If you’re buying a home, it’s important to understand all the costs involved in completing the deal, in addition to the price you’re paying for your new home. Here’s an overview. Mortgage application Lenders may charge a mortgage application fee, which will vary depending on the lending institution. If you are borrowing part of your down payment through the BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity (HOME) Partnership Program, there will be … [Read more...] about Countdown to closing. What you can expect to pay beyond the purchase price.
One of the great challenges people encounter when moving to Vancouver is finding a family doctor. You will probably find that your preferred GP is not accepting new patients because they are already so busy. This is a well known dilemma, which the province is taking steps to remedy. A GP For Me is a joint effort of the Government of BC and Doctors of BC as part of an integrated approach to provide primary health care services for all British Columbians. Meanwhile, here are a few … [Read more...] about Finding a family doctor in Vancouver
Did you know that the Vancouver Police Department has an online, interactive GeoDASH Crime Map? Users can zone in on their neighbourhood and filter by offence including: Break and Enter Commercial Break and Enter Residential / Other Homicide Mischief (e.g. graffiti) Offence Against a Person Other Theft (e.g. personal item, bicycle) Theft from a Vehicle Theft of a Vehicle Choose the date range, including up to 4 weeks of data with a maximum of 1000 data points, and … [Read more...] about Crime stats in your ‘hood
Underground storage tanks and all associated pipe connectors that have been out of service for one year require action to reduce the risk of leaking flammable or combustible liquids into the surrounding soil. Property owners must take remedial measures to retrofit the tanks by either removal, or neutralizing the tanks for contamination if removal is not feasible. The City of Vancouver website has some excellent information regarding the … [Read more...] about Oil tank detection and removal in Vancouver
One would think that the pace of the home inspection industry runs in parallel with real estate sales. Inspectors should be as busy as real estate agents, right? Surprisingly, no. The quest for securing a home in Vancouver has been so competitive lately that all common sense has flown out the window and many transactions take place without an inspection. While it’s understandable given the frantic pace of the market, making such a large investment without a professional home inspection is risky … [Read more...] about Breathe! And get a home inspection