go easy on fall garden cleanup

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Tips

Time to rake up the yard, deadhead the perennials and till the vegetable garden? Not so fast.

Popular opinion is swinging toward letting things stay just as they are through winter — decayed and drab but serviceable.

Displaying a messy yard may not win any good-neighbour awards, but entomologists say our vital but dwindling insect pollinator populati...

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property transfer tax return changes now in force

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 in Tips

Changes to the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) return came into force on Monday, September 17.

When buying real estate using a corporation or trust, buyers and transferees with significant interest in property will now be required to be identified on the PTT return and must disclose:
  • their name(s);
  • date of birth;
  • citizenship information;
  • contact details; an...

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Fire insurance facts

Posted on Aug 12, 2018 in Tips

More than 500 wild fires are burning throughout BC, with evacuation orders and alerts affecting hundreds of people.

During this crisis, it’s important to understand what you should expect from your insurance.

First, existing insurance policies and renewals aren’t affected.

Second, while insurance underwriters follow their own companies’ guidelines, ex...

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consequences for short-term rental violators

Posted on Aug 11, 2018 in Tips

Strata corporations will have new powers to pass bylaws restricting or banning short-term rentals and fine non-compliant owners or residents up to $1,000 a day because of changes to the BC Strata Property Regulation.

The goal is to help strata corporations deal with the noise, mess, and security when strata units are rented short-term, and to keep l...

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new real estate rules protecting home buyers and Sellers

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 in Tips

New real estate rules took effect today that will change the way REALTORS® and their clients work together.

Specifically, the new rules will prohibit the practice of limited dual agency and require real estate licensees in BC to provide additional information to their clients about how they’re compensated.

The move to single agency is a significant c...

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how to defer your property taxes?

Posted on Jun 13, 2018 in Tips

Property taxes are due in early July. If you’re unable to pay your property taxes on your principal residence, you may be eligible for the BC Property Tax Deferment Program.

This is a low-interest loan program that lets qualifying property owners defer part, or all, of their property taxes on their principal residence.

There are two programs:

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