British Columbia Real Estate Market
BC Property Guide
Relocating or looking to purchase a vacation property or simply a home away from home in British Columbia?
It is without doubt that BC has huge appeal internationally and across Canada. Vancouver, dubbed the ‘City of Glass’ with its endless glass high rises offers the city escape, while other regions are notable for its waterfront properties, wilderness retreat or golf estate with access to many amenities.
New Property Developments
British Columbia’s architecture and design on recreational and vacation homes, waterfront residences and cottages offer visitors the opportunity to find a property in one of nature’s most beautiful locations in the Pacific Northwest.
Whether you are relocating to BC or buying an ideal holiday apartment, town house, luxury villa or vacation cottage, there are a number of additional services and organizations to assist you. Here is a list of real estate services and new property developments to better serve you.
Following is a list of real estate related government agencies and industry associations:
The Real Estate Council of British Columbia (RECBC), established by the BC government, is the regulatory agency overseeing licensing individuals and brokerages engaged in real estate sales, rental and strata property management. Telephone: 604-683-9664 or toll free 1-877-683-9664.
The British Columbia Assessment Authority (BCAA) is a provincial Crown corporation which produces annual property assessments for all BC property owners. Telephone: 250-595-6211 or toll free 1-800-668-0086.
The Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia (REFBC) is focussed on creating solutions, sustainable adoption and responsible planning of land use and real estate market. Telephone: 604-688-6800 or toll free 1-866-912-6800.
The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) represents provincial issues relating to realtors with provincial member real estate boards. Telephone: 604-683-7702.
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) is a government-owned corporation providing information mortgage loan insurance, mortgaged-back securities, housing policy and programs, and industry research. Telephone: 613-748-2000 or toll free 1-800-668-2642.
The Homeowner Protection Office (HPO) is a BC Crown agency responsible for licensing residential builders, administration of owner builder authorization and overseeing the benefits connected with residential construction industry and consumers. HPO is a branch of BC Housing under the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Telephone: 604-646-7050 or toll free (in Canada only) 1-800-407-7757.
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