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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?
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.
Home Ownership
Know the rules when insuring secondary suites
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Having insurance coverage is vital. There’s a misconception among home owners that their existing policy will cover a suite. It doesn’t.
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Buying costs
Thursday, August 22, 2019
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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Eight ways you can prepare for a disaster
Friday, August 9, 2019
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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31 ways home buyers, sellers and owners can save money
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Are you looking to save money? We can help! Here's 31 ways BC home buyers, sellers, and owners can save money.
Taxes
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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All you need to know about the 2019 assessments
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Have you checked your 2019 assessment yet? BC Assessment (BCA) sent home owners their 2019 assessment notices last week, which reflect your home's market value as of July 1, 2018.
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Resources for landlords, tenants and property managers in Greater Vancouver
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Whether you rent out a small secondary suite or multiple units in a high-rise tower, being a landlord brings significant financial and legal obligations.
Home Ownership
Prepare your home for sale
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Are you thinking of selling your home? Before your REALTOR® begins showing your home, you will want to make sure it’s in tip-top condition.
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Stratas and pets
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
If you’re planning to buy a strata property and you have furry or feathered friends, find out whether pets are allowed and if there are restrictions.