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Leaky Condos in Vancouver and Getting a Mortgage: Fun!

 So You’ve Got an Accepted Offer on a Leaky Condo, Can you get a Mortgage? Chad Watts, a Vancouver Mortgage Broker and I recently worked on a file were a first time Buyer fell in love with a gorgeous suite in a condo building in Vancouver with the classic Leaky Condo Syndrome. Fun! The accepted offer on the suite in the leaky condo was of course subject to financing, documents (ESPECIALLY the Engineering Report), and inspection among others. To make a long story short, the Buyer could not get a mortgage on the property. And here's why: What Mortgage…

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What is a Leaky Condo and How to Avoid Them!

 Leaky Condos Are Everywhere in Vancouver. Keep this in mind if you're buying a condo in Vancouver. A condo that initially looks solid as a rock, maybe a festering rotten mess inside the walls or in other places you can't see. 4 ways to avoid buying a Leaky Condo 1) Use a qualified, experienced Realtor who specializes in the area you are buying in. Use a qualified Realtor specializing in the area you're buying.  They will know which buildings are or have been Leaky Condos. To make sure they know their stuff, Use this simple test: Ask them which…

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Always get a Home Inspection by A Qualified Registered Home Inspector when you buy Real Estate in Vancouver

Hi All, If you're going to buy property in Vancouver ALWAYS GET A BUILDING INSPECTION BY A REGISTERED AND QUALIFIED BUILDING INSPECTOR! Don't use you Dad's buddy who used to be a plumber in the 70's, don't use your brother-in-law who's into tools! Hire a professional, its the best cheapest insurance you can get when buying property in Vancouver. Important Facts about Home Inspectors: - All Home Inspectors in BC have to be licensed and insured as of March 31 2009. Make sure the person you are working with is licensed and insured by calling the BPCPA Inquiry Centre Toll…

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