“You’re gorgeous, baby, you’re sophisticated, you live well…Vancouver is Manhattan with mountains. It’s a liquid city, a tomorrow city, equal parts India, China, England, France and the Pacific Northwest. It’s the cool North American sibling.” - The New York Times




We all look forward to spring, when the weather gets warmer and the days get longer. Along with that, spring also brings… spring cleaning!

While it might not be the most exciting task, doing a really thorough clean and clear-out will leave you feeling ready for the rest of a busy year.

Use this checklist to make sure everything gets done:

1. Vacuum Cleaner – Giving your vacuum cleaner some attention before you put it to work. Replace the...

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10 Cool Facts About Vancouver

Vancouver was recently ranked as the third most “livable place in the world” for its high standard of living and quality of life. While it is ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world.

Vancouver has the 4th largest cruise ship terminal in the world.

Home to Canada’s longest pool. Measuring 137.5 meters (451 feet), it is nearly the size of three Olympic pools. This outdoor, saltwater pool is a major tourist attraction and is open year round.


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BC Budget 2017: BC's First-Time Home Buyers Get a (Small) Tax Break


Having been sidelined in last year’s Budget, BC's first-time buyers will save some money on Property Transfer Tax – if buying a home priced between $475,000 and $525,000


The BC government is raising the threshold for the first-time buyer Property Transfer Tax exemption to $500,000 from $475,000, finance minister Mike de Jong announced February 21 in the 2017 Budget Announcement. The partial exemption threshold...

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There are markets in Ontario that have been tighter than Toronto this year? It takes how long to save up for a downpayment for a Vancouver home? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this roundup of surprising facts from BuzzBuzzNews’ coverage of the Canadian housing market this year.


1. Canadian homes made more in a year on average than the people living in them as of June Your home may be just sitting there all day, but on average it’s pulling in more than you are,...

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Thrilled to share the new budget increase in Property Transfer Tax Exemption for First Time Home Buyers!

On February 18, 2014, Finance Minister Mike de Jong presented the BC government's Balanced Budget 2014. It announced, effective February 19, 2014, under the Property Transfer Tax (PTT) First Time Home Buyers' program, qualifying first time buyers can buy a home worth up to $475,000 while being exempt from the PTT.

The previous limit was $425,000. Full savings amount to $7,500. Yet, the partial...

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