Top Five First-Time Home Buyer Trends

November 3, 2014

Despite issues of unaffordability, first-time buyers are a growing demographic in the Lower Mainland property market. Susan M Boyce examines five key trends driving their ...

What's Right For You: Townhouse or Condo?

October 23, 2014

For first-time buyers, a condo seems the only way to get on the property ladder – but would a townhouse be a better bet? Real estate agent Barry Magee offers advice

Buy vs Rent: Which is Better Long Term?

July 14, 2014

Is it better in the long term to buy a home, or rent and invest? There's no right answer - but here are the pros and cons of each and some useful calculations.

Home Buyers' Guide to Flood-Risk Areas

July 7, 2014

Devastating floods have put the subject top of mind for home buyers – so what should you know before buying in one of the Lower Mainland's at-risk areas?

The Bank of Mom and Dad

March 27, 2014

Lawyer Richard Bell explains the options and complications that come up when Mom and Dad want to help the kids buy their first home.

Affordability Flip-Flop

May 29, 2013

Factor in the cost of transportation and suddenly neighbourhoods that seem unaffordable start looking a lot easier on the budget. And vice versa.

Grants and Rebates for Home Buyers

April 26, 2013

To own or buy a home in the Vancouver region, you need all the help you can get. Here's an indispensable list of grants, loans and rebates.

Resale vs New: Condo Price Comparison

February 21, 2013

Compare average condo prices in new developments vs resale units under 5 years old, across Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, winter 2012/13.

House Hunter Chronicles 7: Best Offer?

September 24, 2012

Join house hunter Elaine as she looks for the perfect Vancouver house. With prices in her neighbourhood dropping and more listings to choose from, she should have it easy. ...

How to Avoid Home Closing Day Anxiety

September 4, 2012

Lots of things can go wrong on closing day. Real estate lawyer Mark Weisleder has some great tips for home buyers on how to deal with sloppy sellers.

House Hunter Chronicles 5: Know the Market

August 16, 2012

Follow local house hunter Elaine as she experiences the highs and lows of trying to buy a house in Vancouver's intense real estate market. Now that she's in serious search ...

Q&A: All About Home Warranty Insurance

March 21, 2012

Since July 1, 1999, all new single-family and multi-family homes built for sale in BC have been required by law to carry mandatory third-party home warranty insurance for ...

Who Should You Trust when Buying a Home?

December 14, 2011

There's a lot of talk out there these days about changing up the way we buy homes. There's a renewed sense that the real estate agent is out and buying a home on your own, ...

Condos a Bargain

November 15, 2011

While detached house prices in Vancouver have gone nuts, condo prices have not kept pace. In fact, they're still a relative bargain for first-time home buyers and downsizers,...

How to Buy a Home at a Fair Price

October 3, 2011

Follow the steps detailed in this Investopedia checklist to find out if the price is right... or if not, what it ought to be.

Home Buyer Checklist

June 17, 2011

Buying a new home can be a rewarding experience. Use this checklist as you go through the buying process: I made a list of my household's needs ...

Buying a Home For Your Student Child

June 17, 2011

Buying a house for your university-student children to live in while they attend school can make a lot of sense, according to Melanie Chambers who looked at the issue for ...

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