Useful Links

 

Sell a Property

Getting ready to sell - An overview of the process of selling a property in BC. (RECBC)

NON-Residents - Clearance certificate, (CRA – Form T2062)

Why use a Realtor? - Benefits of using a Realtor to Sell your property

Non-Residents - An overview of the tax implications for Sellers

Fintrac Requirements - Government regulations dealing with Money laundering/Anti-terrorist financing & complying with the Law

H.S.T. Harmonized Sales Tax (July 2010) - Its effect on the cost of selling a property.

Buying a Home

Mortgage rules/guidelines -  See the up-to-date lending requirements.

Getting ready to buy - Exploring the prospect of home ownership. (CMHC questionare)

Where’s your Deposit coming from? – Be ready to ‘show the money’

Looking for a Condominium  - Condominium Buyers Guide (CMHC booklet)

Property Manager Ratings  - See how your strata manager rates

Protecting your interests - Title Security in BC and an overview of our land title system.

Heritage home/Archaeological info registry – Over 40,000 sites are ‘automatically protected’ in BC.   BE CAREFUL find out the properties status and how it may affect development/renovation. (Data request form)

Why use a Realtor? – Benefits in using a Realtor to help you Buy a home

Buying a New Home - Cover yourself while buying a NEW HOME - Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) for details of 2-5-10 Year New Home Warranty, licensing of residential builders, building envelope renovators (Leaky Condo) and special reports/publications.

2-5-10 Year Home Warranty Insurance - Offers 'Limited protection' on the purchase of a New Home. Buyer beware!

Non-Residents

Fintrac Requirements – Government regulations dealing with Money laundering/Anti-terrorist financing & complying with the Law

Area amenities/services - Proximity to amenities/services in the area of your home search

School info

CLOSING COSTS ~ Property transfer tax further info:


News, Sales update & Market Statistics

Assessed value of your property - BC. Assessment's *New 'e-valueBC' lets you compare your property Assessment Online.

Economic review and forecast - CIBC World Markets (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)

Economic review and forecast - RBC Financial Group Economics (Royal Bank of Canada)

News and Statistics - Current News and Sales Stats from BCREA

Economics - Forecasts, Trends and Publications providing an overview of the Real Estate Market


Vancouver City Hall

City of Vancouver – Getting around, Services, Events/things to do

Official Development Plan – False Creek

Zoning and Development Services – Building Permits, permitted uses etc.

Property Tax - General information

School info

Vancouver Schools – School Board info and resources

Catchment Areas – Map of your neighborhood schools

School Ratings – Fraser Institute school performance rankings

Burnaby Schools – Burnaby School Board

Vancouver Tourism

Tourism in Vancouver – Things to do

Vancouver Travel Guide and Tourist info

City of Vancouver – Getting around and things to do

Vancouver Communities – Neighbourhood highlights

Vancouver named "Top City in Americas" – Conde Nast Traveler

Welcome to Vancouver – Video introduction

A stroll through Yaletown

Amenities and things to do – Focus on Yaletown

Area amenities/services - "Walk Score" - Rates your homes proximity to shops, restaurants, nightlife, services/amenities.

Places to stay - Yaletown

General interest

Buying/Selling, Renting, Renovating or simply Maintaining a home? – CMHC’s (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) site provides a great resource. There are even several short “How To” video clips on; renovating, maintaining and home buying that you may find very useful.

Considering renting your property?- Residential Tenancy Agreement (RTB). Form for entering into a residential tenancy agreement.

Vancouver Crime Rates - VPD's statistical report by neighbourhood

Crime Alert Service - VPD's free Crime Alert Service will email neighborhood updates directly to your email acct.

Heating and Oil storage tanks – What you need to know about underground storage tanks. (Gov of BC)

Home insurance "Know your stuff" - A great (free) home inventory software propgram (IBC)

History of False Creek – Discover Vancouver

Immigrating to Canada – Changes to immigration rules and cap maximum (June 24, 2011) for Entrepreneurs, Investors and Skilled Workers.

Marihuana Grow operations - RCMP's useful information regarding; Public health & safety concerns, common signs of a Grow Operation and Tips for Landlords to help avoid the very costly remediation of a property.

Parking and Storage for sale - Downtown Vancouver parking & storage spots available for purchase through 'Concord Pacific'.

Radiant Heating & Cooling – Here's how this efficient system works

Geothermal Heating & Cooling - Here's how this clean, efficient system works.

Rain Screen System – Incorporated into the building code in the late 1990's to address the "Leaky Condo" issue. See how it works.

Wikipedia – False Creek History and things to see/do

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