1st Time Home Buyer Tips Vancouver 8 | Contract of Purchase and Sale| Price!

Contract of Purchase & Sale Explanation for First Time Vancouver Home Buyers

Episode 7 of the First Time Home Buyers Guide was an overview of the Contract of Purchase and Sale. Now we’ll start going through the offer in detail starting with price!

Section 1 – Price!

Many first time home buyers think a real estate offer to buy property in Vancouver is a simple document that only is about price.

The widely held perception is that an offer has how much the Buyer is willing to pay and if the Seller accepts the Buyers price its a done deal. Not quite, as I will explain.

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How Much?

In Section 1 on Page 1 of the Contract of Purchase and Sale below, you will see the Buyers proposed purchase price of $400,000.

In most cases, this is how much the Buyer is initially offering to pay. In some cases this price is accepted (But this does not mean the offer is accepted! More on this later!), but very often this part of the Contract changes several during negotiations, but we’ll get to that later.

The Price is Written Numerically & Alphabetically?

Yes! On section 1 of the Contract of Purchase and Sale, the price is written numerically and alphabetically so there is absolutely no confusion as to the exact amount the Buyer is willing to pay the Seller.

The Seller Accepts the Price, How do I Pay?

When you buy a product in a store you usually pay with cash or a card on the spot at the cashier and you’re on your way.

Property purchases tend to be the largest purchase most people make over the span of their lives. Not too many people have several hundred thousand dollars in cash in their bank account to pay for such purchases. For most first time home buyers, loans and mortgages need to be arranged and the money for the purchase needs to be turned over to the Sellers in a reliable, safe, lawful, and efficient manner. (duffel bags full of cash don’t quite fit the bill here)

Do I have to Pay as Soon as the Seller Accepts?

No, but the Buyer will have to pay a deposit within 7-10 days of an accepted offer that is generally 5% of the purchase price in Vancouver (More on Deposits in the next Episode). When the Buyer pays the purchase price is negotiable can happen any date the Buyer and Seller agree on. (More on this later as well.)

Page 1 Contract of Purchase & Sale BC Courtesy of Mike Stewart Realtor Page 1
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Be Sure to Check out First Time Home Buyer Vancouver Episode 9 – The Deposit on a Real Estate Offer!

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  1. Great post! One thing I would add is after you purchase your home to insure it with life and or health insurance rather than with insurance from traditional mortgage lenders. It is a far more comprehensive product and is often less expensive through insurance companies. Other than that great content regarding the actual purchase!


  2. Hi Tessa,

    Good to hear from you and thank you very much for taking the time to comment!

    I agree, I have done the same thing and got life and critical illness/disability insurance for myself to cover my mortgage costs.

    It is less expensive and its far more flexible.

    Would you recommend everyone getting life/disability insurance when they buy a home?

    Speak soon!


  3. Absolutely! It is important that they at least understand the deficiencies in the mortgage lenders insurance and maybe even get a quote for life and or critical illness insurance. That way they can understand the benefits and can see that is usually more cost effective.

    I’m glad to hear you have it for yourself and you are properly covered!

    I look forward to more of your posts!


  4. Hi Tessa,

    Good to hear from you and thanks for commenting!

    Looking forward to hearing more from you!

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