New booklet on buying a home

February 13, 2020

We’ve released a new booklet on Buying a Home in BC. This title is for those who want to buy a home in British Columbia. It steps you through the process, from making an offer to closing the deal. It also explains the common legal documents involved — in language you can understand. The information is current to November 2019.

“The seller’s realtor told us the roof was in great shape. It started leaking a week after we moved in, and we had to borrow $20,000 to get it replaced. There was nothing in the purchase contract about the state of the roof, so we couldn’t get the seller to cover this expense.”

– Jose, Squamish, BC

Buying a home can be exciting and overwhelming. Learning more about each step in the process, knowing what to expect from your realtor and legal advisor, and understanding the risks involved can help to reduce some of the stress.

Buying a Home in BC offers practical, easy-to-understand guidance. We’ve included tips, user stories, visuals, and step-by-step explanations. There’s also a section on buying a condo or other strata housing.

The booklet is available as a PDF download. If you wish to order multiple copies of the print booklet, you can do so from Crown Publications.

The booklet accompanies the more in-depth content available on our website — including a home buyer’s checklist, which walks you through the purchase contract to help you understand what you’re signing. 

Many thanks to our legal reviewer Lisa Frey for reviewing this content for legal accuracy.

We are grateful to work on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, whose Peoples continue to live on and care for these lands.