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Costs will increase for realtors' fees, inspections, experts say

 
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Property Photo: 203 921 THURLOW ST in Vancouver
Please visit our Open House at 203 921 THURLOW ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, March 27, 2010 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Beautifully renovated, well laid out 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo in Vancouver's West End. Bright corner suite with lots of windows and light. Ventless insuite laundry installed. Quiet side of building. Pets and rentals allowed.Suite features brand new kitchen, bathrooms and more! Must be seen to be appreciated, it is ready for you to move in. First showing is the public open house on Saturday, March 27th from 2-4pm, please come by and join us. Offers, if any, will be presented on Monday, March 29th at 7pm.
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Property Photo: 2245 154A ST in Surrey
Please visit our Open House at 2245 154A ST in Surrey.
Open House on Sunday, March 28, 2010 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Centrally located on a quiet street, this home has a lot to offer. Great yard, open plan, and totally renovated. Come see this open Cape Cod floor plan. The home is perfect for a young family or retired couples. Shows like a 10!
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Property Photo: 203 921 THURLOW ST in Vancouver
I have listed a new property at 203 921 THURLOW ST in Vancouver.
Beautifully renovated, well laid out 2 bedroom 2 bathroom condo in Vancouver's West End. Bright corner suite with lots of windows and light. Ventless insuite laundry installed. Quiet side of building. Pets and rentals allowed.Suite features brand new kitchen, bathrooms and more! Must be seen to be appreciated, it is ready for you to move in. First showing is the public open house on Saturday, March 27th from 2-4pm, please come by and join us. Offers, if any, will be presented on Monday, March 29th at 7pm.
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Property Photo: 2245 154A ST in Surrey
Please visit our Open House at 2245 154A ST in Surrey.
Open House on Saturday, March 13, 2010 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Centrally located on a quiet street, this home has a lot to offer. Great yard, open plan, and totally renovated. Come see this open Cape Cod floor plan. The home is perfect for a young family or retired couples. Shows like a 10!
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With so many diverse factors to take into consideration when buying a new home, it is no surprise that first-time home buyers need a little help de-mystifying the process.
 
What location is preferable? What type of home is best matched to current needs and financial resources? What are the mortgage options? Will interest rates rise by summer? How about legal considerations and closing costs? How will the federal government’s new mortgage qualifying rules and upcoming Harmonized Sales Tax affect buyers? What is involved with buying a pre-sale condo? What are the benefits of builder licensing and mandatory home warranties?
 
These and other key questions will be answered by a panel of housing experts at the 16th annual Seminar for First-time Home Buyers, presented by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association (GVHBA) on Tuesday, March 23 from 7-9 p.m. in the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104 Ave.
 
Admission to the popular seminar is free thanks to the generosity of this year’s presenting sponsor, the provincial Homeowner Protection Office, and corporate sponsors Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Genworth Financial Canada, TD Canada Trust, Travelers Guarantee, Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, Shaw Cablesystems, CKNW, Rock 101, AM 730 and 99.3 the FOX.
 
Speakers are Robyn Adamache, senior market analyst, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation; Bob Maling, chief operating officer, Homeowner Protection Office; Narrinder Dhanoya-Bhangu, vice-president, Pacific region, Genworth Financial Canada; Harsha Galgewela, manager, mobile mortgage specialist division, TD Canada Trust; Dave Watt, past president, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver; Howard Friedman, national vice president of residential real estate products, Travelers Guarantee; and Adnan Habib, lawyer, Baker Newby LLP.
 
"Our experts will help first-time buyers complete their homework by investigating all available options and issues before they take that crucial first step onto the property ladder," said Peter Simpson, CEO of the GVHBA.
 
"More than 900 people registered for last year’s seminar and, because real estate is still a hot topic, we expect a similar attendance this year. Doors open at 6 p.m., allowing attendees ample time to view displays of new homes and other housing-related products and services," he said.
 
Pre-registration is required. Register online at www.gvhba.org or call 778-565-4288 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Registrations will also be accepted via voice mail during off hours. The hotel has waived parking fees for this event, and public transit is right at the door.
 

Although the seminar is free, attendees are asked to bring a food item for the Surrey Food Bank.

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