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First Time Home Buyers Tips


Blog by Rod & Rhea Hayes | February 29th, 2012


First-time homebuyers learn hot tips for Vancouver real estate market

Those and other key questions will be covered by a panel of experts at the 18th annual seminar for first-time home buyers, presented by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association (GVHBA) on Tuesday, April 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250 144 St., Surrey.
Admission to the popular seminar is free thanks to the generosity of the presenting sponsor, the provincial Homeowner Protection Office, branch of BC Housing; patron sponsor RBC Royal Bank; and corporate sponsors Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp., Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Genworth Financial Canada, National Home Warranty, CKNW, 99.3 The Fox, AM730 and Classic Rock 101.
Speakers are Robyn Adamache, senior market analyst, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp.; Wendy Acheson, vice president and registrar, Homeowner Protection Office, branch of BC Housing; Narrinder Dhanoya-Bhangu, vice president, Pacific region, Genworth Financial Canada; Inde Sumal, vice-president of residential mortgages, BC region, RBC Royal Bank; Eugen Klein, president, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver; Tom Reeves, assistant vice-president, National Home Warranty; and Aaron Lightman, associate, Farris & Company LLP. Seminar moderator is Shayne Ramsay, chief executive officer of BC Housing.
"Our experts will help first-time buyers consider all available options and important issues before they take that critical first step onto the property ladder," stated Peter Simpson, GVHBA president and CEO in a press release.
"Real estate continues to be a hot topic in this region, so seminar attendance is expected to be as many or greater than the 750 young people who attended last year’s event. Doors open at 6 p.m., allowing attendees ample time to view builder displays and other home-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 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Registrations will also be accepted via voicemail during evenings and weekends. There is ample free onsite parking, and public transit is right at the corner.
Although the seminar is free, attendees are asked to bring a food item for the Surrey Food Bank.