reaching 3.4 million by 2040. Supply problems will continue to escalate because of increasing population. To help solve this, we suggest putting the forecast $1.875 billion in PTT revenue to work.