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Best Questions to ask When Buying a Home

Before making an offer on a house, you want to be absolutely sure that it’s “the one.” But with so many options out there, how do you find your perfect match?

Finding the right home involves research, so you’ll need to ask the right questions. That way you know you’re making a competitive offer on a home that you can afford — and meets your long-term needs.

To weed out the duds from the diamonds, here are 9 questions to ask when buying a house.

Keeping it real during virtual chats, meetings and presentations

There’s a reason celebs, YouTubers, TV personalities and beyond have professionals on-hand to make them look, sound and connect with people in a more personal and positive manner. 

Hidden Gems around Vancouver

There are a number of cool, secret spots around Vancouver.

And by secret, I mean secret-ish.

With the internet these days, nothing is truly off the radar. But there are definitely still a lot of lesser-known gems that you won’t find on TripAdvisor.

Whether you’re doing photography, showing a friend around, or just hanging out with buds, here are 13 interesting spots to kick it at around the city.


Back in 2016, The City of Vancouver turned a dull downtown alley into something fun and splashy.

Jericho Lands proposal includes new homes for up to 18,000 people in Vancouver's West Side

Area's population would more than double; land owned by consortium of First Nations, federal housing company

After years of consultation and speculation, the City of Vancouver unveiled plans Monday for the Jericho Lands on the city's West Side which would more than double the current population of the area. 

More Canadians Are Moving to BC Than Anywhere Else in the Country

With its stunning scenery, salt air, and distinct west coast vibe, the appeal of British Columbia (BC) is undeniable. 

Many fellow Canadians apparently agree.

new report from Statistics Canada, released on September 29, shows that BC experienced the largest net gain in interprovincial migration in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2021. 

Home demand still outstrips supply in the Vancouver area, but price hikes slow: report

September sales were 20.8% above 10-year average for the month

The benchmark price for a detached home in Vancouver was over $1.8 million in September, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

Home sales across the Vancouver area remained well above the 10-year average in September, but the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) says prices haven't climbed as sharply.

3D printing could help build homes with unique designs more cheaply, advocates say

Robots, software speed up construction while making it precise, repeatable

The Fibonacci House in Procter, B.C., boasts spectacular views of the nearby mountains — but that's not what makes the tiny home a one-of-a-kind vacation rental.

It is Canada's first 3D printed house — a spiral structure with a standout feature: Curved walls. (It was inspired by — and named after — the mathematical Fibonacci sequence.)

Foraging for mushrooms this fall? Here are some dos and don'ts

"Focus on the ones you know, and harvest those properly." 

Dylan Eyers of EatWild, a Vancouver-based company that offers workshops on mushroom foraging, says mushroom hunters should harvest carefully to leave roots intact.

With mushroom-picking season upon us, experts are offering tips on how to forage safely and sustainably.

Canadians consider splitting a mortgage with friends. But it's complicated.

Before signing that mortgage agreement with a group of buddies, there’s a few things you should take into consideration

Canada’s hot housing markets have been pushing home affordability out of reach for younger Canadians over the years, meaning that in order to get a piece of the market, some Canadians will have to get creative.

Best Neighbourhoods in Surrey: Surrey, BC Community Living Guide

Surrey, British Columbia, is one of the fastest-growing communities in western Canada. While it is still considered part of Metro Vancouver, Surrey is projected to overtake the central city as the population centre within the next decade.

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