Wherever you see yourself living! You might have some budgetary constraints - after all a mansion in the British Properties would be nice - but there are so many wonderful communities across the Lower Mainland where you can find properties in a variety of price points. Spend some time walking through the neighbourhoods you're considering to get a feel. Grab a coffee and go out to the local park and talk to some of the residents.
Where can I find houses for sale?
This is where working with a Realtor comes in handy, but for the most part, the majority of homes for sale are posted on MLS - accessible to the public through Realtor.ca
If you sign up on our Advanced Listing Search page, you can get new listing forwarded to your inbox immediately - up to 2 days before they're accessible to the public (no commitment & you can unregister anytime). Also, the local real estate guide, newspaper, and other similar publications are worth a look!
If I want to go in to see a house what do I do?
If you're already working with a Realtor, give them a call and they'll set up a showing for you - regardless of who has listed the home you want to see. If you're not already working with a Realtor you can call the listing agent directly and they can arrange a viewing for you - though it's recommended to use your own Realtor as the listing agent's principal objective is to get the most money for his/her sellers, not the best deal for you!
Do I need to work with my own realtor?
This ties in to the answer above, but you don't necessarily need your own realtor. It's recommended, but if you want, you can work directly with the listing agent. In BC there are several different types of 'service' you can expect to receive from a Realtor. Either agency representation (where the realtor is serving the client in protecting and promoting the client's interests) - Limited dual representation (where the realtor is impartial and represents both the buyer and seller's rights - both of which need to agree in writing to this) - and Customer Service (where the realtor cannot provide any advice, but rather just explain and answer any questions you may have, and assist in preparing a contact the way you want it written out).
Do I have to provide my information if I go to open houses?