Are you wondering how you can afford a home in Metro Vancouver?

Presented by BC Housing, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) Homebuyer Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 4pm – 8:30 pm at SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver.

The Homebuyer Forum is an informative and interactive evening for first-time homebuyers, parents helping their children get into a home, and homeowners looking to downsize or those new to Vancouver. Covering topics such as up and coming neighbourhoods, rent-to-own options, buying pre-sales direct from developers, leveraging the bank of mom & dad, and navigating the world of strata, this forum will provide future homeowners both strategic and tactical tips on how to buy into the Metro Vancouver market.

“New developments continue to sell-out in the pre-sale stage. When it comes to buying in Vancouver, using tactical strategies is the only way to enter the market,” said Bob de Wit, CEO, GVHBA.“Understanding this market and learning how to leverage the resources around you, in what continues to be a very strong seller’s market, will help prospective homeowners achieve their end goal: owning a home” said de Wit.

The Homebuyer Forum offered once per year, is free to attend, and will be streamed live. Both options require pre-registering at

Forum participants include:

Shayne Ramsay, CEO, BC Housing
Wendy Acheson, VP & Registrar, BC Housing
Eric Bond, Principal Market Analyst, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Tony Gioventu, Executive Director, Condominium Home Owners’ Association of BC
Jill Oudill, President, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver;
Alisa Aragon, Mortgage Expert, Bridgestone Financing Pros with DLC Mountainview Ltd.
Michael Garrett, Vice President, StreetSide Developments of a Qualico Company
Bob Sethi, Tien Sher Group of Companies
Scott Brown, CEO, Fifth Avenue Real Estate Marketing
Brad Ricketts, Energy Solution Manager, FortisBC


4:00 pm to 5:00 pm Marketplace (Educational Tradeshow)
5:00 pm to 5:45 pm Strategies for Buying into a Home
Working with a Mortgage Broker & Strategic Financing
Rent to Own & Home Shares
Reverse Mortgages for the Bank of Mom & Dad
6:00 pm to 6:30 pm Understand Your Local Market
CMHC’s Housing Market Outlook
Affordable Neighbourhoods, Presales & Market Analysis
6:45 pm – 7:15 pm Working with Developers to Rethink Vancouver Real Estate
Presales, and How to Protect Yourself
Presales: The Future of Development
7:30 pm – 8:15 pm It’s Time to go Shopping
Navigating the World of Strata (Bylaws and Everything)
How to Save Money: Home Energy Considerations
Working with a Realtor
The Benefits of Buying New:  New Home Warranty