Helpful links and tips for buying and selling a home



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Downloadable Articles / Links.

Link: BC Assessment (

Link: Moving Checklist: Handy Guide for Moving House

Article – download pdf: Costs of Buying a Home – March 2016

Article – download pdf: Property Transfer Tax Update – March 2016

Article – download pdf: Yard and Gardening Hacks – March 2016

Article – download pdf: Secondary Insurance – Know the rules

Article – download pdf: BC government launches open access website

Article – download pdf: Closing Costs Checklist

Article – download pdf: Top 25 grants and rebates
A list of the top 25 grants and rebates for property buyers and owners, prepared by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, April 1, 2011.

Link: Legally Speaking, Title Insurance Occasionally, claims are reported to the Real Estate Errors and Omissions Insurance Corporation (REEOIC) involving complaints by buyers against licensees which might not have been made if those buyers had bought title insurance.

Link: What’s a Walkable Score? helps you find a walkable place to live by calculating a Walk Score for any address.

Article – download pdf: Deferring property taxes – what does it cost?
The Land Tax Deferment Act – Interest Rate Regulation sets the interest rate charged on residential property taxes deferred under the Land Tax Deferment Act.

Link: Strata Property Act – Changes to Rental Restrictions Rules
Since its adoption, the Strata Property Act has permitted residential strata corporations to adopt rental restriction bylaws. With the adoption of the Strata Property Amendment Act (SPAA), important changes to rental restrictions for new strata developments came into force as of January 1, 2010… READ MORE

Article – download pdf: First-time home buyers’ tax credit
What is the first-time home buyers’ tax credit (HBTC)?
The HBTC is a non-refundable tax credit for certain homebuyers who acquire a qualifying home after January 27, 2009, that is – closing after this date.

Article – download pdf: Property Transfer Tax and the First Time Home Buyer’s Program
Sourced from: Government of British Columbia brochure: February, 2008
The First Time Home Buyers’ Program If you are purchasing your first home, you may qualify for an exemption from property transfer tax if certain requirements are met.

Links: Learn about Government incentives and how to become more energy efficient in your home:

Article – download pdf: Two-Minute Realty Check
Sourced from: The Bulletin, BC Real Estate Association Date: December, 2008
By: Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist

Many households fear their savings are worth pennies on the dollar, and that they’ll need to work well past retirement age to re-coup their losses. They’re also worried about their jobs, the price of fuel and the value of their most important assets: their homes. Amid your daily dose of doom and gloom, consider the following as a quick reality check.

Article – download pdf: Condo Pre-Sales…A Buyer’s right to cancel a contract of Purchase and Sale – download the pdf
Sourced from: The Vancouver Sun, written by: Mairi MacLean – Date: January 8, 2008
Here, from interior decorator and home staging expert Gabrielle Campbell, are 10 common mistakes sellers make when preparing their house for sale.

Article – download pdf: Moving On Out – download the pdf
from: Written by: Laurie Mackenzie
Sourced from: Canadian Living, June 2008

Article – download pdf: Residential Electrical Wiring Types – download the pdf
from: PowerCheck Electrical Safety Services Inc.

Article: Moving 101 – download the pdf
Preparing early can help reduce the stress that often goes along with moving. Here is a checklist of things you may want to think about ahead of time, in order to facilitate a smooth move.

Article – download pdf: What’s it worth? Property assessment notices
Sourced from: The Open House Date: January 11, 2008
Typically, there is a difference between the property value assessment on the assessment notice and the market value determined by a REALTOR. Home owners often want to know why. What accounts for this difference? There are two reasons. The first has to do with when. The second has to do with how. Download the full article (.pdf)

Article – download pdf: Top 11 great grants, rebates and exemptions
As seen in The Open House, February 9, 2007

Article – download pdf: Do Greater Vancouver property owners need title insurance?
As written in Realtor Link September 21, 2007