#Buying a Home

Buying a home is likely one of the most significant transactions you'll ever make.

It's an important decision, and not one that should be made lightly - which is why we've compiled useful information and advice to help you on your home buying journey.


November 6, 2019 • 7 min read

8 reasons why it might be better to live closer to your job


It might be more expensive to buy a home that's located closer to your job. But when you factor in the financial, emotional, and health costs of commuting, you may want to consider the idea of living closer to your workplace. Between long...

October 16, 2019 • 8 min read

Pros and cons of living in a strata


  Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer looking for your next home purchase, or downsizing into a smaller space, there are always pros and cons to take into account before making an offer on any property. Depending on your...

September 13, 2019 • 6 min read

What you need to know about CMHC's First-Time Home Buyer Incentive Program


  For first-time homebuyers, the search for the perfect home for the ideal price can be tedious and often stressful, even with the help of an experienced REALTOR®. Luckily, there are many great programs available to make your...

August 28, 2019 • 7 min read

Should you buy a fixer-upper or a new build?


  Buying a new home can be an exciting, yet stressful, experience. An important question debated by many homebuyers is whether or not to purchase a fixer-upper or a new home. So which is the best choice? Here’s the pros...

August 28, 2019 • 7 min read

5 reasons to get a home inspection (plus 2 scenarios where you might not need one)


Buying a house is one of the largest purchases most people make in their lives. Naturally, you want to make sure that the investment is a good one, bound to appreciate in value over time while providing a safe and comfortable home for you and...

August 2, 2019 • 5 min read

Home rebate and refund options in British Columbia


Whether you’re looking to do home renovations, construct, or buy a new home, rebates could become your best friend. Before you start a project, be sure to understand what home rebates you might be eligible for and how you can apply for...

July 30, 2019 • 6 min read

What are the benefits of living in a condo?


If you are in the market to buy a house or to downsize to a smaller home, this might be the right time to contemplate condo living. In urban areas, owning a condominium could be the perfect solution for your lifestyle.  In the Okanagan...

July 22, 2019 • 8 min read

8 first time home buyer mistakes to avoid


Buying a home can be a huge life change and a difficult undertaking, especially if it's your first time. From saving for a down payment and closing costs to repairing credit, there are many steps you must take before buying a home. But once...

July 16, 2019 • 4 min read

The difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®


If you’re looking for someone who can help you buy or sell a home, you may have noticed that there are plenty of different certifications and titles out there for real estate professionals. Two common ones that you’ll hear are real...

June 26, 2019 • 6 min read

5 lesser known benefits of using a REALTOR®


When working with a REALTOR®, it’s generally understood what services they provide — finding you a home that suits your needs and wants while keeping your budget in mind, or helping you sell your home to the right person for...

June 25, 2019 • 6 min read

Short-term vacation rental rules in the B.C. Interior


With all the new changes around short-term vacation rentals – also known as STVRs in the industry – figuring out what’s permitted and what’s not can be confusing. But that’s just the beginning. Once you have established...

May 22, 2019 • 5 min read

What is the best time of year to buy and sell real estate in the B.C. Interior?


It’s a common question for those navigating the real estate market — when is the best time of year to list or shop for a home? The truth is that there isn’t a simple answer. Much like the stock exchange, the real estate...

April 6, 2019 • 6 min read

How to save for a down payment


Saving for a down payment is a significant financial milestone. It may not be an easy feat, but it’s a possibility for many, and it’s an investment that pays off down the road. There are plenty of ways to save for a down payment...

March 7, 2019 • 6 min read

Rules for a secondary suite in the B.C. Interior


Nowadays it is not uncommon for homeowners to subsidize their mortgage payments by constructing and leasing out a secondary suite in their home. While becoming a landlord and dealing with tenants will have its own benefits and challenges, there...

January 30, 2019 • 4 min read

What is B.C.’s mortgage stress test, and how does it affect me?


It is important to know what you can safely afford when you are shopping for a house — what your limit is and how you can plan for the future. With interest rates expected to increase, you do not want to find yourself trapped in a mortgage...

January 30, 2019 • 6 min read

What to know before operating a rental property in the B.C. Interior


Thinking of purchasing a secondary residence to use as a rental property? Owning and operating a rental property is a long-term investment that requires dedication. It is important to understand the benefits, risks, and responsibilities of...

January 30, 2019 • 4 min read

2019 real estate predictions for the Southern B.C. Interior


The housing market is influenced by many different factors. For the most part, like any other market, it all comes down to supply and demand. Various factors play a role in influencing the supply and demand of the housing market, including...

January 9, 2019 • 5 min read

6 resolutions to stick to if you’re planning on buying a home this year


It’s a new year, and you know what that means — it’s resolution-making-time!  If one of your goals for 2019 is to buy a home, then you have an exciting, if not a little intimidating, year ahead. Especially if you are...

December 7, 2018 • 6 min read

A checklist for first time homebuyers in the Okanagan


Buying your first home in the Okanagan can be daunting. It’s a major milestone and the world of real estate can be hard to navigate on your own, but don’t despair! This checklist should help you on your journey to homeownership....

October 23, 2018 • 6 min read

What are the benefits of working with a REALTOR® when buying a home?


Finding the perfect home is an exciting experience. As exciting as it is, it’s also a big decision that should not be made lightly. Finding the right home for your lifestyle, taste and budget requires a tremendous amount of time,...


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